Wednesday, January 18, 2017

KJV Expressions Bible *Review

When I first opened the package I thought to myself.. this is a beautiful Bible! Absolutely stunning edition. Beautiful brown with an embossed stripe on the front, this Bible can be used for any age, any gender.

This KJV Expressions Bible is just a bit smaller than my standard size bible, measuring at 6 1/2 by 7 1/4. Perfect size for carrying to church or Bible study.

This bible is a Journaling Bible, which means it has an extra wide 2 inch margin on each page. I am a note-taker when it comes to listening to sermons at church, or even podcasts. I love to record my thoughts on the passages and record them to come back to later. This KJV Expressions Bible has 2 columns of text per page which is unique. Many of the journaling Bibles I have reviewed have just one column of text, making for a thicker, larger Bible. This helps compact the Bible some for ease in carrying. The only difficulty with this is that you may not have enough room in the margin for all of the notes if you are in a particular passage of text that speaks to you. This could be true in the Bible's with one column of text as well. The Word is so full of wisdom, it is easy to need to use a journal for the lengthy notes.

One of the very best features I love about this Bible is it is a Red Letter Bible! I have yet to find a journaling Bible that includes Jesus words in Red. I have always loved this, and reverenced the red letters, knowing they are words my Jesus spoke. This feature alone makes this a 5 star Bible in my review.

I also very much like that it is a KJV Bible. I tend to read the NKJV for church and with our homeschool. I love to study the KJV as well. Having a variety of translations really makes you study the Word, and search it for yourself.

The pages in the KJV Expressions Bible are nice and thick, not your typical bible paper. This is great in using colored pencils and some gel pens and not having it bleed through to the other side.
There is a rise in Bible Journaling artistically where people are drawing pictures and getting creative in recording the message of God. These pages will hold glue sticks. tip ins, washi tape, stickers, etc that are used in Bible Journaling.
For now I am choosing to use it just for written notes during church and my learning. I want to use it as an heirloom to pass along to one of my kids and I know they will love the personalized, hand written notes in it.

It is printed in 8 point font, and I had no problem reading it.

The KJV Expression Bible comes in three bindings. Both black and tan are leather Bibles. There is also a floral, cloth, hardcover as well.
A stunning Bible!

Pick up a copy from
Hendrickson Publishing
Christian Book Distributors

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Knowing Jesus the Essential Teen 365 Devotional ~Review

The Essential Teen
365 Devotional
Knowing Jesus.. the desire of every Christian's heart. This 365 devotional has Jesus each day. It is  numbered rather than dated, so you can begin the devotional at any time. Miss a day? Just jump back in where you left off, easy as that.. no guilt or catching up.
Each devotion covers one page. You will need a Bible to read the devotional as it suggest a scripture reading at the begin of each reading. This is where you will camp for the devotional.

Each day you will be reading several verses. Often there is a quote from one or two of the verses for reference and you can get an idea of where you might be reading for that day. After the reading there are sections titled; Answer the Following Questions, Ask Yourself, Consider these Questions. Some variation of a question section where the questions are asked about the reading done for that day. These aren't 'milk' questions either, but beginning to dig into the meat of the message. I love this about the devotion. It is applicable for both the new believer, and the seasoned believer.
The book mentions it is the Essential Teen devotion. There is rarely a mention of anything specifically teen related though. This devotional can easily be used by everyone. I love that it doesn't look at typical teen problems and try to dissect them, instead the focus is on Jesus.

The final section is the Respond. This is where you take a look internally and see if you are where you  need to be on this particular passage. Some responses are to pray, to consider, to even make lists. This last section is great to make it applicable to your own life.

The devotion is very focused on salvation through Jesus. It mentions having personal encounters with Jesus, and a saving faith. I found it to be very sound doctrinally, and again would really work for any age. I was planning to give it to my teen, but loved it so much I decided to keep it myself.

Pick up a copy from B&H Publishing HERE for $14.99

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Psalm 3

Psalm 3 is our first mention of Selah.. the word I have chosen as my Word for 2017. The Passion Translation rather than writing Selah, says Pause in His Presence. I did some research on this word Selah, and it is thought to be a musical term for a pause or rest. It is used 71 times in the Psalms. The Psalms are hymns and songs, so this is a pause to the musicians, which gives an opportunity for reflection for the listeners. I read this Psalm with those pauses, to look back at the last verse spoken to see what God would want me to reflect on.

There is a Selah after verse 2, and 8. In verse 2, David is saying how the people are slandering God, saying that God can't even save him. Pause.. Verse 3 claims God as his shield that fully surrounds him. Glory to God. He is our shield. Not just a front facing shield either, a fully encompassing shield from all sides.

Verse 3 from the Holman Standard reads "But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head".
KJV reads "But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head."

The one who lifts, and the lifter up.. Always gently taking his hand under our chin and lifting it up to his gaze. What a beautiful word picture.

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