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Subject: How do you Study the Bible
Date Posted: 3/31/2008 5:12 PM ET
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I know I am not the only one who has trouble studying the Bible. I like to know how you study it and what helps you keep studying it.

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 7:46 PM ET
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I find it easiest to follow a bible study.......ie...........Women of the Harvest  or there is a ladies bible study at church on Thursday night and we have a study book that focuses on 1 book of the bible

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 8:53 PM ET
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Msn has a group called   Read the Bible.  And there are  bible study;'s od different books of hte bible and you can journal and  talk with other people that are studyin with you.  Basically an online bible study.  I fyou have questions there is always someone to help.    Theere is all kinds of bible games and just all kinds of neat stuff in that group..

 

http://groups.msn.com/ReadtheBible

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 9:55 PM ET
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For me pesonally it helps to have accountability to a Bible Study group, otherwise it is easy for me to put it on hold for a while.  I have done many Beth Moore studies & have loved them.  There is a lot of homework which takes a lot of time but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.  I also have two books on my WL that I have looked through & decided I wanted to own so they could help me when I'm not taking a study.  They are How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth & How To Read the Bible Book by Book both are by Gordon Fee. 



Last Edited on: 3/31/08 9:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 9:19 AM ET
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I make time for reading and studying the Bible each day no matter what is going on in my life. For me, early morning is best.  It helps me to focus and deal with the rest of my day. My Bible is the King James Version which I have used all my life and  have all my notations and notes in. When I get to parts that are hard to understand, I will read the Living Bible to help me. I also love the Joyce Meyer Everyday Life Amplified version especially for her notes and commentary,

After I am done reading my Bible (sometimes it is one chapter--sometimes it is several), I read part of a Christian nonfiction book to help me, Sometimes it may be a Stormie Omartian, John Bevere, John Maxwell etc. Most of the time, I choose a Joyce Meyer book. I have got so much from her books that mainly deal with how to use the teachings of the Bible in everyday life. She really has a gift of making things simple to understand and makes me see God's Word in a whole different light.  All her books get kept on my keeper shelf because I know I will want to reread them.

In the evening, I may catch a sermon  from a tv minister . but I try not to miss Joyce Meyer's teachings that come on 10 PM here  .I am alone at night and  I find it a good way to end my day. Or listen to a Christian nonfiction book on cd until I fall asleep.

I find that the older I get, the more I want to know--- the more I want to understand--- the more I want to study His Word.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 12:01 PM ET
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Thank You Ladies for all you great info. I will check out things and keep trying to find what works for me.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I also recommend the Beth Moore Bible study materials.  You might be able to find  copies in a church library that you could check out.

Right now I'm using a book by Kay Arthur called Lord, Is It Warfare?  Teach Me to Stand!. I've had this book on my shelf for years and just now decided to study with it.  What works for you will depend on what's happening in your walk with the Lord.

May the Lord direct your steps!

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 10:53 PM ET
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Ditto what Diane said.  I read first thing when I get up.  And usually read 1 week in the Old Testament and one week in the New Testament.  Then on Sat. it's usually where the Lord has been laying things on my heart during the week and directs me somewhere else..  Joyce Meyer is actually the one the Lord used to help me get back on track 10 years ago.  And recently John Bevere  has been good study books for me.  Also, Rebecca Brown's books have been real good spiritual warfare books to study.  But, to stay connected to the Lord takes you letting the Lord be 1st in your life.  1st in the morning seems to give you everything you need to get through the day and keeps your mind set on him.  The Lord will definetely direct your path if you lean on him.

Proverbs 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.

 

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 8:47 AM ET
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I have a very hard time being consistent in this area.  But for the last 3 months have found some victory and I attribute it to praying daily for the desire to come back to this place tomorrow and rest in Jesus yet again.  I get so busy and distracted and sometimes, I confess,  I'd rather do/read something else.  God is faithful to my prayer.  He is changing my desires.  I also am using a Read Through The Bible in One Year deal.  It's an actual Bible (not a list of passages) sectioned off by days of the year.  For me it takes the "what" should I read today question away which I find can be paralyzing.  It's organized to read a bit of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Proverbs every day.   What is amazing is the connections I've started seeing between the 3 readings.  I attribute that to a wonderful pastor who has opened my eyes to see Christ in the OT more than I previously had done.  I do sometimes also read a devotional or chapter from a non-fiction Christian book.  I'm reading John Piper right now.  He is an amazing theologian.  I highly recommend any of his books.  When I Don't Desire God was one of my favorites.

Subject: Bible study
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:40 PM ET
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        Erin o

The best way I think is to go to a bible Study at church . Or u can have one at your home with others that are more familiar with bible Studies .

U can also take a verse and study it if you have the study bible it is a big help

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 10:06 AM ET
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Printed Bible studies like everyone else has mentioned is a great way to get into God's Word.  Studying particular topics helps as well.

Small group studies are also great. 

Whatever you do, write down the things that stand out to you the most.  A lot of times, this is God's way of teaching you something that you need right then.