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When God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was completely formless and empty, with nothing but darkness draped over the deep. God’s Spirit swept over the face of the waters.
And then God announced: “Let there be light,” and light burst forth!
The Book of Genesis is God’s autobiography and the foundation upon which all revelation rests. The purpose of this book is to give the origin of all things, including the cosmic order of the universe and the covenant relationship between God and his people.
Speaking the Word from his eternal dwelling place of light, God fashioned everything from nothing, perfectly displaying his awesome wonder. We will never be able to take the mystery out of Creation, for a God who is incomprehensible in his greatness accomplished it.
One of the over-arching themes of Genesis is God’s blessing. His highest order is not the earth or the cosmos, it is man and woman, made after his kind, to be containers for his glory. Genesis showcases God’s redemptive heart toward the world—a theme that can be traced throughout the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures.
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The Passion Translation, New Testament (2nd Edition)
The Passion Translation, New Testament (2nd Edition) Audio Bible
Harmony of the Gospels - The Passion Translation
"The Word of God is our collective and yet deeply personal love letter from above. It positions you and me within proven, godly wisdom and gives precious insight into the heart, nature, and goodness of God. I have loved the individual books published thus far from The Passion Translation, and look forward with great anticipation to adding the entire New Testament with Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs to my own private (and public) reading. With my husband, Brian, and our Hillsong church family, we know these pages will bring to life the One whose name is Jesus—whose passion is humanity and whose heart is for you." Bobbie Houston, Co-Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
"Forged many years ago while translating the Scriptures among South American tribes, and hammered out on the anvil of decades of personal devotion and apostolic experience, my dear friend Brian Simmons brings to the earth a powerful and refreshing translation of the Scriptures that is fueling and inflaming the hearts of tens of thousands world wide. Like the Living Bible that sprung forth in the days of the Jesus Movement, this translation bursts forth from the womb of this present revival. Read it and get caught up in a God-swirl of spiritual understanding and revelation." Lou Engle, The Call
"One of the greatest things to happen with Bible translation in my lifetime." Bill Johnson, Pastor, Bethel Church, Best-Selling Author
"Brian Simmons’ work is truly breathtaking! We so appreciate the labor of love that went into translating the Scriptures directly from the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. The Passion Translation has energized our study of the Bible, and we’re certain it will do the same for you." John and Lisa Bevere, Founders of Messenger International and Best-Selling Authors
"Having studied New Testament in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship, I grew to marvel at the pithiness of Martin Luther’s translation (1534) of the Bible into German. Unfortunately, it made me disappointed every time I opened an English translation of the Scriptures. Just didn’t have the same “bite” and passion of Luther. I’ve been following The Passion Translation as each book of the Bible has been published, and finally I’ve found something that rivals the work of the great reformer. The Bible is an edgy book, and TPT returns that sword of the Word of God back to its razor-sharp edge and shine." David Housholder, Research Associate to Frederick Danker, translator of Bauer’s Greek-English Lexicon
Dr. Brian Simmons is a Bible teacher, linguist, minister, and former missionary. As a missionary, he and his wife, Candice, pioneered church plants in Central America. As a linguist, Brian co-translated the Kuna New Testament for the Paya-Kuna people of Panama. He and his wife pioneered and shepherded church plants among the Kuna people group for many years. After their ministry overseas, Brian and Candice returned to North America, where Brian and Candice birthed numerous ministries. Brian serves as U.S. director for Harvest International Ministries, which oversees a network of nearly 20,000 churches and ministries worldwide.
Brian and Candice have been married for over forty-five years and have three children, six grandchildren, and two precious great-granddaughters. Their passion is to be loving examples of a spiritual father and mother to our generation.