Bible sharing

I feel so happy today to share five copies of the Bible to my fellow FGBMFI member Reggie Ballados.

His church is conducting a bible study for young people from many parts of Davao and the neighboring provinces. They lack copies of the bible and he has been asking our colleagues for help. Their bible class will commence tonight.

The bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and it has now been translated into almost 3,000 languages, making it the most translated book in the world. It was first translated into English in 1382 AD by English theologian and reformer John Wycliffe. Before his translation, the English nobility read the French copies of the bible.

The first bible translation into Tagalog (Pilipino) may be Ang Biblia published in 1909.

I pray for the success of this youth program by Reggie’s church. I wish to thank those who gave me copies of the bible. I hope it is not a disrespect that I share the bible to others without asking for your consent. I know God would reward your kindness. Afterall, sharing the Word of God to others is all our mission.

Pinoys read Love in the bible

What are the most read passages in the bible?

Here is an interesting result from an online bible service. Based from the site statistics culled by BibleGateway.com from ten top worldwide cities, the most read are the following:

Atlanta – Psalm 23

Chicago – 1 Cor. 13

Dallas – 1 Cor. 13

Los Angeles – Gen. 1

Houston – Gen. 1

Singapore – Prov. 2

London – 1 Cor. 13

New York – Psalm 23

Washington, DC – Psalm 23, and

Makati, Philippines – 1 Cor. 13

If Makati were representative of the bible readers in the Philippines, then most Filipinos read about “LOVE.”

1 Corinthians 13

Love

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Interesting indeed! I know Filipinos as great lovers. But it did not occur to me in this sense – biblical – that they get much inspiration from the most printed book of all time.

That is perhaps because my own relationship with the bible is shallow, to say the least.

While I was in Grade IV, I attended a children’s bible study class. It was more of the free snacks that most of us kids were attracted to it. However, I kind of topped our class after a few months and our bible teacher awarded me a bible as gift.

Although I am a voracious reader since high school, I seldom read the bible. I open it only during the Holy Week and read mostly gospels in the New Testament.

I did not realize how much I have been missing.

Last July, our chapter President Atty. Bienvenido Cariaga handed out Midyear Awards for outstanding work of our members. I was named as “Fisherman of the MidYear” and he gave me a new bible. I have accumulated about seven or eight bibles in my lifetime all gifts from friends and pastors. But it was only lately that I started to read it regularly.

Our chapter hold bible study sessions every Thursday night. It is often held at Regional VP Gerry Guiang’s house. I understand about six to seven of our members regularly attend the activity. I thought it is just a matter of time when I too would be sitting in this bible study class, now realizing it as a source of “LOVE!”

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