Reading Scripture with all the Languages of the World
May 21st, 2018

Reading Scripture with all the Languages of the World

Bryan Park

Several weeks ago, I visited the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. As I walked through an exhibition hall full of historical Bibles and replicas, I heard recordings of Scriptures being played through the speakers. To my surprise, they were in many different languages—I heard psalms in Hebrew ...

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How to Find a Companion for Your Scripture Reading
May 14th, 2018

How to Find a Companion for Your Scripture Reading

Michael Dechane

One afternoon around lunch one of my oldest and best friends walked up to my desk at work with a book. Without preamble, he handed it to me, already opened to page 8, and said, “I think you should read this.” I did. In the space of the next ...

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How to Pray Before You Read the Bible
March 12th, 2018

How to Pray Before You Read the Bible

Lydia Sheldon

When I first started reading the Bible regularly, I read in energetic bursts. I read because I felt I needed to. It seemed that every few verses, God was speaking to me. I would press my finger to the page, running it over a line of text, as if ...

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How to Uncover the Delight of Bible Reading
February 5th, 2018

How to Uncover the Delight of Bible Reading

Rosalie J. Karjala

In September, I embraced the inevitable. Summer was ending—the light narrowing and slanting toward autumn. Each year we New Englanders welcome the change while bracing for another winter. We look forward to the first nip of frost, the crunch of a freshly picked apple, the sweet aroma of wood ...

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How to Study a Bible Passage
October 23rd, 2017

How to Study a Bible Passage

Christina Miller

Perhaps you’ve selected a Bible and started reading it. Maybe you’re even setting aside regular times to reflect or pray. You’ve gotten a taste of what’s inside, and a desire for God’s words is growing in you as you recognize the nourishment God offers in these encounters. What comes ...

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Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil
October 16th, 2017

Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil

Lydia Sheldon

Genres are categories of literature, each with its own tone and techniques. The Bible uses a handful of genres—narrative and law, prophecy and letters, wisdom literature, and apocalyptic literature. Understanding the genre in which the passage is written can help guide our reading. Follow the Biblical Genre ...

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How to Be Nourished by God’s Word
August 7th, 2017

How to Be Nourished by God’s Word

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

In C.S. Lewis’ fantastic Chronicles of Narnia , the description of the arrival of Spring—prompted by the approach of the great Aslan—always gives me a thrill. Peter, Susan and Lucy head out to find the King and their search is rewarded. The forces of evil that locked the ...

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2 Ways My Life Changed by Living Levitically for a Week
June 19th, 2017

2 Ways My Life Changed by Living Levitically for a Week

Joanna Mikhail

Leviticus is one of those books I used to skim over as I read through the Bible. I didn’t understand the laws—many of them felt arbitrary and bizarre. But as I read Psalm 119 I was struck by how the psalmist spoke of delighting in, longing for, and loving ...

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