Today is June 21, 2019

Verse of the Day — 2 Thessalonians 3:16

. . . may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.


Our God is the Lord of peace.


God isn’t someone who just happens to have a little peace to share with us. He is “the Lord of peace Himself.” If we were to truly understand who God is and how much He loves us, there would be no stress, anxiety or fear in our lives. That sense of well-being and supernatural peace we so desperately long for originates and flows out from Him. And, graciously, His desire is to give it to us, “continually.”

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you . . . —John 14:27

God had the advantage of being able to look at our lives from an eternal perspective, sovereignly knowing what’s ahead for the future. And since we are part of His overall plan, He gives us everything we need to accomplish His will—all while promising that we can have peace continually. Wow! No wonder it’s a sin to worry!

And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. —Matthew 13:22

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension . . . —Philippians 4:7


Dear Compass,

I was under the clear impression that the New Living Translation is indeed a scholarly, word-for-word translation and that the Living Bible was not. I am very blessed by the New Living Bible. Have I been misled about its translation status?


Neither the Living Bible (LB) nor the New Living Translation (NLT) is a direct, word-for-word translation. They are both reasonably accurate. The LB is a paraphrase—re-worded Scripture to make it easier to read. The NLT is a notch up from a paraphrase, called a “Dynamic Equivalent Translation,” which is similar to the New International Version (NIV).

It is very beneficial to have a copy of either the LB, the NLT, or the NIV to use as a reference, a commentary, reading to young children, or for reading some of the Old Testament passages to get the “big picture” before studying God’s SPECIFIC words.

God has spoken through the LB/NLT/NIV to many people. Although there are some people who, for various reasons, will always be better off using the LB/NLT/NIV, we believe the BEST study translation for those who want to know exactly what God wrote is either the KJV/NKJV or NASB. They are word-for-word translations from the original languages. However, even using the KJV/NKJV or NASB, you must often refer to a Greek/Hebrew word concordance for its truest meaning.

The reason it is important to study the EXACT words given by God is that God is perfect, and each word, the order of each word, the original meaning of each word (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic), IS God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. —John 1:1

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us . . . —John 1:14

All scripture is inspired by God . . . —2 Timothy 3:16

. . . no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. —2 Peter 1:20

So we recommend you read what God said, not what someone thinks God said! 🙂


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