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Free Resource Friday

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Today we highlight a great free commentary to enhance your study in The Bible Study App

The JFB is a classic Bible commentary written by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. First released in 1871, it provides Bible scholars with critical and explanatory notes on the whole Bible. It’s a good resource for all Bible students and you can find it the in-app store of The Bible Study App.

 

Also make sure and check out our special commentary sale happening right now!

 

 

Look Inside: NICOT/NICNT

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The New International Commentary on the Old Testament and The New International Commentary on the New Testament are both great resources that help you unpack the scripture.

With the tools of The Bible Study App these expansive commentary sets have never been easier to use and access. Watch the video below to see them in action.

These commentary sets and others are a part of our special commentary sale happening right now!

Commentaries in The Bible Study App

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This week you can get great commentaries for 25% off at OliveTree.com!

Watch the video below to see how commentaries work within The Bible Study App.

 Go here to browse all available commentaries now!

Where is Joy?

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
- The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23

The very nature of joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.
- C.S. Lewis in Surprised By Joy

 

Are you in a spot in your life where joy seems to be missing? Maybe it’s been so long you’re not sure if you’ve actually ever experienced joy?

Where do we find joy?
The message that popular culture communicates through music, movies, television, and the internet is a message of selfishness, yet this is where so many people turn to get answers for the deep questions of longing and belonging that they have. Popular culture answers our questions with another question: What do you need, want, or desire?
So for the person asking where to find hope, the culture answers, “The hope you need is found in you.” or “Just do what makes you feel good.” If the answer to our need for hope is ourselves, is it any wonder why suicide is at an all-time high in the U.S.?

Last week we heard the story of Nick Vujicic who responded to Jesus and found the hope he so desperately needed. The type of hope Nick found isn’t in anything our culture creates because it’s only found in Jesus. If you’re looking for joy in your life, the answer is the same. It’s only found in Jesus and it only remains when our perspective in this life is firmly rooted in him.

 

The Apostle Paul –in Galatians 5- talks about what happens when our relationship with Jesus takes over our life and the Holy Spirit becomes the source of life we draw from. This type of life source is evident by the fruit it produces in our lives. So how do we experience joy? Where do we find it? We find and experience it when we place our faith in Jesus and make him the foundation and source for our life. And this joy is different than what the world has to offer. We don’t have joy because of our circumstances, we have joy despite them.

One of my favorite examples of this is found in Acts 16:16. Paul and Silas had just been stripped naked, beaten by a mob and put in prison – all for helping a slave girl. How did they respond? Instead of having a ‘woe is me’ attitude we see them praying and worshiping God in their prison cell in the middle of the night! How many of us have a hard time singing on Sunday because of a rough week and here are Paul and Silas – having endured incredible physical pain – keeping their perspective not on their circumstance but on their Savior.

So what about me?
The challenge is the same for us today. Despite our circumstance, if we keep our focus on Jesus, our perspective will be long-term and we can see past the pains of today to the hope of tomorrow. This is where we find joy – in the assurance that our God reigns, he’s alive with us, and we will be with him forever! So despite what you’re going through take joy and no matter what, always keep your perspective on your Savior and not your circumstance. When believers do this the world takes notice and the real answer to the question is revealed: Jesus!

Free Resource Friday

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Reimagining Church

Today you can get the eBook Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola for free to use within The Bible Study App.

Author Frank Viola gives readers language for all they knew was missing in their modern church experience. He believes that many of today’s congregations have shifted from God’s original intent for the church. As a prominent leader of the house church movement, Frank is at the forefront of a revolution sweeping through the body of Christ. A change that is challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very nature of church. A movement inspired by the divine design for authenticity community. A fresh concept rooted in ancient history and in God Himself.

 

Search for this titles in the in-app store or go HERE for download instructions.

One Volume Commentaries

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If you’ve ever wrestled with a difficult passage, wondered about the culture that the Bible was written in, or just wanted a broader picture of the history and geography of the times – this is where a Bible commentary can be extremely helpful.

In contrast to large and often very technical commentary sets a one volume commentary in The Bible Study App provides you with easy to understand insight on the entire Bible.

Watch the video below to see how the one volume Zondervan Bible Commentary looks and interacts in The Bible Study App.

The Zondervan Bible Commentary and other one volume commentaries on special now!

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