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12 Practical Points on Bible Reading

This is an awesome post from HoldingToTruth.com about how to read the Bible.  The twelve points are divided into three sections as follows:

The proper attitude for reading the Bible

1. Have the attitude of contacting God Himself

2. Have the attitude of coming to receive spiritual nourishment

3. Have the attitude of coming to receive enlightenment

Some simple ways to read the Bible

1. Read the books of the Bible sequentially

2. Don’t read too much at one time

3. Blend reading of the Word with prayer

4. Underline precious verses

5. Don’t seek too much understanding

6. Muse on the Word

Some tips on time

1. The best time to read the Bible is in the morning

2. It is best to read the New Testament in the morning

3. Try to set apart at least ten minutes at a time

 

I highly recommend you go to the actual blog post itself, because there you’ll find lots of helpful verses and extra commentary for each of the twelve points.

Do any of you have any other tips for reading the Bible?

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Coals burning coals

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m not feeling all that great.  I’ve got insomnia and headaches and blah blah blah, so the thought of not going to a church meeting is really appealing.  Last night Christians on Campus and some christians around the area had a prayer meeting.  I somehow managed to drag my nasty, stinking, dead self to the meeting, and let me tell you – I got revived.  I wasn’t jumping up and down and shouting hallelujah all over the place, but I was warmed up.  It was so good to just be around other people who were enjoying God.

I heard an illustration once that the Christian life is like a bunch of coals.  If you have a pile of coals, they’ll burn each other for hours.  But if you separate one of the coals from the pile, it will cool off pretty quickly.  That’s what happens to me when I separate myself from other Christians.

That experience last night reminded me how precious Christian meetings are.  I know a lot of Christians (some of my family members included) think it’s enough to just have a personal relationship with the Lord without attending Christian gatherings.  A personal relationship with our dear Lord and Savior is extremely important, but that’s not all there is to the Christian life.

John 20:24 says “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.”

Seems like an odd verse right?  Well, the Bible I’m using has a fantastic footnote for this verse:

“After His resurrection the Lord came to meet with His disciples, beginning from the evening of this first day.  Thus, in the Lord’s resurrection the matter of meeting with the saints is crucial.  Mary the Magdalene met the Lord personally in the morning and obtained the blessing (vv. 16-18), but she still needed to be in the meetings with the saints in the evening to meet the Lord in a corporate way to obtain more and greater blessings (vv. 19-23).  Thomas missed the first meeting that the Lord held with the disciples after His resurrection, and he missed all the blessings as well.  However, he compensated for it by attending the second meeting (vv. 25-28).”

Can you believe that?  Mary had seen the Lord in His resurrection – something no one else was privileged to see.  She went to the tomb early and hung around until she saw Him.  She had one of the most wonderful, personal, and intimate experiences a believer could ever have with the Lord.  She met him face to face after He resurrected from the dead and before He ascended to the Father.  You’d think that would be enough to sustain her in her Christian pursuit for a while, right?  But according to the Lord, it wasn’t.  He told her to go to the brothers and meet with them.

In Hebrews 12:2 the writer (probably Paul) said he would “declare Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the church I will sing hymns of praise to You.”  In 10:25 he goes on by saying “Not abandoning our own assembling together, as the custom with some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as you see the day drawing near.”

Wow, this was Paul.  In 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 Paul tells us that he was “caught away to the third heaven” and into “Paradise” where he “heard unspeakable words.”  This man, this same man, told us to not abandon our own assembling together.  Even though he saw things that no one living human being had ever seen and heard things that no other living human being had heard, he still made a point to attend Christian gatherings with pitiful and lowly little believers like me.

The same Paul wrote Ephesians 4:16 “Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.”

Paul not only met with the other believers, he realized that he needed the other believers.  He didn’t go to meetings to fulfill some religious obligation, but he went to get joined and knit with the other members of the Body of Christ for the growth of the Body of Christ.  He even says in 1 Corinthians 12:14-22 that every member of the Body has a different function, and that even the members who appear to be weaker are necessary.  Hallelujah!  Even I’m a necessary part of the Body of Christ!

This is so good!  Don’t miss the meetings!  You receive blessings in the meetings!  You get built up with and encouraged by other Christians in the meetings!

There’s a lot more I could write on this topic (and I feel like this is all kind of scattered thanks to my lack of sleep), but I think I’ll end it here.  Maybe i’ll continue it later.

