Saturday, November 9, 2019

Being a Water Walker

Most of the following information I took from a book called - "If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat!"  by John Ortberg.  It is a great book. 

What kinds of things do you trust in, especially when life gets stormy, that help you feel comfortable and secure rather than fearful?  Be honest!  Could it be locking the door when you're alone?  Could it be eating?  Could it be calling a close friend or family member?  All these things are good but what about God?  Why isn't He the first thought?  He's probably in the thought process, but is He the FIRST thought?  He should be.  We've discovered that He has integrity, Ability, and Benevolence.  The trifecta of trustworthiness.  Maybe it's because He's something not tangible.  Oh, but wait, we trust the drivers at the crosswalk.  As for me, I am trying everyday to make Him my first thought of every moment.  I believe this takes practice and comes with maturity in our walk with Him.  So, keep trying.

Why do you believe or not believe that God calls everyone who follows him to step out in faith and do something extraordinary?  Yet another excellent question.  We determine our beliefs from our experiences.  Yet, how can we experience extraordinary if we are not willing to "get out of the boat?"  Our experiences come from trusting in God and His plans, not our own.  Here are some of the positive reasons for getting "out of the boat."

  • It is the only way to real growth
  • It is the way true trust develops
  • It is an alternative to boredom and stagnation
  • It is a part of discovering and obeying our calling
  • The water is where Jesus is!

What stops us from getting "out of the boat?"  FEAR!!!  What happened to Peter when he looked down and realized that he was walking on the water?  He became fearful, took his eyes off Jesus, and sank.  There is a high price for fear.  Fear motivates us to take action and remove ourselves from whatever is threatening us.  Fear readies our body to flee, hide, or fight.  Fear can help protect us from harm.  However, when fear rather than trust becomes our solution to difficult situations, it exacts a devastatingly high price.  Consider the following drawbacks of fear:

  • Fear can strike when it is not helpful or wanted
  • Fear can be paralyzing instead of motivating
  • Fear can cease to be sporadic and become habitual worry
  • Fear threatens to keep us from trusting and obeying God
  • Fear that causes us to avoid a difficult situation rather than facing it head on and taking action kills personal growth.  When we take the easy way out we feel bad about ourselves because  we learn we can’t cope with life’s greatest challenges
  • Living with fear keeps us from experiencing our God-given potential
  • Living in fear destroys our joy and robs us of life’s delights
  • Living in fear causes us to focus on the negative
  • Living in fear creates a loss in intimacy between us and other people.  We become afraid to say what we think or feel, afraid of the pain of conflict
  • Living in fear causes us to believe that God can’t, or won’t, take care of us
  • Fear limits hopes, dreams, and callings
When we get out of the boat, we are never quite the same….Every time you walk on the water, each time you trust God and seek to discern and obey His calling on your life, your God will get bigger, and your worship will grow deeper, richer, and stronger.   John Ortberg

The way we live our lives is a consequence of the size of our God.

If you are not fully convinced that you are absolutely safe in the hands of a fully competent, all knowing, ever present God, than your God is too small!!!  This is why so many of us keep living as though everything depends on us.

So, are you a water walker?  Who are you in Christ.  I challenge you to read Ephesians 1 and 2.  Make a list of what God says you are.  Then believe and live your life as big as your God is.  Expect to do something extraordinary.  

Friday, November 8, 2019


Benevolence - The third and last component to trustworthiness


A tender heart is very rare, but we all have very good reason to be kind to one another and show compassion!  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32“The tenderness of a friend rejoices the heart.” Proverbs 27:9. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love …” Romans 12:10. After all is said and done, the average person, a sinner, is rather hardhearted. A deep and thorough salvation from sin, a radical transformation is necessary before a person can be tenderhearted toward others; for example, brothers toward brothers and sisters toward sisters. 


