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Bible Basics: 8 Benefits of Reading Your Bible Daily

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Reignite your passion for reading the Bible by reminding yourself of the benefits God has made available to you through His Word.

The Bible is the living, breathing Word of God. And though we know it in our heads, sometimes we forget this truth in our hearts. We go through the motions and treat our time in the Word as an obligation, failing to see it as the gift it really is. Reignite your passion for reading the Bible by reminding yourself of the benefits God has made available to you through His Word.

1. Your faith will be strengthened.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. –Romans 10:17 NIV

2. You will be successful.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” –Joshua 1:8 NLT

3. You will be prepared.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. –2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

4. You will receive direction and clarity.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. –Psalm 119:105 KJV

5. You will be equipped to point others toward Jesus.
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. –Titus 1:9 ESV

6. You will gain understanding.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. –Psalm 119:130 NIV

7. You will be encouraged.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. –Romans 15:4 ESV

8. You will be set free.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” –John 8:31–32 NLT

We hope you feel inspired and excited about digging into God’s Word and seeking Him daily. We recommend starting with a study Bible if you’re new to reading the Bible. A study Bible contains extensive help and features like annotations that explain difficult passages or theology and doctrine, references to indicate where text relates to, word definitions, a concordance, maps and timelines, and more.

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Understand the timeline of biblical events, learn more about the culture and customs during Jesus’ time and discover how to apply the Good News to your life by supplementing your study with a second Bible.

Have you ever read the Bible and felt like you didn’t understand the point of the passage? The stories in the Bible aren’t documented in order and it isn’t always clear how they relate to other pieces of Scripture, which can make it difficult to comprehend the context. Understand the timeline of biblical events, learn more about the culture and customs during Jesus’ time and discover how to apply the Good News to your life by supplementing your study with a second Bible.

Enjoy 50% off select Bibles now through January 26 and invest in a better understanding of God’s Word.

A Chronological Bible
Gain a greater understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Chronological Bibles arrange the entire Bible text—books, chapters and even verses—in the order the events actually happened. This structure allows the stories to flow in a more natural way so they are easier to understand.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
Discover new insights into even the most familiar Bible passages with the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Every page is packed with expert insights into the customs, culture and literature of Bible times. It’s a window into behind-the-scenes details of the ancient world that will clarify difficult passages and give you confidence in your study of Scripture.

The Jesus Bible
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem isn’t the beginning of the story of Jesus. The entire Bible points to Him. Filled with relevant notes, articles, essays and book introductions, The Jesus Bible will help you follow the thread of Jesus from cover to cover. Discover a new depth to the Bible’s meaning as you see Him in every chapter of the story. The Jesus Bible includes exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, Randy Alcorn and others from the Passion Movement.

A Life Application Study Bible
The Life Application Study Bibles emphasize living out the principles of Scripture rather than simply looking at the historical details from that time period. The notes not only explain difficult passages and give cultural cues; they go a step further, speaking to every situation and circumstance of your life. These Bibles include nearly 10,000 Life Application notes and features designed to help you apply God’s truth to everyday life.

Understanding the Bible is the first step to applying what’s on the pages. We hope these resources help you grasp all that God’s Word has to offer.

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Bible Basics: 5 Tips for First-Time Bible Readers

Get encouraged and equipped with these tips for first-time Bible readers.

Opening the Bible for the first time can be intimidating and overwhelming. But with some grace and guidance, you can press past your doubts and find freedom in God’s Word. Get encouraged and equipped with these tips for first-time Bible readers.

We’re offering 50% off select Bibles now through January 26 to help you get started.

Prepare Your Heart
In the beginning, you may feel like reading your Bible is an obligation or a chore. Don’t be discouraged! Spend some time in prayer, asking God to help you see His Word as a blessing instead of a burden.

Start with the Gospel
Don’t feel like you need to read from beginning to end. The Bible is like no other book; reading out of order won’t change the truth on the pages. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are a great place to start. They are commonly referred to as the Gospel because they detail the life of Jesus.

Use a Bible Study Guide
Designed to enrich your understanding of God’s Word, Bible Studies are a great tool for first-time Bible readers. Navigate God’s Word by books of the Bible or by a topic that relates to a specific season in your life.

