Bible Study | The Practical Disciple - Part 3

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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 observe it with my whole heart. (Psalm 119:33-34)

If you read the rest of this

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How To Never Miss Your Prayer or Bible Time


You’ve got to love the tenacity of the little mouse with a helmet in the picture above that I found as a poster on But all of the tenacity in the world isn’t going to help you without a successful strategy. Succeeding at keeping any spiritual discipline can be hard. We all fall into slumps. Even the most committed people do. When your prayer time tumbles down your priority list or you get behind in a bible reading plan, giving up can feel like your only option. Don’t. Try the five proven motivational triggers in this article first. These proven strategies boost your mental energy to help you

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God Help Me Start Over


“God help me start over.” That’s what I was feeling recently. I wasn’t pleased with my life; particularly, my relationship with the Lord. I wasn’t pleased with how I was spending my time, failing to meet goals, or my blog. Somehow I allowed myself to get off track and God was in the margins. Have you been there?

Praise God that our God believes in starting over. God calls us to start over. He yearns for us to start over. We see it in the story of the prodigal son. We hear it in the call to become a new creation. I don’t know what starting over means for you,

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Don’t overlook the basics–Starting the Day in the Word

As some of you know, over the last three months I was on a Sabbatical. A Sabbatical is a dangerous thing. Your time is almost entirely your own. You have no one to point a finger at if you miss your morning devotional time, fail to work out, or some other basic activity of a good life. I learned a lot about myself during that time and why I do or don’t do things.

The hobgoblin of my missed morning devotional is busyness. When I do fail to get my Bible reading done in the morning, the simple and undeniable reality I find is that it’s because I simply failed to make it a priority. I allowed other activities to nudge there way to the

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Growing Your Skills to Give God Your Very Best

How are you doing so far this year as a disciple?  That’s the question I asked myself this morning in my prayer closet.  Can you believe a month of 2012 is already gone?   I paused in my prayer closet today to specifically evaluate how I am doing at my 5 SPARK intentions for the year: Study, Prayer, Action, Rest and Kindling.  I want to share with you a quick look at how my intentions are going so far and then share with you the importance of growing your skills for the work God has given you.

My SPARK benefits have been:

  • More time in prayer. I spend anywhere between 30 minutes

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My Favorite Bible Study Resources

I have four bible study resources that I reach for regularly: The New Westminster Dictionary of the Bible, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, the New Inductive Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible. If you are not familiar with these resource, then I highly recommend you watch this short video for a quick tour of each. Then I recommend you get at least one of these resources to begin adding depth and breadth to your reading.
Note: For those of you who are taking my freeThrough The Bible in a Year online course and want a more thorough companion than just the quick notes I provide, you

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