Isn’t it amazing when God stitches a theme into your day? You just know He’s trying to get a message to you when everywhere you turn, you bump into the same information. It blows my mind that he cares enough to keep trying over and over again to get it into our thick skulls!

Early this morning, a friend sent me a tiny audio snippet of a pastor from Pennsylvania sharing a devotional about the name of Jesus. Then when I went to read my Bible this morning, my eyes fell on scriptures talking about the name of Jesus. And when I opened up the book I was reading, guess what it was talking about on the very page I left off at? Yep – the name of Jesus. Then I turned on my iPod. Guess what the first song spoke about? You see where this is going, right? Yes, Jesus.

With this theme stitched into my day, I was thanking Jesus for what his name means to you and me. I began putting his name above everything I could think of. Take a moment and go with me here, I encourage you to read this out loud. We can do it together and it will stir your faith:

Jesus, the name above all names…

Jesus, the name above loneliness.

Jesus, the name above chest pain.

Jesus, the name above a bad habit.

Jesus, the name above a toxic relationship.

Jesus, the name above a horrible toothache.

Jesus, the name above stress.

Jesus, the name above childcare struggles.

Jesus, the name above thyroid issues.

Jesus, the name above no food in the fridge.

Jesus, the name above fears.

Jesus, the name above cancer.

Jesus, the name above relationship problems.

Jesus, the name above unpaid bills.

Jesus, the name above excess weight gain.

Jesus, the name above a broken air conditioning system.

Jesus, the name above disappointment.

Jesus, the name above horrible work environment.

Jesus, the name above a flat tire.

Jesus, the name above unpaid child support.

Jesus, the name above sin.

Jesus, the name above death.

Jesus, the name above PMS.

Jesus, the name above poor grades.

Jesus, the name above a tornado.

Jesus, the name above a stock market collapse.

Jesus, the name above a house fire.

Jesus, the name above failed tests.

Jesus, the name above betrayal of friends.

Jesus, the name above your dryer breaking down.

Jesus, the name above no gas in the car.

Jesus, the name above depression.

Jesus, the name above aggravation.

Jesus, the name above bitterness.

Jesus, the name above a cold or allergy.

Jesus, the name above divorce proceedings.

Jesus, the name above _________________(Your turn.)

Jesus, the name that everything on heaven and earth bows to.

Philippians 2:10 says, Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

“Jesus” – his name means savior. He saves you from all this above and more.

Lifeguards Have The Will to Save 

I heard about this guy who is a lifeguard. He was asked if he’d saved many lives this summer, and he reported how many lives he had “saved.”

His friend said, “Your job must be exciting!”

The lifeguard said, “Nothing’s more exhilarating or terrifying or fulfilling than plunging into cold water, knowing someone’s life depends on me,” he said. “Nothing makes my heart pound like that. It’s the best feeling in the world, to burst through the waves with all my strength to pull people to safety, sometimes even against their will if they’re panicking. I wish I could do it all the time.”

Jesus, Your Personal Lifeguard

Know what? There is nothing more exciting to Jesus than to “save” you from your day or “save” you from your circumstances, and especially “save” you from your sin. He’s standing by. He’s a life preserver and will “save” you from everything nipping at your heels today.

So, what will you do with the Name of Jesus?

Put it above everything else!

 

15 Ways to Achieve Bravery and Grab Your God-Given Victory

Ralph Waldo Emerson said this, and I LOVE IT:

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”

5 minutes.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to make or break your God-given victory.

Think about it:

  1. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Staying in peace rather than slipping into frustration.
  2. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Loving someone who just ripped you to shreds.
  3. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Holding your tongue and not having the last word.
  4. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Saving your tithe instead of spending it.
  5. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Staying a tad bit longer to finish the job.
  6. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Sticking around to have that awkward conversation you’ve been avoiding.
  7. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Not taking that second look at the babe who just waltzed by.
  8. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Keeping no record of a wrong.
  9. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Refusing to get angry.
  10. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Turning the other cheek.
  11. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Not giving in to the temptation.
  12. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Refusing to retaliate.
  13. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Passing up the liquor store on your way home.
  14. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Continuing to pray and press through till you feel a release.