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I am Enosh

The name Enosh in the Bible means frail, mortal man.  Have you ever felt like this?  Do you ever feel frail or weak, like you could break at any second?  Or mortal, where you can’t help but notice your own physical limitations and sicknesses?  This is how I feel right now.  Frail and mortal.  It’s not a good feeling.  I’d rather be happy and dancing, like David in 2 Samuel 6:14, but that just isn’t my condition right now.  I am frail and mortal.  I am Enosh.

Genesis 4:26 says “And to Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh.  At that time men began to call upon the name of Jehovah.”

I have a Bible with thousands of footnotes and thousands of cross references.  It is fantastic.  You can get a free New Testament version by clicking here.  Anyway, because I’m so frail and mortal, all I can do today is just give you one of the footnotes from Genesis 4:26.

“The Hebrew word (for call upon the name of Jehovah) means to call out to, to cry unto, i.e., to cry out audibly.  Because men realized that their life was vanity and that they were frail and mortal, they spontaneously began to call upon the name of Jehovah, the eternal One.  Although they were vain and weak, by calling on the name of the Lord, they were made rich and strong, for they entered into the riches and strength of the One on whom they called.”

Isn’t that so good?  I don’t have to be strong to live the Christian life!  I can just call out to or call on the One who is strong and then enter into His strength!

In the New Testament Romans 10:12-13 confirm Genesis 4:26.

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

One of the footnotes for verse 13 says “Calling on the name of the Lord is the secret not only to our salvation but also to our enjoyment of the Lord’s riches.  Beginning with Enosh, the third generation of mankind, and continuing all the way down to the New Testament believers, God’s chosen and redeemed ones enjoyed Christ’s redemption and salvation and all His riches by means of this secret.”

Wow.  Ever feel like you’re not enjoying God?  You know He’s amazing, but you just can’t seem to experience all of His riches?  GUILTY.  Right here.  Right now.  But I can say “O LORD JESUS!  Lord Jesus I love You!  O Lord Jesus I need You!”  That’s the secret to enjoying God!  Those simple little phrases give us access to all of the riches of God!  I don’t have the strength to pray long prayers.  I don’t have the will power to read the Bible.  I don’t have the desire to fellowship with other believers.  But I can call.  Even in our weak, frail, mortal condition God has provided a way for us to enjoy Him.  Hallelujah!  He really is so sweet.

Well, I would write more, but as I’ve mentioned, I don’t really feel up to it.  But here are some more verses if you’re interested in this topic.

Old Testament – Psa. 50:15, 88:9, 91:15; Zeph. 3:9; Jer. 29:12; Zech. 13:9; Isa. 12:3-4; Job 27:10.

New Testament – Acts 2:21, 9:14; 2 Tim. 2:22; 1 Cor. 1:2.

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So it turns out I’m not the only one that likes the Bible

Abraham Lincoln

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”

“But for the Bible we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare… are to be found portrayed in it.”

“Take all this Book you can upon reason and the balance upon faith, and you will live and die a better man.”

George Washington

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”

Horace Greeley

“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”

Robert E. Lee

“In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”

John Quincy Adams

“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”

Immanuel Kant

“The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.”

Charles Dickens

“The New Testament is the very best book that ever has or ever will be known in the world.”

Daniel Webster

“If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

“The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”

Queen Victoria

“That book accounts for the supremacy of England.”

Andrew Jackson

“That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.”

Patrick Henry

“The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.”

Noah Webster

“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws…. All the miseries and evil which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed form their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words. In no other book is there such a collection of inspired wisdom, reality, and hope.”

Ronald Reagan

“Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds, and refresh souls.”

Woodrow Wilson

“I am sorry for the men who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and of the pleasure. It is one of the most singular books in the world, for every time you open it, some text that you have read a score of times suddenly beams with new meaning.”

“When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found in it the key to your own heart.”

Mark Twain

“Most people are bothered by those passages in the Scripture which they cannot understand. The Scripture which troubles me most is the Scripture I do understand.”

Dwight L. Moody

“Either sin will keep you from this Book or this Book will keep you from sin.”

Sir Isaac Newton

“I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired.  I study the Bible daily.”

Related Links:

Bibles for America – Get a free New Testament study Bible

Evelyn Wan’s Challenge – A young Christian enjoying the Bible

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The God-Shaped Vacuum

This is a very well done video by a non-profit organization called Bibles for America.

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