Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tips for using Bible Drive-Thru

Want to get the most out of Bible Drive-Thru? Here are some tips and suggestions.

1. Would you like to read the devotion and the Bible links at the same time? 

Clicking on a link opens another browser on your desktop. After reading a link, close that browser and you'll be back on the devotion page where you started.

2. Would you like to do a different kind of devotion? Try using ‘labels.’

Suppose you want to do all the devotions that talk about ‘problems’, review your memory verses, find all the puzzles, or study a Bible character like Abraham?

- Go to the “Labels” section in the right sidebar.
- Click on the label word you’d like to use (problems, memory verse, puzzle, or Abraham).
- Your page will reload to all the devotions that use that label.
- If you chose a person’s name, just remember that blogs show the latest post at the top. Abraham’s story starts at the bottom and ends at the top.

3. Would you like to print all or part of the devotion?

You can do this in several ways.

- Select the part you want to print (scroll over it, holding down your left mouse button so the print gets light). Then tell your printer to print ‘selection.’


- Click on the time link at the bottom of the post you want to print: “Posted by violet at 4:00 A.M.” The page will reload to show just one post. Tell your printer to print. But the sidebar will print too. If you don’t want to print the sidebar, select the body of the devotion (with your mouse like you did above) and then print ‘selection.’


- To print a puzzle, quiz or picture that’s a picture file (jpg or png), click on the thing you want to print. It will open in another window. Print that window.


- Sign up to get Bible Drive-Thru by email every time it is updated. The email version comes complete with pictures and working links. Print the email.

4. Would you like Bible Drive-Thru sent to you as an email every time it’s updated? 

Enter your email address in the "subscribe" box at the top of the sidebar.

5. If you find broken links or other errors, please email me and I’ll do my best to fix them.

6. If you like Bible Drive-Thru, tell your friends. Let’s get a whole lot of kids taking a drive through the Bible!

Bible Drive-Thru Introduction

Time to Eat!
What’s your favorite food?
- a crunchy apple?
- a hotdog?
- a bowl of macaroni and cheese?
- a dish of tangy yogurt?
- licorice ice-cream?
- or...?

How often do you eat?

What happens when you don’t eat on time?

What’s the longest time you’ve gone without food?

We all know we have to eat to stay alive. If a meal is late we get hungry, our stomachs growl, and we feel grumpy. Food is the fuel our bodies need to keep our hearts pumping, lungs breathing, blood flowing.

Food feeds your physical body. But did you know there is another part of you which also needs food?

Feed What?
God made you a person, different from the plants, insects, and animals. You have a spirit. This is the part of you that thinks and feels happy, sad, or frightened. This is also the part of you that longs to know God and be a friend of His. Just like your body, your spirit needs to be fed.

Best Food
How do you feed it? There are many ways: spending time with friends and family, reading books, listening to music, watching movies, playing sports, enjoying nature are all ways to feed your spirit.

But there is an even better place to go for spirit food. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed the Bible, you’re right! The Bible is the most complete storehouse of spiritual food you will find.

Eat Every Day
What fills your day?
School? Homework? Chores? Play? Music practice? Sports? Television? Video games? Computer?

Even on your busiest day, I’ll bet you still find time to eat. And it’s as important to take time in your busy life to eat spiritual food.

Bible Drive-Thru can help you. This blog of daily readings for kids is set up a bit like a menu.

Each day starts out with TODAY’S SPECIAL – a Bible reading. (Bible Drive-Thru uses the NIV Bible, unless it says otherwise.)

The TO CHEW ON section takes a bite of that Bible reading - a verse - to chew on in a story, some thoughts, puzzles or questions.

Then there’s a short PRAYER.

Finally there's a SUPERSIZE IT activity.

Through the Bible

These devotions are a Bible Drive-Thru in another way too. They will take you right through the Bible. If you read TODAY'S SPECIAL every day, you will get a taste of each Bible book!

The Bible books aren't read in the order you see them in your Bible's Table of Contents, though. Instead, they are in the order that the stories and events happened. (It's called chronological - starting with the earliest and following the order in which they occurred).

Growing Strong and Tall in Spirit

When you eat physical food every day your body grows strong and tall. When you eat spiritual food by spending time with God reading your Bible and praying, you grow strong and tall in spirit.

*Bible Drive-Thru uses the NIV Bible.