With Easter less than two weeks away, we wanted to make you aware of several free downloads you can use to help direct your child’s attention toward Christ during this season.
Scripture Memory Cards The 7 I AM Sayings of Jesus and 20+ other topics.
Easter Story Cards Perfect for Passion Week.
Jesus & His Friends comic, David & Goliath, and Esther are free too.
Bible Reading Checklist: Read one of the Gospels togetheror any other Bible book!
Coloring Pages and Jesus & Me Discussion Questions
NT & OT Activity Packets Coloring pages & word searches in 20+ fun pages!
Bible Cover Wraps: Allows kids to custom color their own Bible cover! Fits most Bibles.
We hope these free tools will be a blessing to your immediatefamily and church family. Please feel free to share them with othersand consider posting the information on your church website. If you have any pictures of your children enjoying any of these materials, tag us on social media or send your images firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d welcome the encouragement.
Last year The Lockman Foundation allowed us to do some photography in their archive room. Rich in history, the room contains editions of the NASB done through the decades by multiple publishers. As we opened boxes, at times it seemed like the Bibles came straight from the bindery. The distinct crackle of opening a gilded Bible for the first time is unmistakable.
That afternoon the two of us received a rare and privileged experience that gave us a deep sense of the rich history of the NASB. As we photographed dozens of pristine editions from the 70s, 80s, 90s, there was one copy that stood out.
That specific Bible is a one-of-a-kind, well-worn, taped-up hardcover with handwritten notes. The notes are from the hand of Dr. Reuben A. Olson, one of the original NASB translators. Here is a rarely seen list of the names of the original NASB translators:
The Lockman Foundation did not release the original translators’ names back when the NASB was first published, but we know them now. Not only were these men teachers, but more importantly they were faithful students of God’s Word. The list reads like a best-of compilation of biblical academic authors and the church still benefits greatly from many of their written works beyond the NASB.
The ‘95 edition is also a part of the NASB’s legacy. This year, in tandem with The Lockman Foundation, we are celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Twice a month we will post a Throwback Thursday image from those amazing NASB editions from yesteryear.
For some, the images might remind you of your first NASB, or the treasured copy of a loved one. Please consider sharing your own pictures to our Facebook posts if you have the same edition in any binding and in any condition (#25ofNASB95). As C. H. Spurgeon said, “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” So, while our posted photos might look like a Bible sitting in a museum vault, the best images are ones from you, showing years of time spent reading and studying God’s Word.
Today, we felt it appropriate to start our series with this edition, dated 1971. Even then, the translators were considering updating the language. The preface to the NASB 95 contains the following excerpt in the Explanation of General Format section…
“Thy,” “Thee” and “Thou” are not used in this edition and have been rendered as “Your and “You.”
As we continue our publishing journey, we are excited to unveil new projects to you today!
In the next few months, we will be releasing new Bibles, Children’s products, journals, and boxed greeting cards as our three imprints, Steadfast Bibles, Green Egg Media, and Bella Paper continue to grow! Before we look ahead and share a very special announcement, we want to share a bit of the behind-the-scenes story of how our Bible division came to be.
In 2017 our president attended the Shepherd’s Conference. Having grown up at Grace Community Church, the NASB was the Bible he knew and loved, yet among the many well respected evangelical publishers in the conference book tent, the translation was hard to find.
There had also been some questions about a NASB update. Some publishers had told people they would no longer publish the 95 edition of the NASB, and were waiting for the updated translation, although the timeline was unclear when that would be. It seemed to many like the NASB 95 was on its way out. One thing seemed obvious to us — if the NASB 95 was going to stick around, something needed to change.
Mark MacArthur too had a love for the NASB and the two men discussed how other publishers’ marketing power was overshadowing the NASB. It was obvious each publisher promoted their favorite translation.
Zondervan has the NIV.
Nelson has the NKJV.
Crossway has the ESV.
B&H has the CSB.
However, many pastors and Bible students were still deeply committed to using the NASB 95 because they considered it to be the most precise and literal translation of the original languages.
Soon, the two men were in Mark’s dad’s office, discussing what, if anything could be done to help the NASB. During that discussion, Pastor MacArthur shared, “I’ve never really had the perfect preaching Bible.”
At those words, the candle was lit.
At the 2018 Shepherds’ Conference, the original Preacher’s Bible was released. While all the attendees were excited to receive their free copy, the NASB fans were especially grateful to see their favorite translation in a one-of-a-kind format for preaching.
That same week we held a focus group of pastors who use the NASB. Two main requests came from that meeting–and work began on them right away.
First, we created the NASB Children’s Edition, released this past March. Second, we encouraged our friends at Literal Word to finish their free NASB 95 app. Both of these editions met a need in the market and were enthusiastically received!
Then, just last month at the Grace to You Truth Matters Conference, we released our Steadfast Limited line of premium, cowhide NASBs. Being mostly an online company we enjoy the opportunity to interact with consumers at these events. We’ve also been greatly encouraged by the NASB fans expressing their appreciation for our work and for representing the Lockman Foundation at conferences.