Galatians 6:9 AMP:

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

15. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Reaping all that God has for you!

 Don’t miss out. Be braver – hang in there five minutes longer. You’re God-given victory is just around the corner!

If you enjoyed this post, 15 Ways to Achieve Bravery and Grab Your God-Given Victory, then you’d also like: How to Keep Fighting When You’re a Bloody Mess.


Find Out if God Thinks You’re Good Enough to Get into Heaven

Find Out if God Thinks You’re Good Enough to Get Into Heaven

A gal named Carry went to heaven. She was really smug and certain she’d get in because she had been a very good person on earth. Peter met her at the gate and asked, “Carry, what makes you worthy to enter into heaven?”

Carey answered, “I’m a really good person.”

“Hmm, O.K. You need 50 points to get into heaven. Tell me what you’ve done.”

“I memorized Bible verses growing up. In fact, I have a ribbon for memorizing the most scriptures out of anyone in my Sunday School Class.”

“Great, that’s worth a half a point.”

“Half a point?”

Peter said, “Yep, half a point.”

“O.K. Let’s see, I never missed church on Sunday’s or Wednesday’s. I was there every time the doors were open unless I was sick or out-of-town. I was so committed to church, I’d drag myself there even if I were half dead!”

“Wow, You were committed. Nice. That’s worth 1 point.”

Carry was beginning to feel hopeless. Would she make it in?

She searched her brain for memories of good deeds and faithfulness, figuring she needed to build a stronger case.

“I tithed on all of my income, and gave to the poor and oh, yeah, the church building program! I also washed cars to raise money for missions around the world.”

“Sweet! That’s good for another point.”

Carry listed five or six more items she had done, but had only racked up 7 points. She threw up her hands in desperation and yelled, “With this system, I can’t get in unless it’s by the grace of God!”

“Bingo!!!” That’s worth 50 points. Come on in.”

Grace. That’s all you need.

Yet, how often have you been duped into believing it’s all about you and what you do? Me too.

You think doing all kinds of good deeds and living out the ten commandments perfectly will get you into heaven? Not so fast. And what about the other commandments listed in the Bible. Have you been able to follow those perfectly? Me either. Truth is – we can’t.

The Law Was Given to Shut You Up!

The law was provided so that you would come to the conclusion that there is no way you’d be able to keep it. Then feeling hopeless, you’d cry out in desperation for God to save you and let you into heaven.

Romans 3:20 NLT:For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

You Can’t Save Yourself. That’s God’s Job.

Romans 3:23-25 NLT:For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s g glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

Does God think your good enough to get into heaven?

Nope.

You’re not good enough to slide your way into heaven.

You can’t do enough to pay for your sins.

Enter Jesus. He paid the price because the cost was too much for you.

Aren’t you relieved?

 

 

Have you ever prayed for something that wasn’t God’s will?

Me too!

How do you know what’s appropriate to ask God for and what’s not?

Last Sunday morning I had the privilege of joining Latrica Willis, host of the Healing Touch Radio Broadcast for a live radio interview. I’ve got a little video vignette of it for you right here so you can see how conversation with God can help shape your prayers.

In this short video you learn how prayer shaping begins with thought shaping. We don’t always know what to pray for but God does.

Get this down and you’ll be fine-tuning your prayer requests & BOOM! You’re prayers will be answered![youtube id=”g9iSS5lUk3k?fs”]

This information came from the newly revised and expanded edition of my book, “Grabbing God’s Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro”. If you would like more information about the book or want to order it, click here. It’s now available in PAPERBACK as well as the newly revised Kindle edition on Amazon.com.

 


Activate God’s Promises in 2 Steps – No Waiting Required!
You’ve probably noticed there are promises in the Bible that are in past tense. If they are in past tense it’s because they’re already available. There’s no waiting required. All you have to do is activate them. Let me show you how you can activate God’s promises in two easy steps.

