How to Read the Bible

What influence (or not) has the Bible had on my life? Favorite Scripture Verse

My Dad, Jim, Huck and me hiking. Pic by my mom

I have the King James Version and the NRSV versions of the Bible.  When I was in High School, Each year I had a seminary class through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, that focused on one of the standard works, The Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Church History, Doctrine and Covenants. Because of this I read the majority of the KJV.  I also repeated this as student at Brigham Young University at a deeper level.

 As an ILIFF student I have had the opportunity to use and read the NRSV of the Bible. It is a little easier for me to understand, especially when I cross reference it with the King James Version. Because I have often struggled with my confidence and abilities, causing me anxiety and discouragement, one of my favorite scriptures is:

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” [Hebrews 10: 35–36 KJV]

“35 Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. 36 For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” [Hebrews 10: 35–36 NRSV] It is significant to me because it brings me comfort and peace that allows me to refocus and tune into that still small voice.  Fear of failure has the ability to paralyze the best of us.  Paul, speaks to all of us, through this scripture, encouraging us not to fear. We will have adversity and discouragement but if we keep confidence in the Lord, Jesus Christ, we will overcome and grow, intellectually, spiritually, and in his grace.  It has helped me through tough times and is helping me now, through the toughness of my Chaplain residency at a level one trauma hospital. 

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