What Study Bible Do You Recommend?

I’ve actually posted this question on Twitter a couple of times and got just a few responses, and thought maybe I’d get more input here…

About 20 years ago, I was given a beautiful red-leather bound Thompson-Chain KJV (King James Version) Bible as a gift.  It had my name embossed in gold on the front cover, and I spent many years reading through it, marking verses, making notes, and well, just  loving it.

I could turn to certain passages of marked Scripture and see the highlights and underlines or notes in the margin and remember a particular sermon I’d heard or study I’d participated in.

Sometimes I could read one of those notes and feel God’s Spirit speak a message anew to my heart.  I would go into the concordance and learn more.  I would cross reference verses and have a better understanding of what I had read.

Throughout the years, I collected more Bibles – a NKJV (New King James Version), my grandmother’s NIV (New International Version) – and have used all of them at one point or another.

And then it happened.  One Sunday after church, I lost track of my Bible.  The one I’d had for so long, that had so much meaning and so much of my Spiritual journey marked throughout the pages.

I thought for sure it would just turn up somewhere and I would find it again – but it’s been 6 months and I haven’t seen it.  I retraced my steps.  No luck.  I checked at church thinking I’d left it in a classroom after dropping my daughters off in class.  Nope.

And I began to grieve over the loss.  I didn’t realize just how special that Bible had been to me until I lost it.  And since then, I have struggled with my Bible study.

I’ve looked at new KJV Thompson-Chains, but the availability of other newer versions (like The Amplified or The Message) have intrigued me.  I found a parallel Bible with NKJV (now my favorite version) and The Amplified Bible.  Hmmmm – giving that one serious thought.

But I have looked and looked for that one Bible that could be both used at church and personal study, and I’m honestly overwhelmed because I haven’t found “the one.”

I love having cross references and a good concordance, but can use a separate concordance if need be.

So I’m putting this question to you:

What do you use for your personal every day study?  Do you use a different Bible or version for church?  Why do you love your particular Bible(s)?

I am praying over this.  Wherever my Bible is, I am praying that SOMEONE is finding it useful and using it and learning from it.  And I am praying to find another Bible that is both easy to use and profoundly impacting in my spiritual growth and walk with Christ.

Thanks for your recommendations – I appreciate your input!!!

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More Than Enough – Part 3

Sadly, because I did not believe God was Enough for me, I began my pursuit to find ENOUGH for my life.

Enough money.

Enough status.

Enough friends.

Enough worth.

Enough stuff.

Enough food.

Enough. Enough. Enough!

ENOUGH ALREADY!

As I was washing dishes before lunch on Sunday – feeling raw from the aftermath of discovery and acknowledgment of my sin of discontentment and lack of faith in God – rather than bashing me over the head or pushing me down with guilt, God spoke the words of this song into my heart:

All of You
is More Than ENOUGH for
All of me
for every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your Love
and all I have in You is
More than Enough

More Than Enough

The truth is this:  God is everything anyone ever needs.  Not only is He our Creator, He is our Sustainer.  He can provide our NEEDS down to the food we eat, shelter to protect us, fellowship to encourage us.

He provided manna in the desert to feed a nation.

He provided a ram in the nick of time for a faithful father.

He provided an ark for anyone who would believe Him.

He provides not just a Saviour, but New Life in our Savior.

He provides healing – our Jehovah Rapha.

He is our Provider – Jehovah Jireh.

So – enemy of my soul – let me tell you what you can do with your lie from the pit of hell – you can have it back.  You have no power here.

God is My Father, Jesus is My Saviour and whatever may come – He is More Than Enough for me.






More Ways to Teach the Bible

Continuing from last week, I wanted to talk about other ways to incorporate the study of God’s Word into your family time and to instill a love for God’s Word in our kids.

Trivia Games

Because my parents were often Sunday School teachers, my dad had tons of helps and aids in teaching kids.  He was very hands on and used object lessons regularly to explain things in Scripture that might otherwise be difficult.  I always loved his object lessons – but my favorite thing of all was Bible Trivia.

He had decks of cards with questions & answers, and we’d pit the boys against the girls or one side against the other – winners usually receiving some really great candy from this cool white travel case he used only for church.

As I got older, there were still many questions I didn’t know the answers to, and I would read the cards (which listed the coordinating Scripture) and studied more about the things I wanted to learn.

Picture Bibles

One of the best gifts I ever received was from my grandparents.  It was a 6 series set of books called “The Picture Bible.”  This is now available in one volume by the same name (It’s The Picture Bible by Iva Hoth), which looks pretty much like a Bible.  It captured my attention both with its pictorial explanation and clear wording so many stories in the Bible.  It is NOT a version of the Bible, but in my opinion, it helped me learn so many things about Scripture that I fell in love with it.  The books literally fell apart I read them so many time for so many years.  I still have all but 1 volume, tucked away to show my girls when they are older.

Music

I can still rememberScripture songs I learned as a kid, and they are often a comfort to me even now as an adult!  Don’t hesitate to incorporate to use music as a means of teaching the Bible to your kids.

There are many great CDs available with Christian songs for kids.  Some of them are straight from Scripture and others teach Bible stories or instill character and good values.  Veggie Tales are some of my girls’ favorites – but in comments from last week’s post about Helping Children Understand God’s Word, Hope recommended CDs from Seeds Family Worship.  So I visited the site – what a great Christian resource for families!  I’ve bookmarked it to go back and visit more…

And don’t forget that while kids enjoy their own music, you can expose them to the godly music you listen to as a parent.  One of our family’s favorite CDs to listen to in our vehicle is Phillips, Craig & Dean‘s Restoration CD.  Our girls BEG to hear it sometimes, and its nice for mom & dad to have a change from the kids tunes.

Christian Websites

There are so many resources online that offer printables, games, and suggestions for incorporating Scripture and godly virtues into family time I couldn’t even list them all here!  So instead, I’ll list just a few…

Calvary Kids

Kid Explorers

Bible Coloring Pages

Living Water Bible Pages

DLTKs Bible Activities

Christian Parenting – Focus on the Family

Bible Lessons for Children

Family Bible Study HQ

Printable Bible Verses (from Kid Printables – one of my favorite printable sites!)

Family Life

Please feel free to share other free Christian resources for kids in your comments!

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Hiding God’s Word in Our Heart

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Reading and memorizing Scripture as a kid is something that has stayed with me throughout my life!  Something like the multiplication tables – only I have relied on it much  more often than my “times” tables!  What a precious gift – to have God’s word fill my heart and mind during moments of difficulty, sadness, depression, struggle, and even great joy!

Psalms 119:10-11 says “I see you with all of my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Do you know what “I have hidden your word in my heart” really means? Read the rest of this entry »

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Beauty For Ashes – Some Link Love

Oh, I’ve found some really great blog posts this week.  Here are some of my favorites…

Moms of Faith: A Stubborn Wife Creates an Angry Husband (okay little toes, get ready!)

Blissfully Domestic: Give Yourself the Gift of Sleep (this one made me laugh – I keep trying, but my “gift” is too often rejected…)

Adding Zest to your Nest: Grab Your Blues (this one made me think – but be warned, it may make you blush…)

Family Foodies: The Ultimate Summer Coffee Coolers (okay, shameless plug here, but it was my last post at Family Foodies, so I had to share!)

Great Blogs that are Worth Your Time to Visit:

Thirsty For Him

Amy Bayliss

Dancing in the Margins