Ask Questions
It takes time to fully understand God’s Word. If you’re confused by a passage or stumble on something that doesn’t’ align with what you have been told about Christianity – ask! Find a spiritual mentor or leader in the church who can help you navigate the complexity of the Bible and answer your questions honestly.

Apply the Word
The Bible should inspire you to live differently. If you’re simply going through the motions and moving on with business as usual, you’re missing out on the benefits of the Bible. Choose at least one verse from your reading to meditate on and think about how you can implement that wisdom into your daily life.

God’s Word is a gift. We hope these tips encourage you to dive in and begin to unpack all the Bible has to offer.

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Stay committed to reading the Bible in one year with these tips.

January has arrived, and with it, the promise of renewal and a fresh start. We know many of you have set spiritual goals for the year ahead and we’re excited to walk alongside you during this season of growth. We also know spending more time in God’s Word is one of the most popular resolutions among believers. Stay committed to reading the Bible in one year with these tips.

Commit to Consistency
Establish a time of day that works well for you and commit that window of time to your daily Bible reading. Find a place in your home that is comfy and quiet, free of distractions, so you can focus on reading and absorbing God’s Word.

Buy a One-Year Bible
The One Year Series
of books, Bibles and devotionals are our most popular annual readers. The One Year Series will guide you through God’s Word in 365 days featuring daily passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament, the book of Psalms and Proverbs.

Rethink the Rules
There is more than one way to read and understand the Bible, so give yourself permission to skip around. If reading cover to cover isn’t for you, consider reading chronologically or dabbling in both the Old Testament and the New Testament every day. If you’re just getting started on your walk with God, we recommend first reading Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Take Down Your Thoughts
Writing is a wonderful way to explore your emotions and your faith more fully. Journal verses that stand out to you, prayer requests, how certain passages make you feel and anything else God whispers to you during these quiet moments with Him.

Ask for Accountability
Find a spiritual mentor who can check in with you periodically or encourage a friend or family member to read along with you. Allowing others in on your goal can increase your chances of achieving it.

Pray Persistently
As Christians, prayer is the cornerstone of everything we do. Set yourself up for success by laying your goals down at God’s feet and relying on Him for strength. If prayer has felt more like a burden than a blessing lately, energize your prayer life with these four tips.

Give Yourself Some Grace
We all fall short of perfection. Thankfully, we serve a gracious God who doesn’t expect us to be faultless. If you miss a day of reading, forgive yourself, pray about it and get back on track tomorrow. Don’t give up!

We hope you feel encouraged and empowered to reach your goal of reading through the Bible in 2017.

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3 Kids Bibles that will Engage Your Child

Get your little ones engaged in God’s Word with a Kids Bible they can understand and encourage them to personalize their faith.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14 NIV

God has a heart for children, and His Word makes it clear that He desires to be in an intimate relationship with them. Teaching your kids about their Lord and Savior is one of your greatest responsibilities as a parent – but it’s also one of your greatest blessings. Encourage your little ones to draw near to their Father with a Kids Bible they can easily understand.

The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories

The Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite of young children and their parents for decades. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it the perfect way to introduce young children to the stories of the Bible. With new three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish and more.

NLT Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible

Scripture memorization grounds kids in their faith, equips them for the future and solidifies their relationship with Christ. The NLT Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible was designed to encourage kids to read God’s Word and hide it deep within their hearts. One hundred of the Bible’s core verses have been set to music by renowned children’s author and songwriter Stephen Elkins. The 100 songs include a variety of genres and are available in the New Living Translation, New International Version and King James Version.

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers

Now available with full-color throughout, the bestselling NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers includes the complete New International Reader’s Version written for a third grade reading level—for children just beginning to explore the Bible on their own. Kids ages 6-10 will be even more captivated with learning about the Bible and growing closer in their relationship with God. Enjoy 30% Off All Adventure Bibles now through November 17.

Give your child their very own Bible as a gift or choose a Bible together. Challenge them to read a whole chapter of the Bible, memorize their favorite verse or have them read their new Bible to you.

