Author Archives for Cierra Klatt

Be Noble: Studying Scripture Like the Bereans

March 2, 2018 7:00 am Published by 6 Comments

“As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.” — Acts 17:10-12, NIV It can be very difficult to know what is true and what isn’t. I often feel overwhelmed and exhausted by all the fact checking that is required of us in 2018. We are CONSTANTLY receiving new information: articles shared on Facebook, opinions on Twitter, advertisements on Instagram, books, movies, app notifications… the list goes on and on. The Bereans weren’t unaware of the pressure to have correct information. With the news Paul and Silas were spreading about Jesus, everyone was on edge. The Gospel challenged the current thought trends on religion, politics, socioeconomics, and more. So, choosing sides was a lot more threatening than picking Democrat or Republican. This decision was Religious Rulers versus Jesus, Rome versus... View Article

Never Miss a Detail in Your Bible Study

February 28, 2018 7:00 am Published by 11 Comments

Have you ever been listening to a sermon, chatting at small group, or even doing your own Bible study, and wondered if you were missing an important, insightful piece of information? It’s one thing to have a great collection of Biblical resources, but that doesn’t mean you know there’s a map of Jerusalem on page 203. At least, not without thumbing through an index or table of contents for five minutes. Digital Bible resources solve this problem. They can be enhanced to show you the most important information when you need it. If you by a product from our store, and “Maps” is listed under features, then we’re going to let you know when any of those maps pertain to your Bible study. It’s that simple. We have other features that work the same way: charts, introductions, outlines, and more. Here are some screenshots and explanations of how these tools can bring new knowledge and insight to what you’re studying—within seconds. MAPS Let’s talk about maps. Maps are great when you have them. However, they are usually tucked into the back of resources, and you might not be aware of which ones you have. Now, if your pastor starts talking... View Article

God Can Show Up Where You Don’t Expect or Deserve

February 26, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The following is an excerpt from the For Everyone Commentary Series by John Goldingay and N.T. Wright. WE DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT WE DESERVE I’ve remembered why I had that visit from the man I mentioned in connection with Lamentations 5. I’d talked in class about a pastor who ignored a call from God to go and serve him abroad as a missionary. His subsequent ministry in England had been greatly blessed, even though he was not in the place where God had wanted him. One failure in obedience to God doesn’t have to ruin your whole life. The man who came to see me had been told that persisting with his new relationship and divorcing his wife so he could marry this other woman would mean God would never bless his new marriage. I told him you could never make such predictions because God is always having to decide afresh whether to be merciful or disciplinary. Our calling is to do the right thing because it’s the right thing, not because we might forfeit God’s blessing. LEARNING FROM EZEKIEL 1:1-28 Ezekiel’s community is people who were transported to Babylon in 597; five years have now passed. Anyone with religious... View Article

A Feature to Keep You Focused

February 23, 2018 7:00 am Published by 7 Comments

When I was in Bible college, my homiletics professor said that for every minute you preach, you should spend one hour studying. I would sit down, ready to put a few good hours of research in… and I would get distracted. The worst part is that I wasn’t primarily distracted by people, or noise, or daydreaming. I was distracted by all the resources. Maybe you’ve experienced this, too. Your table is full of commentaries. You’re unsure which one to crack open first. Will it have the type of information you’re looking for? Before you know it, you opened four more commentaries, went down six rabbit holes, and spent most of your time flipping pages. You’ve lost focus on your sermon. And you’re drowning in all the information. At least, that’s how I always felt by the end of it! GAIN FOCUS Imagine that you’re sitting at that table full of commentaries. As you flip through your Bible, all the commentaries automatically turn their pages as well. You can stand up and get a bird’s eye view of all the content you have on a passage at once. Then, you can easily focus on what’s vital and relevant to your study.... View Article

Introducing: New Beacon Bible Commentary Set

February 21, 2018 7:00 am Published by 3 Comments

This week, we’ve added 29 volumes of the New Beacon Bible Commentary Set to our website! This Wesleyan commentary based on the NIV is readable, relevant, and academically thorough. General Editors Roger Hahn, Alex Varughese, and George Lyons care deeply about the Church being well-equipped to study and teach God’s Word. Want to know what’s inside? Hear from the Editor’s themselves: GENERAL EDITOR’S PREFACE “The purpose of the New Beacon Bible Commentary …is to make available to pastors and students in the twenty-first century a biblical commentary that reflects the best scholarship in the Wesleyan theological tradition. The commentary project aims to make this scholarship accessible to a wider audience to assist them in their understanding and proclamation of Scripture as God’s Word Writers of the volumes in this series not only are scholars within the Wesleyan theological tradition and experts in their field but also have special interest in the books assigned to them. Their task is to communicate clearly the critical consensus and the full range of other credible voices who have commented on the Scriptures. Though scholarship and scholarly contribution to the understanding of the Scriptures are key concerns of this series, it is not intended as... View Article

What’s an Enhanced Resource?

