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Subject: Bible help needed
Date Posted: 11/8/2007 12:17 AM ET
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I am having some problems with depression and family. I have tried reading my Bible, but KJV isn't working for me right now. I feel as if I need something easier to read and understand. My heart aches, and I really want to talk to God. Could someone please recommend another version of the Bible that might help me to better understand?

I would really appreciate your suggestions.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 6:05 AM ET
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While it isn't as good a translation from the KJV, I have also a copy of the Living Bible that I use from time to  time when I need things explained in simpler language. Maybe that would help you too. Sorry you are having a bad time right now. I think you are going to the right place though---looking to God for your answers. Hang in there, things will get better and if you ever want to "talk", you know your PBS family is here for you too, to help to get you through especially those of us who have gone through similar experiences. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Theresa.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 7:05 AM ET
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I've been using the NIV for years, it's my favorite.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 9:25 AM ET
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Thank you ladies, I will check those out. I really want to be much closer to God, but right now it feels as if my prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling....

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 9:42 AM ET
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Theresa, I'm so sorry you're having a hard time.  I don't know the exact nature of your problems, but I can say in a way that I've been there--problems with depression and family.  PM me if you need someone to talk to!  I think the KJV is probably the hardest to read, and almost any other version out there would be better.  I have the NASB, but I've heard lots of good about the NIV, so that's what I'm asking for for Christmas. :)  You're in my prayers! 

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 1:37 PM ET
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New king James is what I use, but I like New Living Translation (which is more of a paraphrase) for easy reading.  Get some good devotionals too.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 2:05 PM ET
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The Amplified Bible is a wonderful version.  It really explains everything so well,and gives many, many synonyms for words that may be hard to understand.  I use this one when I need to really hear what the Lord is telling me.

You may feel like your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling, but it has been my personal experience that that happens just before I have a breakthrough, so hang in there!  Praying for you.


Date Posted: 11/8/2007 6:48 PM ET
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I like the New King James and the New American Standard  versions.  You're in my prayers.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 10:27 PM ET
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I'd highly recommend the New Living Translation.  I use it with my own personal study, and I use it with my youth group as well.  This easier to read version really breaks down God's word into language we can relate to today.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 10:46 PM ET
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Thanks so much everyone. I will check out your suggestions and see which one helps me the most. Thanks for  the prayers also. I am determined to rise above my troubles.

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 4:58 PM ET
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I second the New Living Translation.  Excellent version!! 

It was the first version that I read the WHOLE Bible with.  Changed my life forever.

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 8:38 PM ET
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I actually found one on here! I ordered it, and my order has been accepted. : )

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 12:15 PM ET
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Theresa, I use the NIV a lot too, so I could recommend it.  Something else you might consider is The Message by Eugene Peterson.  It's a paraphrase but the language is very fresh and direct, almost to the point of being blunt sometimes.  It can give you a completely new perspective.

Hope things improve for you!  I'll say a prayer.


Date Posted: 11/12/2007 3:51 PM ET
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Hi Theresa,

I use the NIV Life Application Bible.  I have been through depression and I know it is awful.  I know that some Christians disagree with what I am about to say...but please see your doctor too.  I have severe female problems that led to horrible depression.  It felt like post partum depression is described, but I have never had a baby.  I had to go on an anti-depressant to get the help I needed.  Prayer works wonders and should definitely be a part of your healing process, but you may need medical intervention as well.

Please feel free to PM me with any questions.


Date Posted: 11/13/2007 7:09 PM ET
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I just wanted to correct one post on here--The New Living translation is NOT a paraphrase, it's an actual translation from the original language.


Date Posted: 11/14/2007 10:46 AM ET
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I have the Application Study Bible, and I love it.  I too have a hard time sometimes reading the KJV and bringing the meaning home!  My Mom gave me this Application Study Bible for my birthday last year, and I have stuck with it.  In the margins below it breaks down the verses for you to help you apply it to your own life, when sometimes you just can't make sense of it! 

