Bible 'Video' Recommendations
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I'm a BIG FAN of Videos listed below on this webpage.
I use them when I teach; I have them in my home; I have given them to my church, and I regularly recommend them to fellow pastors and church educators. Several years ago, inspired by a project at my church that encouraged members to look for ways to raise money for mission, I bought a Nest 'online distributorship. When you order through my Nest webpage, I donate their commission to various Mission and CE projects. Your video dollars have supported hurricane relief, missionaries to Africa, camperships at church camp, the Souper Bowl, recreation equipment purchase for a church camp, an inner city church program for kids, Church World Service, Sudan Relief, Habit for Humanity, Children's International, rebuilding homes in Appalachia, and Tsunami Relief through CWS.

About the Nest Company, quality and theology...
The Nest Videos are produced by Richard Rich Studios in Burbank California. Rich was an animator at Disney years ago. The animation quality is WAY ABOVE what most Christian animated videos look like. Theologically they are
mainstream. Great for younger and older elementary, even younger youth. This Presbyterian minister uses them
without hesitation.

While you're here, don't overlook the Matthew Videos (listed under "Visual Bible" or "Dramatized Video" link at Nest's site). They are The Best "live actor" videos I've ever seen. And I've seen them all. The fellow who portrays Jesus is terrifically warm, happy and approachable. Powerful stuff. 

Nest Website Navigational Note:
When you first get to Nest's site, click the Animated Bible Stories Icon on the main screen. Then...down the page (you can flip to several pages 1 | 2| 3 etc.). Or look on the LEFT side of their page for their menu links.

You can order videos separately -or- in collections at a larger discount. Each DVD comes with a reproducible WORKBOOK full of puzzles, memory verses and coloring pages for various ages.

To find the "live actor" Matthew and Acts "Visual Bible" DVDs at their site, click here.

Nest New Testament DVDs

Each of the following videos offers a moving and powerful presentation of stories from the Old and New Testaments in the language children love--the language of animation. Each of the animated videos are about 30 minutes long. The DVDs come with a free reproducible activity book that's excellent for classroom use. Some are put on sale each month too. Listed below here in order of release.

The King is Born
Your child will learn the true story of the first Christmas in this beautifully animated video of Jesus’ birth.
Treasures in Heaven
Learn the difference between money and riches. Jesus tells how God wants to give us the eternal treasure of salvation. Story of Zaccheus, and the rich young man.
He is Risen
The most powerful story of all - from Christ’s heroic death on the cross to the glorious joy of the resurrection on Easter, to his miraculous ascension.
The Righteous Judge
In the story of the adulterous woman, Jesus teaches that human judgment is inaccurate. He also teaches about God’s mercy. Who is qualified to judge, and by what standards? In The Righteous Judge Christian video, Jesus demonstrates the Father's wondrous mercy, invites each of us to experience His forgiveness, and then says, "Go and sin no more."

The inevitable question, "Does suffering come from God?" is answered in the animated story of Aaron, a poor blind beggar. After Jesus anoints Aaron's eyes with clay, the news travels to Caiaphas, the high judge of Israel, that Jesus has healed a man on the Sabbath—even though no work is to be done on that day (according to Jewish law). Caiaphas angrily sends men to arrest Jesus, and they find Him teaching in the temple. Jesus turns aside Caiaphas' men, saying that they do not judge righteously.
The Miracles of Jesus
The Miracles of Jesus is an exciting panorama of Jesus’ most touching miracles: healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons and calming the storm. With this 30-minute, animated Bible video, you’ll marvel as His miracles increase the faith of you and your family! Watch as your loved ones learn character-building virtues such as dedication, charity and temperance…in addition to faith.

"Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:23)
Jesus, The Son of God
Meet the 12-year-old Jesus who astonishes temple elders with His wisdom. Witness His triumph over Satan’s temptations in the wilderness.
John The Baptist
Children will be inspired by the courage and conviction of this great prophet who prepares the way for the Lord. It begins with the blessing of John's birth to his aging parents, Zacharias and Elisabeth. Dedicating his life to preparing the way for Jesus Christ, John the Baptist faces both political and spiritual adversity. Despite difficulties, he grows in strength and integrity as he stands against hardships in order to preach the coming of the Lord. At the end of this 30-minute Bible video, the ancient prophesy is fulfilled, and John baptizes Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God!
Bread From Heaven
The thrilling story of one of Jesus’ greatest miracles – the feeding of the 5,000 with a boy’s five loaves and two fish.
Saul of Tarsus
Saul is changed forever when the resurrected Lord miraculously appears to him on the Road to Damascus. He becomes reborn as Paul and begins to evangelize for the sake of the Gospel, serving as one of the most influential missionaries in the New Testament.

