Sunday, December 18, 2011

Getting Ready For Christmas: Advent Week 4 Scriptures

It is really hard to believe that Christmas Day is only a week away.

This year, just like most, I found myself getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, wrapping them, going to school concerts, family get-together's, and more. But this year I also made a much more deliberate attempt at really remembering the true meaning behind all this craziness. The birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

"Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. The young woman is pregnant and is about to give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14 CEB)

I started the month with the opportunity to review a Bible Translation that I was not very familiar with, The Common English Bible, or CEB. It has been really wonderfully to read Advent and Christmas scripture, using this translation. I found it very easy to understand,  a perfect gift idea this Christmas season, for the new Christian in your life, or for yourself, when you want to meditate, versus study, scripture. The quality of leather like cover is super soft, and perfect for engraving a name on as well.

About The Common English Bible (CEB):

Known for being “built on common ground,” the Common English Bible is a collaboration of 120 academic scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world who joined together to clearly translate the Bible’s original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages into 21st century English. More than half-a-million copies of the Bible are currently in print. It’s also available online and in 20 digital formats.

“When we say ‘built on common ground,’ we mean that the Common English Bible is the result of collaboration between opposites: scholars working with average readers; conservatives working with liberals; teens working with retirees; men working with women; many denominations and many ethnicities coming together around the common goal of creating a vibrant and clear translation for 21st century readers, with the ultimate objective of mutually accomplishing God’s overall work in the world; in essence, helping Bible readers live on common ground,” says Franklyn.

Combining scholarly accuracy with vivid language, the Common English Bible is the work of 120 biblical scholars from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities, representing such academic institutions as Asbury Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Bethel Seminary, Denver Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Wheaton College, Yale University, and many others.

Additionally, more than 500 readers in 77 groups field-tested the translation. Every verse was read aloud in the reading groups, where potentially confusing passages were identified. The translators considered the groups' responses and, where necessary, reworked those passages to clarify in modern English their meaning from the original languages. In total, more than 700 people worked jointly to bring the Common English Bible to fruition; and because of the Internet and today’s technology it was completed in less than four years.

Visit to see comparison translations, learn about the translators, get free downloads, and more.

The Common English Bible is sponsored by the Common English Bible Committee, an alliance of five publishers that serve the general market, as well as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (Chalice Press), Presbyterian Church (USA) (Westminster John Knox Press), Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, Inc.), United Church of Christ (The Pilgrim Press), and The United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press).

As we head into the last week before Christmas, I thought I would share a few Scripture passages that you can use to study, and meditate on, as we anticipate celebrating Christ's birth on December 25.

Sunday December 18, 2011: Ephesians 2:12-22 

Monday December 19, 2011: John 7: 37-38 and 14:6

Tuesday December 20, 2011: Matthew 28: 19-20

Wednesday, December 21, 2011: John 8: 12

Thursday, December 22, 2011: John 9: 4-5 and Matthew 5:14-16

Friday, December 23, 2011: Psalm 98:1-6

Saturday, December 24, 2011: John 1:1-3, 14 and Romans 6:23

It is my hope and prayer for you and myself, that through the reading of these scriptures that our hearts and minds will remain focused on the reason for the season, that we will be a light to a dark world and share the good news of His birth to our family, friends, neighbors and strangers in loving and tangible ways. 

One Reader 
Common English Bible

MANDATORY ENTRY: Tell me your favorite piece of scripture.




***I received a complimentary copy of the above Bible, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


  1. The 23rd Psalm. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I have so many favorite verses. Just like traveler above I love Psalm 23, which I was taught in public school. Boy have times changed. But I love Matthew 6:25-34. It's given me so much comfort.

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  3. My favorite scripture is Micah 4, Verse 3. Very meaningful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com