How to Choose the Right Bible for You

How to Choose the Right Bible for You

How to choose the right Bible for you.

It seems to me that with the advent of global shopping online, the brick and mortar Christian bookstores where I worked and learned the difference between Bibles have gone the way of the dinosaur. Sure, there are loads of choices on the internet, many more, in fact, than any local bookstore or chain could carry. And it also seems like the sheer number of Bibles in new and exciting categories is growing by the day. So what do you do when you want a new Bible but aren’t sure where to turn? Well, for my friends, I have developed a method for you to weigh all the options available to you. Just click on the image to the right!

What’s the difference between not just translations, but types of Bibles? Is a Reference Bible better than a Study Bible? What qualifies as a Journaling Bible? And aren’t there specialty Bibles for just about every interest and need? Yes, there are, and what I’ve tried to do for you is put it all in a chart to help you make the choice that’s right for you.

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But first, some definitions.

Concerning translations, there are actually 3 types you might come across. Verbal Equivalence Bibles (aka Formal Equivalence Bibles) means that the translators have opted to translate word for word. If it is strictly adhered to, it can make reading a bit awkward because there are no strict equivalent words for some Hebrew and Greek words.

The second type is Dynamic Equivalence (aka Functional Equivalence) Bibles. In this translation method, the translator has attempted to convey thought for thought instead of strict word for word. Neither one of these methods is fool-proof, but they are still remarkably accurate when compared to the original manuscripts.

The third type is a Paraphrase, which is not strictly a translation at all. This type takes the meaning of the Scriptures and tries to put it in simple, everyday language. Many people use a Paraphrase Bible for reading, but switch to an actual translation for studying.

More definitions

In addition to the different translations, there are different types of Bibles as well. The three most commonly read are the Study Bible, which includes study helps and commentaries to try to make the passages clearer; the Reference Bible, which has a column either in the center or along the edge that list other references to the same topic; and there is a growing demand for Journaling Bibles as more people embrace journaling in their Bibles instead of in a separate notebook. And then there are Specialty Bibles that include things like Men’s Bibles, Women’s or Kids’ Bibles, Bibles focusing on architecture, or the work of the Holy Spirit, or even just Topical Bibles.

I’ve tried to give you a good sampling of some of the most popular Bibles; obviously, this post would stretch on to eternity if I tried to cover them all.

I hope the resource is helpful for you the next time you decide to purchase a new one for yourself or as a gift for someone else. The most important thing to remember is that time spent in God’s word is edifying to your spirit and God actually says it is “food for the soul.” Remember, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4, KJV).

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How to Plan Your Blogging Goals 90 Days at a Time

How to Plan Your Blogging Goals 90 Days at a Time

Why plan your blogging goals?

You want to honor Christ in your blogging, right? You want your readers to come back again and again, too. Right again?
If your blog is more like an online journal and the people who read it are just friends and family, planning your goals is probably not necessary. But if you want to reach a larger audience and keep them coming back to read your blog, planning your blogging goals is a must.

Blogging can take over your life.

But it doesn’t have to. Like anything you do, planning is key to success. One of my favorite quotes comes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”

Planning your blogging goals helps you reach your destination.

However, in today’s world, things change at the speed of, well, technology. And to have a successful blog, you really need to keep up. It can be overwhelming.

That’s why I created this FREE 90-Day Blog Planning Tool!

Without planning, I feel:

  • Unprepared
  • Overcommitted
  • Less productive

That’s why I plan 90 days at a time.

I don’t go into great detail in planning my blogging goals. A 90-day goal might be “grow traffic to 10,000 readers.” After that, planning posts that will interest my readers comes next.

Planning is not writing.

I want to know what I’m going to write about, but in the planning stage, I don’t actually write the post. That comes later.

 

Value-added content

Now that I have an editorial plan for the next 90 days, I’m going to think about what I can offer my readers that will align with the blog. A free checklist? A photo? Tips about how to accomplish something? I like to have a free resource available for download on lots of my posts. (Remember the movie Field of Dreams? “If  you build it, he will come” is true for blogging, too.)

Social media, too.

How will I get the word out? I utilize pins, posts and tweets to let people know what I’m doing and how they can benefit from it. So putting in when you plan to use social media is an integral part of the overall plan. Again, don’t create the pins, posts and tweets—plan them.

Tasks.

The final part of my planning involves listing tasks. If you are using my free planning tool, you have 13 weekly pages to list those tasks and schedule them in.

Scheduling your workload is freeing.

I take one day every three months to plan the next 90 days. Then I only have to look at my plan to know what I need to accomplish each week. It frees my mind up to concentrate on creating really great content that will draw people in and give them what they need.

After all, that’s what my blog is all about. How about yours?

Go ahead! Download your FREE 90-Day Blog Goal Planning Tool!

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How to Find Free Photos Update

How to Find Free Photos Update

Free Photos! YOU NEED AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHS!

It’s true that we are a visual society. When we encounter a page of text, few of us will spend much time there. Especially if the text is not broken up into small bites. That’s why you need awesome photographs for your blog! Awhile back, I wrote a post about finding free photos that would make your posts more engaging.

And now it’s time to update the list!

Since that last post, I’ve found an amazing site called Canva. It’s the easiest photo editor I’ve found for making images with text for just about anything you can think of. Although I do use Photoshop, Canva is where I design my pins for Pinterest, posts for Instagram, and blog images for O! Susannah!

But what’s even more exciting is that it is yet another place to find free awesome photographs you can add to your designs. (Yes, they have some you have to purchase, but I can almost always find something I can use for free.)

Let me give you an example.

I decided to design a Pinterest pin for “TOMES, A Weekly Digest of My Favorite Posts” which is something I send out to my subscribers. Here are the two examples.

This one was created in Photoshop. It took me about five minutes to create because I didn’t have the fonts and needed to find them and download them. The size is 120kb.

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This one was designed in Canva in about 15 seconds. It’s drawback is size at 576kb. To do a third option, I decided to change the photo. Changing the photo was as easy as choosing one (this one I uploaded from Unsplash) and dropping it over the current photo. Canva immediately resized it to fit the space.

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This time I decided to save it as a png and it was even bigger. It was 861 kb. If you understand Photoshop and use it, you can easily open the Canva design and resave it as a jpg or png to save space.

So do you want the download of places to find free awesome photographs?

Of course you do. Just click on the image there to the right. It’s a pdf with links in it to each place I found a good source for free awesome photographs.

So I ask you… what places have you found that you would add?

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1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.