True Identity: The Bible for Women (TNIV) (Today's New International Version)

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No matter what your stage in life, you're probably facing a challenge or a change. You're starting a new job or a new relationship. You're deciding whether to move or maybe to go back to school or whether you want another child. Or maybe you're just trying to figure out how to get 25 hours worth of things done in a 24-hour day. Whatever you're facing, you probably share your struggles with a friend. Now imagine your friend has incredible wisdom and is available anytime of the day or night! That's what this Bible is about: becoming who you are in Christ through your relationship with him. True Identity approaches issues you may be facing in an honest way. It connects the life-changing truth of God's Word to your everyday life, and focuses on the overarching theme of identity, emphasizing who you are in God's eyes. As you grow in your relationship with Jesus, you'll be encouraged and empowered by the Bible's messages of hope, joy, and faith. Features: *100 'Myth' articles---States a common accepted myth from the world in the form of a headline, followed by the first-person story of a woman who struggled with the lie and how that affected her life. A stats box reveals how common this issue is among women. The article concludes with principles from God's Word that debunk the myth. *30 'Ask Me Anything' profiles of the women of the Bible---Profiles in an interview format where the biblical woman speaks to modern readers about the life issue she faced. *200 'Conversations' notes---Penetrating questions to reflect on, either alone or with a friend or mentor. *200 'He Is' callouts---Highlights an attribute of God as shown or taught in Scripture and teaches how that affects a woman's identity. *300 'At Issues' notes---Short teaching notes on life topics such as money, sex, or pride. *66 book introductions *Topical index *Back matter articles---Practical articles, such as mentoring, developing a consistent quiet time, Bible reading plans, memorizing Scripture, etc.

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The Holy Bible, Today's New International Version TNIV The Holy Bible, Today's New International Version TNIV Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide. True Identity: The Bible for Women Copyright 2005 by The Zondervan Corporation All rights reserved Published by Zondervan Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530, U.S.A. www.zondervan.com Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 2004114073 Produced with the assistance of The Livingstone Corporation. (www.LivingstoneCorp.com). Project staff includes Paige Drygas, Mary Horner Collins, Ashley Taylor, Betsy Schmitt, Christopher D. Hudson and Kirk Luttrell. The 'TNIV' and 'Today's New International Version' trademarks are the property of International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society. Up to 500 verses of the TNIV may be quoted in any form without written permission, provided that the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible, or more than 25% of the total text of the work in which they are quoted. Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page of the work as follows: Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, Today's New International Version TNIV Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide. When TNIV quotations are used in non-commercial media such as bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media used in churches, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (TNIV) must appear at the end of each quotation. Permission requests for non-commercial use that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by, International Bible Society, 1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Permission requests for commercial use within the U.S. and Canada that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by, Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530. All rights reserved. Printed in China 05 06 07 08 09 10 / ? CTPS / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 You will be pleased to know that a portion of the purchase price of your new TNIV Bible has been provided to International Bible Society to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world www.ibs.org The purpose and passion of International Bible Society is to faithfully translate, publish and reach out with God's Word so that people around the world may become disciples of Jesus Christ and members of his Body. james AUTHOR James, the brother of Jesus. AUDIENCE Early Jewish Christians scattered because of persecution and all followers of Jesus. DATE About A.D. 49. SETTING James encouraged the former members of the Jerusalem church, now scattered to various places because of persecution. VERSE TO REMEMBER 'In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.' (2:17) THEME TO CONSIDER Faith without action isn't real faith at all. Are you spiritually seasick? X (1:5--8) Why can't I keep my faith 'personal'--- something between God and me? X (2:14--26) What part of you was ignited by hell itself? X (3:1--12) What happens when you resist the devil? X (4:7) Can you sin without actually doing anything? X (4:17) james 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. Trials and Temptations 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Those who doubt should not think they will receive anything from the Lord; 8 they are doubleminded and unstable in all they do. 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation---since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 When t empted, no one should say, 'God i s tempting me.' For God cannot be t empted b y e vil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each of you is tempted when you are dragged away by your own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. Listening and Doing 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Those who listen to the word but do not do what it says are like people who look at their faces in a mirror 24 and, after looking at themselves, go away and immediately forget what they look like. 25 But those who look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continue in it---not forgetting what they have heard but doing it---they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Favoritism Forbidden 2 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose someone comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor person in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the one wearing fine clothes and say, 'Here's a good seat for you,' but say to the one who is poor, 'You stand there' or 'Sit on the floor by my feet,' 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' a you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, 'You shall not commit adultery,' b also said, 'You shall not murder.

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