• Halley’s Study Bible, NIV An Honest Review

    NIV Halley’s Study Bible, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. Pastor Henry Hampton Halley (1874-1965) originally printed his 16-page booklet titled Suggestions Concerning Bible Study as a study help for his audiences in 1922. By 1960 Halley’s Pocket Bible Handbook was in it’s 22nd edition, with 968 pages. Today, Halley’s Bible Handbook has more than 6 million copies in print in multiple languages. Bible publisher Zondervan has now combined Halley’s notes alongside the New International Version Bible translation in Halley’s Study Bible. Verse-by-verse study notes,  photography of…

  • Artisan Collection Bible, NIV An Honest Review

    Artisan Collection Bible, NIV  Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. Physical characteristics: This Bible features lines on each page for journaling, consisting of about the outer third of each page. This provides generous room to write study notes, thoughts, or even illustrate directly onto the pages of scripture. The size of this Bible is great to carry and lays open fairly flat on my lap. The pages are dark-gold “art-gilt” edged and not as thin as many Bible papers, making it ideal for journaling. The color of the paper is a creamy…

  • The Gospel in Numbers

    I’m reading in Numbers this week as I read through the Bible this second half of 2020. It is amazing to see the Old Testament scriptures pointing directly to Christ.  Below is a quick summary of what I found in Numbers 5:4-7. The Gospel in Numbers God Said Obey → We Will Fail → We Humbly Confess → God Fully Restores Numbers 5:4-7 ESV And the people of Israel did so, and put them outside the camp; as the Lord said to Moses, so the people of Israel did. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, When a man or woman commits any of the…

  • The Jesus Bible Artist Edition, ESV An Honest Review

    The Jesus Bible Artist Edition, ESV Published by Zondervan My new everyday Bible! As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review…and honestly, this is my new favorite Bible! I love everything about this Bible. Physical characteristics:The size is perfect to carry and lays open flat on my lap. The pages are gold edged, with a slight thickness so they feel more “book-like”. The color of the paper is creamy, not stark white, making it easy to read and more comfortable on my eyes. The cover is beautifully designed with watercolor swashes and a soft leather-like feel. There…

  • NIV Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition An Honest Review

    NIV Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition Published by Zondervan This is a beautiful Bible, with all the study helps and references I have come to rely on in a study Bible. Physical characteristics: The copy I received has a beautiful, soft leather-like feel . It is perfect size, comfortable to carry and perfectly fits on my lap. There are also two attached bookmark ribbons. The pages are nicely “Bible” thin, with gold edges. The type and font are a bit small for my preference, but certainly not unreadable. I also appreciate the scripture references for each page are located at the top outside edges – making it easier to…

  • No Fear and Cows in the Kitchen

    For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 I have these twin chalkboard cows that sit on my kitchen counter. Currently they display the word self-control and the scripture 2 Timothy 1:7. One morning my husband stopped as he read the verse. For God did not give USA Spirit of fear…? Evidently my chalky handwritten letters were squished too close, so the words ‘us a’ ran together as ‘USA’. We chuckled about this, but then it hit me. How true those words are! 1. God did not give us a Spirit of fear I am writing this on…

  • Finding Your Great Assignment A Journey or a Destination?

    Overwhelmed hardly began to describe how I felt. I knew God placed this dream in my heart, but I had no idea where to start. There were so many questions! I needed help. ….Have you ever noticed how God loves to stretch His children? It may not be fun, but it is fruitful. Author Lysa TerKeurst describes a time she felt overwhelmed, even at a loss in her writing abilities: “I had a choice at this point: give up or push through. I wasn’t a great writer at this point but I had a great assignment. I needed to get my writing up to the point where it can meet…

  • In The Waiting Scripture Memory Challenge Verse 5 May 2019

    I’ve sat in waiting rooms   … busied my hands with needlework   … filled my mind with worry   … walked hallways   … startled at a phone ring    … cried, journaled, prayed  I’ve waited. But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.   1. Uncertainty We’ve all been there. In the waiting. Most of us do not enjoy it, viewing it negatively, involving difficulties and even sorrow. We also value busyness, while waiting often implies inactivity. Even by definition to wait is “to allow time to go by, especially while staying in one place without…

  • Simple Discipleship A Book Review

    Simple Discipleship Grow Your Faith, Transform Your Community By Dana Allin Published by NavPress Good resource. Presents the idea of discipleship as a simple, somewhat organic process, growing out of relationships – stemming from Jesus’ example of how He interacted with His disciples. The author has been involved with developing a discipleship assessment tool, available online for a fee, and refers to this assessment throughout the book. The book I received includes a code for one free online assessment. As described in the introduction, the book is broken up into four parts. The first part of the book digs into what characterizes a disciple of Christ. The second part involves…