Bible Study | The Practical Disciple - Part 6

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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

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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,

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Double Your Chances of Staying On Schedule with Your Bible Reading Plan With One Simple Solution

You can nearly double your chances of staying on track with a bible reading plan just by having a set time each day for reading. That’s what I discovered when I surveyed people who are in the Through The Bible in a Year Program by The Practical Disciple.
Thus far 18 people have responded to a survey I released a couple of days ago. The pie chart on the left above represent 10 people who have set times for reading. 70% of them are on schedule with their Bible reading plan. Whereas, the pie chart on the right represent 8 people who do not have a set time for reading. Only

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Daily Bible Reading Tip for Busy People

Much thanks to PD reader, Lyn Woods, for an absolutely wonderful suggestion that is a huge help for busy people wanting more time in the Word. Lyn listens to the Bible online. You can search for audio bibles online or purchase and mp3 version.
This can be a really great tip to consume God’s Word on the go. When I was in college, back in the good ol’ days of walkman cassette players, I spent many hours with the bible streaming through my head as I bopped across campus between classes. Absorbing the Word through my ears significantly shaped me.




The great thing about audio is

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My Big Bible Reading Blunder

I try to enter every day with what I call my ‘Big Five’ list.  I use to sit down and write out a bottomless list of meetings, commitments, tasks, and sundry chores that needed attention.  The list was never realistic.  So, it was demoralizing when I never finished.  Far too many items got carried over than I care to admit.  One day, I realized that what I was doing was idiotic.  I decided to limit my list to five things.  I called it, ‘My Big Five.’  I would only work on those five things until they were done and then I would move onto a new big five list.  It was very liberating and helped me focus and kept

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