The Bible has always been part of my life, so it’s easy for me to assume that it’s been part of everyone’s life. Obviously, this is not true. Some people are total strangers to the Bible and getting started in Bible Study can be intimidating. So, here are my “helpful hints” in getting started.
First, get a Bible. No, I’m not being funny, just honest. By this I mean get a Bible you feel comfortable reading.
There are several good translations. I use the Holman Bible. It’s easy to read and understand. Find a Bible that feels good in your hands, the...more
Whenever we talk about discipleship, we always emphasize reading the Bible and praying. A lot of people will start reading the Bible with no particular goal in mind and meander around in the Scriptures for a few months until they get bored, and then drop it all together. Whenever Bible reading is mentioned again, they’ll simply say they didn’t get much out of it and not try again. So,...more
Every generation thinks they are living in the worst time of history – ever! The economy will never recover, the kids are out of control, politicians are crooks and the preachers are all hypocrites. “If we don’t turn our world around,” the conventional wisdom goes, “the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket.” These days, it’s hard to go more than one or two Sundays without...more
According to the people who stay up late at night and worry about these things, immediate feedback is a necessary part of learning. If you’re trying to learn a new skill, and do it well, you need to have a way of knowing if you’re doing it right or wrong while you’re doing it. Criticism. . .we all get it, so how do we deal with it? First, (and...more
Do you remember when you were coloring in your favorite coloring book and someone in authority (parent or teacher) would remind you to stay within the lines of the drawing on the paper? The pictures hung on the walls for admiration were all of those pictures neatly shaded between the lines. The pictures were perfect. . .just the right colors in just the right places. But what they had...more