When our NASB Focus Group met at Shepherds’ Conference 2018, their number one request was a NASB Children’s Bible, something we immediately went to work on and released last month. A close second was their request for a free mobile app, specifically designed for the NASB. While we were hard at work with the Children’s Edition, the team over at Literal Word was hard at work on a new mobile app that released to rave reviews last week!
I really like the ability to see the words in the original languages and to see what other verses contain them. Very neat. I haven’t seen that in the other apps I’ve used. – Eric H.
Wow. This is one of the sleekest, easiest to use, and beautifully designed Bible apps I’ve ever seen. So easy to navigate. Hard to believe this is free! – David A.
The app is available for both Apple and Android formats and can be found in their respective stores, or directly on their site.
If you’ve already downloaded it… Great!Thank You!Please tell others!
To help spread the news, Literal Word has created some graphics that are easy to import into:
Social Media posts
Please join us in generating awareness for this fabulous and FREE app! Simply forward this blog article to friends you know who use the NASB.
If your church uses the NASB, please ask your leadership to consider including an announcement in your church bulletin and through your church website. The ministry of Literal Word is a team of three volunteer programmers and they would really appreciate your help in getting the Word out about their FREE NASB App.
The NASB 95 is here to stay!
Chris Scotti VP and Publisher Three Sixteen Publishing
Please visit our free download section for the Downloadable Literal Word Templates.
Steadfast Bibles, a division of Three Sixteen Publishing, is hard at work in its product development lab, at an undisclosed location.
Spurred on by a growing chant for a lighter edition of the Preacher’s Bible, today the company unveils a breakthrough in Bible publishing. The early prototype has been affectionately dubbed by their team of international molecular physicists as The MicroMac.
The MicroMac will mirror the page layout of the current Preacher’s Bible, but weigh 99% less than the scale-bending 5 pounds 7 ounces of the original, giving it unsurpassed portability.
To accomplish this, the Bible is being engineered with the following target specifications:
Italian Pygmy Goatskin with leather lining (buttery soft!)
10 perimeter stitches
.00000008 mm of yapp
European Paper .000065gsm
.00000105 font size
.00000003 margins for notes
4 black ribbons, .00000006 wide
Additional features still being considered include:
This special edition Bible has a tentative release date of 2095 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the NASB95 Edition. Thumb indexing will not be available (sorry Nate).
We are praising God for His favor and faithfulness throughout the process of the development of the NASB Children’s Bible! Here is a little of the backstory in designing a Bible to help kids grow in their knowledge of God’s word as the read it, study it and live it!
An Unexpected Partnership From Across the Pond
Steadfast Bibles was first unveiled in March of 2018 at the Shepherds’ Conference. We were grateful for the opportunity to hold a meeting there with pastors who love and teach from the NASB. Of all the items discussed, creating an NASB for kids was the number one takeaway for us. We went to work right away, setting a goal to have the Bible ready to release in time for the Shepherds’ Conference the following year.
As we began to develop what this Children’s Bible would feature, we knew the style of the artwork would be an important element. An artist developing scenes from scratch is a process that can take 2-4 years and we did not want artwork to delay getting this product produced.
Thankfully, a Christian brother directed us to Foundation Matters, a ministry in England that seeks to reach underprivileged kids with the hope of the Gospel. On their ministry team is the talented artist, Graham Kennedy, who creates detailed Bible scenes, accurately depicting the historical period, including culture, architecture and landscape.
In September our President met the Foundation Matters ministry team and served at their youth camp. The commonality of Christ formed a bond with our brothers and sisters from across the pond! We had initially hoped for 16 full-color images and through their generosity, the NASB Children’s edition ended up with 76 pages of art! By God’s grace, one of the biggest components of the NASB Children’s Edition was finalized.
Making It Our Own
Next we wanted to include extra reference materials that would be helpful for kids in their understanding of the Bible. Our goal as we curated this content was to show kids that the Bible has answers for the questions of life.
The Lockman Foundation kindly gave us permission to use their topical index, Bible book introductions and other Scripture helps. We revised the content by adjusting the vocabulary and sentence structure to be age appropriate. We then added our own scripture memory materials and reading charts.
When it came time to consider creating a text layout we realised the Lockman Foundation’s NASB Large Print Pew Bible had all the features we had earmarked. The 10 point type size and easy verse by verse, two-column format made it an excellent choice for early readers.
Lastly, just as the files were sent to the printer, our friend and advisor, Mark MacArthur took a mock-up of our NASB Children’s Edition to show his dad. We were thrilled when we received Pastor MacArthur’s endorsement!
We’ve been honored to work on this project and during the process, Psalm 90:17 was a verse that we kept coming back to:
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
As we look back on 2018, we see God’s hand directing the work of our hands and are grateful for His favor.
As a younger generation carries their NASBs in hand, may they also carry God’s truth in their hearts.
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)
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:
Print versions, (multiple translations, study Bibles, commentaries, journals, books, etc)
(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 andNight. 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!
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)
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!
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.
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!
Are all of the spiritual disciplines the same? I used to view them all equally, but the more I read the Word, the more reading stood out.
If faith is the fuel of our Christian life, then Bible reading is the gas station. It’s where we go to fill up so that we can do the other spiritual disciplines to the glory of God.
