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About davew0958

I'm 62 years old and married to a woman I love very much. My wife and I are both Christians and attend a local Bible-believing Church. We have 7 beautiful grandchildren, are also dog lovers and currently reside in Norwich, CT. I'm an I.T. Director at a nationally-known maritime museum in southeastern Connecticut.

Bible Versions Revisited

‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. ‘ -2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)

As you may know if you have spent any time reading my blog, I tend to use various translations of the Bible in providing Scripture references for the points I wish to convey. We live in a country that is still fortunate to have the freedom within its borders to purchase and ready any number of fine translations. Of course, many places in the world do not have that luxury and must get by with whatever is available to them (often through an underground source).


A typical day of study includes several different versions of the Bible. In the morning, I read a chapter of Proverbs, this month using the NLT. Next month I will pick some other version to see what gems it may offer. Later in the day I use the King James Version to study the book of Revelation using the C-3000 Bible study series by Chuck Smith. I use the King James because that is what he is using for reference in the study. My father was partial to the King James Version so I am used to it from my youth (when many others used it more than they do today). I love the KJV, but am not an KJV-onlyist. At the end of the day, I am studying a Psalm with David Guzik’s series on the Psalms which is available on YouTube and highly recommended. For that, I use my all-time favorite trusty ESV Study Bible which is all marked up from the past few years of notes I have seen fit to jot down within its pages. While he uses the NKJV, I find it easy to follow along with the ESV as they are both more literal translations. I also hold the NKJV in very high regard.


For those new to the faith or serious study of scripture, there are different types of translations to aid in the understanding of God’s word. There are more literal, moderate and dynamic translations that are readily available and usually in inexpensive forms or contained within free Android/iOS apps such as YouVersion. I would always recommend that the believer have at least one of the more literal translations such as NKJV, ESV or NASB available. While all English translations are but commentaries on the original text (as you are reading what the translators think the text means), a more literal translation uses less literary and interpretative license and often tends to read very similar to another more literal version. It is also handy to have access to a more dynamic translation such as the NIV or NLT to help get a better perspective on the what the text may be saying. While controversial in some quarters, I think the NIV is a decent Bible version and often makes passages more clear than a literal, stiff rendering might. The NLT has been a personal favorite of mine and one I always recommend to new believers just delving into God’s precious word. Please remember, more dynamic translations such as the NLT or NIV do rely more on interpretation/opinion than the more literal versions do.


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some other valuable resources I use when delving deeper into the meaning of certain passages of scripture. The Amplified Bible is great for getting into the crux of the meaning of certain verses in many cases (as long as you member that the bracketed information you see is the editor’s explanation of the what they think the text is saying). I do find that it often opens up the meaning of some verses in a way that I can miss on my own. Another fantastic resource are the Key Word study Bibles produced by AMG Publishers, They are available in KJV, 1977 NASB, ESV, NKJV and now the CSB. They refer you to the back of the Bible for definitions of many key words found in both the Hebrew and Greek texts. A very worthy investment. I am fortunate to have both the ESV and NASB 77 versions and I love them. The last one I will mention here is an all-time favorite: The Thompson Chain Reference Bible. For many years Kirbride published the Thompson in KJV, NKJV, They were having some problems and finally sold the publishing rights to Zondervan, who has done a wonderful job of publishing new editions that are actually more affordable and come with decent covers and sewn bindings for years of use. I recently acquired a hard cover version of the new NIV edition which has been updated and expanded and now comes in “Comfort Print,” which I find much easier on the eyes. I highly recommend it, especially if you are partial to the NIV and may have older eyes such as I do. Several other versions are also available including ESV, NASB. What makes the Thompson so valuable to me is its lack of personal opinion. It tends to let the Bible interpret itself through the use of thousands of references. Again, a personal favorite of mine and one I use daily (I have an old KJV edition that I’d be lost without).

Hope this post helps you in determining the best course of action in studying His precious word.

The War Within

The Living Bible. Galatians 5:16-17:
I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to.
For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.

As soon as we are saved by accepting Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. This gives us an edge we previously didn’t have in living a more righteous and godly life. The battle never stops, temptations to sin will come and go throughout our lives, but now we have the most valuable arsenal of weapons available to thwart the plans of the evil one.

Obviously, what is needed is constant prayer and meditation. Keep your eyes upon Jesus and the Holy Spirit will guide you in living a full and satisfying life in Christ.

