Bible Study | The Practical Disciple - Part 7

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The Difficulty with Bible Reading

I was reading a post by Tim Challies on his blog,, about personal bible reading. He shared an ugly truth that many Bible study leaders and gurus fail to share. Specifically, that the difficulty with Bible reading is that sometimes it is difficult. Chaillies put it this way…

Now I’d like to make a rather practical observation. A general desire to know and to study the Bible does not necessarily mean that we will always be overflowing with enthusiasm to do so. When we say that we desire to study the Bible we can mean two things. We can mean that we spring out of bed in the morning eager to rush to a comfortable chair and spend some time drinking in the Word of

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Applying Rules of Creativity to Your Bible Reading, Even If You Think You are Creatively Challenged

I was reading an article about Joey Reihman’s book, Thinking for a Living. Reihman describes being creative as having four stages.

  • Investigation–Detect, study, explore, gather
  • Incubation–The longest stage, quantity over quality, can involve blending, traveling, polarizing, walking, meditating, praying and sharing
  • Illumination–The editing of stage two, illuminate the big idea, the “Aha!” moment
  • Illustration–Portray and personify the big idea, design, create

I read this process and immediately thought, this sounds very much like the process I try to follow when writing a sermon.  It is a fitting general prescription for Bible reading as well.  I had never really thought about my general Bible reading as a creative process, but really it is. Each time we read we should strive to manifest the word as a living reality in our lives. That is

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Ghost Dose #6, Kindling the Spirit


“For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6, NASB)


Today’s verse reminds us of simple yet often ignored truth, the gift of the Spirit requires responsible continued attention. The greek word translated “kindle afresh” in the New American Standard Bible, is a difficult word to translate cleanly. An examination of five versions yielded four different translations.

  • The English Standard Version and New International Version-“fan a flame”
  • New Revised Standard Version-“rekindle”
  • King James-“Stir up”
  • New American Standard Bible-“kindle afresh”

The translation challenge that results in so many different version is that the greek word is a compounding of several things. Perhaps, a more literal and accurate translation would be something to the effect of

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Bible Reading Guide, the easiest one ever

My Bible Table of Contents with All Books Checked. Yeah!!! Click for a Closer Look.

Yesterday, I completed reading the Bible again using the simplest plan ever.  Please Note—This is the simplest plan not necessarily the best or most effective plan.  I simply made a check mark every day next to whatever chapters I read and resisted reading anything that was already checked.  That was it.  It’s nothing fancy or complex.  I just checked off chapters and when I completed a book I went and put a check next to it in the table of contents.  I new that eventually I would finish.  Eventually, was yesterday.

I wasn’t

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Inductive Bible Study Method

In yesterday’s post, I shared a one man’s experience of reading the New Testament and I recommended that you do you own study work first before leaping to commentaries or other references.  I realized afterward that is all well and good to encourage you to do this, but it doesn’t do much good if you don’t have any idea how to do that or a method to use.  Well, God is good and last night a young man I am mentoring shared with me a very clear well-developed inductive Bible study method.  If you are unfamiliar with inductive Bible study, in short,  it is a process of systematically making observations to draw general conclusions about a passage.

I have used a variety of inductive Bible study methods over the years and find

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40 Day Bible Reading Guide for the Gospel of John

I have just added a 40 day Bible reading guide for the Gospel of John to the Lent Resource page.  It is a check list along with some tips on how to be consistent in your Bible reading.  While this list is set up as a Lenten discipline it really could be used over any 40 day period.  This list begins on a Wednesday and ends on a Saturday six weeks later.  Sunday’s are free days for catching-up or reflecting on a reading that grabbed you from earlier in the week.  I did this because traditionally Sundays are not included in the count of 40 days of Lent.

Last year a member of my church took on reading the Gospel of Luke in 40 days. That discipline got him

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