“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (John 3.16-17 ESV)
Love is in everything we do… we look for it wherever we go.
A new video is available about the Digital Bible Library™. The Digital Bible Library™ is an ever growing, secure yet accessible, collection of quality Bible translations. The library provides standardized digital Scripture texts, all in one central location. In using translations from this library, the creators of websites and applications for mobile devices can develop portals for people from every tribe, in every nation, to experience the power of God’s Word in their heart language.
In 2013, the Canadian Bible Forum engaged Angus Reid Strategies to undertake the Canadian Bible Engagement Study. The findings were not very encouraging. Some results —
- Weekly Bible reading has fallen by half since 1996.
- Only 18% of Canadians strongly agree the Bible is the Word of God, down from 35% in 1996.
- About 1 in 7 Canadian Christians read the Bible at least once a week. The majority of Canadians, including those who identify themselves as Christians, read the Bible either seldom or never. And only about 1 in 10 Canadians reflect on the meaning of the Bible for their lives at least a few times a week.
Live in such a way as to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of God. Just do as I do; I try to please everyone in all that I do, not thinking of my own good, but of the good of all, so that they might be saved. Imitate me, then, just as I imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:32–11:1 GNB)
Our Canadian individualistic sensibilities might be offended by the idea that we need to learn from other Christians. After all, we have the Bible so we can go directly to reading about Jesus on our own. There is no doubt that our high literacy rate and mass production of Scripture are a blessing and individual devotional reading should be encouraged.
We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God’s people. When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven. The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is. (Colossians 1:3-6 GNB)
We could break down the process of spreading the Good News of Jesus through the Bible into four stages: translation, publication, distribution, and engagement – which are the four aspects of CBS’ work.
The Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek, and a little bit of Aramaic. Since the very beginning, Christians have translated the Scriptures into other languages to help others encounter the life-giving message.
Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.” So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.” (Genesis 1:26-28 GNB)
In the creation story, we see that we were created in God the Creator’s image to be creators ourselves (e.g. children, environmental care). Of course, not everything we create is good for us, but that does not deny the good creative instinct.
Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16 GNB)
Jesus invites children to approach him, blesses them, and even says that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them. Children were no afterthought for Jesus, even if his disciples didn't think he should spend his valuable time on them.
Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28.18-20 GNT)
Most Canadians have the Bible easily available to them in their preferred language, often with many translation options. We might even take for granted having multiple Bibles on our bookshelves or devices.