Welcome to My Faith Area

March 24, 2016

I created this area of my site to help me with my spiritual journey. I am starting out with some basic concepts and facts. There will be new articles and aides created as I continue my Bible studies and I am made aware of new topics needing discussion.

Holy Bible

For Bible studies, I have several standard paper based versions at my disposal, mainly KJV, NKJV, NASB73, and ESV. I have other paper versions but do not use them for study. Besides the main sources, the Holy Bibles, I use a few different commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances. However, I have found it more efficient to use computer based Bible study software. I am using three different software packages as my main study aides - Logos Bible Software, eSword, and an older Libronix Digital Library System program.

Logos, what can I say? On the plus side, Logos has many useful bells and whistles; it is relatively easy to use. However, Logos costs a fortune and is slow. There are all sorts of add-ons available from a simple commentary to new software features. However, there are not many free add-ons available.

The eSword program is free (donations welcome) and comes with a few useful resources. You can download additional versions of the Bible, commentaries, dictionaries, devotions, graphics, and reference books. They list many free book downloads. The dated program interface contains many features similar to Logos. In addition, the older look is good because it results in the software performing tasks much faster than the Logos package.

The Libronix software predates my other study software. I found this in a local inspirational bookstore marked down for clearance. This particular package is the J. Vernon McGee Essential Bible Study Library. Back when I lived in New Jersey, I listened to Dr. McGee's "Thru the Bible" radio program while traveling forty minutes to work. It was like reuniting with an old friend.

I also will occasionally use my free Kindle application on my tablet when not at home. Logos has a free application for the Android (do not know about iPod) which allows me to read material while away and synchronize with the main desktop application later.

I do still enjoy reading the Bible using the paper versions. However, you cannot beat the computer's ease and speed when looking up information, searching the dictionaries and referring to concordances.