Quite simply put, having a tender heart is something very rare. The source of being tenderhearted is understanding and compassion.  The fact of the matter is that we have the same sinful tendencies within us as the others, and we have experienced that it is difficult to overcome them. This is the very reason we should have compassion with others when they fall. It is absolutely inappropriate to say, “I just cannot understand that!” On the contrary, it is quite fitting to say, “That is really sad, but I understand it very well, and I have good reason to show compassion.” Yes, imagine if it had been you or me!  All of us have good reason to be radical in seeking salvation from every trace of hardness so that being tenderhearted toward one another becomes a common occurrence in daily life.



Thursday, November 7, 2019


Ability - The second component to trustworthiness.

Have you ever considered this: the same power or ability that parted the Red Sea is available to you?  Ephesians 1:19 says, “… and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.”  God holds the whole ocean in His hand, and He created the land on which we stand and walk. This same power is available to us today! By this power we can be liberated from the sin that dwells within us.  God is the power that created the heavens and the earth. When He said, “Let there be light!” the light came to the earth, and He created day and night. (Genesis 1) God parted the Red Sea; He made the walls of Jericho fall without a single blow. (Exodus 14:21Joshua 6:20). Even the sun and the moon have to stand still at His command. (Joshua 10:13)  God is infinitely great.

The prophet Isaiah made an attempt at describing Him:  “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance?” Isaiah 40:12“… Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:22God is eternal.  This is the same God with whom we can have a personal relationship. He is always the same. He is everlasting.  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:28-29.  That means that this same power, the same tremendous power that parted the Red Sea in a moment, is available now – to you and me!

Most of us will not overtake cities and countries, or go to battle against physical enemies, but God has called us to resist the sin that dwells in us. Through Jesus He gave us the possibility of being set free from sin’s slavery, to overcome our own lusts and demands, and to conquer everything that causes unrest and conflict.  We need God’s help every day – each time we are tempted – to overcome the sin that wants to come out of us. Sin is strong, but God’s power is always stronger! His power breaks down barriers and walls, and makes possible what was impossible! We can stand by the power of the eternal God in those very areas where we used to fall in sin again and again! 

God can create something completely new in us if we surrender to His power and set our own will aside. This puts us in the right position to be transformed. When God gains access to our lives we can truly become new creations who are no longer under the power of sin. What an incredible hope! Do we see it?

Paul writes in Ephesians 1:17-18That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints …”  Just as Paul prayed that the Ephesians could see even more clearly, we also can pray to receive enlightened eyes of the heart. We can pray to be able to see as God sees. Then God will again cause light to shine where it was dark before, and situations are turned upside down. Life becomes very interesting and very hopeful!

We must lay hold of trust in God’s power in our personal lives. This power is strong enough to set us free from sin and bring us into a life of abiding in the will of God; this gives us a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Trust in God’s power allows us to let go and instead let Him – He who has all power over heaven and earth – guide us. God’s power is exceedingly great!  “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Ephesians 1:17-21.

God has the ability.  Do you have the ability to trust in Him?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Integrity - One of the three components that make a person trustworthy.   Scripture is filled with passages urging integrity in believers—it just talks about integrity without using that term. Think of the most famous New Testament commands for Christian living: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-25). Such a list is a command to live a life of the highest integrity, a life that brings goodness and blessings to all people.  In short, the Christian command to integrity is a command to both talk and walk in the way of Jesus.  

It's a life marked by love, compassion, mercy, justice, and honoring God's call above everything else. It's the life spoken of in 1 Peter: "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil" (3:10-12). That definition of integrity calls us to walk in the path of Christ, and to steer clear of hypocrisy.  So how can we live a life of integrity? We must accept God's call to live in his will and walk in the footsteps of Christ. We must live the kind of life that Jesus lived, even if no one is watching you.

We must obey the command of James 1:22: "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." It's simple, and it's difficult. And it's all that God asks.


Do you have integrity?  Do I have integrity?  It's hard to answer now that we have God's definition.  Yet we trust one another more easily than God.  God has integrity that overflows.  Let's remember this next time we question whether or not to trust.  

Next time we will take a look at Ability!

