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3 Tips on How to Choose the Right Bible for You

With hundreds of different Bibles and Bible covers to choose from, it’s easy to end up with one that you won’t like.  Choosing the Bible translation that best fits your needs is indeed a bit tricky—like buying a house.  You first need to know what you need in a home before you begin your search.  So before you go out shopping, here are 3 tips you need to remember on how to choose the right Bible for you:

 Tip #1:  Know what you want in a Bible.  Do you need one that is written in simple English that’s easy to understand?  Do you want to know the historical significance behind biblical stories?  If you’re not familiar with the order of the books, for example, consider getting a Bible with thumb index.  Are you going to use for a Bible study, or for your course work in school?  If you are reading it with a group of people, ask what translation is recommended or required.  Determining your needs will help you pick which Bible version is best for you.

 Tip #2:  Choose a Bible translation that’s perfect for you.  There are so many translations available in bookstores and online, so you will need to do some research.  Some of the common ones are: KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, AMP, TLB, ASV, NIRV, HCSB, TNIV, CEV, YLT, and WNT.  If you want a Bible that’s easy to read and understand, for instance, you might want to consider the New International Version, as this version employs a thought-for-thought concept method called Dynamic Equivalence.  But for a more thorough study of scriptures, go for either the King James Version or the New American Standard Bible.

 Tip #3:  Consider your options.  Browse through the Bible version you picked to get a feel of the scripture.  Read a passage and see if you understood it.  Did you easily read the text?  If you have eyesight problems, consider getting a Bible with larger print. Remember, this is something you will use frequently, so it’s wise to be picky.  Shop around and look for great deals.  If you’re working on a budget, consider getting your Bible in paperback.  Quality should be your top priority, but that doesn’t mean going far and beyond your budget. 

Where to Find the Best Bible Translation for You

 If you need help choosing the right Bible translation for you, visit Nest Entertainment today—not only will you get your Bible and  up to 40% off, we’ll even help you find the perfect Bible cover for it!  This offer is valid only until the end of the month, so don’t miss your chance to save money!

Steven Curtis Chapman: Dealing with Pain and Loss

Over 118,000 people in search of enlightenment came to Angel Stadium to witness the 21st annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with evangelist Greg Laurie and Grammy Award-winning Christian artist and adoption advocate, Steven Curtis Chapman.  The crusades’ message of hope was enough to create three evenings of intimate spiritual experience, blessing those in need of strength and courage.

 The Grieving Process:  Dealing with Loss and Suffering

 We’ve all been there.  One way or another, we’ve lost someone dear to us—a child, spouse, parent, friend; we’ve ended relationships that broke our hearts; we’ve lost jobs, careers and wealth.  We all know how “rock bottom” feels like, but not many realize that we can also choose to react to it differently. 

 As Laurie described to the audience the pain he went through after losing his son, Christopher, in a car crash two years ago, he asked a question we are all very familiar with: “Why do bad things happen?”

 And the truth is, this is one question no one really knows the answer to.  However, Greg Laurie said, “Christians do not know sorrow as those who have no hope because we will see our loved ones again.  As a Christian, you are assured by that hope.”  Steven Curtis Chapman, whose youngest daughter—Maria Sue—died from a tragic car accident in 2008, added, “God restores and redeems what He takes away.  There are no words for the pain of loss, but our hope is in the resurrection.  Emmanuel, God is with us.”

 Good Grief:  Overcoming the Pain of Loss

 Healing only happens after you’ve genuinely mourned.  Take time to feel the pain of what will soon be the past, so you can live more fully in the present.  And when you’re ready, share your feelings with others and let it all out.  Cry, if you feel like crying.  But remind yourself that what you’re going through will inevitably pass. 

 Get help.  Talk to friends or relatives who are great listeners, or join support groups that can be there for you during the grieving process.  Seek counselling from your church, and trust in your faith to carry you through trying times.  As Steven Curtis Chapman said after the death of his daughter, “Worship only becomes true worship when we’ve started from a desperate place, where our response to Him is different.”

 Recommended Reading and Listening

 Read more about the pain of loss and the power of faith that heals even the deepest wounds in Mary Beth Chapman’s Choosing to See.  This book tells the story of how the wife of contemporary Christian music artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, struggled to heal after the loss of her daughter, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. 

 Listen to Beauty Will Rise—a collection of 12 new and profound songs from Steven Curtis Chapman.  Created as he walked through the darkness of the loss of his daughter, Maria, this part lament, part praise, part grief, part hope and part pondering play list resonates as Chapman’s personal Psalms.

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Catholic Villagers Face Boycott for not Honoring Hindus Gods

A small Catholic community in the village of Mangalawada (Karnataka) in India faces severe social boycott after refusing to appease Hindus gods. Until the government intervenes, this ban will continue to make life more difficult for these Christian families.

