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16 ways of developing good bible reading habits

How’s your quiet time/daily devotional/time spent with God and in His word?
Whichever way you want to ask that question, yes, we should invest in time with God on a regular basis. And truth is, many of us struggle. Many of us don’t know which of the many resources to choose (why is there just so many out there?!) I don’t know about some of you, but I really like to see what resources are out there, I like to peruse and check out new devotional stuff, check out old devotional stuff, explore and see which methods work (or which methods I’m not keen on).

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Losses in life

I like to subscribe to certain Christian newsletters so I can receive a dosage of encouragement in my inbox every so often, God willing and Godly-appointed. Yesterday I received a timely message. One that I wish to share with you. Not my words, but an author. It is an excerpt from a book entitled “The Soul” by J.P. Moreland. I hope it encourages you as it did to me…

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Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

A series of fictional letters from one demon to another, this humorous book spins a different perspective on living the Christian life.  

Screwtape Letters is written from the viewpoint of Screwtape, a high-ranking demon who serves “Our Father Below”.  In the preface at the beginning, the author hopes that it would encourage readers to see the impact of spiritual life on daily reality. I found it a stimulating and entertaining read, particularly since it is styled as an instruction manual for how to tempt humans away from God. The unusual outlook reveals and results in an ironic portrayal of human spirituality. Generally thought-provoking and unlike any other book I’ve read before. It challenged me to question my behaviour and to think about how we as humans are affected by the often forgotten spiritual battles that take place everyday, just as C.S. Lewis intended.

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Redeeming our Communities: 21st Century Miracles of Social Transformation – Debra Green

Debra Green is the lead of ROC, an organisation that is trying to coordinate churches to work more effectively within their communities through better networking such as with the police. The book is a history of how and why they’ve journeyed so far as an organisation and stories from across the country both past and present, of God at work through christians taking risks and doing something in the places they are in.

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The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story – D.A. Carson

Have you ever wondered what the Bible is truly about? Professor Carson takes the reader through the books of the Bible starting from creation in Genesis to culmination of history in book of Revelation. You will discover how all stories from Old Testament about Abraham, Moses, David and so on, as well as book of Psalms and prophecies have one mega-theme. God who is active in history and brings His purpose of salvation through Jesus Christ, as presented in the New Testament.

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Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know – by Wayne Grudem

If you were to name twenty key teachings of Christianity, which ones would you choose? Book “Christian Beliefs” summarises the twenty teachings that Christians should know and presents them in a clear and concise way. Each chapter doesn’t take me longer than 15 minutes to read. Although you might want to study more carefully, as there are question at end of each chapter asking what you learnt and how are you going to apply this knowledge practically.

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The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

What does a Christian do in such a time? A story of where following your conscience in obedience & love to God may take you & bring you through.

The Hiding Place remains in my mind one of the classics of Christian biography. Sure, there are plenty of more modern biographies on the shelves of CLC — stories of ex-terrorists, former strippers, crusaders for justice in war-torn countries. And I’m sure they are also inspirational accounts of God’s grace, power, and love. But though this story happened over 50 years ago in a plot that sounds more like a historical novel than modern life, Corrie ten Boom’s life remains one of the most encouraging testimonies I’ve heard. Recently I went through some cluttered folders on my C drive (in an attempt to coax my computer to run faster) and found this document from when I was a teen:

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Thomas Constable’s Notes on the Bible

A lot of times when we read the Bible, there are passages that are confusing or we want to understand better.  The first impulse is to send Bert an email and ask him about the text.  While Bert is often the Bible answer man, we sometimes have these questions when it is not convenient to ask him.  Hence, we turn to a Bible commentary.  While there is a huge range of them and many free ones online, one that I have turned to from time to time (but forgot about until recently) is by Dr. Thomas Constable from Dallas Theological Seminary in the US.

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