Monthly Archives: April 2011

Some Free Bible Study Tools

Hello friends!

The most important thing we can have (besides a personal relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ) is His Word, to read and hold within our hearts.  For this reason, I wanted to share some favorite free online Bible study tools!

This first one, YouVersion, is the one that I use daily!  http://www.youversion.com/   They have an online version for your PC (not sure if it works on Mac, or not), a mobile version, and several free mobile apps.  I use the app on my iPod Touch, and I LOVE IT!  I have several of the Bible versions downloaded on my iPod, so that I can read even when I am not online!  There are a plethora of reading plans and devotionals to choose from, but you must be online to access them.  Also, while online it is very simple to share verses that really “jump out” at you on your Facebook and twitter.  This is my number one pick, for daily use.  Also, on the iPhone app, they have recently made several of the versions available on audio (BONUS!).

Another one I use quite often is the free e-sword software I have downloaded on my PC.  http://www.e-sword.net/  This one, again, has features you can use online, and offline.  There many more tools, on this one, you can use – such as, concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, topical indexes, etc.  This is very good for really digging into something in the Bible.

Next, is Bible.is…  http://www.bible.is/  This is an online audio Bible, of which there are 3 English translations, and other various languages.  They also have mobile apps, but you must be online, in some way, to use it.  😉

There are a couple more that I have not really used, but look promising.  If you end up using them, let me know how you like them!  There is at least one Mac option to download…

http://www.bible-explorer.com/

http://www.biblestudytools.com/

Enjoy, be blessed, and let me know what you like best about any of these!  ~Annette

Devastation in the Southern USA

My prayers and thoughts are with those people in the South who are devastated by the recent tornadoes. I pray that those who are still trying to find their loved-ones will find them safe and sound, even if they are under rubble.

These precious people are dealing with so much, today, along with so many others, worldwide. Things seem to be accelerating at break-neck speed!
I really do believe that we are in the last, of the last days. I have never, in my life, seen the types of devastation and unrest, worldwide, as I have been seeing in just these last four months!

Please pray for the people involved in these many events and the many workers who are going in to extend a helping hand.  Also, please give whatever you yourself can, to help (ie. time, money, supplies, prayers, etc.).

The following are two possibilities of organizations who help with these types of disasters:

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/responding_to_deadly_tornadoes/

http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-local/Home

I want to leave you with a prayer from Ephesians 3 (HCSB) ~

Prayer for Spiritual Power

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 [I pray] that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit,  17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. [I pray] that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth [of God’s love], 19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us- 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

My Abbreviated Testimony

Over 22 years ago I came to know Jesus Christ of Nazareth as my Lord, and my Savior! From that time forward, I believe and profess the Trinity of the Father, the Son (Jesus of Nazareth), and the Holy Spirit: 3 persons-in-1 God! I believe that Jesus is fully God and fully human, sent by the Father to become the perfect sacrifice (propitiation) for my sins, and then was raised from the dead, to sit at the right hand of the Father, until He returns!

Before that time, I was a prideful, full-out witch/pagan/new-ager (literally), a blasphemer, rebellious, a fornicator, a persecutor of Christians, a liar, an adulteress, and a thief (need I go on?)! I repent of, renounce, and turn my back on those DETESTABLE things!

Sadly, in my Christian infancy (and naivety), the first church I became involved with, was a Word-Faith church… So, for more than the last nine years (at the time of this writing), I have been gradually working through those false teachings that were ingrained into my conscience, during that 7-year period.

I have now realized the full freedom that Christ bought for me, at the cross, and the very sober, but also joyful, responsibility in how I live in that freedom in my vocations to serve my neighbor. I will no longer take any chances of following any other gospel, but the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Since that time (over 22 years ago) when Jesus of Nazareth originally hit me alongside the head, and brought me to Himself, I later married my best friend, on this earth, and we have now been together for over 21 years! 🙂 We have three wonderful children (2 young adults and a 14yo teen)! We school them at home, and deal with a myriad of special-needs in our home (including my aging mother, who also lives with us). I would not trade ANY of these precious people for ANYTHING in this world!

Our main issues are Asperger’s, ADHD, Celiac Disease (or Sprue), allergies, asthma, diabetes, Tourette’s, spinal issues, and being a multi-generational household. I Praise God for my Savior, for my life, and all of these special blessings, each and every day!

Amen and Amen!

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Hello All!

Well, I finally did it…! I have finally made good on my threats to my family, and I have started a blog (heh, heh, heh)!

I plan on making this a place to share my thoughts about life as a homeschooling family with special-needs, our faith in Jesus of Nazareth, the happenings in this crazy world, our successes, our failures (well, maybe not all of them), looking on the brighter side of things (the glass is half-full, ya know!), and well, my pretty unique (I have come to find out over the years…) way of looking at life!

I hope you will join me in my adventures with my family and friends, and enjoy yourself here! I think my next post will be the testimony of what the LORD did to save me out of the crazy life I used to be involved in, how he restored me, and where I am at now (or I may just share what is happening right now in my life – I am a woman – I am allowed to change my mind 😉 )! I look forward to sharing with you, and hope that I may be a blessing to someone out there!

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you! ~Annette

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