There's no substitute for the Word of God through personal Bible study. While I hope this blog & these faith resources inspire you and deepen your relationship with the Lord Almighty, my voice only echos His message. If you have to choose between the two, read your Bible and hear of Jesus' saving grace from Him, not me.
I encourage you to start a habit of reading your Bible and praying daily if you don't already. God may speak into your current struggle using the verses you read, or you may come to more greatly appreciate His love, mercy, greatness, patience (and so many more)... His true character can only be known by drawing close to Him through His Word.
My Personal Resources
These two Bibles are my day-to-day Bibles. I mark up (highlight & write in) my ESV Bible. It's also lighter so it goes with me to church, Bible study, etc. My Study Bible is great for when I don't understand a passage or want to go deeper in translation. See below.
Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, Published by AMG Publishers This study Bible is available in the English Standard Version (ESV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), and King James Version (KJV). If you're buying your first study Bible the ESV or NASB version might be easier to read & understand than the KJV. (I own the NASB translation in this Bible and the ESV translation below). You might consider checking out Bible Gateway to see how the different versions read before you purchase one.
This is a great Bible resource if you've wondered what the original Bible said in Hebrew or Greek but don't speak those languages. There's an Old Testament and New Testament Dictionary to define what select words in each verse mean in their original language. There's also an introduction for each book of the Bible and commentary on certain verses to help the reader understand Biblical context and purpose. Downside: The explanations for the verses/ sections are not verse by verse but more by section. I have another study Bible that examines the text almost verse by verse that I also use.
I use this Bible when I 1) meditate on God's word because it gives me a clearer understanding and 2) when I want to compare it with the ESV (see below) translation. I own the NASB version.
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Published by Crossway I use the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible for Bible study when I want to read for content and personal understanding away from explanations and commentary.
I love that it reads more like a traditional book (it's not double column like traditional Bibles) and has lined margins on the side for me to write important points or cross references. I like to highlight verses and write notes, this Bible has room for all that. It's great for coming back to sections when I need encouragement or to remember God's faithfulness. Downsides: This isn't a study Bible, though there are good cross-references to verses and short explanations. If you're looking for a more developed explanation this Bible doesn't offer that feature.
There are many translations of the Bible & many study Bibles out there. I only list what I use because I personally like them and they may help you on your faith walk.
*You'll note the links of the books take you to Lifeway.com. I have no affiliation with Lifeway and linked there to support a Christian book seller. These titles are also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble & other book sellers.
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