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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Reading the Bible

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword… (Hebrews 4:12).

The Bible is a supernatural book that can bring power into our lives. Yet many read it without any profit and remain powerless. If that’s the case, a different approach is necessary. Come to the Word with prayer, avoid making these common mistakes, and find renewal for your spiritual walk…

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Reading the Bible

1. Reading it too fast.  The Bible is a supernatural book and not a novel. It requires your deliberate attention. Search for meaning in it as you would for gold.

Meditation is the process of going over a text or section and thinking about it repeatedly. What did it mean in its original context? How does it apply today? What does it teach about God or man? How might I worship God because of what I’ve read?

2. Focusing more on the things you don’t understand.  It’s good to wrestle with hard passages, and sometimes great revelation comes. But don’t get stuck. If you don’t understand something now, you may later.

Don’t stumble. If something doesn’t make sense, move on to what does make sense. Don’t give up. Much of the Bible is hard to read, but much of it is also easy. Move on to what you can handle.

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Now Podcasting

   Get 15-minute shots of encouragement through the Interpulpit Radio Blast! Still broadcasting on the Fourteen12 radio network, but now you can listen or download at your convenience. It’s available at the link above or you can subscribe through iTunes.     Continue reading →

An Easy Way to Memorize Scripture

  It’s amazing- many people have no problem memorizing lyrics to a song, sports statistics, or certain lines from movies, but when they attempt to memorize Scripture- their minds go blank! Why is that? Maybe it is because they have gone about it the wrong way. Scripture memorization is often presented as more or less […] Continue reading →

Jewels in James

  Some people have a problem with the book of James, because it seems to lack the grace message. But it really doesn’t. Here are a few gems I picked up from James not too long ago… James 1:2: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations This is not saying […] Continue reading →

Psalm 71:7

   I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge Psalm 71:7. I am a wonder to many… They do not understand me, or I said the wrong thing. I have failed them perhaps, or perhaps it is just in my head. Regardless, You are my strong refuge… I will not […] Continue reading →

Whose Voice Are You Listening To?

 There are many voices shouting at us all the time. No, I’m not talking about hearing specific voices as in a state of paranoia. I’m saying that many aspects of life speak to us and color our way of thinking. The voice of the culture tries to tell us how to live. The voices of […] Continue reading →

Newness in Prayer

 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly (Matthew 6:6). What we do in secret speaks a lot about our true spirituality. The heart of the Christian faith […] Continue reading →