Dec 29, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Butler Daily Readings Collection

The beginning of a new year brings the opportunity to renew commitments, and one of the greatest commitments for any believer is the reading of the Bible in its entirety. With this idea in mind, we are pleased to announce the release of the Butler Daily Readings Collection. Long prized for the exegetical insights from John G. Butler, the print edition comprises four volumes. Now in Accordance, The Butler Daily Bible can be employed for daily reflection with a Windows tablet, iPad or iPhone, or a traditional desktop or laptop computer if prefered.

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The Butler Daily Bible divides the Bible into 365 daily readings. In vol. 1, Butler gives an overview, or synopsis, of the chapters for each particular day's reading. Volumes 2-3 offer "sermonettes" in which Butler goes into greater detail over a particular idea, phrase or verse in the daily reading. Each of the first three volumes has a hyperlink to the questions that are in the fourth volume.

So, for instance, January 1's readings are from Genesis 1-3. In practice, the reader will first read the first three chapters of Genesis before reading the content in The Butler Daily Bible. In turning to Butler's works, the reader could go to vol. 1, which offers a synopsis of each chapter, somewhat like a mini-commentary. For this same reading, vol. 2 focuses in on the idea of "Beginning with God" and reflects only on the phrase, "In the beginning God" from Genesis 1:1. If vol. 3 is referenced, the focus is on "Man's Beginning" with a sermonette on Gen 2:7. All three volumes link to the questions in the fourth volume, which I'll come back to in a moment.

Butler vols. 2-3

The Butler Daily Bible is designed for flexibility so the reader can use this series however he or she wants. The content of the first volume, especially, can be used as a commentary in parallel with any biblical text in Accordance. Each volume can be used for daily readings separately over three years, or they can be used together in the same year.

The questions in vol. 4 are especially important because the goal of this series is not merely for the intent of reading through the Bible by itself, but rather for the specific purpose of reading "through the Bible with meaning and understanding," as stated in the introduction. The questions not only make this a great tool for building individual retention, but they also make this series especially useful for family or group devotions.

Butler Q&A

One more thing... as any regular reader of John G. Butler will know, these daily readings aren't always meant to be light, "feel good" thoughts. As stated in the introduction,

The sermonette devotionals in this book are not “feel-good” sentimentalism, but they are expository studies of the Scriptures. They are generally outlined and alliterated in the typical writing style of the author. While the sermonettes are primarily intended to be instructional and inspirational for one’s daily Bible reading, they are also helpful as sermon starters and aids for those giving a devotional.

Whether reading Butler's Daily Bible on one's own, or in a family or other group, the reader will not just read through the Bible, but also become better acquainted with the challenging message of the Scriptures along the way.


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Apr 14, 2011 David Lang

More New Stuff! Devotionals

One of my favorite new features of Accordance 9.3 is the new Daily Readings feature. Simply choose a devotional or daily reading plan in the Read section of the new Assistant window or from the Daily Reading submenu of the Window menu. Accordance will then open a new workspace showing the current day's reading or devotion, along with all the relevant passages of Scripture. It's simple, intuitive, and convenient. And when you're done with that day's reading, you can just close the entire workspace and get back to whatever else you were working on.

You can open today's reading in a variety of devotionals through the new Assistant window

You can even set Accordance to open with the daily reading. Just go to the General Settings of the Preferences and choose Daily Reading from the Startup pop-up menu. You can set which Devotional opens by default in the Assistant/Search All settings of the Preferences.

The new Daily Reading feature can be used with devotionals we've had available for a long time, such as Daily Readings, Spurgeon's Morning and Evening and Faith’s Checkbook, Bagster’s Daily Light on the Daily Path, Blackaby’s Experiencing God Day by Day, and Cowman’s Streams in the Desert. Yet to help you enjoy this feature even more, we're making several new devotionals and reading plans available today. These include My Daily Meditation For The Circling Year by J. H. Jowett, Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary Wilder Tileston, Days of Heaven Upon Earth by A. B. Simpson, and a bundle of two month-long devotionals by John R. MacDuff, The Faithful Promiser and The Words of Jesus.

We've also split our Daily Readings module, which included two distinct Bible reading plans, into two separate modules (Devotional Readings and Chronological Readings) so that each plan can be used with the new daily reading feature. If you own Daily Readings, you can get the new modules through Check for Updates.

Finally, we've added the popular Bible reading plan of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, which comes in two modules: one for Family worship and one for "secret" (that is, private) devotions.

I've personally been impressed with the depth and insight offered by each of these new devotionals. They're perfect for those of us who need a spiritual shot in the arm each day. Best of all, they're just ten dollars apiece, and they can all be downloaded through Easy Install.