February 19, 2018 7:00 am Published by 7 Comments

At least once a year, we like to highlight our enhanced resources: resources that we’ve enriched so that it’s more useful inside our app. Instead of our resources simply being eBooks that you only scroll and read, we’ve made the content discoverable by search and the Resource Guide, hyperlinked verses, activated cross references, and more. Digital resources have their perks! Truth is, most of our resources are enhanced in some way now. This is great for you… but only if you know how they are enhanced! So, first let’s look at where to find which enhancements a product has. Then, we will go through all the different enhancements we are currently implementing and how they work. IS THIS PRODUCT ENHANCED? Here is a screenshot of our website: Inside the green circle, you can see a list of features (enhancements) that are inside this resource. If you tap the arrow, you will be able to see the full list. Not sure what the feature means? No problem. Tap on the name of the feature and a description will appear. These descriptions are also available in the store while you are inside the app. 13 DIFFERENT ENHANCEMENTS 1) STRONG’S NUMBERS Gain the... View Article

Look Inside: Essential Bible Reference Collection

February 16, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Learning how to study the Bible shouldn’t be difficult. The Essential Bible Reference Collection provides four quality, easy-to-use resources to get you started. Before you know it, you’ll feel confident using Bible dictionaries, handbooks, and historical resources. Let’s take a look inside this new collection in our store! THE ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION This resource covers each book of the Bible! It gives easy-to-digest bits of information that will help build context before you begin your study. Each introduction covers: Summary Overview Key Themes Purpose Author Recipients Interesting Facts There are also applicable pictures—which are always a plus! LOOK INSIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS THE ESSENTIAL BIBLE DICTIONARY This resource is a typical Bible dictionary. You can look through it alphabetically on its own like this: OR — you can use the lookup feature. Either select a word in the text or look for articles in the resource guide. RESOURCE GUIDE SELECT A WORD AND TAP “LOOK UP” ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION TO THE PSALMS Similar to the Essential Bible Companion, this resource provides fundamental information on each Psalm. You’ll find information on: Type Author Background Structure Special notes AN ENTRY ON PSALM 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS   PICTURES AND IMAGES There are... View Article

Grow in Love: Helpful Family & Marriage Resources

February 14, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Happy Valentine’s Day! We would send you all flowers and chocolate if we could… but instead, we decided to discount some of our top Marriage and Family resources. This is the kind of gift that keeps on giving! Scroll through this blog and see if anything catches your eye. You can’t go wrong! TOP MARRIAGE AND FAMILY TITLES LOVE LANGUAGES DEVOTIONAL BIBLE (NLT) Grow toward God—together. This devotional by Dr. Gary Chapman comes with Scripture reading plan, making it easy to read through the entire Bible in a year 260 daily devotions, one for each weekday 52 feature articles, one for each weekend Prayer guides, reducing awkwardness by providing specific cues Select readings addressing a wide variety of couple-oriented topics Bible book introductions providing context and essential background information View Resource THE DEVOTIONAL BIBLE NOTES Experience the heart of Jesus with popular author, Max Lucado. This devotional Bible is great for anyone needing to read something relatable that is encouraging and speaks truth. View Resource COUPLES’ DEVOTIONAL BIBLE NOTES (NIV) Read this daily devotional by Zondervan with your significant other. You’ll find entries from Dale Evans (wife of TV cowboy Roy Rogers), Frank Peretti (author of “This Present Darkness”), and 141 other evangelicals. View Resource... View Article

Why Celebrate Lent?

February 13, 2018 7:00 am Published by 2 Comments

In high school, I attended a Baptist church “in-town” while most of my peers went to the Catholic church down the street. I always knew when the Lent season started—not just because of the ashes they wore to school—but because of the cafeteria food. They started serving fish. Every. Friday. And high-school-cafeteria-style fish is not the most appetizing. Somehow, this was all that Lent meant to me: black smudges and Fish Fridays. But then, I went to Bible college, attended a few churches, and went to some Lent services. I realized how much I had been missing out on. THE BENEFIT OF CELEBRATING LENT In case you didn’t know (like me), the Lenten season lasts for 40 days, mirroring Jesus’ time spent in the desert. Just like Jesus fasted during those 40 days, many Christians choose to give something up for that period of time. This is a practice of self-denial, discipline, and reflection. We take time to recognize that the ONLY thing that can quench our hunger, thirst, and desire is Jesus Christ. Then, when Easter comes, our hearts are ready to rejoice. We do have and will always have a relationship with our Lord. WHAT SHOULD I GIVE... View Article

Look Inside: NKJV Study Bible Full Color Edition

February 8, 2018 7:00 am Published by 13 Comments

We’ve added a new title to our store! Keep reading to get a sneak peek into the NKJV Study Bible in Full Color. It’s packed full of helpful articles, maps, and more. CONTENTS Typically, study Bibles are known simply for their short comments in the footnotes—but the NKJV Study Bible in Full Color comes with much more than that. Let’s take a look at all the contents by type: ARTICLES When looking at the contents list, you’ll see a section called “List of Articles.” These titles are hyperlinked, and tapping on one will take you directly to the article in the study Bible. As an example, there are 9 articles listed for the book of Psalms, covering topics like Image of God, Royal Psalms, and The Sanctity of Life. This study Bible also provides a short article titled, “How to Understand What the Bible Means by What It Says,” along with a preface to the NKJV. Additionally, you can quickly navigate to hyperlinked lists of Teachings & Illustrations of Christ, Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ, parables, miracles, prayers of the Bible, a concordance and more. Just when you think you’ve seen all the study Bible has to... View Article