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Why We Created Another Bible Reading Checklist

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There are quite literally, hundreds of Bible reading plans out there. However, what we saw was a need for a simple checklist allowing for the flexibility of choosing your own reading order of the Bible books and then setting your own pace.

Maybe you are fine with it taking 1189 days to complete and that is wonderful! Maybe this winter you choose to stay indoors more evenings and plow through all the Pentateuch before Easter, then the pace slows down during Spring and increases again during summer trips to the beach.

If I have a map of all 50 states and I’ve visited 40 of them, the map helps identify those I have yet to visit. This Bible reading checklist can be a similar tool, identifying what books you have never read all the way through. Maybe those are the ones you need to complete and the other books you’ve already visited at least once you can intersperse in between.  

Additionally, the 260 chapters of the New Testament are a great first goal for Bible reading and the checklist can help new believers and kids get in the habit of reading their Bible.

We hope you find this resource valuable and share it with others. Most importantly, in the new year, we encourage you to #ReadYourBible.

In Christ,
Team 316

(Special thanks to Scott Shirley for the photo above)

A Year End Review

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At the start of 2018, our company president challenged us to write a monthly blog on the topic of Bible reading and literacy. The task was easier some months than others and now we have reached our final post for the year.

The closing days of December are a time for reflection. A good time to honestly ponder the question…

Did I consistently grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ this year?

Another way of asking the question is to borrow from the John MacArthur quote above and reflect, “were my thoughts consistently more saturated with Christ this year?”

A definition of saturation is: ”the state or process that occurs when no more of something can be absorbed, combined with, or added.”

We live in an era of plentiful media choices. Our staff considered the many ways we interacted with the Word of God over the last 12 months and ranked them:

    1. Print versions, (multiple translations, study Bibles, commentaries, journals, books, etc)
    2. LiteralWord.com (The cleanest online layout of the NASB and ESV)
    3. The Grace To You study app
    4. YouVersion
    5. Sermon Podcasts

(There were also many Christian Blog articles, magazines, sermons on the radio, YouTube, and of course church)

With all this availability and ease of access to God’s Word, we are indeed blessed. But in a land of plenty, there are many other media choices that are trying to get our attention. Spending time in God’s Word is still a choice. And one we must decide to put at the forefront each day.

But even if you are reading this and thinking you did a great job of establishing a morning quiet time throughout 2018, there could still be room for growth when we look at the Psalmist’s words:

But his delight is in the law of the LORD
And in His law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)

Do you see it? Day and Night. Beginning each day in the Word is wonderful, but, digesting God’s Word at the end of each day is also a tremendous benefit.

For most of us, there is room for growth in our daily discipline of Bible reading and we have yet to meet that point of saturation described in the MacArthur quote and definition. Yet that place is not impossible, because we also read in the Psalms;

You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:5b-6)

Consider setting a New Year’s goal to become more immersed in God’s Word. The more we are saturated with Christ, the more others will see the Gospel of grace at work in us and through us.

Happy New Year,

Team 316
#ReadYourBible

 

P.S. Download or bookmark some of the media resources we linked above and consider picking a Bible reading plan. We’ve also created new Bible reading checklists for the OT and NT to guide you at your own pace. They’re great for kids too! Get them free here!

The Armor God Gives Is The Armor God Wears

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There are several historical records of a Bible stopping a bullet. The above picture tells the story of a Civil War soldier who carried a New Testament in his uniform shirt pocket during battle. That New Testament quite literally saved his life, not once, but twice.

Walter Jones’ story is a great illustration of the Bible’s place in our spiritual life. In Ephesians 6 Paul describes our Christian life as spiritual warfare. Just as Private Jones’ New Testament saved his life from enemy gunfire, the right use of the Word of God can save us from the schemes of the devil.

If you knew in advance that at some point this month you would be in a place where gunfire would erupt, would you go about your days the same, or opt to leave your house protected in bullet-proof Kevlar and armed for conflict?

The Apostle Paul warns about how Satan shoots at us with the intent to kill. He also writes about how we can be equipped to stand strong in the midst of the attack. Every day we venture out into a world that is not our home, with the possibility of encountering an unseen enemy who is looking for our weak points and taking aim. But, every day we can gear up before we walk out the door by digging into the Word of God.

Let’s look at Ephesians 6:10-17 and some additional verses to learn what the Bible says about spiritual warfare and how we can survive the conflict unharmed:

When we think about the Armor of God, we think of Ephesians 6, and the armor that God gives. However, there is an Old Testament passage that Paul likely drew from, so let’s look at Isaiah 59:14-20 and the armor that God wears.

This passage also refers to a breastplate of righteousness and a helmet of salvation (Isaiah 59:17). But notice the context; God sees that no man is righteous enough to save Israel, neither is any man able to intercede (Isaiah 59:16). So God goes to battle. And He puts on His armor to redeem Zion (Isaiah 59:20).

His breastplate of righteousness. His helmet of salvation. This is the armor God wears to accomplish the salvation of His people.

In light of Isaiah 59, Ephesians 6 takes on a greater depth of meaning. The armor of God isn’t just the armor He gives, it’s the armor He wears. So as we face an unseen enemy, let us not rely on our own self-righteousness. Instead, let us put on the armor of God, His righteousness and salvation, provided freely through the gospel and “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).