Faith vs. Trust
Faith In God  
Faith is believing whatever the outcome, it’s “for the good”
Faith one can have constantly
Faith often comes naturally
Faith can remain aloof from ones conscious reality

 Trust in God
Trust is believing that the outcome will be good in a revealed way
Trust is only required at specific times
Trust requires intense effort
Trust must permeate ones conscious reality



Monday, November 4, 2019

Trust, a topic I struggle with on a daily basis.  In fact, I wasn’t planning on doing a talk for our women's retreat this year but as I always say, "If I'm struggling then you all are going to join me."  This year was going to be my weekend to RETREAT!  God had other plans, however.  So, I spoke on the topic of trust this past September at our annual retreat.  I have struggled with trust ever since my kids became my kids.  As many of you know, my husband and I adopted 4 kids, ages 3-6 all at the same time.  I thought I had it figured out until my daughter got pregnant…again and again and again.  Now it is a daily struggle. Just when we thought we were done, we stepped up to raise two of our four granddaughters, (the other two live with their dad).  These days and at my age I have to rely on trusting God more and more. A song I sing with the girls, (now 9 and 10) is "God is Bigger than the Boogie Man.."  If I am going to believe this than I have to trust.  So, in an effort to share some of the information I learned while preparing my teaching, I am going to share on my blog for the next few days.  There is a lot of information so I'll take some time.  Also, if any of you disagree or have other scriptures that help you cope with this subject, please share.  Here goes.

First of all, faith and trust are often used interchangeably, as though they’re one and the same.  They are not.  In fact, FAITH and TRUST are two entirely different things.  Faith has been called “the substance of hope.”  Faith requires no evidence for belief.  The very nature of faith surmises that tangible evidence doesn’t exist.  On the other hand, trust is based largely on evidence that is real.  Trust is the core conviction of judgment based on knowledge, instinct, and experience. Consider this:  Imagine walking down a city street.  At one point, you step onto a well-marked crosswalk.  In doing so, you unwittingly place enormous trust in other people.  You trust the drivers of cars and trucks, presumably complete strangers to you to behave safely.  They are expected to obey the traffic laws.  You trust these drivers will be skilled and sober enough to observe you walking in the middle of the street and will come to a stop, thus allowing you to pass safely.  Based on volumes of evidence — including traffic fatalities which happen frequently in crosswalks, railroad crossings, and the like — placing this trust may be ill-advised.  After all, you know nothing about these drivers.  They could be drunk or distracted or sending texts and quite possibly not see you.  Should that misfortune happen, the end result could be a serious injury, or perhaps even death.  Nonetheless, we all step out into crosswalks anyway, usually without even thinking about the risk we are taking.  This is because trust is an every day part of life.  We have no choice than to trust other people. 

In my study of trust, I found that there are three components that make up a trustworthy person:  integrity, ability, and benevolence.  So, why do have I/we have a problem trusting God.  He has integrity.  He has ability.  He is benevolent.   Tomorrow, I will focus on integrity.  I hope you will join me.  

Thanks for reading.  KC.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bible Translations and Comparisons

As I stated on Facebook, I was slightly put off when given a list of scripture verses that proved that the NIV and NAS translations of the Bible were, and I quote, "One world order and new age bible versions to accommodate other religions, so the can increase their market share, liberal seminaries, political correctness, and tolerance to new world religions."  Needless to say, I was on a mission this morning.  I am dumbfounded by those who can not see that "any" version of the Bible today, is a translation and subject to man's interpretation.  In any case, I have done a comparison of the verses given to me and included a wonderful article.  Hope you enjoy. 



Bible Translation Comparison
Bible Verse
King James
New International
New American Standard
Matthew 17:20-21

vs. 21 must be taken in context with vs. 20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
**vs. 21 not in translation
And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. ["But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."]

