How to study the Bible

Why Aren’t We Teaching Christians How to Study the Bible?

by Kelly Givens at iBelieve.com

If someone were to ask you, “How do you begin studying the Bible?” would you know how to answer? Would you be able to explain how to analyze and interpret a chapter, to look at the historical context and setting of the book containing it? Would you be able to explain how to use the cross-reference system found in many Bibles? Have you, on your own, ever sat down and tried to make sense of an entire book of Scripture without the aid of sermons, internet articles or other books?

In my childhood and early years as a Christian, I had no idea how to do the above things. I put a lot of weight on what my pastor said and on the spiritual living books I read, but I didn’t really know how to study the Bible on my own. Sure, I would read small sections of the Word and copy down verses that really stood out to me and even memorize some of them, but any interpretation and application of the Scriptures was given to me by trusted spiritual leaders; I didn’t know how to seek it out for myself.

It wasn’t until later in my Christian life that I was finally given the tools to study the Word of God on my own, to drawn my own conclusions about what Scripture said and to modify or correct those conclusions as I discussed them among other faithful believers and as Scripture revealed a better interpretation.

My early lack of understanding on how to study the Bible is not [Read full article here: Study Bible]

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Wait on the Lord

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” — Psalm 27:14

WOW, sometimes it is very, very hard to wait on the LORD but it must be a very important thing to do, after all the Psalmist says “wait” more than once in this little verse. So that got me to wondering, what else does the Bible say about waiting on the Lord? What should we be doing — not doing while we wait? Let’s take a look.

Rest and Don’t fret

Psalm 37:7
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Keep His way … be obedient to His word

Psalm 37:34
Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

Don’t be ashamed of why you wait and don’t be confused about why you wait

Psalm 69:6
Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.

Don’t forget that He is the One in Control of everything – even while you wait on Him

Psalm 123:2
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Read more

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Louisiana and the Bible as Official State Book

BY KATHERINE WEBER , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

Louisiana is a step closer to making the Holy Bible its official state book after the House Committee approved the legislation this week, now sending the bill to a full vote in the House of Representatives.

The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8 to 5 to pass the legislation, entitled House Bill 503. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport), argues that the purpose of the bill is not to establish an official religion in the state, but rather to reflect America’s history and founding principles as outlined by the country’s Founding Fathers.

“It’s not to the exclusion of anyone else’s sacred literature,” he told the House committee, according to The Associated Press.

Carmody added later: “This is not about establishing an official religion of the state of Louisiana.”

When one lawmaker asked Carmody if he was prepared to offend Louisiana’s non-Christians with his bill, Carmody repeated that the purpose of the legislation was not to offend or establish a state religion.

“It’s not meant to be offensive,” Carmody said. “There’s no requirement that they would have to follow this particular text.”

Some skeptical lawmakers were concerned [Read more: Bible State Book]

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Dolphin Tale 2 – Sneak Peek

“Dolphin Tale 2” is the sequel to the successful 2011 family film “Dolphin Tale.” Inspirational professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (the subject of the feature “Soul Surfer”) will join returning cast members Harry Connick, Jr., Academy Award®winner Morgan Freeman, Academy Award® nominee Kris Kristofferson, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and of course Winter, the dolphin.“Dolphin Tale 2” tells another true story inspired by the rescue of a new baby dolphin named Hope, who was saved and rehabilitated by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The movie will release in theaters September 19, 2014.

Enjoy this sneak peek in the video below:

This sneak peek is shared at the request of Grace Hill Media. I was not paid nor otherwise compensated to provide this information at Christianity Every Day. Read my full disclosure here: policy

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Boy in Tennessee Told Can’t Read Bible in After School Program

BY KATHERINE WEBER, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has offered to defend a local Cannon County boy who was recently told that he could not read a Bible during an after-school program.

The ACLU of Tennessee has sent a letter to the Cannon County REACH after-school program on behalf of the boy, who attends an elementary school in Cannon County. Staff of the REACH program reportedly told the boy that he could not read the Bible during a free-reading period. The staff then tried to take the Bible, telling him the after-school program could lose its state funds if they allowed him to continue reading it.

In the letter sent to the REACH program, the ACLU requests that the after-school program train its employees on religious freedom rights [Read Full article: Boy Forced to Stop Reading Bible]

green smootie

Hollie’s Irish Smoothie

Here is a recipe for a healthy and GREEN smoothie. I made it for Hollie when she was recovering from a minor surgery.

Yields about 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 4 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 Cup pineapple
  • 1/2 mango chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 kiwi
  • 1/4 Cup Spinach
  • 1/4 Cup Kale chopped
  • 1/4 cup Broccoli chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 clove of chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 scoops protein powder Read more
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NOAH: Causing People to Read the Bible

Since I saw it my hope has been that the “NOAH” movie that hit theaters March 28, 2014 would be a catalyst to get folks to read or re-read and share the Bible, I am so excited to report that YouVersion, the Bible app that has been downloaded by over 135,000,000 users, has reported a 300% spike from users who have specifically gone back or referenced the old testament since “NOAH” was released in theaters last week.  In short, the movie has inspired people regardless of their personal stance on the movie to go back, re-read the old testament, and share the reference with their friends and colleagues.

With all the controversy Read more