What with the new year coming up and people starting to think about making a new start I thought I would talk with you abit about doing regular devotions (yes, talking to myself here as well) and about some of the different bibles you could use in your journey.
First up, what do I use?
This is the bible I use almost exclusively when I am not at home.
It’s the ESV bible app. It’s on my phone, I use it for church, devotions with the lad and whenever I need quick access to God’s word.
I love it’s portability, and how this translation was done. Suits me all round.
Devotions on line catch me using this site: BibleGateway. I like that I can toss the footnotes out, and customize it to my preferences.
One of the things I really like is that if I am struggling with understanding a passage is just how easily I can switch from one translation to another. Different translations bring insight.
Over the past year or so it’s been my delight to review a number of different bibles, I’d like to point out some of our favourites.
Hubby’s Choice: The NIV Reader’s Bible.
This is just a lovely book. Good paper, great readability. Just read the bible just like you would any other book. Not looking for verses or section headings, just the words of God written down for you. He’s not a fan of the NIV but he likes this bible just for it’s readability.
My Son’s choice: Kids NIV Visual Study Bible.
For my son’s church youth group he needs to have a physical bible and over the year he’s had a chance to see different bibles and the various elements that make them useful. He had one he used a lot until he saw this Visual Study Bible and asked if he could have it instead.
Some other bibles of note that we’ve seen:
Faith Builders Bible. There was much we liked in this theme based bible.
The Jesus Bible. Which I know I reviewed but in the change from one site to another I can’t find it. A nice bible that my son preferred until The Visual Bible came along. And I have to admit, if I needed to pick one from this list, this bible would be the one I would use. It was very simple, just a nice solid bible.
NIV Revolution Bible. This is a bible geared to guys. Good bible this one with lots of helps to encourage young men in their journey of faith.
ANYWAYS, Before I forget the point of this post… It’s the start of a new year coming up. Have you thought about becoming more focused in your study of God’s word?
Devotional Readings/Bible Study
Navigator’s have some bible reading plans.
Bible Study Tools has a number of differently focused bible reading plans for you to consider.
BibleGateway has some bible reading plans you might like to follow.
You can follow along on this blog as I do my devotions. I tend to read through books of the bible and post my thoughts as I go through sections.
You can follow along with Traci’s Group on Facebook.
If you simply want to read through the bible in a year and are good with checklists, go here!
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