Paul's conversion on the Road to Damascus is a strong example of the power of Jesus Christ to change lives. This example reminds us that no matter what a person used to be or how great a person’s misdeeds—he can be saved through belief in Christ.
The Greatest is The Least
Want to know what meek service looks like?

It looks like Christ humbly kneeling to wash the disciples’ feet. It looks like Jesus embracing the little children. It looks like James helping a fellow prisoner.

In the years following the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the disciples learned to practice His teachings. It was during these years of ministry that Jesus taught the disciples that in order to be the greatest in Heaven, one must understand what it means to be the least on earth.

With The Greatest is the Least interactive Bible video, children will learn that the way to greatness in His Kingdom is not found in how many serve you, but in how many you serve.
The Ministry of Paul
Teach the power of faith. Despite being beaten in prison, Paul travels the ancient world and changes history.
1. He’ll Never Leave Jerusalem Again!
2. Paul Stoned
3. The Walls of Prison Fall
4. The Law is Fulfilled
5. "I'll Witness for Jesus"
6. Until My Work is Done
7. An Evil Oath
8. Festus and Agrippa Judge Paul
9. King Agrippa is Nearly Persuaded
10. Words from Rome
The Lost is Found
Through three interweaving stories, this masterful tale shows how Jesus generously extends His mercy to each one back to the fold. Yhe Parable of the Lost Coin, the Parable of the Lost Sheep, and the Parable of the Two Debtors), The Lost is Found Bible video shows how Jesus generously extends His mercy to each sinner and lovingly forgives
The Prodigal Son
This parable tells of the son who comes home to a forgiving father after squandering his share of his inheritance.
Lazarus Lives
Lazarus is resurrected after four days and life is restored. Martha, Mary and the others receive Jesus’ promise for eternal life.
The Kingdom of Heaven
In simple language, this series of favorite parables explains Heaven to a child and how to get there.  "Parable of the Sower and the Seed," the "Parable of the Wheat and the Tares," the "Parable of the Pearl," and the "Parable of the Ten Virgins."
Lord I Believe
Three inspiring stories of faith. Through words of comfort and mighty miracles, the Master show us that "all things are possible to him that believeth."
Forgive Us Our Debts
After Peter clashes with a tax collector, Jesus speaks to him about forgiveness. Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (also known as the Parable of the Unforgiving Official) with the teachings of Jesus to His disciples.

Jesus teaches Peter about the power to forgive and how to control his anger at those who do him wrong. Christ tells the story about a man who owes his King ten thousand talents to demonstrate that the ability to forgive comes from our Heavenly Father. In the end, the King takes pity and forgives the man of the debt. Ironically, however, the pardoned man leaves the King’s presence and immediately casts one of his own debtors into prison.
The Lord's Prayer
Jesus teaches His followers the importance and great power of sincere prayer. Journey with Jesus as He teaches His disciples about prayer through the Parable of the Friend at Night and the Parable of the Unjust Judge (also known as the Parable of the Importunate Widow). After His resurrection and ascension into heaven, Jesus’ disciples find their faith tested when Peter is arrested and cast into a Roman prison. As Herod plots Peter’s death, the believers gather together and follow the example that Jesus taught. Through faith and persistent prayer, the Angel of the Lord opens the prison gates and breaks Peter’s chains.
Worthy is The Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb is an accurate account of the last days of Jesus' ministry. Jesus has been preparing his followers for his death, burial and resurrection. As he tells his disciples of the final days ahead, he discloses that one of them will betray him. All of the disciples are concerned by this accusation from Jesus but don't seem to notice as Judas leaves.

