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The Power of One...Good Book

We all have a favorite book, one that has impacted our lives and made us a better person. As believers that one book is our Bible. Why are there so many Bible  translations? Rose Publishing, Incorporated answers this question.

For more than 2000 years, scholars have been translating the Bible. The Old Testament was written over a 1500-year period before the birth of Christ. It was written primarily in Hebrew, with a few portions in   Aramaic. The New Testament was written within 70 years of Christ’s death and resurrection (AD 50-100). The writers of the New Testament wrote in Koine Greek (“common”Greek).

The original manuscripts have not survived, but God’s Word has been preserved through meticulous  copying. Three primary methods of translation (and a fourth translation treatment) have evolved over the centuries:

Word-for-Word – A process in which biblical and linguistic scholars attempt to translate each word based upon the word usage at the time of the writing. 

Balance – A process in which scholars attempt to mediate between a word-for-word approach and a thought-for-thought approach.

Thought-for-Thought – A process in which scholars translate the meaning of each thought. This is how most non-biblical translation for modern books is done.

Paraphrase – A re-statement of a translation in modern terms and vocabulary, often expanded (or “amplified”) for clarity.

Why do new translations continue to appear?

Words change. 

Our understanding of ancient languages changes.

Translators’ purposes vary.

Bibles in the Church Library use Dewey number 220.5 or 225.5 for New Testaments. We have a large variety of translations, marked on the spine label, for your use including: 

AMP [Amplified]

CEB [Common English Bible]

CEV [Contemporary English Version]

ESV [English Standard Version]

GW [God’s Word Translation] 

ICB [International Children’s Bible]

KJV [King James Version] 

NCV [New Century Version]

NIV [New International Version] 

NIrV [New International Reader’s Version]

NJB [New Jerusalem Bible] 

NKJ [New King James Version]

NLT [New Living Translation]

RSV [Revised Standard Version]

TLB [The Living Bible]

TEV [Today’s English Version, Good News Translation]

Within these translations we also have a variety of study Bibles that contain helpful information provided by a variety of authors.

Come on in and check it out!


Keeping Current

It was recently suggested that an article about the great magazines available in the Church Library be presented. We subscribe to some magazines on an annual basis, while others are offered free of charge. Although the check-out cards would indicate a low circulation, I have observed magazines being read in the library during times of waiting or relaxing. All magazines are carded and may be check-out the same as all other materials. We ask that they be   returned in one week. Here are the titles with a brief description that we currently have for your use:


Main Library:


Biblical Archaeology Review. BAR is the only magazine that connects the academic study of archaeology to a broad general  audience eager to     understand the world of the Bible. Covering both the Old and New Testaments, BAR presents the latest discoveries and controversies in archaeology with breathtaking photography and informative maps and diagrams.


Church Health Reader. The mission of Church Health is to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and spirits. In support of that    mission, Church Health Reader  publishes inspirational and innovative resources drawn from knowledgeable sources, and offers practical ways to create happier, healthier communities.


Northeast Ohio Parent. Northeast Ohio Parent launched in March 2014 as a refreshing new monthly publication for  parents in the Greater Cleveland/Akron region. Content focus areas include education, enrichment, health and wellness, activities and events,  recreation, entertainment, community profiles and much more.’ll see the best that Northeast Ohio has to offer as viewed through a family-friendly lens.


Outreach. This magazine is the gathering place of ideas, insights and stories for Christian churches focused on reaching out to their community – locally and globally – with the love of Christ. Our primary readers are pastors and church leaders, as well as laity who are passionate about outreach.


Tabletalk. Each issue contains challenging, stimulating articles on a wide variety of issues related to theology and Christian living, written by eminently trustworthy authors – names like Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul. A Bible study for each dayTabletalk helps you understand the Bible and apply it to daily living.


Children’s Library:


Clubhouse, Jr. Faith-filled fun for youngsters ages 3-7. Creative stories, fascinating articles, puzzles, craft ideas and more are packed into each issue. You'll love the way this bright and colorful kids magazine reinforces biblical values and helps boys and girls explore their world. Published by Focus on the Family we have 8 years of magazines bound together by month.


Clubhouse. Published by Focus on the Family, we have 8 years of magazines bound together by month. This kids magazine for ages 8-12 reinforces    traditional values and promotes family closeness with hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and exciting stories.


WORLDkids : let’s go exploring. Finding effective tools that foster a love for learning among 7-10 year olds can be a tall order. Finding tools that are safe and reinforce your beliefs may seem nearly impossible. Your child will have fun learning, while the truth is reinforced in ways that encourage the pursuit of the kind of life God intends.


Teen Library:


WORLDteen.In our clouded cultural narrative, savvy voices  consistently sow misleading seeds with our teens – powerfully suggesting how they should think and live. Our goal is simple: to   engage them with the truth in a way that helps them pursue the kind of life God intends. Your teen will have fun learning, while the truth is reinforced in ways that encourage the pursuit of the kind of life God intends.


