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Clear the Clutter Bible Study

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Clutter is any untidy collection of things. We accumulate more than we need and the excess becomes clutter. Like the rich man in the parable (see below), we hoard more and more stuff, even if it means getting a bigger place to store it. Saving things (hoarding) in case we need them later indicates a lack of faith that God will provide what we need at the time we need it. There is no need to save things “just in case.” God will supply. I trust God to provide what I need, when I need it, so I can let go of things instead of saving them.   The Story of the Rich Fool Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Then he told them a story: “A...

The Bible Hokey Pokey: How to Shake Up Your Time with God

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Sometimes we need to shake things up. Our logical left brain will organize, analyze, and synthesize until our knowledge of the Bible fits into nice little cubby holes that are . . . BORING! That’s how most of us are taught to approach the Bible. We learn to dissect it until it is dead, so to speak. No wonder most of us associate the Bible with dry, boring, academic frustrations. It’s time to shake things up.   The Bible Hokey Pokey You put your left brain in. You put your left brain out. You put your left brain in. And you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey. And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about. While there is great benefit from the academic study of God’s Word, it cannot be our only approach to the Bible. That kind of fact archival leaves us with empty knowledge about the Bible. It’s not the kind of life-changing experience that should happen when we...

Five Methods of Left-Brain Bible Study

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The following is an excerpt from Sweeter Than Chocolate: Developing a Healthy Addiction to God’s Word, ©2014 Christy Bower.   For many left-brained students, “follow your curiosity” may not seem structured enough. For those who want a more structured approach, you might want to choose from one of these methods. But if you’re more of the right-brained type, hold on until the end, where I’ll give some simple adaptations that will make these structured methods of study a little more fun.     Traditional Method (Observation, Interpretation, Application) This traditional method has been taught for years in churches and seminaries, so it is the benchmark of Bible study for many people. It involves three steps: observation of the text, interpretation of the text, and application of the text. Observation. The first step in studying a passage is to observe what it actually says....