Jesus is greeted with praise and hosannas as He triumphantly enters the Holy City. The praise of the people is met with hostility and the jealous anger of some of the unscrupulous leaders. After He is betrayed by the kiss of Judas, He endures suffering and crucifixion. But as the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ rises again! All that was written by the Old Testament prophets is accomplished!
Built Upon The Rock
Jesus instructs His followers to forgive those who wrong us and to love them through the parable of the House Built Upon the Rock. Whoever hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.- Matthew 7:24 (NIV) In Built Upon the Rock, Jesus teaches that in order to have a firm foundation
Signs of The Times
Jesus teaches His disciples to have humility, repent, and be prepared for the day He comes again. Through the Parable of the Wedding Feast and the Parable of the Thief in the Night, Jesus Christ teaches His disciples to patiently wait for the significant signs that will precede His Second Coming. Use this 30-minute, animated DVD to teach both children and adults that there are many signs, but only those who know Him will recognize their significance.
The Messiah Comes
Journey with the disciples as they discover Jesus’ mission—deliverance from the bondage of sin and death. Jesus cleanes the Temple. Parable of the Vineyard, healing the lame man.
The Good Samaritan
A story of robbers, a Rabbi, a Levite, a wounded traveler and a stranger with a big heart who teaches us to love our neighbors.
The Parables of Jesus
Three of the best loved parables, The Talents, The Rich Man and Lazarus, and the Two Sons, are presented together to reinforce important principles.

Link to the Nest Video Website to Browse & Order
(click Animated Bible Icon when you get there)

Nest Old Testament DVDs

A young Jewish captive faces the lion’s den and becomes a prophet.
Ruth shows the importance of faithfulness.
The Bible’s greatest heroine saves the Jewish people with her courage.
Joseph in Egypt
Though betrayed by his brothers, Joseph demonstrates resolve by remaining faithful to God.
David and Goliath
Armed with only a slingshot and faith in God, David courageously faces a fearsome giant.
Abraham and Isaac
Abraham’s obedience to God is rewarded through the ultimate test of trust.
A godly prophet overcomes evil as he refuses to worship an idol.
Through the power of prayer, Solomon is blessed with immense wisdom. Stories include: Adonijah wants to be king, Anointing Solomon as King, Asa and Asa's Widow, Solomon decides between to women, and The Wisdom of Solomon.
Shows God’s power through the working of miracles.
Joseph's Reunion
A lesson of love, as Joseph forgives betrayal by his brothers.
Samuel is called as a youth to be a prophet of God.  Experience a mother’s faith.
See how God uses Moses to lead.  Learn about the power of faith and obedience.

Link to the Nest Video Website to Browse & Order
Click their "Animated Bible" icon to browse and order these Old and New Testament DVDs

The Nest Website also carries the wonderful "Kids 10 Commandment" videos on DVD. These are really well done in Disney-esque style (Miriam's voice is done by the same gal who did Little Mermaid). Comes with a Ten Commandment curriculum addition to many reproducible handouts, coloring pages, & puzzles. It's free with the series. I have a copy of it and it's very nicely done.

As you can see by the graphic on the right here this is a 5 DVD set. Two Commandments to a disc. Moses is of course, largely featured, but the story is told from a young boy's point of view. He's an animated character of course, and he learns about each commandment while with his fellow Hebrews on Mt. Sinai. Theologically on target, very accessible to elementary age children and younger. Features 2-D and 3-D animation. Well done.  

To order the Kids 10 Commandments DVDs click here to the Nest Kids 10C's page and order.


To order these titles go to my website
then click on the ANIMATED BIBLE STORIES section on that page.

Browse all the video offerings and order online straight from my Nest Learning site. You can order them individually or in discounted packs. They will ship to you immediately from Nest and come with a 100% guarantee. Please order directly through my Nest portal.

I don't stock these titles. You must order them from the Nest Website.

Every Animated Nest Video is accompanied by a free reproducible resource/activity book that includes story mazes, puzzles, crosswords, coloring pages, and matching games related to the stories. The resource/activity books are golden! ...and suitable for use even when the class isn't using the video. The DVD formatted videos also include additional 'interactive' quizzes you can show to the kids at the end of the story. While you're at the Nest site, check out the Visual Bible Series CDs... They're excellent....

I've taught seminars on teaching with videos and have some unique ideas about how to do it. Print-out my FREE GUIDE to TEACHING WITH VIDEOS

Also available at my Nest website...

MATTHEW from "The VISUAL BIBLE" series
Matthew is the best "live actor" dramatic portrayal of the events in the the Bible, presented word for word from the best-selling New International Version (NIV) translation. All ages--from preschoolers to the elderly--can follow along in the Bible while studying in a group or individually. There are plenty of natural stopping or pausing points in these videos so that they can be fit nicely into just about any time or teaching setting.

