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Asking God to be your Teacher

You DO have time for Bible study - and you do have a Teacher. Asking God to be your Teacher is the key to unlocking exciting and insightful Bible study.
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series You DO Have Time for Bible Study

The sheer size of the Bible can be overwhelming when you approach it to study it.  Where do you start? How can you possibly know all of the information inside?  How can you begin to understand what men and women of God have pondered and debated for centuries?

And the answer could be discouraging:

You can’t!

You, in your own strength and with the power of your own brain, cannot understand this book.  It is too much for you.

Before you click away and go off discouraged from studying the Bible altogether, let me assure you:

there is still hope for you.

There is a way you CAN understand the Scripture.  But it is outside of you.  Understanding comes only from one source – God!  The most exciting part of the study of God’s Word is that He (the author of the book) comes alongside you and becomes your teacher!

Today I have some simple things to say about God, the Teacher of the Word.  I hope you will find encouragement to continue the habit of studying the Word of God.

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Devotion

Comparing Inductive and Deductive Bible Studies

How to compare inductive Bible study and deductive Bible study.
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series You DO Have Time for Bible Study

I don’t spend much time in Christian bookstores.  I have found that shopping for the latest Christian bestseller is usually a waste of time and money.  The sheer amount of worthless books I have to sort through to get to the worthy ones is overwhelming.

But, I do wander into a Christian bookstore every now and then.  Even though I know what I am looking for, it can be hard to find it.  The shelves are filled with books offering solutions to problems, theological perspectives that are popular and unpopular, and LOTS of Christian fiction.  Since I don’t read Christian fiction, I tend to find myself in the non-fiction aisles more often than not.  And what is to be found there is a conglomeration of options that can be quite confusing.

Today, I am going to try to help sort out the books you can find in the Christian bookstore and offer some comparisons, so you can make the best choices the next time you need a new Bible study.   Continue Reading

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