Bible Study | The Practical Disciple - Part 2

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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]



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.


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

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How to Start Reading the Bible Everyday and Never Miss It [Podcast Episode 2]

Have you considered reading the entire Bible? Perhaps you’ve made that commitment as a New Year’s resolution. Many people do, but few people actually complete reading the Bible.
Or, may be you have read the entire Bible and now you want to make it a daily part of your life, but can’t seem to stick with reading.  Either way, this podcast is perfect for you.


Long ago, sometime around January of 1983, after many failed attempts at reading the Bible, I started reading four chapters a day and have never missed it since.  The keys to daily reading are actually pretty simple to master.  In this podcast you’ll get everything you need to begin reading the bible

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Seven Ways to Ingest God’s Word


Are you only reading the Word of God?  If so, you may be missing out on some rich experiences; particularly, if reading isn’t your preferred learning style.  Below are seven different techniques to broaden and deepen your experience of the Bible.

1) Listen to it – Download and audio version of the bible to your phone or computer and listen while you are on the go.  Back in the day when I was in college I had a walkman and a cassette version of the Bible. I listened as I walked to class and commuter.  I learned an amazing amount of scripture doing that.  You can also pic up a CD version of the

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