How do you encourage your kids to spend time in God’s Word?

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4 Encouraging Bible Verses about God’s Will

The Bible is the most accurate and honest place to seek the Lord and gain perspective on His will for your life.

As Christians, we hear a lot about pursuing God’s will but are often left wondering how to go about it. While only God himself knows His plan for us, He loved us enough to give us His Word as a guide. The Bible is the most accurate and honest place to seek the Lord and gain perspective.

We asked some of our staff to share a verse that helps them understand who God has called them to be. We hope these scriptures encourage you to dive into the Word and seek the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

“I love these verses because they clearly describe these character attributes as God’s will for me in Christ Jesus. These verses are very clear that no matter what the situation or circumstance, God is certain that He wants me to be a man of joy who seeks Him in prayer and is full of thanksgiving. These are powerful attributes that allow me to rest in Jesus.” – Steve Biondo, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

“This verse has always spoken to me in an incredibly deep way. We are constantly being tugged at and pulled toward conforming to the ways of this world, but I will never cease to consistently renew my mind in God and push myself to be exactly who He has called me to be.” – Olivia Holman, Visual Merchandiser

Romans 8:6 NIV
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

“Though it’s a daily, moment-to-moment battle, I have found that the rewards of thinking about and satisfying my own wants and desires are so shallow and short-lived. When I pursue God through daily Bible study, prayer, and fellowship it positions me to be led by the Holy Spirit. I am able to serve with joy and I have better perspective on life’s problems, which are inevitable. I experience peace as a result of hope and perspective.” – Dan McAleenan, SVP Store Operations

Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

“These verses remind me that I can achieve anything as long as I seek the will of the Lord. Regardless of the task, circumstance or situation, everything will work out because God is in control and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Andreanna Sims, Real Estate Manager

We hope these Bible verses inspire you to live your life in alignment with God’s will. We encourage you to seek Him through His Word as you strive to be more like Christ.

What Bible verses encourage you?

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How to Choose a Bible: 4 Questions to Consider

With so many translations, styles and features – choosing a Bible can be both exciting and overwhelming. We know the importance of understanding and connecting with God’s Word. That’s why we’re committed to being your spiritual partner and helping you find a Bible that speaks to you. Get started with the following questions designed to walk you through the Bible selection process.

Who is this Bible for?
Maybe you’re buying your first Bible, your fifth Bible or looking to bless someone with the gift of God’s Word. If you’re buying a Bible for someone else, consider their age, gender and spiritual needs. Keep this in mind as you consider the following questions.

Is this Bible for a specific life event or milestone?
Whether you’re celebrating a baptism, graduation or simply welcoming a new believer, we’ve got a Bible specific to each occasion. The needs of a pastor and someone celebrating their first communion will be different, and we believe their Bible should be too.

Are you looking for a specific translation?
Some translations, including the KJV and NKJV, are more literal because they were translated word for word and often require a higher reading level. Other translations, like the NIV and NLT, use more contemporary language because they were translated phrase by phrase allowing for a smoother reading experience. Both types of translations are used to study God’s Word, so be sure to choose one that resonates with you.

Are you looking for additional features?
Hard cover or leather bound? Large or small print? Maybe you want wide margins for Bible journaling. Maybe you’re doing a majority of your reading on the road and would benefit from a compact version. Consider when and where you’ll be using your Bible most and choose features that align with your needs.

Still have questions? Take the next step and try out our new Bible Finder. This online tool will walk you through these very questions, present you with an in-depth look at your options and then recommend a variety of Bibles based on your responses.

What questions do you have about the Bible buying process?

Bible Journaling for Beginners: 4 Easy-to-Follow Steps to Help You Get Started

If you’ve been on Instagram or Pinterest lately, you’ve probably seen your fair share of Bible journaling photos. In the midst of all those masterpieces, it can be intimidating to try your hand at it. Bible journaling is a great way to document your spiritual journey – and the good news is you don’t need to be a creative genius to do it!

We’re here to help you get stared with 30% off select journaling Bibles and accessories now through August 25. There’s never been a better time to pick out a Bible, stock up on some supplies and jump in with these easy-to-follow steps!

