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APRIL 2013

A Note from Our CEO

For those of you who have recently signed up for a newsletter, welcome aboard!

In the last edition, we announced the beta launch of our new website, which we call BLB Version 3. If you have not already tested Version 3, we encourage you to do so today by visiting

Thanks to BLB users like yourself, we have already received over 1,600 comments and suggestions for Version 3. These comments have proved invaluable, and we have been hard at work fixing bugs and adding features. Read on to see what some of these wonderful features are!

We’d also like to announce the publication of Day by Day by Grace by the late Pastor Bob Hoekstra. Pastor Hoekstra was one of our long-standing Board members, having served for twelve years before going home to be with the Lord in 2011. With over 30,000 email subscriptions to Day by Day by Grace through the BLB, we trust that our many users will enjoy the print copy of this wonderful resource!

We praise God that He has brought you and the many other users our way. Please continue to pray for us so that we may better serve you according to God’s purposes.

For His glory,

Jim Milligan
Chairman & CEO

Our web programmer and our web designer have been hard at work fixing bugs and introducing new features for you to enjoy. Here are some of the most exciting features that you can look forward to:

Font Type and Resizing Tool: Simply click on the  button and adjust your font type and font size according to your personal preference. See John 3 for an example.

Expandable Page View: Do you want to expand a study page into one full page column? Currently available on Text Commentary pages, simply click the to adjust the content page width. See Matthew Henry's Commentary on Luke 1 for an example.

Hide-able App Bar: Does the app bar get in the way during your study of God’s Word? You can now hide it or view it with ease! Visit the User Preferences page and turn the Application Bar AutoHide to the "On" position.

Quick Nav Bible Search: Many users requested modifications to the Book and Chapter arrow placement, and asked for a drop-down menu for quick access to other books in the Bible. We hope this function serves you well! Simply visit any Bible page to use this feature.

New Book Release!

For nearly 15 years, thousands of BLB users have subscribed to the daily devotional entitled Day by Day by Grace, written by the late Sowing Circle board member, Bob Hoekstra. Living in Christ Ministries, founded by Pastor Hoekstra, has just released the first print version of this powerful devotional. Pastor Hoekstra is now residing in the presence of the Almighty, but he has left behind this treasured collection. Page after page, the riches of God’s grace are viewed through the eyes of Scripture to inspire spiritual growth and holiness in the life of the believer. Order copies for yourself and loved ones at or through our BLB Bookstore.

To receive a daily email version of Day by Day by Grace, set up your personal BLB account and easily manage your subscriptions (More Information). You may also visit our website daily and read Day by Day by Grace online.

Finally, our Blue Letter Bible Institute offers two free courses taught by Bob Hoekstra: God's Sufficiency for Godly Living and Growing in the Grace of God. All of our courses can be freely downloaded, audited, or taken for a grade. Visit BLB Institute today and grow in the foundational truths of God's Word!
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Number of feedback comments we've received for BLB V3

Create Your Own BLB Account

We recognize that every user has his or her own preferred way of using the BLB, whether it's a certain tool or Bible translation. With our new Version 3 website, did you know you’re able to save your customized settings? You can also easily manage your devotional and newsletter subscriptions. You can learn more by viewing this quick, one minute tutorial video.

When are you coming out with a BLB app for Android?

This is the million dollar question! Android users should be encouraged to know that we recently began working on the Android app. However, we wouldn't be so bold to give you a release date in the midst of our major website development! Stay tuned.

Version 3 Testimonials

"What you have now done is given me all three of my favorite sites in one, and when you add the note-taking capability, it will be perfect! Thank you, thank you, thank you."
- Anonymous

"Easy to navigate and follow. Seems more user friendly. Love the search options, and the tabs make it easy to find exactly what I am looking for."
- Mia A.

"Love it! Specifically, the modern design, ease of changing versions, bigger icons for tools, and the prominent search box."
- Amy L.

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