First, here are a few examples of God’s promises that are in past tense as if they’ve already been given to you:

  • Ephesians 1:5 – God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
  • Colossians 1:12 – God has made you worthy
  • Psalms 5:12 – God has surrounded you with favor as a shield

Here’s how you can activate those promises:

1. SPEAK LIKE YOU HAVE IT

My husband, Ted used to bring the mail in to me and say, “Here’s a letter for Dr. Linda Travelute.” What’s crazy about that is when he stared saying saying it I wasn’t a doctor yet. I hadn’t even begun my postgraduate school program. But he was speaking it. He knew some day I would have my PhD and he was activating it by his words. He took it by faith and believed it as though I already had it. And every time he said it, hearing it helped me believe it. And today, I AM Dr. Linda Travelute. Activate what you know to be true with what you say.

You can say, “God you said in your word that I am blessed. You said I am favored.” Even if your circumstances don’t yet agree or you don’t see it, keep speaking it. Speaking it is a key to activating it.

God speaks of nonexistent things as if they already existed. Because to him, they are. They just have to activated. You are encouraged to imitate God so activate those promises by speaking them as if they already existed.

Ephesians 5:1 NLT

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. “

Speak it until you see it!

2. ACT LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR BLESSING

When Ted and I first got married we used to hang out in the lobby of fancy hotels even before we could afford staying there. We’d get all dressed up, use valet parking, and then enjoy the scenery. We’d walk the beautiful properties and sit in the entrance way and talk. Why? Because it helped us see ourselves in the future. It encouraged us. We knew that someday we would be staying at fine hotels. And know, what? Now we do! We practiced seeing ourselves having the resources to stay in beautiful places.

See It Until You Can Taste It

Tap into what Christ has already done for you by acting like you already have your blessing. Yeah, I’ll take some hits for this, but it’s kind of like “Fake it till you make it.” That’s faith. You believe in it so much that you act like it’s yours even before you have it.

Even the World Recognizes This Principle Works

Gobs of books have been written about it. This is the premise behind books like, The Secret, and Napoleon Hill’s, Think Rich Grow Rich. It’s the same principle; they just don’t attribute it to God being the power behind the faith.

If you will envision yourself in a place of blessing, it will help you to eventually get to that place of blessing. It will stir you to believe for something you’ve only yet tasted in your mind’s eye.

The Bible Says Faith Without Works is DEAD

That’s why some of God’s promises may be DEAD in your life. Yikes! Bring them to life by speaking to them. After all, the Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. That means that you can resurrect what is dead or non-living in your life by telling it to take shape.

So, if you are serious about activating God’s promises, use these two steps:

1. Speak like you already have it.

2. Act like you already have it.

If this post, Activate God’s Promises in 2 Steps, has been helpful to you, check out this one: Stop Waiting to Receive Your Inheritance As a Believer – Get it Now!

 

The idea that you have to be right with God in order to worship him is bogus! You don’t have to search your heart for every trace of sin before you worship Jesus. Relax, and come to God just as you are.

Did the woman caught in adultery ask forgiveness before she gained an audience with Jesus?

Nope.

Did Zacchaeus, the sinful tax collector and thief get his life cleaned up before he and Jesus talked about their dinner plans?

Nope.

Did the sin-entrenched woman with the alabaster jar get her life straight and ask forgiveness before Jesus allowed her in his presence?

Again, Nope.

I love what Joseph Prince said:

“You don’t have to worry about your sin because you are worshiping your forgiver.”

Approaching the Communion Table Dirty

People are even afraid to come to the communion table without first searching their hearts. The following scripture is so misunderstood:

1 Corinthians 11: 28 – 32 NLT:

So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

This passage is not about repenting and trying to find every little sin that we have forgotten. It’s about searching our hearts to believe that Christ paid for our sin. It’s about believing we’ve been forgiven. If we haven’t accepted Christ’s forgiveness through his sacrifice on the cross, then what’s the point of taking communion?