Step 1: Prepare Your Heart
Before you tackle the pens and paints, set your mind on what really matters. Spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you. Pray that your focus would be on pleasing God and not on pursuing perfection.

Step 2: Get Into The Word
As you dig into your Bible, take note of verses and words that stand out to you. Don’t know where to start? Try using a devotional to guide you through God’s Word and provide context around the piece of scripture you’re reading.

Step 3: Put It On Paper
Write down or draw out what spoke to you as you were reading God’s Word. It’s okay to start with a few words or writing out a verse. Don’t feel like you need to decorate the entire page. As you begin to feel more comfortable, you can add in some color and texture by using stamps, stickers, paint and washi tape.

Step 4: Have Fun
Enjoy yourself! It’s easy to fall into the enemy’s trap of comparing your skills, abilities and artwork to others. Know that Bible journaling is between you and God and He is simply rejoicing that you choose to spend time in His presence. So stop chasing perfection and give yourself the freedom to try something new.

We hope these steps encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and connect with the Father on a deeper level. We’d love to see what you create and hear what’s worked well for you. Tag us on Instagram or post your works of art on our Facebook page.

What are your favorite Bible journaling tips?

How to Study the Bible: 10 Practical Tips to help you Understand God’s Word

The Bible is a love letter, a set of instructions, the inspired Word of God and so much more. But if we’re honest, it can also be confusing, overwhelming and intimidating. With so many authors, parables and translations, it can be difficult to wrap your head around all the Bible has to offer. Get into the Word and begin to better understand the Gospel with these Bible study tips.

10 Bible Study Tips

  1. Prepare Your Heart: Say a prayer of thankfulness before diving into God’s Word. This will align your heart and your mind as you seek to know Him more.
  2. Strive For Consistency: Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, try to set aside a consistent time every day to dig into scripture.
  3. Set The Tone: Listen to praise and worship music before getting started to focus your heart and your mind. Stock up on your favorite tunes with our Buy One Get One 50% Off sale on all music.
  4. Avoid Distractions: Be honest with yourself about what pulls your focus away from God and avoid it during your quiet time.
  5. Engage With Community: While individual time with God is important, spending time getting to know Him with your brothers and sisters in Christ can be incredibly effective.
  6. Make Time: If you can’t find time to sit in God’s presence, write down everything you do for a few days. You’ll likely notice patterns and identify areas that are consuming you.
  7. Change Up Your Technique: Don’t be afraid to use more than one devotional or tool to avoid falling into a rut. Use a Study Bible or document your journey with God in a Journaling Bible.
  8. Revisit Verses: The beauty of God’s Word is that it is alive. This means scripture may speak differently to you depending on what season you are in.
  9. Pick Out Patterns: The Bible is full of promises, warnings and instructions. Choose a color for each theme and highlight passages that relate.
  10. Ask For Clarity: Ask God for clarity when you don’t understand something. He is ready and willing to impart His wisdom if we simply ask.

What are some of your go-to Bible study tips?

7 Bible Verses to Share with Your Daughter about her Identity in Christ

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The right friends, the right opinions, the right pant size – tween girls are at an age where they’re feeling pressured to look and act a certain way. Society, the media and their peers are all competing to be their source of self-worth. Your precious daughter is in one of the most delicate and influential seasons of her life – it’s up to you to be the voice of truth.

It’s our hope that these verses will inspire a larger conversation with your daughter about who she is and whose she is. We encourage you to ask God for guidance as you communicate what it means to be a Daughter of the King.

7 Bible Verses about Identity

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. – Song of Solomon 4:7 NIV

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. – Psalm 139:14 NKJV

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. – Ephesians 1:4 NKJV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Be intentional about speaking truth to your daughter. Challenge her to memorize a verse, pray these promises over her life and remind her to just have fun while remembering Jesus. Spark your tween girl’s faith with our exclusive new line of Cupcakes & Jesus clothing and accessories. It’s sweet, sparkly and speaks truth to your daughter using messages that remind her to be bold, shine bright and show the love of Christ.

How do you teach your little girl about what it means to be a child of God?