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We’ve got a lot of time on our hands these days. A lot of people are taking advantage of the time in between Zoom meetings and homeschooling their kiddos to develop a new habit – reading the Bible. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a big fan of reading God’s Word, and I think all of us should spend more time prayerfully considering its wisdom.
But let me be real for a minute… it’s a REALLY BIG BOOK. I’ve met many people who like the idea of more Bible reading but feel too overwhelmed to begin. I completely understand, so I’ve created a couple of tips to help you get started.
- Invest in a study Bible. Study Bibles are wonderful tools for Bible readers. You’ll find a few sentences of helpful background information for most passages. I’m a big fan of the hardcover CSB Study Bible – it’s even available on your phone! Download the CSB Study Bible for iOS or Android.
- You don’t need to read the whole thing overnight. Or even during a year. Like I said, it’s a really big book. I’d much rather read and wrestle with smaller passages than mindlessly skimming multiple chapters just to brag that I’ve read the whole Bible during a specified period of time. Take your time and allow God to speak to you as you read, even if you’re only reading a couple of verses.
- Read with a pen in your hand. Underline especially meaningful verses or write them down in your trusty journal. Write down questions you have about what you’re reading to ask a Bible study leader or one of the pastors at church. Jot down insights about passages–you’ll love reading back through your journal to see how your faith has grown!
I’m excited about what God is going to do in your life as you spend time reading His Word. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few reading plans I’ve found helpful (my favorite is the 5x5x5 plan).
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 CSB
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