Looking back, we know God had a plan and we are grateful to be a part of getting people excited about the NASB 95 again. We are also excited that other publishers have revised their plans and decided to continue to support the NASB 95. We are especially grateful for the kindness of our friends at the Lockman Foundation, Pastor MacArthur for his input and encouragement along the journey, and his son Mark who has proven to be a faithful advisor.
When we released the original Preacher’s Bible, we knew the paper Pastor MacArthur chose for it was special, but we also knew it would make for a heavy Bible. Almost immediately, people began to comment about their love for it, but they wanted a companion to it that was more portable.
A steady stream of requests continued, and earlier this year we began working on a more portable companion to the Original Preacher’s Bible. After much thought and design, we are excited to announce The Preacher’s Bible – Handy Size.
Here are some of the details:
NASB 95 text
Typesetting by 2K Denmark
2 Sided Satin Ribbons by Berisfords
Shamar Goatskin (TM)
Binding by Royal Jongbloed
Scripture text has the same line-by-line and page-by-page word order as the original
More sneak peeks regarding materials, layout, and specs for this special Bible will be released in the coming weeks. Pre-ordering for our first print run of 1,000 units will begin before Christmas.
While we know our Bible division grabs the headlines, we are also excited to announce new products from Green Egg Media and Bella Paper — all releasing this winter!
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Thank you again for your support of the NASB95 and Three Sixteen Publishing!
With Heartfelt Appreciation,
The Team at 316
P.S. For the next 3 days, we have 16% off and free media mail shipping on any 2 items in stock. Use code: Three16. (Sale is limited to in-stock items only. Codes cannot be combined with any other promotion).
Today we are excited to unveil online our new line of NASB 95 Bibles! We have a very limited supply of premium Cowhide editions of the following classic NASB 95 text layouts:
Large Print Ultrathin Reference
Giant Print Reference
Stock is very limited on these premium Cowhide editions, with less than 150 of each style for this print run, and some as few as 50, so we are calling them Steadfast Limiteds.
How did we get these and why are they limited?
Our friends at the Lockman Foundation allowed us to add onto their recent print runs for each of these three classic layouts and we worked with the plant in China to create these limited Cowhide editions. The printed text blocks’ Bible paper, scripture layout, and concordance are identical to the Lockman / Foundation Publication’s editions’ most recent print run from earlier this year. Our editions have a different copyright page and do not have their presentation pages.
Here’s more on how these Steadfast Limiteds are different:
All editions are natural grain Cowhide, with genuine leather lining and are cased-in bindings. (Note that a few editions have smooth leather liners and some have a grain to match the outside).
Indexed Large Print Ultrathin Ref (LPUT) and Giant Print Ref (GPR) editions areavailable.
All editions come with yapp and perimeter stitching. The Large Print Ultrathin Reference editions have a generous amount of yapp that will cover most of the gilding.
Each edition features red art gild under the gold gild.
LPUT and GPR editions each have three long ribbons while the compacts have two ribbons. Each edition has color-complementing ribbons.
We are excited to bring these Steadfast Limiteds to you! The NASB95 is here to stay!
Use code LIMITED to save 20% on any edition in this line until the end of October, or while supplies last.
IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION (Please read and follow closely):
No more than 3 of a design is allowed per customer and/or per address for the next seven days and
No more than 10 Bibles total per customer and/or address. Any orders not following these guidelines will be canceled and refunded.
U.S. RESIDENTS: free media mail shipping is an available option at checkout when you buy 3 or more in stock items site-wide. Note that due to volume, rushed shipping orders are not guaranteed to go out the same day. Orders received after 8 AM PST may leave the following day, except on Friday, when they will leave the following Monday. A tracking number will be provided the same day the order ships. Shipments leave our warehouse in Irvine, California Monday through Friday, except for holidays.
No backorders will be accepted. We will do our best to list items on our website as SOLD OUT once stock is exhausted. If our website oversells quantities of any edition, we apologize in advance and will refund any transactions for stock that we cannot fulfill.
For international orders, please email us with your complete address and editions you are interested in.
Please direct all questions to us via email at email@example.com. Due to the high volume of interest in these editions, we may not answer the phones, nor return calls immediately for the next two business days.
Three Sixteen Publishing reserves the right to cancel any order/s.
A NOTE ABOUT NATURAL GRAIN COWHIDE:
Cowhide featuring a natural grain also allows for unique qualities in each cover. Like fingerprints, no two cowhide covers match perfectly. It is not uncommon to see variations in the grain pattern and this adds to the uniqueness of each cowhide cover.
When Three Sixteen Publishing began, over 7 years ago, we were primarily a children’s book publisher. Through the years we’ve never lost sight of that original desire to reach kids with the truth of God’s Word.
That’s the main reason why we were so excited to publish a new Children’s Bible in the NASB. This new children’s Bible is full of extra Bible helps for kids including 10 pages of memory verses for kids.
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!