It's very difficult for me to read a wall of text. Paragraph breaks in the proper places would go a long way in helping people read it easier. A long while back I had a Bible that put the chapters and verses into proper paragraphs. The chapter/verse numbers were still there, but the numbers were tiny. I liked that Bible.
I don't know how many of you here know this, but I am a single lady missionary serving in Taiwan. Currently I am teaching three ladies Bible studies, two classes are for beginners and one is for intermediate learners. At this time I am writing my own lessons/studies, and it is very time consuming as I first have to write it in English and then translate it to Chinese. It's not terribly difficult, but at times I wonder if my time would be better served if I used ready to use materials and just translated that into Chinese. So I'm asking for opinions. Do you have ladies Bible studies at your church or for personal use? What materials do you use? What materials can you suggest for new Christians just starting their Christian walk? Some of the students are not Christians and have little to no understanding of Christianity, so it's vital that I use something that covers the basics and is easy to understand. Right now, in the newest beginners Bible study we are studying who God is and what the Bible is. I have several lessons for this already prepared as I had previously taught these lessons in Sunday School. I'm just thinking about what I need to do for the future. Any advice is welcomed and appreciated. Photo is of my Intermediate Bible study class. I need a new photo, though, we now have one more lady attending.
Bro. Matt, I tried to get onto the ladies forum, and although it asked for a password, it didn't give me time to type one in before a pop up said: " You do not have permission to view this content." I'm just wondering if this is a bug or if you're still working on that section. Otherwise, the new format is fine for me, just taking some getting used to. The photo is because I figured I'd do a test to see if I know how to insert them properly with the new format.
I'm not very familiar with prophecy, so forgive me if I'm taking these verses out of context. But, when people mention famine coming, it's not always about food, or lack thereof. Amos 8:11-12. I've been in Mardel's (big Christian bookstore) in the Bible section and have seen people staring in confusion at the huge selection of "Bibles". I've seen the employees expound the virtues of the newer versions and not even glance at the KJV section, or if asked, just brush it off saying that it's too hard to understand, but there's always the N KJ V or NIV and then explain why the others are better. Seems to me with the flood of newer versions choking the Bible stores, and preachers allowing other versions to be used in churches, people looking for the Word of God are having a difficult time finding it. Difficult, but not yet impossible. I believe that one day it will be next to impossible.
I don't know much about this topic, so can't really contribute, however, the Roman soap discovery in AD 50 is likely just made up. There is a lady in our church who likes to make her own decorative soaps and give it away. The first time she talked about making her own soap made me curious about the process so I researched soap history. I couldn't find the original site I had looked at, but this one will work, as will other sites about the history of soap. Basically soap had been discovered a very long time before AD 50.