Communion is to remember what Christ did on the cross. That’s what we are examining at the communion table. You examine the cross. If we believe that he died on the cross to forgive us our sins, we won’t be judged. There is no reason to judge someone who’s sin has already been wiped away.

Examine What You Think About the Cross

If you examine your heart and find belief that Christ paid for your sins, you will not be condemned. You’re dirt free! His death paid not only for your sins, but also for your healing. So again, by examining what he did on the cross, you will find no reason for your body to be sick or weak.

The idea that you have to be “right with God” to worship puts the whole deal on you. 

It nullifies the work of the cross. Newsflash: you’ll never be perfect. That’s why you need a savior. You are “right with God” because Christ made you right. His death paid for your cleanliness. So anytime you come to him, he sees you clean. He sees you righteous. He paid for your past sin, your present sin, and yes, your future sins. It was ALL taken care of ONCE.

Look at the “continuous” cleansing we are promised as believers:

1 John 1:9 AMP:

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Believers Are on “Continual Wash-Cycle”

See that word, “continuously”? It’s like God throws us in a washing machine the minute we believe and we are on a “continual wash cycle”! Awesome! That’s why Jesus on the cross, said, “It is finished.” He forgave you once. That’s all it took.

So if anyone tries to make you feel guilty over your lifestyle, remind them that there is no condemnation in Christ. If they try to tell you that God won’t let you in his presence to worship if you’re messed up and still trying to get your act together, don’t believe them. Just quit behaving that way and enjoy the continuous cleansing. The more and more you believe that God has made you righteous, the more and more you’ll start behaving “right”.

Don’t let your imperfection keep you from worshiping God. He loves you unconditionally. (I Cor. 13) Nothing can separate you from his love (Romans 8:39). He even saved you while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8).

Believe in his saving power and you will always be allowed in his presence. It’s not about you being right, it’s about his righteousness. That’s the key to worship! Remember that, and you will always have an audience with the king!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, “You Don’t Have to Get Right with God to Worship”, give this one a read: “If You’re Feeling Far Away From God Here’s How to Get Back.”

 


Is it God Speaking to You or the Devil? How to Tell
Some people can’t tell whether it’s the devil or God speaking to them, but wouldn’t it be great if you knew how YOU could tell the difference? Read on and I’ll show you!

I was at a restaurant called, “Pollo Tropical” one time, and I noticed a lady sitting at a nearby table all alone. She was minding her business eating her Tropi-chops. I wanted to mind my business and eat my Tropi-chops! But guess what? God was speaking to me…and he wanted me to say something to her.

He said, “Just tell her I love her.”

That’s it. Just one line.

I didn’t want to! He said again, all I want you to do is, “Tell her I love her.” That’s it. So I started to wonder…. is this really God speaking to me or is it the devil putting this thought in my head? After all, if I approach this lady and tell her, “God said…” She might think I’m crazy.

So I’m sitting there arguing with God and myself. And I said, “What if this is the devil telling me to do this?” Then God said to me in a deep inner way, “Do you actually think the devil would ask you to tell someone God loves them?”

Hmm, probably not!

What I learned is that even if it’s not God’s voice, but it’s a good thing, just do it anyway, cause 9 times out of 10 if it is a good thing – it’s God’s voice.

Because I sat there so long, the lady got up and left. I lost my chance to encourage her and let her know God cared. All because I took too long trying to figure out if it was really God speaking to me.

Remember, according to John 10:10, the devil’s M.O. is to kill, steal, and to destroy. So, if what you hear is killing, stealing, or destroying in any way, then it’s not God.

If what you hear is:

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

It’s the devil.

God NEVER talks about: 

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

If you feel that God is speaking to you, and the thought is loving, positive, kind, full of mercy, or grace, it’s probably God. Measure the thought against what you know about God. Does the thought agree with his character? If so, it’s probably God, so go with it!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, “Is It God Speaking to You or the Devil? How to Tell”, You will enjoy this post, A Sure Way to Know if Your Steps Are Ordered by God”.


