Daily Archives: October 13, 2012

Waterproof Bible tops recommended military resource list

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By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

BIRMINGHAM, ALA (ANS) — According to Bardin and Marsee Publishing, its NIV Waterproof Bible New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs has topped the list of the Top 25 Recommended Resources published by Military Ministry, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ International.

In a news release obtained by the ASSIST News Service, soldiers and chaplains have used the Waterproof Bible since 2006, and this recommendation will markedly expand its use.

“Thank you for producing such a Bible that I’m sure will withstand the harsh Afghanistan climate,” said an Army chaplain speaking in a news release shortly before deploying with his soldiers earlier this year.

Another soldier put it this way. He said in the news release, “I love my Waterproof Bible. I can carry it with me where ever I go in my ACU cargo pocket. It helps me redeem those little fragments of time throughout the day by reading God’s word.”

The news release said Bardin and Marsee has recently partnered with the Norwegian Bible Society to produce a military Chaplain’s waterproof devotional titled PÅ PATRULJE SOLDATENS ANDAKTSBOK.

Bardin and Marsee are also working with the Bible Society New Zealand to publish a custom NLT New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs exclusively for the New Zealand Defense Force.

“We are very excited to be working with the New Zealand Defence Force to produce a waterproof New Testament for Army, Navy and Air Force personnel,” said Stephen Opie, Program Director for Bible Society New Zealand, speaking in the news release.

Opie continued, “The waterproof edition was chosen as it is more durable than a paper-based Bible, meaning it will serve Defense Force personnel better, especially when deployed overseas.”

At first appearance, the Waterproof Bible resembles a regular Bible, but on a second glance its durability shines through.

“This is why our soldiers and chaplains have long used the Waterproof Bible. It can go to the frontlines and back without being destroyed by the wear and tear that causes a regular paper Bible to fall apart,” said Bobby Bardin, who co-owns Bardin and Marsee.

What began as a project to make a durable Bible for a few friends has turned into a growing niche within the Bible segment of Christian publishing.

With Waterproof Bibles now available in nine foreign languages and five English translations, NIV, ESV, NKJV, KJV, and NLT, the news release said Bardin and Marsee Publishing has seen significant growth since its inception in 2005.

Bill Ellis: The pastor’s study

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By Bill Ellis
Special to ASSIST News Service

SCOTT DEPOT, WV (ANS) — The pastor’s study is the one place in every city, county, state and nation that should be saturated with prayer – humble, believing and active prayer. That is the control center of the entire operation.

I have had the privilege of being in the pastor’s study in hundreds of churches, some among the world’s largest churches and the most prominent preachers. The pastor of the largest church east of the Mississippi River had for his working study a four-room house across the driveway from his residence. Those large rooms were filled with books. Dr. R. G. Lee had an inner study, no windows, where he did his most concentrated work on preaching.

In the large Bellevue Baptist Church, in Memphis, Tenn., where he pastored for 32 years, he had a beautiful and well-appointed office. When I was in it with him one day, he told me that particular office was used for interviews, counseling and meetings for church business. His office for study, writing and sermon preparation was located beside his residence on Peach Street.

It is sometimes hard to get much serious research and study done in terms of sermon preparation in a church office with constant interruptions. I am always hesitant to go to a pastor’s study – and only if I think I can be helpful with such a visit. Pastors who are serious about their assignments, have no time for idle chatting with parishioners who have little to do.

As a pastor, I had a beautiful office at the church and fortunately had another inner office, but my main office for study, writing and sermonic preparation was in the basement of the parsonage for 25 years.

Two wonderful parishioners, Elgin and Dorothy Hawthorne, whose son, Dennis, is a successful pastor in Springfield, Ill., and their younger son, Elgin, a church organist of excellence, presented me with a cherished bronze and wood plaque, which had a story engraved on it titled, “Pastor’s Study.” For years, it has been in my office. Here’s its message,

“The pastor’s study is the symbol of the calling of the Christian minister to be the shepherd of a flock of God. His sermons are prepared to feed the congregation on God’s Holy Word.

“Here the work of the church is planned so that the congregation may grow and bear fruit in fellowship, teaching, and witnessing. Here you will always find a friend and counselor in time of need. He will not be surprised at your sins, nor will he judge you in them, but he always invites you to share with him, the wisdom and love of God, the knowledge of forgiveness of sin, and the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“You are always welcome.”

The pastor’s door is never closed to those who need the counseling, encouragement and prayers of their pastor. It is not, however, normally a place for idle chitchat. It is a place where you will find a loving heart and understanding listener.

Speaking of Christ’s gifts to the church, “He gave some to be . . . and some pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11). Timothy, a young preacher is informed, “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ . . .” (I Timothy 4:6).

I do not know of any calling or profession that demands more of a man or woman than the one to be a pastor. October is “Pastors Appreciation Month.” Do all you can to assist your pastor with the work of ministry.

Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist, and convention and conference speaker on every continent. He is the writer of more than 2,000 newspaper and magazine columns, articles and contributions to books. He is also a widely known motivational speaker and pulpit guest who utilizes enjoyment of life and just plain fun and laughter while speaking to high school, university and professional sports teams as well as to business and professional groups of all kinds. His keen understanding of human problems makes him a favorite speaker for youth, parent, and senior adult meetings. He is accompanied by Kitty, his wife, favorite singer, editor and publisher.