Following an outbreak of Cholera in the village, Hindu leaders announced means to mollify their gods and cast out evil. This involved special fasts on certain days and prohibition of work on all “inauspicious days” including all Tuesdays and Thursdays, which coincidentally are the only days when water supply comes to the village. And when Catholic villagers stopped adhering to these orders and continued to do their regular work on those days, the majority of Hindus weren’t pleased.

In late August, village elders declared a total ban on interacting with Catholics and anyone caught doing so is fined with $11 for the violation. Similar demands have been made in the past, but this social boycott seems more serious and strongly implemented: Hindus have stopped renting, selling and buying anything from Christians; Hindu kids have been withdrawn from church-run schools; and Hindu farmers have stopped hiring Christian workers.

“We are Christians and we are not bound to follow Hindu religious practices,” Father Philip Rock of St. Sebastian Parish in Mangalawada village says, “We have our freedom, [and] another faith should not be imposed on our people, and their normal lives should not be disturbed like this.” Although officials are optimistic that the boycott will “die out soon”, the Catholic community in Karnataka continues to experience the socio-economic impact of the boycott, until the government resolves the situation.

Meetings between parties have taken place since early September and, with the presence of police, government officials cautioned Hindu extremists not to cause further trouble and have directed the police to take necessary action against those who continue to stir up problems.

Similar problems have also crept up in the smaller villages of India, and until the government decides to enforce the right of religious freedom, these acts of religious persecution and intolerance will continue to hurt and divide Indian society.

New York Mosque Debate: Is America Ready for Recovery?

It’s been nine years since the 9/11 attacks in New York, and Ground Zero remains to be a gaping reminder that we, as a nation, are yet to fully recover. Recent polls showing larger America opposing the building of the Cordoba House Islamic Center two blocks away from the twin towers site almost a decade later, is a clear indication that we have a long way to go. And what’s bothersome is that this debate reflects the greater human problems of anger, fear and mistrust—the very elements stopping us from fully healing, reconciling and moving on.

Many fail to realize that the war on terrorism is fundamentally not about religion. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Christian or Muslim, we are all susceptible to terrorist attacks. The act of terrorism is about spreading fear and hate. It feeds off intolerance and discrimination, and is fuelled by oppression. To win this war, we need to find courage to rise above this tragedy, find closure and continue living with the absence of fear.

And while we continue to focus on the NY Mosque issue, we simply delay healing. We forget our other commitments, like our promise to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which used to stand south of the twin towers. This 300-member congregation lost its century-old parish during the September 11 attack, and was promised financial help that hasn’t materialized until today. It seems political efforts are put into assisting the mosque, but steps have not been taken to ensure St. Nicholas is rebuilt.

As this year’s Patriot’s Day draws nearer, let’s take a moment to think about how far we’ve come since 9/11. Let’s think about the loved ones we lost on that tragic day, and how we’ve chosen to honour the heroes who protected us even at their own demise—from the Heroes of Flight 93, to the fire fighters and rescue teams who risked their lives that fateful day. Let’s utter a silent prayer and let it all go—one by one, hurt after hurt. And only then can the process of healing and forgiving truly begin.

Watch the Heroes of Flight 93 DVD, and discover the true meaning of love, sacrifice, and faith at all costs. To get the best deals, visit Nest Entertainment today!

New MIT Computer Program Deciphers Ancient Cuneiform

MIT Cuniform

MIT Cuniform

A new computer program developed by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently stunned the world by accurately deciphering cuneiform symbols dated back to the Biblical period.  Scientists claim this technological success will open new ways of understanding ancient hieroglyphics, making it easier to determine historical facts, as well as revive forgotten languages.  How is this possible?

The archaeological discovery of Ugaritic Akkadian script in 1928 at the seaport of Ugarit has long since enlightened many on ancient Israelite culture and Biblical texts.  Last used around 1200 B.C. in western Syria, this “lost language” took four years for language specialists to decode, and the diligence that paved way for many more explorations and breakthroughs has now led to another innovative milestone.

MIT’s computer program is able to compare symbols and word frequencies and patterns written in Ugaritic Akkadian with those of a known language, and by means of repeated analysis, links letters and words to map nearly all Ugaritic Akkadian symbols to their Hebrew equivalents, in merely a matter of hours.

This invention shows us how technology can effectively resurrect dead scripts, contrary to claims that computers lack the natural instinct to do so.  However, we still have a long way to go.  It will be interesting to see whether the program can help decipher a handful of ancient scripts such as Etruscan and Indus (Harrapan), and those that have long been forgotten, leaving them utterly incomprehensible.