1 John 4:14
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
1 John 5:6-8

vs. 7 must be taken in context with vs. 6 and 8
This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

2 Corinthians 6:5

vs. 5 must be taken in context with vs. 1-4 and 6-10

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. ”I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain - for He says, "AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU." Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION "- giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,  but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger,
in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
2 Corinthians 6:9
known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
2 Corinthians 11:27
I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
Mark 9:29
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
And He said to them, "This kind cannot * come out by anything but prayer."
1 Corinthians 7:5
Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so * that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together * * again so * that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
1 Corinthians 12:21
And the eye cannot* say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
And the eye cannot * say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
Acts 10:30
Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me
Cornelius said, "Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments,
Luke 4:4
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.' "
Luke 4:18
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted*, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisonersand recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free,
"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE * THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
Luke 8:45
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
And Jesus said, "Who is the one who touched Me?" And while they were all denying it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You."
1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
Titus 1:4
To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Mark 3:15
and to have authority to drive out demons.
and to have authority to cast out the demons.
Acts 3:11
And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade.
While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement.
Hebrews 3:10
That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’
"THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION, AND SAID, 'THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS ';
Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
John 20:17
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.' "
Acts 7:30
And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
“After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
"After forty years had passed, AN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM IN THE WILDERNESS OF MOUNT Sinai, IN THE FLAME OF A BURNING THORN BUSH.



“Omissions” from the NIV Bible
by Graham Pockett


The NIV (New International Version) Bible has often been accused of being “incomplete” and having missing verses.
Some proponents of earlier Bibles (specially the KJV – King James Version, also known as the Authorized Version or AV) have attacked the NIV Bible for these omissions.
I maintain that rather than these missing verses being omissions from the original manuscripts, the opposite is true – the extra verses in the KJV have often been added by the copyists to expound upon a point or to clarify a point. Many people think that it is OK to add explanation to Holy text, it is just wrong to remove words from Holy text.
The following verses are not in the NIV and other modern translations. The KJV was based off the the Byzantine family of manuscripts (500 to 1000 AD) which were commonly called the Textus Receptus manuscripts. The NIV (sometimes called the ‘Nasty Incomplete Version’ by people who think that anything not included must have been deliberately removed as part of some conspiracy theory) was mainly based off the earlier ‘Alexandrian Family’ manuscripts (200 to 400 AD).
If, as I contend, these verses were added to the the Byzantine family of manuscripts they would probably have been added after 500 AD. Considering the different geographical and cultural changes from 100 to 500 AD, it is not surprising that some additions were made to clarify differences for these later, non-Jewish Christians.
The following are a list of “omissions” in the NIV is provided in tables. At the top of the table is the verse in question. In the left hand column is the KJV text (including sufficient verses to put it in to context) with the extra verse in red. In the right hand column are the same verses from the NIV. Underneath those two columns are my comments which might, or might not, be accurate or reasonable (you be the judge).
Matthew 17:21
KJV
NIV
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him."
17 "O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me."
18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
21
Comments about this “omission”:
Verse 21 in the KJV was most likely added by a copyist to qualify the explanation that Jesus gave as to why He could cast out the demon and the Apostles could not. Whereas Jesus simply said they needed faith, the copyist obviously didn't think that this was enough and added the comment that you needed prayer and fasting as well. Reading the text, in context, clearly shows that this verse was added later and was most unlikely to have been in the original. Verse 22 starts a new teaching so verse 21 was the final verse in what Jesus was saying about faith. Typically, added verses are placed at the end of a discourse, not in the middle of one.

Matthew 18:11
KJV
NIV
[Jesus said] Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
[Jesus said] "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
6 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
7 "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!
8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
10 "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
11
Comments about this “omission”:
It is clear from reading the context of this passage that verse 11 has been added by a copyist. It does not strictly follow on from what precedes it and there is a new, unrelated passage which follows it. It could have been an earlier copyist's margin note, called a "qere", which was later added into the text. For more about "qeres" see Something “qere” Is Going On In The KJV which asks the question "did the KJV become ‘polluted’ with marginal notes (qeres) from the earlier Masoretic Text?"

