12 practical suggestions for reading well in 2020

(modified from an article by George H. Guthrie – written by Phil Perez)

  1. Read prayerfully – Reading the bible is a spiritual exercise, and you need spiritual power.
  2. Read joyfully – Allow your reading to bring joy to your life.
  3. Meditate on what you are reading – When we chew our food it digests better.  When we wolf it down it gives indigestion.
  4. Read for transformation – The bible is not merely meant to inform, it is meant to transform.
  5. Read with perseverance – Commit yourself to being consistent the next 10 weeks to get started.
  6. Read realistically – If you take just 20 minutes a day you can get through the whole book in a year.  
  7. Read at a consistent time – Try to make a distraction free setting if possible.
  8. Read with a commentary – Have tools that help you understand.
  9. Read with a pen in hand – Underline key passages, make notes in the margins, notes on a computer.  Whatever helps.
  10. Read in light of the immediate context – We need not just big picture but also little picture understanding of the bible scenes.  
  11. Read as part of the community – Interact with those from DeKalb, Lansing, and Fort Wayne regarding how the word has struck you.
  12. Read the overarching story – Let this be a year you understand more how each book fits within the themes of the whole bible.

One Reply to “12 practical suggestions for reading well in 2020”

  1. this reminds me of jeremiah29:11 for i know the plans i have for you declares the lord,plans to prosper you and not harm you,plans to give you hope and a future,i sometimes lose sight of this and fret about where i am in life ,so this was very encouraging to me ,and the comments shed so much light ,thank you everyone


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