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Lessons I have Learned about Reading the Bible after 35 years of Daily Reading [Episode 28]


A recent reader, Kristy, shared the following comment,

I have never found the right Bible reading plan, so have tried to read at my own pace and feel that even though I am not following a plan, that I am behind simply because I still have a lot to read by the end of this year and I have this thing in my head that I have to finish the Bible by December 31. It ever seems like what I read is enough; sometimes I read a lot, but it doesn’t seem like it is enough.

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Four Do’s and Don’ts of Marking Your Bible [Podcast Episode 24]



1. DON’T: Use ink.
DO: Use colored pencils.

I use colored pencils because they will not bleed through the pages and they give you lots of color options. Pens tend to smear or bleed through and can make a mess of your bible. Also, colored pencils can be erased if you make something incorrectly.

2. DON’T: Simply mark what grabs you.
DO: Create a system of meaningful symbols.

For example, in the picture above from my current study Bible, I marked the words “prayer” and “supplication” with a red underline that sweeps up and to the right and ends in an arrow.  I choose

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10 Things to Write in Your Bible [Podcast Episode 23]


When I first started taking notes in my Bible, I mostly marked words and phrases that grabbed my eye. I then read somewhere, that you should never highlight something unless you write a note about it. I did not do this all the time, but I started underlining, highlighting and adding a few notes here and there.  Often times, I added asterisks with footnotes.

Pictured to the left is a Bible from this phase of my life. This was a paperback New International Version Bible handed to me by a stranger on campus as I headed to class.

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An Intro to Lent and Ways It’s Impacted My Faith [Podcast Episode 22]

Whether you are from a tradition that observes Lent I hope you will listen to today’s podcast. In it I give an overview of Lent, but more importantly I talk about how taking 40 days (whether it’s in Lent or not) can formatively change your faith. I’ve personally been adopting a different spiritual discipline during Lent for over ten years and it has been one of the most important times of spiritual growth and renewal each year.

This post isn’t about dropping chocolate for six weeks or only eating fish on Friday. The post is about how select a focus for your faith and a nurturing a significant spiritual habit can transform anyone’s life. Below are

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How to Read the Bible in One Year

Have you ever wanted to read the Bible in a year and failed? I did many times until I learned a few simple strategies that catapulted me over the most common mistakes. In today’s podcast I cover those mistakes and reveal the solutions that will prevent you from making them. This all adds up to you reading the entire Bible in one year spending fifteen minutes or less a day reading.

The strategies are ones that I’ve used myself as well as many others to successfully read the Bible in a year. While reading the Bible in a year is a worthy goal, I hope ultimately this pursuit will create in your life a daily discipline of

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Six Bible Reading Mistakes That Will Stunt Your Growth

Knowing the Bible and having God transform your life through what you read are two entirely different things. It’s easy to think, “Well, if I just read the Bible, then I will be a better believer.” That may or may not happen. How you grow depends a lot upon how you read and what you do with your reading. If you are reading and not growing, perhaps you are committing some of the following mistakes:

1) Not praying when you read. Always pray before you read.

The Psalmist cried out to God,

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law

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