How to appear before a king

Columbus appears before the king and queen who made his expedition possible

Do not honor yourself before a king,

and do not stand in the place of the great.

For it is better that he shall say to you, “Come up here!”

than that you should be put lower before a noble whom your eyes have seen.

– Proverbs 25:6-7 (LITV)


A key element to the growth of every business is for people to recognize us.  Many people on the web are making a lot of money telling us how to get our name in front of others.  However, some of the techniques they teach encourage us to do things that would only work against us.

Imagine the king of a kingdom whose word would cause our business to prosper beyond our wildest dreams.

For Columbus, it was Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.

For us, it is the king mentioned in Proverbs 25.

How do we get him to listen to our request for help?

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The Missing Bible Verses

Bible verses omitted from most modern translations

modern Bibles are missing verses

Below is a list of the Bible verses missing from most modern translations of the Bible.

They aren’t missing from Wycliffe’s Bible.  Or from Luther’s Bible.  Or from Tyndale’s Bible, or the Geneva Bible.  We can find them in the King James Version of 1611 and the New King James Version.

Textual Criticism

Wescott & Hort's Greek New TestamentThey disappeared around 1881, when Westcott and Hort developed a new source text for New Testament Bible translation called The New Testament in the Original Greek. 

Since then, the study of textual criticism of the Bible has been popular with theologians.

If my understanding is correct, proponents of Textual Criticism believe that they can discern words from the original Books of the New Testament by applying man-made rules by committee to ancient biblical manuscripts.

When I translated Luke into a desert language in Chad, I received a copy of the Novum Testamentum Graece to work from.  I also received a “Translation Handbook” for Luke.  The most prominent Bible Scholars in the world put these translation handbooks together.

The Intellectual reputation of the authors is indisputable.  However, the translation handbooks told me to leave out certain verses, a recommendation that is frustrating for me.  Especially since the language group I work with believes that scholars have corrupted the Bible over the years.

From 1885, the Novum Testamentum Graece became the basis for most Bible translations, starting with the American Standard Version.

Missing verses

These verses are missing, or are in the margins, of the following Bible translations:

  • The Revised Standard Version,
  • the New American Standard Bible,
  • the New International Version,
  • the Good News Bible,
  • the Living Bible,
  • the New Living Translation
  • and the Contemporary English Version.

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How to be as bold as a lion: Proverbs 28 verse 1

Bold as a lion (source: wikimedia.org)

The wicked flee though no one is pursuing, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. – Proverbs 28:1 (LITV)

Lions don’t run from anything.  They just stand there, and face whatever danger comes their way.  They don’t often face a deadly threat, but when they do, they are bold, and go down fighting!
If we are in the right, there is no need to anxiously run away.

Excuses to be anxious

scared child at nighttime (source: wikimedia.org)I’ve lived for 14 of the past 24 years in Chad, Africa, and have learned to live with uncertainty.
So even when I have no reason to be anxious, I often make up my own.  Health anxieties, money anxieties, security anxieties… anxiety about the future of America, about natural disasters, about the end of the world…
Last Friday, the brakes on my 1989 Toyota Corolla started making scary noises.  I didn’t get to call the mechanic to schedule an appointment before the day ended.  So I had the whole weekend to worry about the rust spots, about the oil leak, about the tire depth… about all the things that, when taken together, would mean that I have to junk my car and start looking for a new one.
On Monday morning, I was surprised that, when I called, my mechanic could take me right away. We dropped off the car, and I waited for my mechanic [at Quality Tire, in Brewer, Maine] to tell me what he saw.

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Desperate for an answer to prayer (Matthew 15:22-28)

Lessons from medieval times to encourage us to pray more fervently

Desperate puppies like us

And, look! A woman from the seacoasts of Canaan cried out to him, saying, “Lord, son of David, have mercy on me. My daughter is terribly troubled by a demon.”

He did not answer her with even one word.

His disciples came and pleaded with him, saying, “Leave her behind because she keeps calling out to us!”

He answered and said, “I am only sent to the perishing sheep of Israel’s house.”

Desperate for an answer to prayer: Canaanite Woman, Très Riches Heures<br /> Duc de Berry circa 1410

So she came and bowed before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

He answered and said, “It is not good to take bread from the children and throw it to the hound dogs.”

So she said, “You are right, Master. However, puppies will eat some of the crumbs which fall to the ground from their master’s board.”

Then Jesus answered to her, “Ah! Woman, great is your faith! May it be done for you as you wish.” And from that hour her daughter was healed.

– Matthew 15:22-28 (MWNT)


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Always leave a tract for the server at the restaurant

Leave a tract that says, "In God We Trust"

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:

But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”

– Psalm 20:7 (LITV)

My Christian friends: If you’re gonna leave a Gospel tract on the table for the one who serves your table, leave at least two…

…and make sure at least one of them says, “In God We Trust.”

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