My Favorite Resources
Below is a list of a few of my favorite Bible study resources:
The Bible Hub is an awesome website that allows you too look up verses in the Bible by using key words, references, topics etc. It is very easy to navigate and has a few really cool features. I ALWAYS have the Bible Hub open in another tab while I’m writing here on the Blog. It is seriously so helpful. More often then not I can’t remember the exact reference, but I know the gist of what the scripture says. It’s hard to search for verses in my paper Bible without getting sidetracked. When I’m in my physical Bible I get lost and quickly find myself off in la la land with Jesus.
There is just something about a paper Bible that is so comforting to me. I love reading my physical Bible more then any other format, but I gotta tell ya, I sooooo appreciate these online resources and Bibles.
Strong’s Concordance- This book is the Mack Daddy. Mine was actually given to me by some great friends we went to church with up in Massachusetts. Thanks, Brad and Sara. :) Kind of like the paper Bible, I love using a physical concordance. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the concordance, it is basically a huge book of words. In it you find every English word used in the Bible with the references and translations to their original language. The Bible was originally written in other languages… no, Jesus isn’t a white American. He was a Jew (Hebrew/Israelite). We know The Bible is broken into two books'; the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew with the exception of two books, Daniel and Ezra which were mostly written in Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek. There are SO many translations of the Bible. In the English language alone there nearly 450 translations, not to mention all of the different world languages it’s been translated in. We can all agree that words can be interpreted with many meanings. The concordance was created so that we can find the original intentions of the words. It’s REALLY COOL to study words in their original text. I challenge you all to grab this book and do a little research. It’s fascinating and truly takes your Bible reading and interpretation to a new and deeper level. Maybe if you’re hesitant to buy the book, see if your church office has one, or maybe the library. It’s a really cool book just to look through.
The LOGOS Bible App- When I’m not in my library with all my big fat books in front of me, I use a this App for a concordance. You guys- this might be the coolest app on my phone. It is SO complex which could be a little overwhelming if you’re new to studying God’s word in this way. But if you’re up for a challenge, I recommend this a hundred percent. I’m pretty sure I paid for it. It’s got a 4.8 out of 5 star rating with over 28k reviews. It’s that good, y’all. You can open numerous tabs, read translations side by side, open commentaries, do word studies… I mean the features of this app are incredible. I LOVE IT. If you want to learn more about it, read here on their website. You can also look it up in the app store on your smart phone, and read about it there.
The Holy Bible App- This is a free and awesome App many Christians use. The best thing in my opinion about this app is that it’s got SO MANY free reading/study plans. It’s an awesome resource. It’s also cool because the app promotes community and allows you to create a profile and invite friends to join you in your reading. Another neat feature with this app is that it’s got a Verse of the Day. And, I’m pretty sure you can get alerts to remind you to read which helps keep you accountable.
Prayer Journal- This is a very practical journal that’s affordable and easy to use. It’s ONLY $4.50 right now through this Amazon link!
Keeping a record of prayers is great- but doing it while you’re reading the Bible is SO HELPFUL. Learning to pray the Bible is crucial in praying effectively.
Bible Highlighters- if you guys still use regular highlighters in your Bibles, you’re missing out. These highlighters glide so smoothly on the page and are soooooo nice. They don’t bleed because they’re made of gel. I promise, you want them. I got this huge pack and kept one of each color for myself and then sent the others in gifts. Here is a link to buy!
Do you have a hard time reading the Bible? Do you feel like you’re not equipped, or just not smart enough? I used to feel so intimidated when I approached the Bible. Over the past 7 years I’ve witnessed God take me from being completely unaware of it’s power to a full on Bible Lover! I believe His heart is to create in all of us a desire to meet him in his word. Soon, I’ll share a post I wrote to encourage you in the area of reading your Bible!