From The Inside Out

Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” -Mark 7:15‭, ‬21‭-‬23 NIV

Many years ago, a popular comedian named Flip Wilson got a lot of mileage out of an old expression used as an excuse since before I can remember: the devil made me do it. As Christians, we know that humanity is a fallen race in a fallen world whose only hope for redemption is the blood of Jesus. Once we accept His wonderful gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to reside in us. When that happens, what is inside comes out — and that certainly should be His precious love.

Father, thank you for allowing us to receive and make use of the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, helping us to grow ever closer to our Savior.

Keeping the right attitude.

Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 TLB

It’s good to remember Who is always with us — whatever we must go through. People who we rely on for encouragement and support may not always be there when we need them, but our Heavenly Father is without fail! We can depend on Him.

“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. -Jeremiah 17:7‭-‬8 MSG

How important to invest in our faith and keep our ultimate confidence in Him!

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
-Mark 9:23 ESV

He is a God of infinite possibilities if we live in accordance with His will.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. -Philippians 4:13 KJV

Strength ultimately must come from the Source of all life Himself!

Useless without Him.

“Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing. -The Living Bible. John 15:5

Try as I might have sometimes, I was never able to accomplish anything of lasting value on my own without the aid of the Holy Spirit and goal of advancing His kingdom here on Earth. Things of eternal value are those which are of God and His will for my life.

Father, help me to focus on You and Your desire for my life as I work to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

You just don’t get it…

Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? -Mark 8:18 NRSV

I cannot begin to perceive the amount of patience Jesus has for us. The disciples did not start out to be selfless, compassionate men of great courage and devotion. They would eventually grow into such people — but not without the exceptional patience of our Lord and the guidance of our great Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

Better Christians

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. -Acts 10:45 NIV

In New Testament, among those first believers in the early church, the thought of Gentiles (non-Jewish people) having access to God was unthinkable. Yet, our Lord had a different idea. His disciples failed to realize that when He went into Samaria to share the good news with a group of people considered almost as bad. It would take some convincing for them to realize that God loved all people, not just the Hebrews.

The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” -Acts 11:1‭-‬3 NIV

How many times do we as believers look at each other, making judgments as to who is the better Christian? Who attends Church more frequently and gives the most of their finances? Who does the most service for the kingdom? Who never speaks a word of profanity? Who has never been divorced or perhaps suffered from a substance abuse problem? These are some of the many things we can use as points when comparing ourselves to our brothers and sisters.

Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman. So if you belong to Christ, you are now part of Abraham’s family, and you will be given what God has promised. -Galatians 3:28‭-‬29 CEV

Father, great is Your majesty and glory. Also great is your love for us. May we remember Your ever-patient grace when we start to think we are better Christians, somehow more worthy of Your love than others. May we meet at the foot of the Cross in humble adoration and gratitude for Your mercy and bountiful blessings.


Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. -Psalms 117:1‭-‬2 NIV

Living in a world so full of uncertainty, it is comforting to be reassured that the Lord is faithful to us forever. Can we say the same?

Waiting & Hoping

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. -Psalms 25:4‭-‬5 NIV

The psalmist made quite a statement when he wrote “my hope is in you day long.” Sometimes I find waiting and hoping even a few minutes for something I really want to happen can seem like forever.

I believe God always hears and answers prayer. It’s the “how and when” that I struggle with. The answer to my requests may be yes, a resounding no, or wait and see. But I’m sure that my hope is valid — no matter what the outcome.

Born Again?

When Nicodemus came to Jesus Jesus one night to ask Him questions, he acknowledged that He was a teacher sent from God and cited the miracles He performed as evidence. What was the reply that Jesus gave him? Was it, “you’re wise to see that I am sent from God because of the works that I do?” No. It was: Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.” -John 3:3 GNT

The Bible makes it clear that we are dead in our trespasses and sins until such time that the Holy Spirit opens are eyes to see the majesty, Glory and loving grace of God.

In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God. Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else. -Ephesians 2:1‭-‬3 CEV

The life we receive from our human parents is already one that is fallen. You might well say that we are born dead. We are conceived into this fallen race by a fallen people and are by nature children of the “god of this world” (Satan) — unless and until we are redeemed by God through the sacrifical work of His Son on the cross. For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. -John 8:44 NLT