Spiritual disciplines can feel similar to a diet and exercise plan. We get so bound to it that the discipline we had hoped for starts resembling legalism.
This was the condition I found myself in. In an effort to please God through my actions, I’d rigorously spend time praying, reading my Bible, and serving at church. As time went on, these disciplines grew less rewarding and more burdensome.
But the more I read the Bible, the clearer this topic became. Spiritual disciplines aren’t the kale on my plate that I force-feed myself because it’s good for me, enduring the consumption so that I can transition to something more fun like fellowship. Instead, the disciplines should bring us joy as we experience the nearness of Christ through them by faith.
Faith is the key. And there is no better place to go for faith than the Bible.
As Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
God used the discipline of Bible reading to correct my misunderstanding. No longer did I approach Bible reading, prayer, serving in church, and evangelism as ways to earn God’s favor. That was already mine because of Jesus. Instead, I approached them as ways to draw near to Christ and experience the joy of His presence by faith. When the scriptures calibrated my attitude about the disciplines, the joy returned.
So consider renewing a commitment to consistently be in God’s Word. Not to check off a box, but to drink from the well of faith, so we can rightly pursue Christ in every area of our life.
Some words change over time. One word I detested growing up, has now become beloved.
The word STUDY was an unpleasant word for much of my childhood. I was not the sharpest knife in the drawer and STUDY was the returning thief that kept robbing me year after year. The more it invaded my freewill the more my disdain for school grew. Why couldn’t I willfully choose what topics I wanted to learn and avoid the boring ones that didn’t interest me?
In Elementary School I learned that the teacher’s edition was different than my textbook because it had the answer keys. If only I could get my hands on a copy of their book, then I would ace every test! Oh the time it would save me!
In High School, the Cliffs Notes section at the local bookstore caught my eye. Why read a 400-page book you have no interest in when you can buy a short summary of it, complete with a thematic outline? Timesaver!
In my 20s, I was the rookie in a room full of Christian publishing professionals planning for an upcoming release of a new Study Bible. Why didn’t more people read the Bible? was the question we were all trying to tackle. Most everyone agreed to what a great timesaver this edition would be for busy Christians who couldn’t find time for devotional study. After much banter and brainstorming, the marketing message taking shape was somewhere close to, “Be a better disciple in ONLY 5 minutes a day!”
We thought we nailed it until a quiet veteran nearing retirement spoke up, “There are no shortcuts to being a disciple” he said somberly. It was like a needle introducing itself to a balloon; there was nothing more to say.
Studying God’s Word should not be a chore. It does take time, but it’s a joyful time. It never robs and only rewards. Here’s a short reflective list of why I find joy in reading the Bible:
God reveals Himself and His plan is scripture (John 1:1, 18). Why read a biography when there is an autobiography in print?
In reading the Bible I find I have new questions and then eventually as I keep reading, many of those will get answered too. The discovery of knowing God is endless (Philippians 3:10).
The Holy Spirit illuminates the text as our guide of all truth. So, scripture reading provides an opportunity to read with His companionship (John 16:13).
Scripture is eternal and therefore the joy is everlasting (Matthew 24:35). Plus, scripture tells me my name is written in another eternal book, the Book of Life!
There are no shortcuts. Discipleship takes a lifetime. Time spent in the Bible is time well spent.
By the time I reached high school there were several years I had read over 100 books annually. In elementary school, I read bestsellers like the Little House series, Roots and The Hobbit. But, whenever someone asked me if I had read the bestselling book of all time, my answer repeated something I had heard from an adult, “the Bible was not meant for me, it’s a holy book, written for priests.”
Giving that same answer one day, a challenge came back from an adult, “What if I told you the Bible is God’s manual for life and He wants you to read it?” The next day at age 15 I opened a KJV Bible to the Gospel of John and by the end of that week I received Christ as Savior, not by the Word preached, but by the Word read.
At age 20 I began working at a Christian bookstore and got plenty of free books. Ten years later when I went to work for a publisher that produced 120+ new titles a year, I got even more. At one time before marriage in my mid-twenties, I tracked my reading and averaged over 2000 pages a week for a year. Fast forward nearly 30 years and my reading of books has dwindled to less than 50 pages a week most weeks (not including reading to my 18-month-old granddaughter).
Since I first encountered the Bible, I’ve maintained reading at least a chapter of scripture each day. Early on there were times it was done dutifully, legalistically and with wrong motives. Though there were also many days and seasons I read joyfully, anticipating learning more of the story.
After reading every day for 30+ years, the Bible stories are no longer new. Yet, I have a greater joy that draws me into the text. My Bible reading ceased being performance based as an attempt to win God’s favor. Instead, I look forward to my time in God’s Word each morning because of the joy and faith it produces and the way God’s grace is on display.
I may not have grown up in a Christian home, but my mom gave me a love for reading; the avenue through which I came to know Christ. So though my granddaughter is only 18 months, I am thrilled that she loves books! Because training up a reader is one of the greatest challenges that can cultivate a lifetime of reward.
I’m not sure I would be a daily Bible reader without the love for reading my Mom modeled for me at a very young age. Reading is a great gift and reading Scripture provides a great reward. The Bible is in a category all by itself. It is the only Holy Book, written by the only true and living God and He wants you to read it.
Redeem the time and make the Bible the best-read book of your life.