Tips on Reading Your Bible

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I am excited about this 30 Day Bible Challenge to read the New Testament in 30 days.    I am looking forward to the fresh insights I will gain from God’s word this month.  My goal is not for you too merely read God’s word, but for the word of God to speak into your life.  Here are some tips on how you can let that happen.

  1. Before you read say a simple prayer asking God to speak to you. The Bible is God’s revelation to you.  He would not have given it to us if he didn’t want his words to be meaningful in your life- right now.
  2. Approach the Bible as a living and active document. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
  3. It’s okay if you don’t understand everything. I have been studying the Bible for over a quarter century and still haven’t plumbed the depths of its wisdom and knowledge.  Just as science has merely scraped the knowledge of the universe so it is with our study of scripture.
  4. It’s okay if you have questions. In my experience, it’s the questions that have propelled me to a deeper understanding of God’s word. I also have learned that asking the right question is just as important as getting the right answer.  God does not fear your doubts or concerns about His word- he will and can answer them.

Note: Newsweek recently published an article that was rather scathing of the Bible concerning its accuracy, interpretation, and application.  In my opinion this article would not pass any scholarly review and how it passed into a professional journalistic magazine bothers me since it is so one sided. With that said here is an excellent article concerning the assertions in the piece.  You can find it on this link: http://blogs.christianpost.com/dear-ephesus/snoping-newsweek-24529/

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