How to Make President’s Day Come Alive for your Students

“History is boring” is often the general consensus of school kids. It’s a failure of educators to take something as thrilling as the establishment of our nation and reduce it to a series of facts and dates, only to be regurgitated back out of bored little minds who won’t retain much of it past college. As home educators, let’s shake it up and help the next generation understand that history is a living thing with real people, and it’s still being created!

President’s Day is the third Monday in February, and it’s a great chance to spark their imaginations and get them thinking of Washington and Lincoln as inspirational people, not just old men that lived long ago. Let’s look at some ways to do this:

• Why not manage a Presidential campaign? Have your kids pretend Washington and Lincoln are alive today and running for President. What would be a good way to promote them? Imagination comes into play; they can create videos, write commercial spots, and anything else their modern brains can come up with!

• There are so many entertaining ways to learn history, from animated DVDs, to coloring books, to puzzles and games. You could even “take the day off” from schoolwork in honor of the holiday and spend it watching movies, creating posters, and playing games, all using exciting educational materials regarding these two great men.

• Play dress up! Have students design their own Washington and Lincoln costumes. There’s nothing like some baby powder in the hair or a stovepipe hat made of poster board to get kids laughing, and amused kids become involved kids.

• Write some letters. Have students write a letter to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln about a troubling issue. Then write back, as the President, addressing the issue and asking relevant questions. See how long you can keep it going back and forth!

• Skip the cherry tree. Instead of traveling over ground that’s been well worn, find some facts about the Presidents that you may not have known before. Keeping it interesting for you, the educator, helps to make it interesting for your students. Did you know:

o George Washington never went to college. He joined the British Royal Navy at age 14.

o Abraham Lincoln was self-educated and had only eighteen months of schooling.

o Washington was the only founding father to free his slaves; he freed all 124 of them in his will.

o Lincoln was born in Kentucky, making him the first President from west of the Appalachians.

o George Washington was the product of a second marriage and grew up with nine brothers and sisters.

o Abraham Lincoln didn’t fish or hunt because he loved animals. He liked to wrestle, though.

As you can see, there’s a lot to intrigue students about these two men. Have fun this President’s Day breathing new life into an old topic!

Anita Renfroe – Pour Me Some Big Ol’ Sweet Iced Tea!

Anita Renfroe's Big Ol Sweet Iced Tea

Buy Anita Renfroe's Big Ol Sweet Iced Tea Comedy

Southern comedian Anita Renfroe is back with a pitcher of that Big Ol Sweet Iced Tea, and I give this highly refreshing Christian comedy two thumbs-up and 5 full stars for making me laugh so hard, my cheeks actually hurt!

The sassy, hilarious Christian comedian has gone from domesticated mom to YouTube sensation overnight, and it isn’t surprising—the world seems to have fallen in love with Anita’s mint brand of comedy that’s cleverly infused with a sure shot of estrogen, blended with musical parodies and daily hilarities . . . Whoever said comedy has to be offensive and crass certainly hasn’t met Anita!

In her spanking new DVD called Big Ol Sweet Iced Tea, Anita Renfroe will make you laugh with her wacky, out-of-this-world insights, her music and her trademark pop culture parodies including the following songs “Wrinkled Ladies” (my personal favorite, actually) and “Real Love Story”, “Grandma-Sense”, “Miss America Tricks”, “GPS For Babies”, “Apps, Staycations, and Hissy Fits”, “Enough”, and “Parting Wisdom”.

Filmed in her hometown of Atlanta, GA before a sold out crowd, this Christian comedy has gone viral in only a matter of weeks since its release in July 2010.  Everyone agrees; this is absolutely good comedy!

What are you waiting for?  Get a copy of Anita Renfroe’s Big Ol Sweet Iced Tea today, and begin the laughter!

Parent’s Guide To The Empty Nest

Parent's Guide To The Empty Nest By Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates

Parent's Guide To The Empty Nest By Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates

Are you feeling those “empty nest” blues?  Guide To The Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates is perhaps one of the most helpful books for parents about to begin their “Empty Nest” journey.  If your kids have flown the coop—leaving you dazed about what’s next for you—following these 4 easy remedies can help you battle the feelings of loneliness and emptiness as your kids leave home for college:

Remedy #1:  Learn to let go, but maintain communication. Understand that your role as parents is changing.  Your child is beginning his journey to adulthood, and he will need you to be supportive.  Allow him to make decisions and mistakes. Let him appreciate the value of consequences and the beauty of redemption.  This will prepare him for “adult life”.  Let him live independently, but maintain communication.  Let him decide on his schedule and classes, and even how often he should call you.  The trick here is: don’t overcrowd, or suffocate, him.  Let him come to you in his own terms, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Remedy #2:  Get yourself a good support system. Join a support group, if at all possible.  Talk to other parents whose children recently went away for college, and learn from each other’s experiences.  Don’t hesitate to create new friendships.  You need as much support as you can possibly get at this point.  Like what Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates wrote in the book Guide To The Empty Nest, you don’t have to do this alone.  Always keep that in mind.

