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Confessions of A Bible Student
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I Want To Read The Bible More
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Don’t Leave Home Without Him
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How the Word of God Became My Daily Bread – A Student’s Encounter in the School of Biblical Studies

Confessions of A Bible Student

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The School of Biblical Studies’ students completed their intensive, nine months of study and graduated this week here at YWAM Muizenberg. One student Sydney gives her honest and encouraging outlook as her view of the Bible changed from boring and insignificant to essential to knowing God and living life. I hope you are inspired that the Bible is essential to your God-filled life!

“The B. I. B. L. E. Yes, that’s the book for me…” Yeah, yeah, I had heard it since Sunday school – I should read the Bible. Call me a “bad Christian,” but if I was honest nothing, seemed more painstaking.

With that, here are the confessions of a Bible student:

  1. For most of my life, reading the Bible consisted of opening it at random, slapping my finger on the page, and reading whatever verse I landed on.
  2. I thought the Bible was boring. It only seemed somewhat relevant when the pastor on stage came up with a witty presentation.
  3. Frankly, the Bible was too overwhelming, and I thought I would never be able to make sense of that dusty piece of literature for myself.

That was until I decided to embark on a journey. A journey to see what would happen if I read the Bible in its entirely. What would it reveal about God? How could 66 books of ancient literature, written in three different languages, over the course of 1,500 years, actually apply to my life today? Little did I know but this quest would change the course of my life forever.

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I Want To Read The Bible More

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This post was originally published on the Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.nosuperheroes.com/read-the-bible-more/ and is re-posted with permission.

I’ve had a lot of history with reading the Bible. I teach it, I study it, and I do desire others to love it more. In my years I’ve tried many a Bible reading plan.

You know, the ones with the beautiful little boxes you can check off after reading! Those boxes that make you feel like you have done your duty to God and country yet don’t help you remember what you read 10 minutes after closing your beautiful, leather-bound study Bible!

I used to read the passages in the reading plan and check them off. Somehow, checking them off made me feel good. But, if I missed a day, I felt horrible.

It was almost as if I was trying to manipulate God, paying my dues so He would bless me.

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Don’t Leave Home Without Him

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This post was originally published on the Kathy Gooch’s blog at  http://scribeofhisheart.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-leave-home-without-it.html and is re-posted with permission.

I grew up in Canada watching a television ad for American Express traveler’s cheques whose slogan was “Don’t leave home without it.” I suppose American Express reckoned that not having their traveler’s cheques in your possession when you left home would set you up for challenges – ones that could have been prevented had you left home with them.

At the beginning of 2012, knowing that I would be phasing out of pastoring a church, I asked the Lord what I should focus on next. He made it clear that I was to be proactive in contributing to “eradicating Bible poverty and increasing Bible engagement.” He was basically saying that I could go “further with fewer” by having them “linger a little longer” in His Word.

Thus, I started Bible Studies with groups of young ladies. It was my way of creating an environment in which they could engage with the Word of God. I have been facilitating studies in the Word ever since with both young women and young men. Like the parable of the sower and the seed, I have seen a few who hear, receive the Word, and understand it, producing fruit. I would like to believe that those few have lived by the slogan, “Don’t leave home without it.”

Unfortunately, too many of us followers of Christ leave home without the Word.

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How the Word of God Became My Daily Bread – A Student’s Encounter in the School of Biblical Studies

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A little over nine months ago, I came to YWAM Muizenberg to participate in a School of Biblical Studies, and I came hungry. I didn’t know what my life was missing, but there was a deep yearning inside of me. Famished and weak, I decided to come to South Africa to give Jesus one more chance to satisfy my growing appetite for something more. One thing I knew before I came to South Africa was this: if ever-significant amounts of time are spent reading the Bible, the reader comes away changed.

It’s inevitable; truth will change you.

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