[House Church Talk] Some verses to think about...

Mike Sangrey msangrey at BlueFeltHat.org
Thu Jan 1 11:31:38 EST 2004

Hope I'm not sticking my e-foot in where it doesn't belong, but...

It's The Message, done by Eugene Peterson.  If you want to do word
studies, The Message is NOT the one to use.  However, if you want to
catch the emotion, the aura, the intensity of the original, then it gets
quite close.  It is not to be used for sitting around a table and
discussing a particular clause.  However, if you want to sit back in the
easy chair and read Luke or Acts through from beginning to end, then The
Message will grab you and you'll think, "whoa, so THAT'S what Luke was

Hope that helps in some small way.

On Wed, 2003-12-31 at 17:08, Robert L. Moseley wrote:
> Scott, what version of the Scripture did you use for this post???  I am not
> familiar with it at all!
> Bob Moseley, from the hills of Texas
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Scott Dowlen" <scottdowlen at cox.net>
> To: "'House Church Talk'" <house church talk at housechurch.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 2:21 PM
> Subject: [house church talk] Some verses to think about...
> >
> > I especially like the part that says "His love has the first and last word
> > in everything we do."
> >
> > Here is the whole passage:
> >
> > 2 Corinthians 5:10-21 MSG
> > (10)  Sooner or later we'll all have to face God, regardless of our
> > conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what's coming to us as a
> > result of our actions, either good or bad.
> > (11)  That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It's no light thing to know
> > that we'll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That's why we work
> > urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone
> > knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we
> > care.
> > (12)  We're not saying this to make ourselves look good to you. We just
> > thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we're on your side
> and
> > not just nice to your face as so many people are.
> > (13)  If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did
> > it for you.
> > (14)  Christ's love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first
> > and last word in everything we do. Our firm decision is to work from this
> > focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same
> > boat.
> > (15)  He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be
> > included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people
> > ever lived on their own.
> > (16)  Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have
> or
> > how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all
> wrong,
> > as you know. We certainly don't look at him that way anymore.
> > (17)  Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the
> > Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new
> life
> > burgeons! Look at it!
> > (18)  All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us
> > and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.
> > (19)  God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving
> the
> > world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the
> > task of telling everyone what he is doing.
> > (20)  We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and
> women
> > to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right
> > between them. We're speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with
> > God; he's already a friend with you.
> > (21)  How? you say. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did
> > anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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