Remedy #3:  Find fun things to do instead of worry. Start a new hobby or a creative project, and get yourself busy.  Take that trip you’ve been meaning to for years, but couldn’t because of the kids.  Start painting again.  Volunteer in your community, or start a new business venture.  You can even adopt a new pet if you want!  Do the things you’ve always wanted to, but never had the time or the extra funds to.  This can do wonders for your soul.

Remedy #4:  Stock up on good books and resources.  There are many books, resources, and forums out there like the Guide To The Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates.  We primarily suggest this book because these two authors have navigated through the same territory before with their kids and are now sharing their personal experiences, as well as those of many other parents.  You learn from their mistakes and successes.

Purity Rings: Promoting Abstinence

Purity Rings also known as Promise Rings, Christian Rings, Abstinence Rings, and Chastity Rings, have gained so much popularity in American society, especially during the Bush administration in the 90’s.  Its boom was a result of an all-out effort to promote safe sex and prevent STI’s and STD’s.  According to the Chicago Tribune, “Under the Bush administration, organizations that [promoted] abstinence and [encouraged] teens to sign virginity pledges or wear purity rings have received federal grants.”  The Pennsylvania Evangelical Church, for instance, has received more than $1 million from the federal government for its subsidiary, “The Silver Ring Thing,” to endorse abstinence and sell its rings in and outside the United States. 

Historical analysts, however, have traced its history way back to the 1800’s when young ladies wore rings as a promise to their parents, betrothed and church to remain chaste until finally married.  Today, these rings continue to encourage thousands of teens not only in America, but all over the world, to make the same promise.

Anyone Can Make the Same Pledge. In most cases, parents buy Christian jewelry for their adolescent children, but many young adults buy Purity Rings for themselves, too, especially those who have never had sex.  Even “secondary virgins”—those who have had sex, but chose to go back to abstinence until marriage—have also joined in the popular movement.

Love Waits. Whether cheap or expensive, fancy or simple, Purity Rings represent one thing:  true love is indeed patient.  It’s symbolic.  It embodies one’s commitment to abstain from sex until marriage.  And the ring, worn on the left ring finger, is only removed when replaced by a wedding ring.  Some people call it odd, even weird or prudish, but here’s the bare truth—just as much as our youth need advice when it comes to money, career, and education, they likewise require guidance in love, sex, and marriage.  And if Christian Jewelry can provide moral support and help instill discipline, then it surely is well worth the investment.

How to Choose the Best Video Games for Kids

Toy Story 3 Video Game

Toy Story 3 Video Game

Finding the best video games for kids can be a bit of a challenge, especially when there is an abundance of options for young gamers in the market.  But if you know where to look, you can find kids video games, and even Christian video games, that are not only relatively lower in prices, but are also age-appropriate, with dynamics and graphics that are well-suited to help hone your kid’s cognitive and decision-making skills, as well as social and motor skills. At NEST Entertainment, we have done the reviewing for you, and we only carry movies that are family friendly and approved for children so you can take the hassle out of reviewing every product. Another website that is great to use for reviewing video games is http://www.reviews4parents.com/reviews.html.

Here are three best practices when choosing the best video games for kids:

Best Practice #1:  Check for the video game rating given by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Picking the right game that is created for your child’s age group will not only make the gaming experience more effective, it will also ensure your child is not exposed to anything inappropriate or violent.  Here is a guide to video game ratings:

  • E = Appropriate for all ages
  • EC = Ages 3 and older
  • E10+ = Children 10 years and above
  • T = Young teens 13 years and older
  • M = 17 years and above
  • AO = 18 years and older.

Best Practice #2:  Read content descriptions. Written on the back of every game box, are specific descriptions that can help you find games you deem acceptable for your young children. You want to watch out for reports such as Intense Violence, Fantasy Violence, Alcohol Reference, Drug Reference, Use of Drugs, Use of Alcohol, Sexual Violence, Strong Sexual Content, and many more—and filter the amount of information you want your children to absorb.

Best Practice #3:  Be creative. Pick out kids’ video games that you know your child will enjoy, and stay away from those you think aren’t challenging or stimulating enough.  Using game accessories like a steering wheel, or a dance pad, can make the experience more fun not only for the gamers, but for parents too, so don’t hesitate to join in.

Final Reminders

Many studies have proven that playing high-quality kids’ video games can be beneficial to your child’s cognitive development, but just like with anything in life, moderation is always the best approach.  Adult supervision and close monitoring, especially with children 6 years and younger, is recommended.

Want to find a website that offers only video games suitable for your children?  For a great selection of fun, educational, and Christian video games that you can trust, visit NEST Entertainment.

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