NIV Life Journey Bible: Find the Answers for Your Whole Life [NOOK Book]

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Find the answers for your whole life.


It can be difficult to translate God’s Word into an effective plan to stay spiritually healthy, especially as you enter new phases of life. The Bible always holds relevant lessons, but sometimes it takes an experienced guide to help you grow as you face different life experiences.


Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend—bestselling ...

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Overview

Find the answers for your whole life.


It can be difficult to translate God’s Word into an effective plan to stay spiritually healthy, especially as you enter new phases of life. The Bible always holds relevant lessons, but sometimes it takes an experienced guide to help you grow as you face different life experiences.


Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend—bestselling authors of How People Grow and the Boundaries series—bring you the NIV Life Journey Bible, which includes the full text of the NIV, the world’s most accessible Bible translation, paired with their own acclaimed teachings. This Bible provides invaluable support for personal growth and wholeness.


Features:


• The complete text of the NIV Bible, the world’s most popular modern-English translation


• 300 “Insights” – giving you an inside track on tips for emotional and relational health


• Over 30 profiles of biblical figures reveal the growth principles that are found in God’s Word


• 66 book introductions call out key growth concepts in each book of the Bible


• 20 essays develop important principles of spiritual growth, covering topics such as growth, grief, relationships, and more


• Reading plans, subject index and “where to find it” index are extra resources located in the back of this Bible

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310599937
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1344
  • Sales rank: 49,162
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and co-host, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud and his wife and two daughters live in Southern California.

Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, and cohost of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and a cofounder of Cloud-Townsend clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling over six million copies, including the bestseller Boundaries.  He is also the author of Boundaries with Teens and Hiding from Love. He and his wife, Barbi, live in southern California. They have two grown sons.

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NIV LIFE JOURNEY BIBLE


By Henry Cloud John Townsend

Zondervan

Copyright © 2012 Henry Cloud and John S. Townsend
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-94895-7


Chapter One

THE BEGINNING

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

6 And God said, "Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

PSALM 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

PSALM 24

Of David. A psalm.

1 The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Re pent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

JESUS CALLS HIS FIRST DISCIPLES

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

JESUS HEALS THE SICK

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sick ness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demonpossessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

INTRODUCTION TO THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

THE BEATITUDES

He said:

3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

SALT AND LIGHT

13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine be fore others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW

17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

INSIGHT

God Is the Source of Life

Genesis 1:1–31

In the beginning there was God, and God created the heavens and the earth. Everything starts out with God as the source. This is point number one in the Bible. Nothing was in creation before God, and everything that exists came from him. This includes all the "stuff" of life—the resources, the principles, the purposes, the meaning—everything. He is the source, period.

After making the "stuff," God made humankind; he created Adam and Eve (see Genesis 2:7,22). So when we think about embracing (or restoring) life, we need to remember that life came from God. We think we know that, but we sometimes take it too lightly.

We understand that living things came from him. But we have to take that realization deeper than just creation. We have to understand it to mean that it includes his bringing life to dead situations in our lives. God is not only Creator but also "Re-creator" of life. Facing situations in our lives means that we realize that God is the one who can create new life in those situations. It becomes the theology of how one overcomes a depression or heals a marriage or rescues a failing business career. In other words, "How do I bring this marriage or this business career back to life?"

The Bible's answer to all these questions is "God." There is a person behind it all who will create and give us life and growth. God is the source of life. He is the source of growth as well.

Willpower Fails

Psalm 22:19

Some people advocate using willpower and trying harder to solve problems. This approach can be described simply: Whatever the problem behavior is, just stop doing it.

The problem with this thinking is that it assumes that our will has more power and ability than it does. Just as our hearts and minds are distorted by the fall, so is our power to make right decisions. And while these are good suggestions, and we should choose whatever we are able to do that is right, sometimes our will power fails. We need help. Just as David knew he couldn't face his physical enemies without God's strength, we cannot face our own struggles without the power of God. We do best when the words of David become our own: "Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me" (Psalm 22:19).

If we depend on willpower alone, we are guaranteed to fail, as any addict will attest to. And when we only depend on ourselves, we are denying the power of the relationship promised in the cross. If all we need is our will to overcome evil, we certainly don't need a Savior (see 1 Corinthians 1:17). The truth is, willpower alone is useless against self-boundary, or self-control, struggles. We need something outside of ourselves, the power of God's Spirit, to renew our hearts, minds and wills. This is something we just cannot do on our own or through any earthly power:

They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow ... Why ... do you submit to [the world's] rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. (Colossians 2:19–23)

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Welcome to the NIV Life Journey Bible....................v
How to Use This Bible....................vii
Contributors to the NIV Life Journey Bible....................ix
OLD TESTAMENT....................1
Genesis....................61
Exodus....................102
Leviticus....................133
Numbers....................177
Deuteronomy....................213
Joshua....................239
Judges....................265
Ruth....................271
1 Samuel....................304
2 Samuel....................334
1 Kings....................364
2 Kings....................396
1 Chronicles....................429
2 Chronicles....................463
Ezra....................473
Nehemiah....................489
Esther....................498
Job....................534
Psalms....................622
Proverbs....................659
Ecclesiastes....................670
Song of Songs....................677
Isaiah....................742
Jeremiah....................803
Lamentations....................811
Ezekiel....................861
Daniel....................878
Hosea....................889
Joel....................894
Amos....................903
Obadiah....................906
Jonah....................911
Micah....................920
Nahum....................924
Habakkuk....................929
Zephaniah....................934
Haggai....................937
Zechariah....................948
NEW TESTAMENT....................955
Matthew....................993
Mark....................1016
Luke....................1054
John....................1084
Acts....................1117
Romans....................1137
1 Corinthians....................1153
2 Corinthians....................1165
Galatians....................1172
Ephesians....................1179
Philippians....................1185
Colossians....................1191
1 Thessalonians....................1196
2 Thessalonians....................1199
1 Timothy....................1205
2 Timothy....................1210
Titus....................1213
Philemon....................1216
Hebrews....................1230
James....................1235
1 Peter....................1241
2 Peter....................1247
1 John....................1253
2 John....................1255
3 John....................1257
Jude....................1259
Revelation....................1281
Table of Weights and Measures....................1282
Reading Plans....................1289
Subject Index....................1312
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    so practical

    I love this book and how the authors bring the word into our every day life. I would of given it a 5 if the application would work on my nook. For some readon it freezes up and I have to force it to quit in order to get out of it. If that would work, then it would get a 5.

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    Worth the money!

    The author has helped me relate the bible to my life. Helping me to become a better person. Its like having a bible study without leaving home.

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    Tremendous Resource

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    Excellent Book

    Initially, I was reluctant to read a NIV version of the bible. However, I found this book to be an exception. It was informative and insightful.

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