One of the most important things we can in our walk with God is to study the scriptures. Growing deeper in God’s Word helps us to grow closer to God. It helps build our faith and helps us to have wisdom. It helps us to make proper judgments based on the way God sees things. It helps us to witness to others and defend the faith. Studying the scriptures gives us the knowledge do the work of God. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Another reason to study the scriptures is so that we can be ready to give an answer to others. 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: The Bible itself tells us to study the scriptures. John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Studying the scriptures gives us the knowledge to...Read More
E-book readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, are great tools for Bible study. Here are five Bibles that would enhance your Bible reading and study on the Kindle. ESV from Crossway A free version of the ESV translation. This Bible has good navigation and a great price. ESV Study Bible from Crossway The ESV Study Bible has lots of notes on the Biblical canon, how to study, theology, etc. It’s a vast wealth of study for less than $10. OSNOVA KJV Study Bible The OSNOVA Study Bible has about the best navigation of any Bible for Kindle. It’s designed for easy searching, is in paragraph format, and includes Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, How to Study the Bible for Greatest Profit, and Daily Bread. All for $4.99. HCSB from Holman A free version of the Holman Christian Standard version. NIV Archaeological Study Bible One of the best study Bibles ever made (IMHO). The Archaeological Study Bible is a filled with archaeological facts about places, people, cultures, and more....Read More
The cover of the Bible is a very important feature and should be chosen carefully. I recommend buying the best cover you can afford. A badly made cover will greatly shorten the life of the Bible, whereas a Bible with a high quality cover has a better chance of lasting a life-time. Here is a short glossary of Bible cover terms. Smyth Sewn – also known as ‘Section Sewn’. This is the highest quality book-binding available. It is library quality and archival safe. The pages are physically sewn together in sections, known as signatures, using binders thread. Usually around 24 pages, the signatures are folded over to make individual sections of the book. The sections are then sewn together, creating the text block. The text block is then glued into the cover using a fabric backing, imitation leather, bonded leather, or real leather. Genuine Leather – pigskin. This is the cheapest and most popular of real leathers. Berkshire – pigskin. Another term for Genuine Leather. Bonded Leather – chopped ham. Left-over leather pieces are glued together using glues and resins to form a leather-like cover. In general, bonded leathers will not last. They tear apart under regular use. Like all leathers, there are various qualities of bonded leather. Cambridge uses 100% real leather fiber. Cambridge bonded leathers will outlast some genuine leathers. Calfskin – a higher quality leather used...Read More
There are plenty of Bibles to choose from with many features including various papers, fonts, formats, translations, covers, references, notes, etc. If I were able to ‘Build-a-Bible’ I know what my Bible would look like. It would be my dream Bible. Here’s what features I would choose: Size: About the size of a Cambridge Concord Wide-margin would suit me just fine at 7.25×9. Slightly larger would be fine. With everything I would like to add, the Bible would end up being from 2-2.5 inches thick. That would be perfect. Translation: I’m used to KJV, so I’ll stick with that. Margin: I want a wide-margin, but not a standard wide-margin. I don’t like writing on the inside margin. My favorite margin is the Note-takers from LCBP. It has one column of text on the inside of the page and a 2.5 inch margin on the outside of every page. That will do just nicely. Paper: I want the paper from the Cambridge Concord Wide-margin. It is the perfect thickness and opacity. It doesn’t have a shine or glare and has a slight cream tone, making it easier on the eyes. The paper from the Archaeological Study Bible is nice too. I like the texture in the background and on the edges of the hard-cover edition. Font: I want a 10 to 12 point font. As far as style of font...Read More
Local Church Bible Publishers (LCBP) started in the early 90s publishing some of the best quality Bibles in print as part of a ministry to preserve the text of the King James Version. They also reprint old books. They do not believe in making money on God’s Word; instead, they sale their Bibles at the cost of production. This is a ministry of their church and the ladies in the shipping room are volunteers and deserve a love gift if possible. Be sure to click on the Missionaries tab. This tab explains how they are able to keep their prices low and tells all of the processes that are done by volunteers. LCBP offer Bibles in genuine leather from $40-50, top-grain cowhide from $45-55, and calfskin for $50-57. Amazing. And the quality is as good or better than anything on the market. The calf-skin is about the softest cover that I’ve seen on a Bible at any cost. I recommend any Bible from LCBP. You can watch a nice video on their website the shows the book-bindery process: Local Church Bible Publishers Home Page...Read More
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