Bottom Line Internet Resources


Frequently we receive e-mails that say something like, "If the Bible code can't be used to make reliable predictions, isn't it useless?" Definitely not. The purpose of Bible codes is to serve as another witness to the authenticity of the Hebrew Bible as a text that was authored by God. Now if God is the author, then what He wrote must have great value and pertinence to everyone. So its content conveys usages that far exceed the vain hope of receiving a few reliable predictions via Bible codes.

In our series entitled The Bottom Line Message of the Codes: Study the Bible, we presented 10 benefits of studying the Bible. In this article, we will present links and information on free website tools to help you in your studies.


Devotions

To dedicate time to concentrate on reading, meditating on, and studying the Bible is an act of devotion. The following three sites can assist you in your devotions whether you have time for in-depth study or just a moment in the day.

Only have a moment, visit Bible Verse of the Day to read a verse from the Bible each day.

Hungry for more, visit Daily Manna from the Net, a daily Bible devotional service provided by International Bible Society. They provide a passage of Scripture to read or listen to each day. The Upper Room has short devotionals for each day, which contain Scripture, a short devotion regarding the Scripture, a prayer, a thought for the day, and a focus for prayer.

Looking for a yearly reading plan, visit The Gideons International site. With just a click of your mouse, you have the Scriptures available in a morning and evening reading plan for the entire year. Gideons also provides a Helps page with Scriptures arranged by topic.

To assist our readers with a quick tool for daily devotions, we will have a Practical Help from the Bible page on our site that will provide links to Scriptures on The Gideons International site, and five selected readings for each topic on The Upper Room site. Here is a sample of the upcoming Practical Help page.


Afraid Bitter or Critical
Anxious Depressed
Bereaved Discouraged



Bible Study References

Ready for more? In addition to a search function for looking up Scriptures, Bible Gateway, sponsored by Gospel Communications International, has audio Bibles, two commentaries for portions of the New Testament, e-books, dictionaries, study tools, a topical index, and reading plans. The commentaries are the IVP New Testament Commentaries and Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible. They also provide the Scriptures in 50 languages.

Blue Letter Bible, sponsored by Sowing Circle, a non-profit Bible-centered ministry, provides three search functions: Biblical word and phrase, Strong's number, and verse retrieval in 13 English versions of the Bible, as well as more advanced functions for reviewing the Hebrew and Greek texts for the Old and New Testaments respectively. The site has 23 text commentaries by such notables as John Calvin, Martin Luther, Andrew Murray, Isaac Newton, and Charles Spurgeon. In addition, there are 30 author's video and audio commentaries, and six devotionals including My Utmost for His Highest and Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotions. Study tools include charts, outlines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, introductions to the books of the Bible, timelines, missions, articles on cults, and more.

For students of Hebrew, the Mechon Mamre site has a Hebrew-English Bible (Tanakh only) according to the Masoretic text and the JPS 1917 Edition. This site also has MP3 recordings of the text in Hebrew.

For additional Hebrew language resources, visit our Hebrew Links and Resources page.


Archaeology

If your interests lean toward history and archaeology, the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), founded in 1974, publishes the Biblical Archaeology Review. A free trial copy of the magazine is available. Their website has the latest breaking news about Biblical archaeological research, and they host U.S. and international educational seminars and tours.


Closing Thoughts

We have carefully selected these resources in the hope that they will be an assistance as you begin or continue to study God's Word. We have made every effort to select sites of good reputation, but of course, we cannot take responsibility for the content of other sites.
    The LORD bless you and keep you;
    The LORD make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace. —Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)
Scripture quotations marked "NKJVTM" are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.











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