Matthew features a seasoned cast of actors including Richard Kiley (Matthew), Dean Jones (Luke), James Brolin (Peter), Jennifer O’Neill (Lydia), and the amazing Bruce Marchiano in the role of Jesus. You’ll see the stories, parables, and Jesus come to life again, word for word. No other text, lines, or script has been added. Just the Scriptures. Yet unlike many other Jesus films, the Matthew Visual Bible's portrayals are dynamic, thanks in part to the most dynamic Jesus portrayal you'll find anywhere. Pictured left, Bruce Marciano's portrayal of Jesus in this video is the best Jesus I've ever seen on film.

One of the other nice things about the Matthew video set is that they put the Chapter-Verse numbers in the corner of the screen. This is great for finding your place.

Click here to go directly to the Matthew DVD description & order page at Nest Learning.

THE BEST THING about the MATTHEW VIDEOS is that Jesus is portrayed as warm, loving, compassionate, smiling, hugging, crying and laughing. Quite unusual for videos about Jesus, but incredibly moving. Actor Bruce Marciano has won many accolades for portraying the most loving Jesus ever captured on video or film. I personally find the portrayal wonderful. You want to hug this Jesus. You can't wait to follow this Jesus.

ACTS from the "Visual Bible" series,
more "Neil Favorite" videos for Sunday School...

1) The Visual Bible makes an ACTS DVD video set which I like and can be ordered at Nest Family.
     Click here to go directly to their Acts DVD description and order page.

2) A.D. the Acts miniseries originally was made for television. You can buy the edited for "church use" version from www.visionvideo.comThis miniseries was created by the same producer/director who did Jesus of Nazareth. It dramatizes the book of Acts and covers most, but not necessarily all of the actual verses. Depending on the story you're teaching from, it's a nice addition to your video library. There are two versions floating around. The original tv version, and the edited one for church use. Note that when you're ordering. I particularly like this series for YOUTH.

3) For a REAL trip, rent/buy the Peter & Paul video also from Paul is portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins the famous British actor. In this dramatized version of Acts Hopkins captures Paul's insistent quirky personality.

Comparing Acts to A.D. to Peter and Paul...
Only the ACTS video series from the Visual Bible series has the entire book of Acts in it. Lydia, for example. But the Philippi prison scene in Peter & Paul is terrific. A.D. does a particularly good job at dramatizing things in a Ben-Hur movie kind of way.

4) I enjoy teaching with the TNT Bible movies - Abraham starring Richard Harris and Barbara Hershey, Joseph starring Ben Kingsley as Potiphar. They are uncommonly good. You'll find them on They have Jacob, Moses and Jeremiah videos too. The Jeremiah video is very good. Stars a young Patrick Dempsey. Here's my FREE OUTLINE to the JEREMIAH movie with teaching notes.

5) I'm a HUGE fan of Jesus Christ Superstar -the movie. Great music, very dramatic portrayal of Christ, clearly shows the factions surrounding Jesus and the big decisions he was faced with regarding the direction and politics of his ministry. Awesome to show and talk about with older elementary and youth.
Here's my FREE OUTLINE and lesson guide to
Jesus Christ Superstar movie.

6) Prince of Egypt and Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. I've heard some people rag on Prince of Egypt. It is SO good. Very inspiring. Have the kids help discover what parts aren't exactly in the Biblical story, but don't overlook this superbly animated film. The kids like the old CB DeMille classic too -very dramatic for young people. Use them both.

7) King David starring Richard Gere is one of the best Bible movies ever. Hollywood surprisingly stayed RIGHT ON the Biblical script. Some great performances and very authentic sets. Just remember to skip the killing of the Amorite King, and the 2-second scene when David marries Michal and they are seen in bed. Other than that...just an awesome movie that's very tight to the scriptures.

To buy any of these "More Neil Favorites" above, go to  or


Nest doesn't sell through stores and every distributor has to offer the same price so it doesn't matter who you buy them from, you'll pay the same price. You cannot order these videos from me directly. You must order them ONLINE at the NEST WEBSITE Nest does offer some other nice products, such as Jay Jay the Jet Plane, and some Bible song sing-a-long CDs...but I'm not specifically recommending them here.

Who is Neil MacQueen? Well... in case you just happened to stumble onto this webpage....
I'm a Presbyterian minister who specializes in CE software and consulting. This webpage is part of my
Sunday Software website. I'm often asked for video suggestions and regularly recommend these videos.

Go to my Nest Web Portal
 to Order The Animated Bible Videos, the Visual Bible videos
 and Kids Ten Commandment Videos.

Link to Neil's Free Guide on "How to Teach with Video" 

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