Matthew 23:14
KJV
NIV
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
13 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.
14
15 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.
16 "Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'
Comments about this “omission”:
The addition of verse 14 is not as straight forward as the addition of some other verses but I get the impression that the copyist who added this verse had his own agenda regarding the taking of widow's houses (his mother?) and about Pharisees being involved in long prayers. He finishes this verse with a curse but the verse is certainly written in the general style of the verses either side of it. I still consider this to be an addition if for no other reason than it was not included in earlier manuscripts (the NIV is based off manuscripts older than the ones used for the KJV).

Mark 7:16
KJV
NIV
[Jesus said] Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
[Jesus said] "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
11 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.
13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."
14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.
15 Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.'"
16
Comments about this “omission”:
The inclusion of verse 16 in the KJV is interesting and is one of eight times those words are used in the KJV (New Testament). The other seven times are also included in the NIV so there is no reason to omit that verse deliberately, unless it was not included in the original manuscripts used by the translators of the NIV. Again, this is a verse I can see a copyist adding, but not an NIV translator deliberately omitting.

Mark 9:44 & 46
KJV
NIV
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
39 "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,
40 for whoever is not against us is for us.
41 I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.
42 "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.
43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.
44
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.
46
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
48 where "'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'
Comments about this “omission”:
As with Mark 7:16 (above), this is a case of a copyist adding an already used phrase – possibly to increase emphasis but it could have simply been an error. Certainly, there was no reason why the NIV translators would deliberately remove it because it is used in verse 48 (shown in blue). This is a quote from Isaiah 66:24 (the last verse in this book) which says:
"And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind." [NIV]
"And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." [KJV]

Mark 11:26
KJV
NIV
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
22 "Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."
26
Comments about this “omission”:
This verse is a copy of what Jesus taught in the Lord's Prayer and was most likely added to give clarification to what Mark said (chronologically, the Gospel of Mark preceded that of Matthew but a copyist would have both with him). It is also virtually identical to Matthew 6:15 which says "But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" [NIV] and "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" [KJV]. Again, this is a situation where there was no reason for the translators of the NIV to deliberately remove the verse and, because of the later date of the manuscripts used by the KJV translators, was more likely added than omitted.

Mark 15:28
KJV
NIV
22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
25 It was the third hour when they crucified him.
26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27 They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.
28
29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,
30 come down from the cross and save yourself!"
Comments about this “omission”:
To me this is clearly an addition to the original to show that Scripture had been fulfilled. This reference is from Isaiah 53:12 – "Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" [NIV].

Luke 17:36
KJV
NIV
32 Remember Lot's wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
32 Remember Lot's wife!
33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."
36
37 "Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."
Comments about this “omission”:
This addition is simply a clarification of the previous verse which talks of two women. Obviously the copyist wanted to point out that it wasn't just women who would be taken in the Rapture of the Second Coming, but men too. This comment and reference is not included with any of the other Gospels. Maybe this was an early example of someone trying to be ‘politically correct’ and more gender neutral.

Luke 23:17
KJV
NIV
12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends – before this they had been enemies.
13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,
14 and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.
15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.
16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him."
17
18 With one voice they cried out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"
19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.
21 But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
Comments about this “omission”:
This is a later clarification for people who would not have known of this old custom. It would have been unnecessary for the readers of the First Century (most of whom would have been of Jewish birth or upbringing) but as Christianity spread throughout the Gentiles over the following centuries, a custom like this would have been unknown to most of them. I find it interesting that it is in brackets as a clarification, the same way that verse 19 was a clarification and was in brackets. This makes me think that maybe the inclusion of verse 19 in both the NIV and the KJV was an even earlier addition.

John 5:3b & 4
KJV
NIV
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
5:1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
4
5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
Comments about this “omission”:
This is a clarification of a later verse (7b) which says "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred." I can only assume that this would have been known to the original First Century Jewish readers but a later copyist decided that it needed clarification for later Gentile Christians (see Luke 23:17 comments above)

Acts 8:37
KJV
NIV
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?"
37
38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
Comments about this “omission”:
This addition is less clear (to me) than most of the others. If you read the text in both the KJV and the NIV (above) you will see that it flows perfectly well in the NIV but it would not flow as well in the KJV if that verse was removed. I personally believe it was simply another clarification so that the message "this is how you can get saved" was reinforced throughout the Word. The same basic information is repeated throughout the NIV so this could not be a case of the translators deliberately trying to suppress something.

