Although it may seem counter-intuitive, summer is actually a great time to do a short, fixed-time, personal Bible study. You can use the nicer weather and additional daylight (in the morning or evening) to spend a little time outside, in a park, at a coffee shop – anywhere – studying God’s Word.
I have long been a fan of e-Sword Bible software for several reasons. First, it’s FREE! And not just the base package either. In addition to the software itself, you can get:
- over a dozen English Bibles (plus a bunch of other languages) – FREE!
- over a dozen commentaries and word study books – FREE!
- over a dozen dictionaries and reference books – FREE!
- thousands of maps and charts in eight collections – FREE!
- over a dozen works on Jewish and church history – FREE!
- five devotional books – FREE!
- and a collection of 100 classic books – FREE!
That’s the second thing, too. It includes a lot of resources in one place. And if those aren’t enough for you, there are other works in those same categories available for purchase – newer Bibles, commentaries, and more.
A third reason I like e-Sword is because it’s always getting better. I’m really excited to announce that version 9 has been released! In addition to a few minor updates, it has a redesigned database which makes it faster. It uses screen space better. (Read the list of changes here.)
NOTE: If you are already an e-Sword user, the changes in version 9 require you to download all of your user modules again. I am working on compiling a CD of them. If you’re interested in getting a free copy, let me know.
Do you like to do Bible study on the go? Do you need to look up a verse or passage while you’re out sometimes? Then you have to check out e-Sword LIVE, the free online version. While it doesn’t have quite as many resources as the desktop version, it’s handy for quick reference if you’re not at your main computer.
So, what are you going to study this summer? Need some ideas? Ask me here or in a comment below.