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What to do When You Fall Behind on Your Bible Reading Plan

bible reading Feb 07, 2020

I have got a confession to make. The book of the Bible that I have read the most, hands down is Genesis. You want to know why? Because I would start a Bible reading plan, miss 3 weeks on accident (you know this happens) and then feel the need to start all the way over at the beginning each time when picking it back up. So Genesis has been read through a handful of times just because of this! 

What do you do when you fall behind on your reading plan? Do you give up or start over? Do you pick up where you left off? 

Let’s talk about a few options you have when you get behind. 

First, don't stress about it. There is no set plan you HAVE to stick to when reading the Bible, and there are no points off for missing a day. Nowhere in the Bible does it say you have to read the whole thing in a year, so set that expectation aside, and evaluate. Is the plan you are going through too fast? Pick a slower plan. Do you need someone to ask you about it regularly to hold you...

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What To Do When You Fall Behind On Your Bible Reading Plan

bible study Feb 07, 2020

I have got a confession to make. The book of the Bible that I have read the most, hands down is Genesis. You want to know why? Because I would start a Bible reading plan, miss 3 weeks on accident (you know this happens) and then feel the need to start all the way over at the beginning each time when picking it back up. So Genesis has been read through a handful of times just because of this! 

What do you do when you fall behind on your reading plan? Do you give up or start over? Do you pick up where you left off? 

Let’s talk about a few options you have when you get behind. 

First, don't stress about it. There is no set plan you HAVE to stick to when reading the Bible, and there are no points off for missing a day. Nowhere in the Bible does it say you have to read the whole thing in a year, so set that expectation aside, and evaluate. Is the plan you are going through too fast? Pick a slower plan. Do you need someone to ask you about it regularly to hold you...

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How to Read and Understand Matthew

books of the bible Feb 06, 2020

In first grade, I switched schools to go to the same school my best friend was going to. I am sure my parents had other reasons, but all I can remember is being so excited when I found out that I was going to her school! However, when the classroom assignments came through, we weren’t in the same class. My expectations for what an awesome year we were going to have had been shattered. I can look back now though, and see that me not being in her class, was actually a good thing. I loved my 1st-grade teacher! She helped me learn to love reading, and overall, it was a wonderful year for me.

Have you ever had something happen in life that wasn’t what you were expecting? Maybe you expected to be married by now, or maybe you expected to be in a different line of work. Maybe you expected to get into a certain college, or actually use your degree. But the thing about expectations is that sometimes, we have expectations that get crushed but the reality is even better. 

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How to Read and Understand Exodus

Have you ever gotten to the point in a relationship where the other person (or you!) says, “what  are we doing in this relationship ?” That point right there is the DTR, or Define the Relationship talk. You have to put in words what your relationship means. Are you just friends? Are you dating? Whatever it is, you have to define it. 

Exodus is the part of the narrative of the Bible where God defines the relationship between Himself and Israel. They have been in Egypt for a really long time (400 years. Thank you, Jacob and Joseph), but now it is time for them to head back to the land that God has promised them. 

Because the Israelites were in slavery in Egypt, they needed someone to step in and help them. They could not simply escape on their own. This is where God enters the picture. He leads them out of Egypt and continues the covenant relationship that He started with Abraham through the Israelites, just as He promised. 

Exodus is where I fell in...

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Reading Vs. Studying the Bible

bible study Jan 25, 2020

There are two different ways you can break up your time spent in the Bible. They are reading and studying. You might be thinking those are the same thing, but they are actually very different. Today, I would like to share with you what it means to read the bible, versus what it means to study the Bible. 

First, let’s start with reading the Bible. When reading the Bible, the goal is familiarity with the text and understanding what you are reading and how it fits into the bigger picture of Scripture. You will probably want to read larger chunks, from 2-3 chapters to complete smaller books of the Bible to see how it flows. The purpose of this is not to understand 100% of what is there, but instead to get familiar with the way that the story is being told, the main details, and how that story fits into the larger story of the Bible.  Reading plans that are one year or less are usually for the purpose of reading the Bible instead of studying it. I like to read through...

