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Review: Thompson Chain-Reference Bible NASB 1977

As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG2), I often get early and free access to new editions of Bibles and other study materials to offer my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner

I have recently been asked to review the new NASB version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. It uses the NASB translation from 1977, which I respect, due to the literal interpretation of the original text. The NASB represents a conservative, literal approach to translation.

This version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible was published on June 08, 2021, by Zondervan, an international Christian media company.

The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible includes marginal notations for an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use system that enables the reader to see the breadth of the Scripture’s teachings on thousands of topics. There are over 100,000 references listed in this Bible’s margins, covering over 8,000 topics.

The chain-reference system is an ideal tool for a comprehensive topical study. You can also expand your Bible study with even more tools, including biographical sketches, an archeological supplement, and outlines of each book of the Bible. The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible allows the Scripture to interpret itself without commentaries.

The indexes and additional helps, including the updated archeological section, will help you gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word and experience the threads of inspiration woven into the Word by the Holy Spirit that connect the books of the Bible.

As an example, when reading in Acts 13, there are numbers in the margins that I can map back to the “Index of Chain Topics”, which then helps me deep dive into a particular subject matter. One verse and chain can take you on a deeper study of a topic that will help you fully understand the depth of the verse and the entire chapter or book.

The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible helps me in the times when I need to prepare for a small group study or when I feel prompted to research a specific topic or meaning of a word.

My typical daily Bible reading is done via an app. However, there are many times when I need to understand the full meaning and historical context of a verse, and that is when I grab the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible and take a closer look. Doing this helps me confirm that I have understood the verse and chapter correctly, and that I have stayed true to the correct theological meaning that was intended by the Holy Spirit when the verse was originally written.

Overall, I give the NASB version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible five stars, and I recommend this Bible to anyone who wants to fully understand the Word of God and grasp its true meaning.

You can view more details and purchase your copy from this link: https://bg4.me/3iIvD0V

Six-week Study Guide Launch!

I am extremely excited to announce that a six-week study guide is now available as a companion to my first book; Flesh Tamers: Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm.

The Study Guide contains thought provoking questions, additional Bible verses and breaks the book into meaningful sections for a small group men’s study.

Also, I have added a journal section to the back of the Study Guide for notes and for capturing the readers own thoughts.

Additionally, I have launched a separate full year journal version. This journal, The Overcomer’s Journal for Men, was created to help in the daily battle planning and after action report for the Christian man.

To see the details and to order a copy, please visit my author page.

Thank you for being a subscriber. I am very appreciative of all the support, and I hope you are receiving value from the blog.

What is F3 – Fitness, Fellowship, Faith? A Podcast

F3 NWA Rucking the Pantry 2021 Recap, Shield Lock and Whetstone OneChristianMan

What is F3 – Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. F3 nationally and F3 Northwest Arkansas is a free men’s fitness group that helps men out of the rut of life they are in and helps them reinvigorate and become a High Impact Man (HIM).

FREE Book Promotion for Flesh Tamers – Reviews Needed

Friends, as you know I recently published my first book. And I need your help in supporting the Flesh Tamers book through downloads and reviews. Therefore, a FREE Book promotion has started on Amazon for Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm.

The goal is to get visibility and reviews for the book on Amazon and Goodreads so that the mission of Flesh Tamers can advance. If the book doesn’t earn at least a four-star review, please send me feedback directly to my email so that I can earn your stars. It is a short book of only about sixty pages, and this is purposeful for my target audience age range.

The book itself is, as the title says, directed toward men. I authored this book including my experiences as a man and the emotions and temptations inherent to men. However, as Christians we are all required to be courageous in the face of opposition as we stand on the Truth of who Jesus is. So, ladies, please don’t hesitate to help the cause here. I know you will gain from reading the book and can also send me great feedback.

What is the mission of Flesh Tamers?

My hope is that Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm is going to spur reflection and action and act as a reminder that we, as Christians, are on the side of Truth. We don’t dabble in far flung conspiracy, false teachings or hope in man, but we stand firm on the Truth of Jesus Christ.

We must be courageous in the face of opposition and be ready to accept the price of following Christ as we also must be willing to accept and repent of our own failures.

The battle may be spiritual, it may be within our own family, or it may even seem to be against our own fleshly desires. We must tame our own flesh and overcome our own fears with the support of the Holy Spirit.

The fear of speaking up and speaking out in truth is destroying the modern Christian church in the United States. Christian men have lost courage.

Christians are not being courageous in the home, church, or communities. This must Stop! Our King deserves courage as He had courage in the face of opposition. The enemy and fleshly comfort is being allowed to have an unchecked lead role as head of our lives.

The fear of losing the praise of men, the fear of losing our jobs, the fear of fully believing the Truth of who Jesus is. This first battle is within us, as men, to overcome our own doubt and start living like we genuinely believe in Truth!

Please help support the book and write a review during the Free Book Promotion period for Flesh Tamers Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm starting tomorrow.

The Courage to Stand Firm Even When Everyone Around You Seems to Fall

The world crumbles and falls around us. Men (and women) of high regard and Christian leaders falling from grace in view for all to see, although grace abounds much. Why? How did they get to this point in life, only to forget the things that brought them strength and purpose?

Maybe we all forget to whom the glory belongs at some point in our life. Don’t forget.

Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm.

There are other problems when, out of fear, we live for the glory that comes from man rather than that which comes from God. It would have appeared to anyone that men like Lentz loved the glory that comes from man. If you would have watched him preach you would have
thought, “he really loves his people.” And in a sense, it was true. He loved them. But what was more important to him was that they loved him. You could see it in many things that he did and spoke. The man wants to be loved and praised by all. Again, I don’t know him, and I didn’t
research him too deeply, but I know the human condition all too well. Am I not also a man in a fallen world? Would I stand firm if I somehow become “popular”?

The sad fact is that often the only difference between most of us and a Carl Lentz or a Jimmy Swaggart is that we are not gifted or handsome enough to attract such a following and so much temptation. We do not have the capacity to sin on the level of those high-profile celebrities, so we think we are better. “Take heed, lest you fall” (1 Cor 10:12). For most men, it is not that
they succumb to the temptation of throngs of women throwing themselves at them, or thousands and thousands of people in a congregation lapping up everything they say. For most of us, it is smaller and more subtle. Perhaps it is an addiction to pornography, or allowing yourself to be manipulated by female colleagues, because you want them to like you.

— From the book: Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm

The fear of speaking up and speaking out in truth is destroying the modern Christian church in the United States. Christian men have lost courage.

Christian men are not being courageous in the home, church, or communities. This must Stop! Our King deserves courage as He had courage in the face of opposition. The enemy and fleshly comfort is being allowed to have an unchecked lead role as head of our lives.

The fear of losing the praise of men, the fear of losing our jobs, the fear of fully believing the Truth of who Jesus is. This first battle is within us, as men, to overcome our own doubt and start living like we genuinely believe in Truth!

My hope is that Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm is going to spur reflection and action and act as a reminder that we, as Christians, are on the side of Truth. We don’t dabble in far flung conspiracy, false teachings or hope in man, but we stand firm on the Truth of Jesus Christ.

We must be courageous in the face of opposition and be ready to accept the price of following Christ as we also must be willing to accept and repent of our own failures.