The Missing Bible Verses

Bible verses omitted from most modern translations

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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Our struggle to return to the Sahara Desert

The Making of the Modern Wycliffe New Testament

The story of this Bible translation began with a struggle I was facing in Chad, in 2007.

Just two of the reasons why we willing struggle to serve in the Sahara DesertWe had just joined a new mission agency.  The budget I was asked to raise from churches was double what it had been. Our previous supporters easily got on board to support us.  However, we had a difficult time asking new churches of New England to support us as well. They were supporting as many missionaries as they could. And these pastors were struggling to make ends meet themselves.

In my heart, we couldn’t justify raising that much money while these churches struggled financially to keep their doors open and provide for needs of their pastors.  I did my best while still keeping my integrity.

The Struggle Begins

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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

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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The Inside Scoop on God’s Not Dead 2

A spoiler-free guide

God’s Not Dead 2 is coming out in less than a week, on Friday!

As an “influential” blogger, ministry leader and minister, my wife and I got to see God’s Not Dead 2 before its release.  However, we had to drive three and a half hours one way to see it.

Sharon thought God’s Not Dead 2 was just as good as the first one.  I thought that it was a bit better.

We spent most of the trip home talking about it.  It’s certainly a movie that gets you thinking about what’s important.  We both left, challenged to make our life count for Christ and His cause.

God's Not Dead 2Some see life as a checklist of fun things to do.  We check things off as we do them, then move on to the next item on the list, never thinking about what we learn from each experience.

Perhaps it’s a blessing to be limited in our activities for a season.  We are in one of those phases right now.

With our limited opportunities, we’re SO glad that, among the things we chose to do together was to watch God’s Not Dead 2.

God’s Not Dead 2 is a movie worth absorbing…  It is prophetic.  It’s inspirational.

It will take some thoughtful reflection time to understand its message well.

Below is a spoiler-free list of ideas to make your time watching it a little more enjoyable.  Some of them may not make sense now, but they will by the time you leave the theater.

Tip 1) Don’t watch the God’s Not Dead 2 trailer

…and if you did already, ignore it.  Things happen in the trailer that don’t happen in the movie.  I was less able to enjoy the movie as I waited for things to happen, that didn’t.

Just enjoy the story as it unfolds on the screen, and enjoy each scene for what it is.

Tip 2) Drop off a donation to Salvation Army before you go

Perhaps you have a pile of clothes your youngest child outgrew.  Or some games you never play.  Or toys your kids have forgotten about.

Whatever you have, bring it to the Salvation Army thrift shop near you, before you go and watch God’s Not Dead 2.

I won’t explain why here, but I can tell you now that you’ll be glad you did.

Tip 3) Find out who J. Warner Wallace and Lee Strobel are

Basically, J. Warner Wallace began his career a homicide detective.  And Lee Strobel started off as a journalist with the Chicago Tribune.

Both were atheists and agnostics.

Then, something happened… a “God” thing…

If you don’t know who these two guys are already, find out.  By doing so, you will have something interesting to say when you go out to eat with your friends after the movie.

Again, I won’t say why.  Not yet.

Tip 4) Buy a ticket or two for your favorite Christian teacher

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

It’s no secret that this movie is primarily about a committed Christian who teaches at a public school.

The story is based on the challenges teachers have faced all over the nation, just because they seek to live for Christ both at home and at work.

To show our appreciation for all our teachers do for us and our kids, give the gift of tickets to God’s Not Dead 2 to those who know the battle best.

Tip 5) Bring a teenager who loves Jesus (or, be one!)

The brightest spot in this movie is how the youth get excited about Jesus, and stand up for Him no matter what the cost.

I believe the movie is correct when it implies that this generation of youth is going to make a big impact on their world for Jesus!

Truly, they are the hope for a better America as we live through these challenging times.

Tip 6) Stay to the end

It will look like the movie is over.

You won’t want to miss what happens after the credits are done.

Stay until the end.  If you don’t, you won’t know what everyone is talking about when they try to figure out what it means.

Tip 7) Pray for America

I believe that this movie shows us what is coming soon.

God’s church is going to rise up and fill her God-given role in our society.  For now, we must get into shape to face our giants!

Let this song by the Newsboys become our anthem in 2016:

Please pray that God’s church in America would massively watch God’s Not Dead 2. Pray for those struggling with their faith who will watch it as well.

We all need His help to courageously face the challenges of the coming months of 2016, and beyond.


Please let us know what you thought of God’s Not Dead 2 by leaving a comment below.

Muslims turn to Christ in unprecedented numbers

God is doing something amazing in our world today.

Syrian refugeesAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Muslims are turning to Christ.  This is especially true of the refugees in Europe.

Although we sometimes forget it, the Good News of salvation through Jesus the Messiah is not only for Christians. He also died on the cross so that Muslims could repent and trust in Him, just as we did.

At last, this Message is getting out of the church building and into the world!  As we did, Muslims are meeting the Messiah through visions and seeking out Christians to find out more about Him.

As His church, we need to be ready to welcome these refugees into our churches, our homes and our hearts.

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