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My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools
I get a lot of questions from you, my readers, asking about my favorite Bible study tools. Reading the Bible and having amazing tools at your disposal has never been easier with the invention of e-readers, tablets and smart-phones. This post gives you a list of my top electronic Bible study tools and apps with short descriptions and links so you can grab them for yourself.

You might find something here that will make your Bible reading more interesting and certainly more enjoyable. And you might find some sweet gift ideas (I have added Amazon links for your shopping pleasure.)

YouVersion on iPhone

What I love about electronic devices is that they make reading your Bible more convenient and definitely more accessible than a hard copy of a Bible. Why wouldn’t you want to make the switch? You do so with newspapers and magazines. You opt for email over regular mail. Why? It’s faster and at your fingertips.

It’s your option. You choose. I say, give it a shot; you can always go back to holding your Bible in your hand if you choose.

So without further ado, here’s “My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools”:

1. Amazon Kindle – As I have shared with you before, my Kindle is my FAVORITE Bible study tool. Before I had my kindle, I used to carry 5 different Bibles out to my reading chair every morning.

Imagine how that worked when I traveled! I spent a lot of extra money at the baggage counter because my suitcase was always over the weight limit. The only thing good about that was that it provided a good workout lifting and lugging!

Now my Kindle is all I need. I have 9 different Bible translations on it and countless devotional books. What I love about reading my Bible on my Kindle is that I can jump around to different passages by clicking or touching (I now have the Kindle Paperwhite which is touch screen) the hyperlinks within the biblical text.

Kindle Paperwhite

With my Kindle Paperwhite, there’s no more leafing through a big Bible when cross-referencing. And the search feature can’t be beat. Trying to find a topic in scripture is easy with the Kindle, just enter the keyword in the search box and your Kindle will pull up the passages for you. If you’re in the market for a Kindle Fire, it’s a beautiful device that offers all of the features mentioned above in a tablet e-reader.

Not interested in a Kindle?

No sweat. Let’s not forget, you don’t need a Kindle to use the Kindle App. You can download it on your smartphone, tablet or computer giving you the option to purchase Bibles, devotional books, and Bible studies galore. You purchase them right from Amazon and read them in the Kindle app.

2. iPad – My second favorite Bible study tool. What I love about having an iPad and a Kindle is that Amazon has the Kindle app that you can grab for free and put it on your iPad and iPhone. With this you can read whatever books you have on your Kindle on your iPad or iPhone. So for Bible reading this is a gem.

When I’m out to lunch with a friend, I sometimes want to share a verse of scripture with them that I read that morning. So I go to the Bible I was reading in my Kindle that morning but I do it in the kindle app on my phone and it flawlessly syncs and goes right to the page and verse I was reading. Sweet!

3. Apps for Apple & Android Platforms:

There are tons of Bible related apps, which are available for both Apple and Android products. YouVersion is probably the most popular. I use it because it has a ton of Bible translations and the option to read two versions at once in parallel view. Here’s a link to the YouVersion for Android users.

You can highlight, and copy in YouVersion. From there, tweet the verse you’re reading or post it directly to Facebook and other social media apps. You can email the link to someone as well, so it’s got some great sharing features.

The YouVersion app also has reading plans. And plenty of them! From Joyce Meyer to C.S. Lewis. And love this feature or hate it – when you miss a bunch of reading days in a row, the app will gently remind you via email. No pressure, you can dismiss the reminders if they start to bug you.

There are many Bible reading apps available in iTunes or for Android users. I have the Olive Tree app, which is great if you want to import various Bible versions into one app.

Or you can purchase stand-alone Bible version apps from Olive Tree. I have the both New Living Translation Application Bible App from Olive Tree and the Amplified Version Bible App from Olive Tree. I find myself going back and forth comparing both versions.

4. iPhone – Lots of people are using their phones to read the Word. It’s great because you pretty much always have it with you. Stuck in a doctor’s office, pull out your phone and read your Bible. Stuck in line at the grocery store? Pull out your phone and read your Bible. Stuck in traffic…well, maybe that’s not such a good idea unless someone else is driving!

