We’re back for another installment of Two for Thursday, and I suppose if I had to add an additional hint to what type of resources will be included, I’d simply say “Bible Study Edition.”
Our first resource today is one that many of you may already be aware of, but in case you’re not, let me introduce you to Faithlife.
Faithlife Corporation publishes and creates electronic tools and resources for Bible study. It produces the Logos Bible Software, but also publishes tools and resources under a number of other brands, and partners with more than 500 publishers to offer over 120,000 Christian ebooks available to users of its software.
Logos Bible Software is a digital library application designed for electronic Bible study. In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages. It is developed by Faithlife Corporation. As of October 29, 2019, Logos Bible Software is in its eighth version.
For those of you that haven’t checked out Faithlife yet, you are in for a surprise! Faithlife is a resource that is designed to work with churches and individuals to equip them for ministry and to deepen their knowledge of the Scriptures. It is a centralized site that encompasses various other platforms such as: Logos, Faithlife TV, and Bible Screen. With a free account, you have access to a wide variety of web based Bible resources including commentaries, dictionaries, theological books, Bible translations, etc. I will warn you; however, that it may take some time to find your way around the platform, especially Logos, to unlock all of its free content. But if you take the time to do so, I’m sure that you’ll find that it is well worth it. Before long you will have a library of free books and reference material at your fingertips!
The second resource is another that you may be familiar with and it is the very popular Bible App, powered by YouVersion. Of the app, the website exclaims “Tens of millions of people are using the Bible App™ to make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. Download the free app and access your bookmarks, notes, and reading plans from anywhere. Enjoy hundreds of versions, including audio, all on your mobile device.”
This app is really incredible! In addition to a wide variety of Bible reading plans, you have access to daily devotionals, Bible audio versions, and over 1000 Bible translations. Videos are available, as well. And if you are interested in maintaining a Bible reading plan, the app will send you reminders and keep track of your progress. You can even set up a community with other users to keep track of what they are doing. There are daily verses that can be shared via memes, or you can even create your own to share across social media platforms.
If you haven’t checked out the Bible App, I’d like to encourage you to go on over and do so. It can greatly aid you as you seek to deepen your knowledge of the God of the universe!
BONUS RESOURCE…Just for today, I’d like to offer a bonus resource (free of charge), and it comes from the Dallas Theological Seminary. Did you know that they offer online Bible courses for free? Well if you didn’t, you do now! I’m currently enrolled in a six week course on Romans, and here is a bit of the email that I received at the start of my course:
“My name is Jacob Beck, and I’m here to help you get the most out of this course. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at any time.
This course is designed to last six weeks, but you can go at whatever pace works for you.
While these courses are not accredited at Dallas Theological Seminary or any other institution, they are adapted from the same classroom teaching that DTS students enjoy.
Once you complete all six quizzes, a certificate link appears close to the quiz section. You can click the link to download your certificate.
You can share this course with as many people as you want. You can use this Facebook sharing link, or you can direct people to courses.dts.edu to register for free.
If there are any more questions I can answer for you, just reply to this email and I’ll respond as soon as possible.
If you didn’t know about theses free resources before today, I’m happy to share them with you. I trust that you’ll find them packed with value, and if so, why not drop a comment to let me know?