Why You Should Try This Brand-New Bible App

What if you could combine the Bible, technology, videos, and a reading plan that would help you understand the Bible better and enjoy it more? If that sounds good, you’re going to love Read Scripture, the new app from The Bible Project and Crazy Love Ministries (Francis Chan’s ministry).

Why you should try this brand new Bible app.

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You might have heard of The Bible Project as “the two guys who make the cool, animated overview videos of books of the Bible.” To that I would say, “Yes…and…”

Their videos are fantastic! As of December, they now have videos for all 66 books of the Bible as well as a bunch of major themes (like “Heaven and Earth,” “Holiness,” and “The Law”).

Written Overview

The essence of Read Scripture (iOS and Android) is quite simple…

  • An “entire Bible” reading plan broken up into 3-6 chapters per day.
  • Interspersing Psalms into your daily reading
  • Video overviews on the first day of each book
  • Theme videos interspersed on days with corresponding passages
  • All text is English Standard Version

Video Overview

You Are Invited to Rapid Bible Read Thru 2017!

With Video and FREE Chronological Reading Plan

The time has come for Rapid Bible Read Thru 2017! This is always one of my favorite blog posts to write each year. Why? Because after seven years of doing this, I know what a couple hundred people are about to experience. I’d love for you to be one of them!

Are you ready to change your understanding and enjoyment of the Bible? If so, jump on board for Bible Read Thru 2017!

I’ve said (and experienced) it before and I’ll say (and experience) it again…

Four months. That’s it. January through April.

  • In four months you will know the Bible better than ever before.
  • In four months you will enjoy the Bible more than you thought possible.
  • In four months you will make new friends from around the world (and maybe in your own community).

If you HAVE done the BRT before – here are the the links to sign up, grab your free Chronological Reading Plan, and join the Facebook group!

If you HAVEN’T done the BRT before – check out this 4-minute video…

4 Benefits of Reading the Entire Bible You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Have you ever thought about reading the entire Bible?  Have you ever started, only to quit after a week or two?  Have you ever wondered why anyone would even want to?

4 Benefits of Reading the Entire Bible You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Every year since 2010, I have spent the several months reading through the entire Bible. (In fact, my new book is entirely about the What, Why, and How of doing a Rapid Bible Read Thru.) The first year, it was a response to a challenge. Each year since, it’s been something I want to do and sincerely look forward to.

Over the years, I have experienced many benefits from pushing “pause” on the deeper study, and simply reading the Bible. Rather than dive into all the benefits of reading the entire Bible, let’s look at four benefits you probably haven’t thought of.

Benefit 1: Reading the entire Bible helps you focus on major themes instead of minor ones.

I thought I would tackle this one right up front.  We all have our “pet” themes we tend to focus on. Baptism. Evangelism. Money. End times.

Hear this clearly: These are all important. You should study them. You should know how to talk about them. However…

You Can Determine What Goes Into My New Book

For the last seven years, I have devoted January through April to a 4-Month Bible Read Thru. This spring, I’m writing a new book about it! Today, I would be so grateful if you’d take two minutes (maybe less) to make sure it contains everything you want in there!

I'm writing a new book this spring. This 2-minute survey will help you make sure it's exactly what you want!

A few topics that’ll be in there for sure…

  • How it all started for me back in 2010.
  • The impact it has made (on my life and hundreds of others).
  • Common obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • How to host an in-person BRT group.
  • How to host an online, Facebook BRT group.
  • Various options for reading plans.

Before writing it, I want to make sure that you want it…and make sure I’m not overlooking anything.

That’s where you come in.

A few days ago, I created a very short survey that will help me get a pulse for the need, best format, and content. Would you take two minutes right now and help me make this book super helpful?

NOTE: This survey is now closed. Thanks to all of you who participated!

Thanks so much! I am really excited to get this book in your hands…hopefully very soon!

Join the Winter Session of Relational Bible Study™ (This Week Only!)

Scroll down for the full replay of the "Jumpstart Your Bible Reading" webinar.

Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before. I hosted a webinar. I have attended a bunch of them. I’ve participated in a couple. This was the first time I was setting it up, hosting, speaking, running the behind-the-scenes tech, and doing the following up. Whew! There’s a lot to it!

I loved it. And I’ll definitely be doing a lot more of them.

At the end of the webinar I announced that registration is open today through next Wednesday (1/13) for the winter session of Relational Bible Study.

Register today for Relational Bible Study!

However, the webinar covered a ton that is helpful whether you are participating in Relational Bible Study or not.

