Reference

Wisdom gets the most done with the least effort. Solomon said better tools are profitable – like cutting a tree down with a dull ax or a chainsaw (Eccl 10:10). Learning the truth of the Bible is one of life's greatest projects. You can try to do it with no tools, lying tools, dull tools, or sharp ones. After careful research and with sincere desire to help you, we offer the following reference tools to help you understand or confirm the truth of the Bible as easily as possible.

 

Tools

Bible Reading Charts

You need to read the Bible. It will feed your spirit and mind. You cannot succeed as a Christian without this daily spiritual input.

Job said God’s words were more important to him than his necessary food (Job 23:12). David listed its benefits as more precious than gold and sweeter than honey (Ps 19:7-11). Jesus said you cannot live by bread alone but that you need every word of God (Luke 4:4).

Will you read it?



Daily Devotionals

A retired Baptist pastor has prepared a daily devotional to take you from Genesis to Revelation with a few questions and observations for each day. The devotional is designed to be used alongside the one-chapter-a-day reading program recommended on this site. We highly recommend this reading program and daily devotional for those seeking to learn the Bible better.

 

Online Bible

This site offers free Bible software, including a huge library of resources. Click here for Mac. Click here for more.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

 

Prophecy

The Destruction of Jerusalem by George Peter Holford

"An absolute and irresistible proof of the divine origin of Christianity. Including a narrative of the calamities which befel the Jews so far as they tend to verify our Lord's predictions relative to that event." Written in 1805.

The Judgement of Jerusalem by By William Patton

"Predicted in Scripture, Fulfilled in History" Written in 1876.

 

The Works of Josephus [External Link]

Flavius Josephus (37-100 A.D.) was a Jew living shortly after Jesus. A commander of the Jewish army in Galilee, he was captured, subsequently freed, and assisted the Roman general Titus to witness the destruction of Jerusalem. He later wrote several historical works useful for studying the destruction of Jerusalem and the intertestamental period between Malachi and Matthew.

"The Wars of the Jews" describes the destruction of Jerusalem. Recommended reading:
The Preface, for an introduction to the Jewish nation and the calamities that came upon it.
Book 2; Chapter 19, for Cestius surrounding the city, disappearing, and the Christians leaving.
Book 5 & Book 6, for Titus surrounding the city and destroying the temple and the inhabitants.

Did Josephus write about Jesus, His brother James, and John the Baptist? See here. For a larger collection of the pro and con arguments about these passages in Josephus, see here.

 

Spiritual Entertainment

Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution

The Christian faith is very reasonable (II Thes 3:2; Is 41:21) unlike the oppositions of science falsely so called (I Tim 6:20). The father of modern science, Sir Isaac Newton, had faith in a creator God; but today such faith is mocked by those claiming apes as ancestors. To believe that an explosion of nothing produced a beautiful ordered universe requires an unreasonable amount of faith from fools professing themselves to be wise (Rom 1:20, 21, 22; Ps 14:1). Enjoy these highly recommended DVDs and give God the glory He deserves!

 

Miscellaneous

Bible Chronology

Since the Bible was not written in chronological order, this reference work was designed to help understand the order of events.

 

Spiritual Reference Works

The Mortification of Sin (Audio and Text)

Be killing sin or it will be killing you. A treatise by the puritan John Owen on the importance and work of the Christian in putting to death their deeds of the flesh.

 

Is Christ Your Lord? Tract by Arthur W. Pink

We do not ask, Is Christ your "Saviour," but is He, really and truly, your Lord? If He be not your Lord, then most certainly He is not your "Saviour." Those who have not received Christ Jesus as their "Lord," and yet suppose Him to be their "Saviour," are deluded, and their hope rests on a foundation of sand. Multitudes are deceived on this vital point, and therefore, if the reader values his or her soul, we implore you to give a most careful reading to this little tract.

 

Confessions of Faith

Midland Confession of Faith, 1655

The First London Baptist Confession of Faith, 1646