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How to Read and Understand Colossians

Do you ever feel like you are getting information overload? Each day we get notifications from Facebook, Instagram, Email, the news, sports, books (maybe?), and that is not including any sort of relational information we are getting. Friends, family, co-workers, and strangers all send us signals and messages that we are constantly reading to understand the world in which we live. 

So my question for you is, how are you processing that information, and how do you interpret what is true? 

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When Paul wrote the letter to the Colossians, he had never visited before, but he had heard what was happening there from Epaphras. In a nutshell, the church of Colossians was getting culture mixed up with their Christianity. They were incorporating things that were not required to be a believer in the mix of what they were saying was true. Paul calls this what it is - false teaching. 

I love the way Paul addresses it though because he doesn’t simply tell them what...

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What is Genre and Why is it Important for Bible Study?

bible study Jan 09, 2020

When studying the Bible, one key thing to take note of is the genre of literature. This means, what style of writing that particular book of the Bible written? There are several different types of literature in the Bible. Narrative, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy are all found in the Old Testament. The New Testament contains gospels, letters, and apocalyptic writings. These genres help us to see how to interpret what we are reading. 

Narrative

Narrative is telling a story of someone in the past. We cannot take narrative as something actionable, or something to do, because it is simply descriptive of what happened in the past. If we took Noah’s story in Genesis as actionable, we would all be building arks for no reason. Instead, that story serves a larger purpose in the story of scripture. That purpose is to show that God will protect His people and that He values faith in Himself. 

Poetry Books

The books of poetry in the Bible are full of metaphors and grandiose...

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Understanding the Story of Scripture

Uncategorized Jan 05, 2020

Have you ever approached the Bible, and realized that you don’t understand it? Maybe you have started to read it, but you are confused. Is it one book? Is it a lot of books? How do those books work together? 

Well, hopefully I can answer a few of those questions. 

The Bible is one book, but it is made up of 66 smaller books. There are 39 books in the Old Testament, (or, books written before Jesus was born) and 27 books in the New Testament (or books written after Jesus was born). Each of these smaller books contributes to the larger story. 

Sometimes it can be hard to pick out the larger story because the books in the Bible are not in chronological order. They are grouped by type of literature, and not necessarily when they happened. How’s that for confusing? 

So today, I want to give you a little overview of the whole story of scripture. The big word for this is a metanarrative. It is the story that is woven through each book of the Bible, and they...

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How to Read and Understand Job

Have you ever come across a situation in life that you simply don’t understand? When I was 21 years old, 3 of my 4 living grandparents passed away within a 4 month period. I didn’t understand, and to be honest I still am not sure why that situation unfolded the way it did. Job addresses this type of human suffering. The kind we all go through, unexplained, difficult, excruciating circumstances that can cause us to run away from God, or run towards Him. When it comes down to it, Job asks the question, “when you are facing suffering, will you accept that God’s wisdom is higher than ours, or will you fight against what you cannot understand?” 

For years I fought against God. I didn’t want to understand. I didn’t think I could. But Job shows us a different way. 

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We don’t know when Job was written or who it was written by. It appears that Job was written by an outside narrator that gets the whole picture of the...

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How to Read and Understand Genesis

One of my very first memories of reading the book of Genesis was in 6th grade at an upward basketball game, hiding behind a stack of chairs. My friend Rebecca had told me that she read the book of Genesis the night before, and not to be outdone, I obviously had to read the whole book too. I remember wondering why Enoch was “taken” instead of dying like all the rest of the old guys and I can pinpoint my fascination with the story of Joseph to that read through. That fascination led me to check out books about Joseph regularly from our church library. 

Fast forward a few years and my plans to read the Bible all the way through were constantly stunted about the time I finished Genesis, so it is probably one of my most-read books of the Bible. 

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Genesis is the first book of the Bible and the beginning story of all creation. The word genesis literally translates to “origins.” This book tells the story of how God created humanity, how...

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