That’s why I decided to embed the webinar below. I’ve also included a “timetable” so you can scroll right to the part you want to watch.

Interested in finding out more about Relational Bible Study (the 8-session video series I am more excited about than anything I have ever created)? Simply click the button below.

Find out more about Relational Bible Study™!

Jumpstart Your Bible Reading in 2016

I'm hosting a FREE Webinar!

Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions (or goals…or plan-of-attack…or fresh start). Whatever you call it, for Christians at least, Bible reading is typically somewhere on the list. Is time in God’s Word on your list? Do you have a plan? (Hint: You need one.)

I want you to start well…so you can sustain a vibrant time with God all year long (ahem…and longer). That’s why I’m hosting a brand-new, FREE webinar next Tuesday at noon (PST). 

If your time in God's Word could use a jumpstart - or a major overhaul - you'll want to attend this FREE webinar!

These are some of the questions I’ll answer…

  1. Is it really possible to enjoy the Bible?
  2. How do I keep my mind from wandering?
  3. Where do I start if I’m new to the Bible?
  4. What do you recommend for people who have been around the Bible a long time?
  5. What translation do you recommend?
  6. How do I remember what I read?

Are you in? Register today!

Are You Ready for Bible Read Thru 2016?

Four months. That’s all I’m asking. Four months that will transform your understanding of the Bible. Four months that will transform your enjoyment of the Bible. Four months that will transform you!

Are you ready to change your understanding and enjoyment of the Bible? If so, jump on board for Bible Read Thru 2016!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Four months. That’s it. January through April.

  • In four months you will know the Bible better than ever.
  • In four months you will enjoy the Bible more than you thought possible.
  • In four months you will make new friends from around the world.

If you HAVE done the BRT before – here are the the links to sign up, grab your free Chronological Reading Plan, and join the Facebook group!

If you HAVEN’T done the BRT before – check out this 4-minute video…

9 Psalms That Help You Examine Your Heart

I have shared several times – including right here – why reading chronologically is my favorite way to do a Bible Read Thru. One reason I have never written about the positive impact reading chronologically has on the way we experience the Psalms.

These 9 Psalms will help you examine your heart (in all the good ways.)

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Some people love the Psalms and can soak in its pages for hours on end. Truth be told…I’m not one of those people. Since most of the Psalms are poems or song lyrics, I find that reading a few – or even one! – at a time works best for me.

Enter chronological reading.

When you’re reading chronologically, the Psalms show up as “seasoning” in the overall meal of Scripture. In that context, I love the Psalms. Think of it this way: my Italian taste buds enjoy garlic and basil in nearly anything. Can’t say I have ever eaten a spoonful of garlic or a handful of basil leaves!

As I’ve been “tasting” the Psalms a few at a time over the last month of my Bible Read Thru, here are ten that are causing me to pause and examine my heart.

4 Benefits (and 2 Drawbacks) of Using the YouVersion Bible App for a Bible Read Thru

I didn’t think I was going to like it. But I do. By the way, if you’re one of those people who immediately scrolls down to the bottom of any review to see if the person recommends – or doesn’t recommend – what they’re reviewing, allow me to save any strain on your finger-scrolling-muscle and say: Give it a try. You’ll like it.

If you're considering using a Bible app the next time you do a Bible Read Thru, you'll want to read this first!

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Before jumping into the benefits and drawbacks, let me start by saying I’m a big fan of using a physical Bible for reading and studying. If you are planning to hunker down in a specific book of the Bible, I would still encourage you to put your tablet, smartphone, or computer away, grab a physical Bible, and dive in.

However…a Bible Read Thru is different from a Bible Study.

11 Highlights From the First 33% of the Bible

My YouVersion Bible App says 34%. I have officially entered the “second third” of the Bible. While this is my 6th Annual Bible Read Thru, it’s the first time I am using my tablet for reading. Next week I’ll share why I’m using it this time, what I like, what I don’t like, and exactly how I’m using it.

This is my 6th time reading through the Bible in 4 months. After 1/3 of the Bible, here's what's standing out.

For today, I thought I would push pause, look back on the notes I have taken, and share eleven highlights – one from each book I have read so far.

Genesis

In Genesis 12, Abraham is promised that he will become “a great nation.” He was 75 years old – with no son. In Genesis 15, ten years later, God tells him that Sarah will give him a son. He is now 85 years old.

It isn’t until 15 years later Isaac is born. I found myself wondering how many times Abraham thought he had misunderstood God, or doubted God’s goodness and faithfulness, or thought he should try something else. (Remember Hagar and Ishmael.)