My prayers will be with you that God will strengthen you and that His Holy Spirit will reveal wonderful things to you even in this time of emptiness!  I went through this not too long ago, and those here at this site were so encouraging.  I praise the Lord that we can come here even through technology God can bring christians together to encourage one another!  God loves you "T", call upon him, cry out to Him, and I will too that He will fill your heart with peace and joy.  Remember:  God doesn't sit around and sulk when we are down, He is still doing a great work in you, even though you don't know it!  I will pray diligently for you my friend!

Hugs & Prayers,

Terri Lynn

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 7:58 AM ET
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I've been struggling lately too.  The New Living Translation has been most helpful for me, as well as the LIfe Recovery Bible which also includes studies and meditations from the 12 steps.



Date Posted: 11/15/2007 8:18 AM ET
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Besides the KJV bible that I have used all my life and the Living Bible I use occasionally like I have stated before, I am enjoying Joyce Meyer's THE EVERYDAY LIFE BIBLE (amplified version).  I especially love her notes  and commentaries throughout to give clearer understanding of different passages and how to incorporate them into everyday life. 

Date Posted: 11/16/2007 9:46 AM ET
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I absolutely love my NIV Bible and my mother suffers from periods of depression also and she will sit and read her NIV Bible.  She had alot of difficulty with the King James Version.  Theresa W I believe I have a copy of the NIV (I pick them up at garage sales all the time) that I am not using and I would be happy to mail it to you (credit free) if you would like...if you'll PM me your mailing address if you want me to send it to you I'd be happy to.  You'll also be in my prayers.




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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 2:23 AM ET
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I grew up with the King James Version and always had difficulty with it. Then I found the NIV and felt much more comfortable. I ended up getting a parallel Bible that had both the KJV and the NIV side by side. It was very interesting and helped provide insight on things I totally missed with the KJV.


Date Posted: 11/29/2007 9:37 PM ET
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Theresa, Even the prophets had times of depression.  And what I have noticed is they got alone with God.  Then they cried out from their hearts to the Lord and they asked him to show them why.  Sometimes I ask the Lord to reveal to me if there is something within me, that is stopping him from communicating with me.  It could be unknown sin, Isaiah 59:2.  I start repenting anything that may even seem insignificant to someone else, but may mean a separation from the Lord for me..   I  then seek his word and pray continuously.  I don't know why we hit road blocks, but I do know that the Lord says in Jeremiah 29:13 And you shall seek me, and find me,  when you shall search for me with all your heart.

2 versions of the word that are pretty good reads, NIV and THE Book.   I hope this helps and that you will experience a breakthrough soon.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 11:11 PM ET
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I really appreciate everyone's prayers and suggestions. I am not very good at writing, but I do want you to know I'm here, reading these posts.

There is a lot in my past that I feel an overwhelming load of guilt over. There's nothing I can do to change the bad decisions I made, and at least 10 years have past since the last incident that almost drove me over the edge. Still, even though I know full well God loves and forgives me for everything in my past, I can't seem to forgive myself and move on.... I am still praying about it.

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 10:59 PM ET
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You have to let go and understand that you are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.  When I first came back to the Lord, I too felt guilty and ashamed for all the things I had done in the past.  The Lord showed me 3 verses that really set me free.  And I want to share them with you so that you too can feel free from your past.

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Theresa, this means every single person on earth has screwed up and in need of God's love and forgiveness, you are not alone)

One day someone had sent me in the mail a small card with the serenity prayer on it.  Listen to what it says, for it speaks truth.

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change.  (Your Past)

Courage to change the things I can (What you do today)

And the wisdom to know the difference.


Date Posted: 12/13/2007 10:08 AM ET
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Hello everyone,


I had Joyce Meyer bible "The Everyday Life Bible" and it's so easy to read and also  it's like a self-help bible all in one. Here's a description of it that I found while searching for it for you.

The Everyday Life Bible

Inspirational TV and radio host Joyce Meyer adapts the traditional Bible for contemporary readers, providing her own commentary based on decades of study. Meyer brings to this book the same unique insights into the challenges of living spiritually in today`s troubled times that she brought to her many best-sellers, including APPROVAL ADDICTION and BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND. By adding scripture to self-help. Joyce Meyer provides a missing element for living, and enjoying, every day.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 1:02 PM ET
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I agree Adrienne, her Everyday Bible has helped me alot to understand the Word better.