Free Family Easter materials

The Good Book Company have made their Easter Unscrambled family devotional material available for free online, with the aim of providing 5-10min Bible times to help families celebrate the crucified, risen King, during the week running up to Easter Sunday.

To make use of the material all you need to do is register here


Telling the story from the Bible

For anyone interested in an extremely helpful and in depth review of two of the most popular “children’s story Bibles,” David Shaw has done a great job here.  It’s a long read but well worth it as it provides a helpful way to think through the important issues in reading God’s Word with your children.

Children’s Bible resources

We’ve recently picked up a new children’s Bible, The Gospel Story Bible – Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testament, by Marty Machowski,  which you can find out more about here.  So far I really like what I see and it looks like it will be a useful resource to use with our children.  Released a couple of years ago, Justin Taylor has some good things to day about it (and some other good children’s Bibles) here.

Among the benefits of this particular children’s Bible is that it has an accompanying Daily Devotionals to Draw Your Family To God –  a series of 156, 10 minute family devotionals that can be purchased for an additional amount.

Whilst on the subject of children’s Bibles, I discovered today that The Beginner’s Bible, which we have amongst the Bibles we’ve used with our young kids over the last few years, has an accompanying website with a number of useful resources to download from it.

Free NIV Bible App

With most free electronic versions of the NIV you have to be connected to the internet to view them.  During the month of January, You Version are providing the NIV to download so that you can read it whilst offline.

It’s available for iPhone/ iPad / Android / Symbian / Kindle / Windows Phone / 8 and a few other platforms so it’s likely you’ll be able to run it on your device. You can go about doing that by clicking here.


XV the Bible in 15

XV looks like a really exciting new free app from Matthias Media for helping to gain an overview of the whole Bible storyline.  Find out more about it here or search for and download it from the AppStore.

From the Matthias Media main web page:

A tour of the big breathtaking picture of creation, the fall and the history of God’s dealings with Israel, the promise of restoration, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and what is still to come—the whole story, with all its ups and downs, and with the certainty of God’s promise shining through.

iPiper daily – Solid Joys

Desiring God ministries have just launched their latest app for iPhone and iPad users. It’s a daily Bible devotional with reflections from John Piper’s ministry, entitled Solid Joys and you can get hold of it here or by searching for it in the App Store.

And apparently there’s an Android version coming soon.

Daily Bible Reading

If you struggle with regularly reading God’s word then you’re not alone. January is a great time to commit yourself to getting stuck into God’s word and growing in your relationship with him.

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart…more to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.Psalm 19:7-10

And although we’ve missed the first few days, it’s not too late to begin reading your Bible every day for the rest of the year.  Check out this new site full of really useful information and then head over to the Good Book Company website, where they have a massive 50% off all their Bible reading guides and helps.