Other great iPhone and iPad Bible reading apps that I use:

  • BlueletterBible.com is a Bible search engine with commentaries, study helps, and more. You can use it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Biblegateway.com Another great Bible search engine with tons of translations, commentaries, and study helps. The user interface is a little prettier than the BlueletterBible but looks aren’t everything!
  • Strongs Concordance for the iPhone – Full search features. Study the root words in the Greek and Hebrew. No more lugging around a Strong’s Concordance – those suckers are too big! Love that I have all of this study information at my fingertips!
  • Evernote– Evernote is the best note-taking tool I have ever encountered. This is pure gold. And no, I do not get paid to say that! Evernote, as Michael Hyatt says, is my digital brain. I have it on my iPhone, iPad, and my Macbook. When I write a

    Evernote on iPad

    note about a passage of scripture or just copy a scripture down that I want to commit to memory or go back to for encouragement – it goes right into Evernote. The search features can’t be beat. I use Evernote to record Bible study thoughts, prayers, and it can also be used for journaling.

  • DayOne Journal. Again, this is an app from the Apple store, which gives me the ability to have it on my iPad and iPhone. In it I list prayer requests, things that God is speaking to me, and yes, I cut and paste my favorite scriptures in it like crazy. You can upload pictures to it, and email your entries to a friend. And it’s password protected. DayOne has a very friendly interface and it’s fun to work with.

If you’re a Twitter fan, and you have a Kindle, you’ll want to follow @GospelBooks. Why? Cause they let you know about FREE Christian Kindle Books you can scoop up. They’ll tweet about free and discounted books everyday. Be sure to check their timeline regularly so you don’t miss a steal or a deal.

So there’s a list of my fav’s. Hopefully you will find some great gems that will help you in your Bible reading and Christian growth. What are some of your favorite Bible study apps and tools? Share with us, we want to know.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools, you will want to check this related article: Why I Made The Switch to Bible Reading On My Kindle.

 

Why do I prefer reading my Bible on my Kindle every morning rather than holding a bible in my hands? Yeah, I know, some say you just can’t beat the experience of holding your Bible in your hot little hands. It just feels good…and holy…and right. It’s by far the superior reading experience! Well, hold on and let me explain why I switched.

I thought I would have those very same thoughts. In fact, I had my Kindle for a week before I decided, this was crazy. Why would I want to continue to tote 5 Bibles around with me or even just one when I can carry a 3 ounce Kindle and have all of my Bible translations at my beck and call? I was silly NOT to read my Bible on my Kindle. Before you get all nostalgic on me just let me offer some of the pluses.

Advantages to Using a Kindle for Bible Reading:

  • I have 9 different Bibles on my Kindle; this is by far, my greatest joy! Think about it, to have all of my Bibles on one small, thin, light device is perfect when I travel. I used to add at least 25 pounds to my suitcase toting my Bibles and books. Now, my Kindle slips into my backpack, briefcase, or purse and it’s available anytime I need it. No more lugging books, commentaries, and study guides. I can research and study anytime I have a few minutes or when inspiration hits.
  • When I am in a meeting, I can pull out my findings or search for documentation without lugging books in my briefcase or backpack.
  • The search feature is by far quicker than trying to page through a big Bible. I type what I am looking for in the search area and my Kindle does the searching for me.
  • Searching for the notes I made is super sweet. Type in a keyword used in my note – and voila, my kindle takes me to that place. Much easier than looking for notes in the margins of my Bible.
  • On those rare occasions when I don’t have my Kindle with me because I left home with just my iPad, my Kindle is still with me – just in a different format. My iPad Kindle app seamlessly syncs with my Kindle so I never lose my place. All of my notes, and bookmarks are available on both devices. Win-win!
  • On even rarer occasions when I don’t have my iPad, my iPhone has guess what? Yep, my Kindle app too. And yes, all synced up and ready for reading. And because I always have my iPhone with the Kindle app with me, I always have my commentaries and notes. Whether I am in line at the grocery store, waiting at the doctor’s office, or killing time before my next appointment my Kindle, in one of 3 forms, is with me.  Win-win-win again!
  • Highlighting on my Kindle is a breeze and want to know what’s even breezier? Easily finding all of my highlighted passages in one place. They are all gathered together in a neat little file called “My Clippings” and I can also find the same file on my iPad, iPhone, or desktop. Flawlessly synced to boot! This is in addition to the text staying highlighted on any of my devices as I read.
  • Now, what about those who say, “Well, sooner or later you will forget the order the books of the Bible are in because you use the electronic version instead of searching through the hard copy of your Bible.” To those I say, “SO?” Electronic devices aren’t going away guys. So get with it. Nine times out of ten I am using an electronic device which allows me to page through the table of contents or even search for the book and chapter that I want. The need for memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, though still important, isn’t as necessary. Do we still use our fingers to eat now that we have the invention of the fork at our disposal? I guess some still do, but that’s their game. My point is – they don’t have to.

