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5 YouVersion Bible Reading Plans to Grow Your Faith

Let’s be honest. Reading the Bible isn’t always easy.

Where do you start? How much should you read? How long should you read? What if it doesn’t make sense? All questions that hinder us from getting into the Bible every day.

Enter the YouVersion Bible App.

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Tools to Study Your Bible

A few months back, I wrote a post listing some tips to studying your Bible. It even included a nifty downloadable workbook you could use to grow in your Bible studying skills.

It was a pretty popular post, but I kept getting a single question from readers after that post published: What tools do you use to actually study your bible?

It’s a great question, and one I asked when I started studying my Bible.

The right tools can help you make the most of your time studying, and make it easier to find scripture verses again later on. Read more

Delighting in the Word

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

Reading the bible can sometimes seem like a chore.

We have to carve out time from our busy schedules to read a book that isn’t always easy to understand (Read Leviticus sometime), can be pretty dull (hello the list of begats in Chronicles), and just utterly confusing (every read Revelation?).

It can be hard to get into.
Difficult to concentrate on.
Near impossible to stick with.
And sometimes it doesn’t even seem to help.

We’ve all felt that way.
We’ve all had difficulty staying in God’s word.
We’ve all been overwhelmed with where to start.

It’s not easy to read the word.
Let alone meditate on it.

But the Psalmist understood the value of God’s word. He knew the power that comes when we not only read God’s word, but continually meditate on it, asking ourselves how to apply it in our daily lives.

Delighting in God’s word brings blessing.

It’s only through reading and meditating on God’s word that we learn who He is.
It’s only when we dig into scripture that we are able to distinguish the voice of God from our own thoughts.
It’s only in God’s word that we find His character, promises, and learn how we should live.

And knowing Him is a blessing.

So, my brothers and sisters, when your day fills up and you question whether you have time to read your bible, may you remember the blessing scripture brings in our lives. May you place a high importance on getting to know God. And may you, as you make time to be in the Word, encounter a deeper level of God’s presence in your life.

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Ignite Monmouth Gets in the Word!

Last night, Ignite Monmouth held it’s first official group gathering of the school year, and it was a huge success.

We saw over 25 students, and three staff members, show up for the gathering, get to know each other, worship and pray together, and discuss how to keep your spiritual fire burning during the school year. It was fun, exciting…and very challenging.

Student Leader Ian Smith led the discussion, challenging students that Ignite gatherings and church services are not enough to keep you going through the week. He likened it to eating 15,000 calories all on Sunday, and not eating again until the following week. You may get filled up, feel satisfied (or bloated!), but in the end, that’s not enough to keep you going. We have to be stoking that fire every day.

The group discussed the need to read their Bibles and pray every day, and the benefits that come from such discipline.

The 5×5 Plan
Ian then laid out what his church calls the 5×5 plan: commit to spending 5 minutes reading your Bible and 5 minutes in prayer each day. No matter how busy you are, everyone has at least 10 minutes they can spare each day to spend with God. We’re praying that students pick up that challenge an commit to it throughout the school year.

Time with God is important, and the members of Ignite Monmouth, both new and returning, were challenged to carve out that time each day to stoke their relationship with God and keep the fire for Him burning. It was a great way to start off the school year.

Related Resources:
The following resources will help you get consistent in your Bible reading and prayer time:

  • YouVersion: This web site, complete with mobile apps, provides members with a number of interactive Bible reading plans to help you get into the Word and know where to start.
  • BibleGateway: This web site offers a number of biblical translations, along with online commentaries, dictionaries and devotions.
  • Prayer of Examen: This ancient prayer form will help you learn not only how to make your requests known to God, but also how to express gratitude and listen for His voice.

How do you plan on reading your bible and praying more?