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5 Tips for Reading the Bible
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I’ve decided that I want to read the Bible, but it is difficult to know where to start. Is it better to start at Genesis and plow your way through to the end, or should you start in the New Testament and read about the time Jesus was on earth?
Some books of the Bible are more interesting than others, and it is easy to get discouraged with the books that tell about all 50 of a Bible character’s relatives, and trying to wade through the “begats” that accompany many of the verses.
Finding time to read the Bible can be difficult in our hectic modern-day world, and it’s easy to make excuses that you’re too busy with family, work, or school.
Here are 5 tips that will help you make Bible reading a more enjoyable experience:
Pick a Translation You Understand
I know the King James Version of the Bible was the original language, but modern versions make the scriptures easier to understand and often contain helpful historical information that makes things easier to understand. I use the Voice Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishing, which features a lot of helpful background information.
If you prefer an audio version, there are free programs online that feature voice narration, and you can follow along in your Bible while listening.
Use a Bible Reading Plan
A Bible Reading plan is a more organized way to study the Bible. You can choose between one, two, and five year plans, and you read so many verses a day until you reach your goal. I am currently on the five year plan because I don’t want to go so fast that I am not absorbing what I am reading.
Schedule Bible Reading
Pick a time that works well for you and stick to it. This will vary with each individual as some are more energetic in the daytime while others are night owls. The exact time is not important; just make sure it is a time when you won’t be easily distracted.
Underline Key Passages
You may not feel comfortable writing in your Bible, but there may be key passages that stand out, and underlining helps you remember which verses you would like to re-read or research further. Reading the Bible on a kindle will let you highlight verses without marking up your Bible.
Don’t Stress If You Miss a Day
Despite the best laid plans, life happens and you may miss a day. Don’t stress out, just get back on track the next day, and continue moving forward.
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15 Jan 2015
Very good! I think there should be more articles like this! Most of us make resolutions to read the Bible everyday, and then we get discouraged with it.
God Bless! Julie
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