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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
and

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How to Study a Book of the Bible in Five Easy Steps

How to study a book of the Bible
 

 

When I first started reading the Bible my sole focus was to read the entire Bible in a year. That’s not uncommon. In fact, I bet some of you are doing so as a New Year’s resolution. Once you read the Bible and familiarized yourself with the big picture, studying individual books of the Bible can be rewarding.

Why do book studies?

Each book of the Bible was given by God for a unique purpose. Think of the Bible as not just one book but a whole

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Which Bible translation is best? [Podcast Episode 8]


 


How can you responsibly pick an accurate bible translation with literally hundreds of english language translations out there? This post will give you a better grip on how to make an informed decision.

I recommend beginning with looking at an awesome collection of articles by Christian Book Distributors (CBD) if you still have questions after reading this post. They have some awesome helps for finding which Bible is right for you. To see a list of this series of articles click here.  The two main concerns to consider as you choose a translation are reading level and translation

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Ten Things to Consider When Buying a Bible [Podcast Episode 7]


 

 
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Periodically, someone asks me, “What is the best Bible?”, particularly, if someone is new to Bible reading.  Usually, what he or she is actually asking is which translation is best.  Translation is only one of multiple considerations though to keep in mind as you purchase a Bible.  Here are some other features that make for an extremely functional devotional/study Bible.  I’ll deal with translation in a separate post.

1.  A decent size font--Get a Bible with print that it is easy on the eyes, unless your highest priority is portability.   There are numerous Bibles that will fit

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The SOAP Bible Journaling Method [Podcast Episode 5]

SOAP Bible Journaling Method


I am a big fan of using a structure for your devotional time. Following a structure inherently helps you overcome common problems people have keeping a consistent devotional time. I recently encountered a bible journaling model known as the SOAP method. This easy approach is very similar to the daily practice I followed in college. I just lacked the acronym. Before I break down the SOAP method, I want to interject a word about the benefits of adopting a structure for your bible reading time.

BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING A METHOD

First, a method helps you focus. A method offers you a pattern

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