Acts 15:34
KJV
NIV
30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
30 The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the brothers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.
34
35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
Comments about this “omission”:
This verse was added to clarify what happened to Silas because it is implied in the previous verse that he left Antioch with Judas but later on (Acts 16:40) Paul leaves Antioch with Silas. Either way, it adds or takes away nothing of significance from the message of the Word.

Acts 24:7
KJV
NIV
1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
1 Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.
2 When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: "We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation.
3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
5 "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect
6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7
8 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
9 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
Comments about this “omission”:
Verse 7 is, I believe, simply an addition to make the Jewish authorities look bad (or worse than they really were) by having them defame the Roman officer who was charged with escorting Paul to Rome and who was careful to treat Paul with civility. If the copyist's agenda was to make the Jewish authorities look as bad as possible then the addition of this verse would be understandable. If not, there was no reason to include the verse in the later manuscripts.

Acts 28:29
KJV
NIV
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
26 "'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
27 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
28 "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"
29
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.
31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Comments about this “omission”:
It appears that verse 29 is simply an explanation as to what happened next because it wasn't explained in the original text. Clearly this is a case of an addition rather than an omission. It certainly doesn't add, or detract, from the message of the Bible and would not have been deliberately omitted by the NIV translators for quasi political reasons.

Romans 16:24
KJV
NIV
21 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.
22 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.
23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.
24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
21 Timothy, my fellow worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.
22 I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.
23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city's director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.
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25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,
26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him –
27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Comments about this “omission”:
Part of a series of personal greetings which started at Chapter 16, verse 1 and continues through to verse 27 (the end of this book). It adds, or subtracts, nothing from the original or from the message of the Word but can be commonly found throughout Paul's writing. It could have been added by a copyist to emphasize a typical Pauline benediction, of which there are dozens of similar ones found in the NIV (for example, see 2 Thessalonians 3:18, Romans 1:7, Romans 15:33, etc). This is another case where the "omission" has no valid reason if it was supposed to be done to detract from what Paul said (lessen the power of the Word). Why remove this one and leave all the others!

1 John 5:7
KJV
NIV
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 This is the one who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
7 For there are three that testify:
8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
Comments about this “omission”:
It seems to me that verse 7 in the NIV is the same as the start of verse 8 in the KJV (in blue) so I agree that verse 7, as it appears in the KJV, is not included in the NIV. That said, it appears that verses 7 and 8 in the NIV, and verse 8 in the KJV, are saying much the same as the KJV verse 7 – that "missing" verse 7 is simply a paraphrase of verse 8 as related to this planet. I believe that this verse in the KJV has been added to further support the doctrine of the Trinity as it does not appear in any Greek manuscript before the 16th Century! While I support the Trinity, I do not believe that verses should be added simply to support that belief (in Romans 3:8, Paul says that the end does not justify the means).
I trust you have found the above information of both value and interest. The comments are my personal opinion and, as such, may be flawed. I pray you will bear this in mind when you critique this work. Remember, there (should be) no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
As mentioned in the notes on the Matthew 18:11 "omission", many of the later additions to the text could have been "qeres" – margin notes that were later added to the main text. You can read more about this in the article Something "qere" Is Going On In The KJV which asks the question "did the KJV become 'polluted' with marginal notes (qeres) from the earlier Masoretic Text?" While this article looks specifically at the Old Testament, the principle is the same for the New Testament.
If you wish to investigate more about the KJV Bible I recommend the KJV-only Issue page. It looks at KJV-onlyism in a forthright, and sometimes amusing, way.
I am indebted to Parsons Quickverse Bible software which I used to obtain the Scripture used above.