It is no secret that Precept Camden loves Jet Pens. They have made us #1 fans of Japanese office supplies. Really, just do a search of Jet Pens on this site and you’ll see. And we all know how much inductive Bible study students need/love/want/collect/hoard/covet pens and pencils. Therefore, we need/love/want/collect/hoard/covet cases in which to store them.
Here is another wonderful pen case from Jet Pens. They are made in Japan from beautiful traditional Japanese fabrics and have 3 inside pockets. You put your pens and pencils in the pockets, cover them with the fabric flap, roll them up, and tie the case with a black cord.
Click here to see more fabric choices. Precept Camden is partial to the mustard yellow print. And here is another nifty Japanese pencil case from Jet Pens. This one is also a favorite but not a Japanese design and not from Jet Pens. Check out ALL of the Japanese office supply awesomeness at Jet Pens. Tell them Precept Camden sent you. 😉
If you are an inductive Bible study student, then you know that marking key words in the text is an important tool. (If you are not familiar with the inductive Bible study method, click here for a free download that will get you started.) I always tell my students that the point of marking the text (the Bible) is not to create a pretty picture; the point is to engage you with the text, to help you slow down and read with purpose, and to dig out the truth for yourself. You can use different colors to mark different words, but it won’t be long before you will simply run out of colors in your box of pencils. And with so many colors, recognizing the color code at a glance may be difficult. Another way to use the tool of marking key words is to use colors and symbols. You should be able to look at your own Bible (or observation worksheets) and recognize your symbols and what they mean. They don’t have to be complicated works of art. They just have to mean something to you. I like to keep my markings as simple as possible.
However, sometimes even the most seasoned student gets stumped trying to think of different symbols to use. Over the years, I have created my own symbols and I have made them into printable sheets for you to stick in your Bible or notebook. These are not the “correct” way to mark key words. There’s no such thing. These are simply some ideas on ways to mark words to help you so that you won’t waste time laboring over the “perfect” symbol. You can just get down to business studying the Bible, applying it to your life, and being transformed by its power!
Visit our Key Word Symbol Page to print out your own copies of the brand new Key Word Symbols.
Esther is, I think, one of the most-loved people in the Old Testament. For centuries women have aspired to her beauty, grace, integrity, and courage. Hollywood has made more than one movie about her. (Click here to see a few.) And of course, we often quote the words that her cousin Mordecai spoke to her as he encouraged her to accept God’s plan for her life and save her people the Jews from their mortal enemy, the evil Haman. Mordecai tells her, ” And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Now your kids can study about this fascinating queen and learn from her godly example in Precept Ministries International’s brand new book called God Has Big Plans for You, Esther by Kay Arthur and Janna Arndt – the latest in PMI’s Discover for Yourself (D4Y) series. The D4Y books are inductive Bible studies for kids ages 8-12. These creative books – that are really workbooks full of fun games and activities – guide kids through different books of the Bible so that they can “discover truth for themselves.” In each book amateur detectives Max and Molly (and their beagle Sam) go on a adventure that leads the reader through the study of a particular book of the Bible. In God Has Big Plans for You, Esther Max and Molly visit Washington, D.C., and the Capitol building and in the process unearth an incredible story – the story of Esther and how God used her to save her people.
Even though these wonderful D4Y studies are for ages 8-12, they can be used with younger children as well as long as someone works through the workbook with them. And more than one adult has found them beneficial in simplifying often complex topics such as Bible prophecy, the inductive study method, and the book of Revelation!
To see all of PMI’s titles in this series, click here.
I love The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I really do. In this post I told you all the reasons that I think this book is special. But I recently discovered that there is a QR Code Enhanced Edition! If you don’t know what a QR Code is, then read no further. This post isn’t for you. Actually, I take that back. Keep reading. You may learn something! (In this post I discussed my love of QR Codes. I still haven’t stitched that pillow. I need to get on that.)
If you have a smartphone, then you know what QR Codes are. They are those nifty squares scattered throughout magazines that encourage you to scan it and view a video related to the article you are reading. Wikipedia has an easy-to-understand definition: “A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.” Well, sort of easy to understand.
Now this book that I love to give as gifts to seekers (and recommend that every Christian read) has 40 unique QR Codes within its pages. When scanned by your smartphone, the codes link to videos of author Rick Warren. What a great way to incorporate technology in this treasure of a book and bring even more illumination to its reader. I have a feeling we will be seeing more of this technology included in books, magazines, and newspapers.
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Technology – for such a time as this.
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