Disadvantages to Using a Kindle for Bible Reading:

  • At first, I was going to be sassy and tell you there aren’t any. Still love me? 😉 Honestly, it all boils down to what works for you.
  • If you aren’t willing to try something new, then Kindle Bible reading won’t work for you.
  • If you’re opposed to learning new technology, then Kindle Bible reading definitely won’t work for you. Stay an old dog refusing to learn new tricks. Yes, I still love you. 😉
  • If you absolutely love holding a bulky Bible in your hands for whatever reason, keep at it. But if you are willing to expand your horizons and experiment with something you may find foreign at first, you just may like it. Then love it. Disadvantages are in the eyes of the beholder. You choose.

Practical details:

  • Price: The new Kindle Paperwhite is a great deal starting at $119.00. I got one as soon as it came out. The Kindle Paperwhite is touch screen, which makes jumping to hyperlinked scriptures easy. So cross-referencing is super fun and fast, like lickety split! Touch the verse that is underlined and you’re right there. Touch the back arrow and you’re back to the previous scripture where you started.
  • The older Kindle Keyboard is still available on eBay for cheap. This is the Kindle I started with years ago and it was love at first sight! I will say though that I love my Kindle Paperwhite even more. The built-in light makes it lovely to read in bed or in a dimly lit room. My husband’s thankful that a lamp on our nightstand no longer bothers him when I’m reading and he’s sleeping. Makes me happy when he’s happy!
  • If you are interested in any of the Kindle models, click here and you will be taken to my Amazon store where you can learn more about them and purchase it securely. (And too, you will be helping me, as I will get a small percentage of the sale. So, thanks in advance!) The Kindle Fire link is also listed here for your convenience. And ohhh, is that Kindle Fire sweet! Full color and like a little tablet.
  • If you order from Amazon you will receive your Kindle in about 3 to 4 days (based on the publication time of this post). If you’re willing to venture out you can get a Kindle at Best Buy, Staples, Target, and Office Max. My assistant, Tanya, and I called around. Once we found that Best Buy in our area had them we boogied over there pronto. They held them at the front desk for us and we walked out with 2 highly coveted Kindle Paperwhites from Amazon’s first shipment. Can you say FAVOR?! 🙂 Yep! And I pray that for you too!
  • If you’re in the market for a gently used Kindle, you can find some really good deals on eBay. I found one for my mother last year for $60 including a nice case. She too, has become a Kindle fan. As soon as it came in, I downloaded a free ESV Bible on it for her to read.

Stay tuned for my next post about Bible reading on electronic devices. I will share how to use the iPhone, iPad, and other mobile apps to read your Bible. I’ll give you a list of apps I have tested and use that are great for Bible study, prayer lists, devotions, and keeping notes. We’ll also explore the iPad verses the Kindle for reading in general. Will be fun, so check back or even better….subscribe so you get my free updates via email.

So there you have it. This is why I made the switch to Bible reading on my Kindle and why you might too. No matter which you choose, Kindle or a handheld Bible – just keep reading your Bible. It’s good for you. And we all need God’s goodness in our lives! Dig in and enjoy!