Gear Up and #ReadYourBible
The 316 Team

(Below are additional verses for continued study on the Armor of God theme)

Romans 13:12
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
2 Thessalonians 5:8
Hebrews 4:12
Isaiah 52:12

316 Day New Product Announcement!

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Thus far 2018 has been a great year of growth for us! In March, we launched into a new beginning, rebranding our company as Three Sixteen Publishing with three product divisions:

  • Steadfast Bibles (NASB 95)
  • Bella Paper for journals
  • Green Egg Media for children’s books

Partnering with John MacArthur on the Preacher’s Bible allowed us to network with pastors who love and use the NASB as their translation of choice. The biggest takeaway we received from our first NASB focus group meeting was a need for a solid children’s Bible. That became our top priority and today we are excited to announce that production has begun with inventory arriving in early 2019!

Introducing the NASB – Children’s Edition

Bella Paper

Our Bella Paper line comes from a desire to produce quality journals to capture truth as women study the Word of God. Today we are excited to unveil our first releases under the Bella Paper Brand. These designs will also be in stock in early 2019.

Introducing Bella Paper Journals.

Beautiful. Personal. Faithful.

Our last BIG NEWS weighs in at 5 pounds, 6 ounces! The Preacher’s Bible has been given a limited reprint of 1000 units. The new edition has just arrived in our warehouse and is ready to ship NOW.

The Preacher’s Bible – new edition.

To show our gratitude for your support, customers receiving this newsletter can get $30 off the new edition of Preacher’s Bible and free media mail shipping* by using code DAY316. This offer expires Sunday November 18th, 2018 at midnight PST.

You can also pre-order our upcoming Bella Paper releases and the NASB Children’s Bible, on sale until the end of November at 25% off plus free shipping with code Media Mail*.

We are thankful for your support in our first year as 316 Publishing!

Please consider helping us get the word out by sharing our Big News on social media.

And we look forward to sharing about more upcoming 2019 releases in the coming months, including other new editions of the NASB 95!

 

With Gratitude,

The 316 Team

*US domestic orders only

The Bible: More Important Than Coffee

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Hudson Taylor once said, “Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.”

At the beginning of each day, which are we more intentional about? Setting aside time for Bible reading or for a cup of coffee? In the busyness of life, it’s easy for Bible reading to get pushed towards the edges, or crowded out completely.

A 2018 American Bible Society survey claims that 69% of Bible engaged Americans say they “need the Bible more than coffee” (https://www.americanbible.org/state-of-the-bible). That’s the right Sunday School answer, but in the rhythm of life we sometimes falter.

Just like our plan for coffee, our Bible reading needs to be cultivated into a habit. The discipline of a morning Scripture reading will set a consistent tone for each day. The Psalmist says, “O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:14 NASB)

Everything from the strength to resist temptation to the joy that accompanies our obedience, comes from faith. And faith is a gift meant to be received and exercised through time in the Word with Christ (Eph 2:8). As Paul says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).

The reason Hudson Taylor’s quote rings true, is because the Word of God is how we are put in tune with Jesus. It’s easy to push Bible reading aside on our busy days. But let the opposite be true. Just like the coffee run to start off the big day with a kick, begin your day by spending time with Jesus through His Word. And let your life be an instrument of worship in the concert of God’s glory.

Summertime = Bibletime

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Summertime = Bibletime

The rhythm of life changes during the summer. Vacations. Weekend excursions. Kids around the house more. Summer nights outdoors. The change in pace is a welcome one.

For many of us, Summertime provides extra opportunities to spend time with family and friends. What if you make it a goal this season of life to spend that time spent together in the Bible?

Some suggestions for the Summer season:

  • Start each day of your vacation reading the Bible together around the breakfast table.
  • On your road trip, listen to an audio Bible (try the book of Acts).
  • Before starting a hike, or around the campfire read a portion of scripture about God’s creation (Psalm 8, 19, Genesis 1).
  • Pack a Bible in your beach bag or backpack and enjoy reading outdoors in a new setting. Take turns reading a chapter out loud.
  • Get a Bible trivia game, form teams and play once a week to encourage one another.
  • Have each family or group member on the same Bible reading plan and make it the topic of conversation over a shared meal.

Bible reading isn’t about getting brownie points or being puffed up with Bible knowledge. It’s crucial for every Christian because there is a direct correlation between it and spiritual maturity.

For the more ambitious, Summer can be a great time to grow in Bible reading consistency. Set a personal goal to read a minimum of 20 minutes everyday. Be fastidious and protective of your goal and use a Bible reading plan if necessary. Set daily reminders, make sure you have easy access through Bible apps and printed editions. You might consider starting with one of the four Gospels, one of the 66 books your church is studying, or one of the Old Testament prophets you have never read. The point is, just start and stay on track. Studies show it takes 60 days on average to develop a new habit. Use this Summer to grow in this crucial spiritual discipline.

The challenge in writing any blog about Bible Literacy is that you are writing and therefore interacting with a group of readers. However, if the Church has hope in reversing the current trends, it will take individuals like yourself modeling the habits of Bible reading and encouraging others to get engaged with the scriptures everyday. Community and accountability can both be beneficial toward solidifying a daily habit of Bible reading.

So while publishers may focus on fiction as a summer escape, we suggest you consider engaging with the history, poetry, suspense, adventure, love stories, dramatic endings and more found in the Book above all books. Read the Bible everyday and as Peter said, …grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18a, NASB).

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