Come on in and check it out.




Good Mission Reads

As we continue our annual summer promotional, “Ice Cream for Books!” I would like you to be aware of Elisabeth Elliot and her testimony. 

Born Elisabeth Howard in Belgium to missionary parents on Dec. 21, 1926, she came to the United States with her siblings and parents the following year. After spending the majority of her childhood in Germantown, Pennsylvania and Moorestown, New Jersey, she attended Wheaton College she majored in Greek to facilitate her desire to use linguistics on the mission field and serve as a Bible translator. She graduated in 1948. Elisabeth Elliot, a woman whose life story transfixed and inspired women through six decades and at least three generations, has died. Author, speaker, and missionary pioneer Elisabeth Elliot Gren died this morning, June 15, at the age of 88 following a lengthy battle with dementia.

She wrote “It is my prayer that the Spirit of God will direct you as you read…” in the foreword of Lies women believe [248.843/DeM] by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. That is also my prayer as you use our Church Library. Here is a list of some of the materials by or about Elisabeth  Elliot in our Church Library:

Main Library:

Loneliness : it can be a wilderness, it can be a pathway to God [248.86/Ell] by Elisabeth Elliot.  Elliot gives hope to the lonely through tender reflections on God's love for us and his plans to bless us. Here you will find honesty and compassion, not platitudes. She tackles this difficult topic with grace and faith, showing you how to make peace with loneliness, however it has come about, and how to grow through it.

End of the spear : a true story [986.6/Sai] by Steve Saint.  This is the true story of how Steve Saint is asked by the Woadani to return to the jungle with his family to live among them and teach them to interact with the encroaching outside world.

Path through suffering : God's mercy in your pain [AC/248.86/Ell] by Elisabeth Elliot. When dealing with tragedies like death, divorce or illness, discover God's hope and peace in your life.

End of the spear : from a true story [DVD/986.6/Gav] by Bart Gavigan. When five young missionaries, among them Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, are speared to death by the Waodani in 1956, a series of      miraculous events unfolds that changes the lives of the slain men's families and the Ecuadorian tribe they were attempting to befriend. Based on a true story of love and forgiveness.

Children’s Library:

Jim Elliot : a light for God [CB/Ell] by Renee Taft Meloche. Jim bravely faced both the wonders and the dangers of the South American  jungle to share God's love with the feared and isolated Auca people. His death ignited a flame for missions that spread to Christians everywhere.

Jim Elliot : one great purpose [JB/Ell] by Janet Benge. Tells how Jim Elliot and his coworkers             surrendered their lives in Ecuador's jungle, challenging countless Christians to live with a great purpose of bringing the Gospel to those who have never heard.

Jim Elliot : missionary to Ecuador [JB/Ell] by Susan Martins Miller. This story of Jim Elliot's brief adult life is an account of how he heard and responded to God's voice.

Teen Library:

Dayuma : life under Waorani spears [TB/Day] by Ethel Emily Wallis. Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully chose to lay down their lives on a sandy beach in Ecuador. Their lives and sacrifice come full circle in the breathtaking true story of Dayuma. Hers is the unforgettable story of one girl's odyssey into the unknown. Her eventual encounter with Christ ultimately changed her life and forever altered the destiny of her people. Dayuma is a vivid, lasting testimony to the power of the love of God and the cross to reach beyond any barrier.

Come on in and check it out.


Using the Library


Our expanded church library is open when the church is open and anyone can check out materials. Here's how: 

Select materials you wish to borrow. Remove the circulation card and write in your name (and phone number if not a church member).Then place card in the check out box.

Books may be checked out up to 3 weeks; all other materials 1 week. When returning materials, place them in the top drawer of the lateral file cabinet marked "Returned materials."


Logos Builder Plan

Logos Builder plan

Tips for Selecting Children's Books


Parents, here are some tips for helping your child select books appropriate to his/her reading level:

Have your child read the first page or two of the book. Ask  them to hold up 1 finger for every word they don't know. If they hold up 5 fingers while reading, consider this a "read it to me" book, rather than a book to read on their own. If they hold up only 2-3 fingers, you've found a "just right" book.

Meet Joyce Kight


Joyce Kight, our director of Christian resources, manages one of the largest Christian lending libraries in the area. She has spent over 30 years in library ministry (nearly 20 of them with us!), sharing her love of God and books and supporting congregational libraries. Read Joyce's story.

Book Club Selections

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 Tuesday Morning Book Duscussion Group

 Tues., Oct. 27,
@10 :00 a.m.

The next Tuesday Book Discussion will be on October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Church Library. This month’s selection is The Prodigal by Brennan Manning.

 This powerful message of grace and forgiveness has transformed many lives. The Prodigal will transform you too…Read the book…Then join us for discussion.

 This book group is open to all adults who love to read. 




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