2016 Bible Reading Tips
2016 Bible Reading Tips

2016 Bible Reading Tips

Every new year thousands of Christians start a new Bible reading plan with the hope of reading through the entire Bible in a year. A few weeks into January or February and most have already abandoned those plans.  Let’s be honest, after getting through the familiar & event packed books of Genesis & Exodus things start to slow down.

In 2016 we want to encourage you to start a new reading plan and provide some tips that will keep you reading throughout the year.

Bible Reading Tips
Here are a few tips that I have found helpful over the years, and I hope they encourage you as we enter the new year:

Start Small. If you’ve never read through large portions of Scripture before, don’t try to start with a plan that looks insurmountable. That’s like someone new to the gym thinking they can lift the same weights as a power lifter. It’s not a good idea and can be a setup for failure. Instead of a year long reading plan, start with something that’s 2 weeks or 30 days. Once you finish that, try another 30 day plan, and gradually lengthen your plan.
Pick a Time & Place. One of the easiest ways to maintain success in your Bible reading is by making it routine. Try to read at the same time everyday, and preferably in the same place. This will create a routine that you’ll get used to and put you in the right mindset. Also, do it at a time of day when you’re most alert. There’s nothing worse than reading the Bible when you’re tired or sleepy.
Don’t Give Up. This one is the most important. There will be times when you want to give up, but push through it and keep at it. You’ll hit difficult passages and sometimes you may not understand what you just read, and that’s okay. Just keep at it and ask God to help you understand what you’re reading. Over time God will make it clear to you. When you hit those difficult spots, remember to make use of the tools available to you. And, inevitably, you may fall off the wagon and stop reading altogether for a season. Don’t get discouraged, just start again.

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