For years I have enjoyed using the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands for personal study, as well as for most photos of Bible lands on my blog. Only recently have I seen a collection that takes the magnificent photos from this collection to the next level. 

The same producers have just released the Photo Companion to the Bible, with the Gospels as their first collection. After looking through it at key places in the gospels where I had questions about a location, I found those questions answered, explained, and illustrated in such detail! 

Just watch the video above to see what I mean. 

The Photo Companion to the Bible provides digital photographs through PowerPoint presentations (I view them in Keynote) that illustrate the Gospels verse by verse. In fact, every chapter is illustrated with between 40–230 photographs.

Here are a few of the features: 

  • Completely a digital download for instant access (with option to get the DVD too)
  • New aerial photographs of Galilee and Jerusalem 
  • Detailed markings of routes that Jesus traveled 
  • Annotations explaining image selection and background 
  • Free lifetime updates
  • Generous copyright permissions 
  • Satisfaction guaranteed

As a Bible teacher, this collection has instantly become an indispensable resource to me. I wouldn’t consider teaching the Gospels without first referring to this collection. 

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I’m impressed, to say the least, so much so that I urge you get this resource. With the money-back guarantee, you take no risk.

(By the way, I wasn’t asked to write a review, nor do I make anything off your purchase. I simply believe in this product enough to recommend it to you.) 

The low introductory price lasts only through tomorrow (August 21). So take advantage of the offer

For the past year I’ve used CoSchedule to help market my blog posts. At first, honestly, I doubted the benefits of spending money each month to do what I could do myself. But I quickly realized that time is worth more than money when I was spending up to 30 minutes a day scheduling posts and re-posts on social media. As a busy blogger, I have little time for fussing with the back end of my blog. I prefer writing and putting marketing on autopilot.

CoSchedule has helped me do that. Here’s how.

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I had the honor of playing guitar for Paige Brumley as she sang, “When Love Was Slain” (by Riddle and Yates), on July 27, 2014, at Stonebriar Community Church. Paige set the recording to pictures she took from Maui.

It’s a beautiful reminder of the hope that awaits us in glory!

The good folks at SourceFlix have produced another fascinating and educational video, explaining with history and archaeology the location of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

Micah predicted it centuries before it occurred:

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity. —Micah 5:2

A God who can tell the future also knows your future. Trust Him today with what concerns you.

As a busy blogger, I have little time for fussing and fidgeting with the back end of my blog. I prefer connecting the Bible and its lands to life rather than connecting my blog posts to my social media accounts. The first is exhilarating—and the second, exhausting.

That’s why I’ve decided to give CoSchedule a whirl.

An Editorial Calendar

CoSchedule is an editorial calendar that directly interfaces with my WordPress blog and allows me to schedule my social media posts featuring my new (and old) blog posts at the same time I write my post. I used to do this process with an app called Buffer, but it wasn’t as easy, convenient, or fast as CoSchedule.

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(My CoSchedule calendar from March 2016)

When I traveled to Israel in March of 2016, I needed to write all my posts ahead of time. With CoSchedule, I not only could schedule the posts ahead of time, but I could plan out my social media posts as well. A few cool features in the calendar:

  • I can drag and drop posts from day to day.
  • I see the whole week or month at a glance. This allows me to fill in the holes with a post.
  • CoSchedule has a cool feature that allows me to search for past posts and reschedule them.
  • I have a single-user plan, which is pretty limited, but still allows me to integrate with WordPress, Evernote, Google Docs, Google Analytics and major social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.

Social Media Sharing

Another feature that’s marvelous is being able to schedule my social media posts at the same time I create my content; I get to schedule them before my content ever publishes. Huge time-saver.

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(CoSchedule allows me to schedule Social Media shares when I create content)

Other Features

CoSchedule offers a number of other features, some of which require an upgrade in your plan.

What I’d Love to See that I Don’t

As great as CoSchedule is, I’d love to see flexibility to customize the appearance and functionality of the calendar. Including:

  • Because space is limited on my screen, I’d like to see only one social media account—which I can do—but I’d ALSO like somehow to save that view for the next time without having to manually change the view each time.
  • Parts of the scheduling feature for social media posts are cumbersome. For example, to set a custom time for a social post, I have to click multiple times and type the time manually. Sometimes what I type is erased and I have to type it in again. A bit of a pain.
  • I’d love the option of seeing more than a max of 6 weeks at a time on my calendar.
  • When searching for past posts to reschedule, I can only search the most recent 500 posts. I have many more than that. And while I can paste the URL manually, that kind of defeats the purpose of CoSchedule’s convenience.

So far I’ve enjoyed the benefits more than I’ve felt the drag of the inconveniences. I look forward to seeing how CoSchedule allows me to stay productive.

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The good folks at SourceFlix.com have created a simple video explaining the history of the Temple Mount. If you’d like a quick summary of this significant place in the Bible and history, you owe it to yourself to watch this video. It is well done.

If you’d like more on the Temple Mount, check out this post.