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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 10 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

Sealing the Tomb of Jesus

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

Ever wondered about Jesus’ tomb? Let archaeology experts teach you! This blog post is an excerpt from the Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology. TOMB NEAR MEGIDDO ARE ALL TOMBS THE SAME? According to Jewish practice the body of the deceased was initially laid to rest in the inner chamber of a tomb. First-century tombs characteristically had a small forecourt that led to the interior features of the tomb, including an inner chamber with benches situated along the walls, often with arcosolia, arched recesses in the wall, a lower elevation pit (for standing inside the tomb), and tunnel-like niches called loculi (Latin) or kokhim (Hebrew). No two tombs are exactly alike, and though they share these common features, as Jerusalem archaeologist Shimon Gibson has noted, “individualism was pronounced.” This means we have not found, and should not expect to find, a first-century tomb precisely matching the tomb of Jesus as described in the Gospel accounts. THE ROLLING STONES The body of the deceased was laid out on a stone bench and a heavy stone was set into the small entrance door and sealed to thwart the unwanted entrance of animals and grave robbers. Matthew reports that a “big” (Greek megan) stone... View Article

Waging War on Legalism

February 5, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“IMAGINE IF… you had a neighbor who had been paralyzed from the neck down by an accident more than thirty years ago. One Sunday morning, just after six o’clock, the sound of a lawnmower jolts you from a deep, satisfying sleep. Annoyed, you bolt to the front door to see who would be so insensitive as to rattle every window on the block with that infernal noise so early on a day of rest. Upon seeing your formerly paralyzed friend gleefully mowing his lawn in perfect health, what do you think you would say? If you’re a normal person, you’d say, “Hank! What happened? How are you not paralyzed?!” But if you’re a Pharisee, you’d scream, “Hank! It’s Sunday morning! Turn that thing off!”” —Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary photo from resource, originally taken from holylandphotos.orgTHE POOL AT BETHESDA John 5:1-18 tells the story of Jesus healing a sick man at the pool of Bethesda. When the man stands and picks up his mat after 38 years of illness, the religious leaders do not rejoice with him. The Pharisees rebuke him. Why? Because it was the Sabbath. This is a classic representation of legalism, which Chuck Swindoll calls a... View Article

Marriage at the Resurrection: Life Application Bible Commentary

February 2, 2018 7:00 am Published by 3 Comments

MATTHEW 22:24-32 – MARRIAGE AT THE RESURRECTION USING THE LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE COMMENTARY NEW TESTAMENT SET In this blog, we are going to walk through the commentary provided by the Life Application Bible Commentary for Matthew 22:24-32. This series does a great job including all the historical details to help explain the Old Testament references. It goes verse-by-verse, guiding you through the passage. Then, this commentary also helps you see how you can apply the passage to your life. Let’s learn about the the Sadducees, their desire to bring God down to their level, and Jesus’ amazing response to conflict. Matthew 22:24 — “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him.” The Sadducees probably asked this question frequently, because they liked to argue and stir up controversy. The question refers to “levirate” marriage, which was meant to protect a poor widow during the time of Moses. The Life Application Bible Commentary explains this succinctly: In the Law, Moses had written that when a man died ­without a son, his unmarried brother (or nearest male relative) was to marry the widow and produce ­children. The first son... View Article