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Bible Reading Helps for 2017

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of free Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

New American Commentary Sale on Kindle

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I don’t know how long this sale will last, but right now most of the New American Commentary volumes for Kindle are on sale for $2.99 each. That’s a great sale as the print versions are usually in the $25-$30 range. I own the whole set, and these are great books for Bible study and teaching preparation. You can check out the various volumes for sale here: New American Commentary Volumes on Kindle.

The Magnificent Word of God Series

We recently completed a six-part series on The Magnificent Word of God, from Psalm 19:7-14. You can click the various links below to read the messages from the series.

The Magnificent Word of God

The Magnificent Word of God Series
(Click here for a PDF of all the sermon outlines for the series.)

The Word of the Lord (Inspired) – Psalm 19:7-14
Trustworthy and True (Infallible) – Psalm 19:7
Radiant and Right (Authoritative) – Psalm 19:8
Sure and Pure (Everlasting) – Psalm 19:9
More Precious than Gold (Priceless) – Psalm 19:10-11
A Prayer to Be Pleasing to God (Sanctifying) – Psalm 19:12-14
 

Philippians Series Available

The complete set of messages from Philippians is now available online. Please feel free to use these messages for personal study or in preparation for your own teaching from the book of Philippians.

Philippians | partners in the Gospel

Philippians – Partners in the Gospel
1) God’s Not Finished Yet (Philippians 1:1-6)
2) A Prayer for Christian Growth (Philippians 1:7-11)
3) Advancing the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-18a)
4) For to Me to Live Is What? (Philippians 1:18b-26)
5) Living Worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27-30)
6) True Christian Fellowship (Philippians 2:1-4)
7) The Humble Obedience of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11)
8) Shine Like Stars (Philippians 2:12-18)
9) Two Christ-like Servants (Philippians 2:19-30)
10) Knowing Christ (Philippians 3:1-11)
11) Eyes on the Prize (Philippians 3:12-16)
12) Citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:17-21)
13) Instructions for Earth (Philippians 4:1-9)
14) The Secret of Contentment (Philippians 4:10-13)
15) Supporting the Gospel (Philippians 4:14-23)

Read the Bible Through in a Week?

Yes, but only with a lot of help! Every year our church reads the entire Bible out loud in the sanctuary during Holy Week. We start on Palm Sunday by reading Genesis 1 out loud together during the morning service. Then people sign up for half-hour shifts throughout the week. We start at 7:00 a.m. and go to 10:00 p.m. most days. It takes about 150 half-hour shifts to read the whole Bible out loud. We read just up to the last chapter of Revelation on Saturday night. Then on Easter Sunday morning we read Revelation 22 out loud during the service, thus completing the reading of God’s Word out loud in the sanctuary from cover to cover.

We do this as an offering of praise back to God for His Word and to emphasize that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) It makes for a great church-wide activity, and everyone profits from participating.

So far this week we’ve read Genesis through Isaiah, so we pick up with Jeremiah 1 at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Here we go!

CT Interviews Roma Downey about the New History Channel Bible Series

Christianity Today posted an interesting interview with producer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey (who will portray Mary) about their new mini-series, The Bible, which airs this Sunday, March 3:

There have been many attempts to bring the Bible to the screen. What makes this project distinctive?

Roma Downey: We felt it was very important to tell the story in a way that brought deep emotional connection with people. The characters in the Bible are us, in many ways. The challenges they face; their love, hopes, dreams—we can all relate to them. It is important to make the connection with the heart. It is through the heart that we embrace God. And we found this was the thread through the whole story, through the entire Bible: the cohesive tissue is the amazing love that God has for us, most evident in the birth and life of Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection.

We also have access to CGI that no one has had before—the special effects are the work of Lola, the UK company that did CGI for the film Gladiator. We go from Abraham to the story of Moses which is quite spectacular visually. A Bible epic has never been done this way before with these new technologies. (Read more at Christianity Today.)

The Bible is a five-week miniseries that will air on the History Channel Sunday nights at 8pm beginning Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Bible Reading helps for 2013

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

Bible Reading Helps for 2011

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

When the Bible Seems Difficult to Understand

John Piper looks at the flip side to the objection that parts of the Bible are too difficult to understand:

It seems to me that if everything were easy and straightforward, no controversy at all, nothing complex, nothing apparently out of sync with my little human brain and its ability to discern contradictions, then I bet there would be a question here like, “If this is really God’s word, why is it so simple?”

I have often thought the same thing. If I understood everything about God and his Word, I would begin to wonder if this was really God’s Word at all. A God that finite human beings can fully understand wouldn’t be much of a God. I would be more inclined to think we made him up. The difficult parts of the Bible just serve to confirm what the Bible clearly proclaims anyways: He is God, and we are not.

        “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the
        things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
        that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

        “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we
        shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall
        know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

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Google Will Bring Dead Sea Scrolls Online

From The Washington Post:

[Google] and Israel announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to give researchers and the public the first comprehensive and searchable database of the scrolls – a 2,000-year-old collection of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek documents that shed light on Judaism during biblical times and the origins of Christianity. For years, experts have complained that access to the scrolls has been too limited.

Once the images are up, anyone will be able to peruse exact copies of the original scrolls as well as an English translation of the text on their computer – for free. Officials said the collection, expected to be available within months, will feature sections that have been made more legible thanks to high-tech infrared technology.

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The English Standard Version (ESV) Bible is an essentially literal Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning.

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The Bible Memory Version

Fowler Digital Books | The KJV Bible Memory Version: A Tool for Treasuring God's Word in Your Heart (King James Version), by Ray Fowler

I am excited to announce the release of what I hope is the first book in a series: The Bible Memory Version: A Tool for Treasuring God’s Word in Your Heart.  Bible memory has long been a passion in my life, and I hope The Bible Memory Version will help others catch a vision for Bible memory in their lives too.

The Bible Memory Version is an interactive book that helps you memorize and review whole sections of the Bible. Click on any verse or passage of Scripture, and it instantly switches to first-letter view. (Click here for an example of how this works.) The first-letter method is based on memory research which shows that recalling information is a far more effective way to memorize than merely repeating information.

The Bible Memory Version includes:

  • the entire text of the Bible in both full-verse and first-letter view
  • an introductory chapter with helps and hints for Bible memory
  • a quick-start guide with list of recommended passages
  • a topical section with 100 key verses arranged according to 20 topics
  • five popular gospel presentations with accompanying Bible verses
  • a helpful Bible Memory Resource guide

    Available in ePub, Kindle, and Mobipocket formats
    Works with all standard e-readers including iPad, iPhone, Amazon Kindle, and Nook

I am excited about this project and hope to work with publishers to produce Bible Memory Versions in various translations. If you would like The Bible Memory Version released in a specific translation, please email me at digital-books@rayfowler.org. If you don’t have an e-reader, you can download a free e-reader here for your computer or portable device.

So what do you think of this project? Let me know in the comments section below!

Click here to purchase The Bible Memory Version now.
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