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…

14 Reasons to Buy My New Book THIS Week!

Bonuses ONLY During "Launch Week"

Today is a huge day! If you’ve been around here a while, you know I have been talking about this for a couple months now.

Rapid Bible Read Thru - Launch Week Picture

Rapid Bible Read Thru launches today!

I am super excited about this. After all, I’ve been working on this all Fall (and thinking, planning, and preparing for it since 2010).

In my opinion, “Launch Week” should feel a lot like a party.

That’s why I’m giving you 14 GIFTS if you buy your copy during Launch Week!

While the 14 GIFTS were only available during Launch Week, I would like to give you TWO GIFTS:

  • Buy a PHYSICAL copy at Amazon, my online store, or wherever you want.
  • Forward the receipt to info – at – keithferrin.com.
  • I will send you the PDF copy and the Kindle file. That way, you can read Rapid Bible Read Thru in whatever format you choose.

Here are the 14 GIFTS you will get if you buy a copy within the next 7 days (ends Tuesday, December 13th at midnight):

rbrt-transparant-copyBonus 1EBOOK (.pdf) version of Rapid Bible Read Thru – For reading on your computer or tablet.

Bonus 2KINDLE (.mobi) version of Rapid Bible Read Thru – If you’re not sure how to get the Kindle file onto your Kindle, here are some instructions.

This book is awesome!!! Yes, there are plans out there that give you different time tables and verses, but this book goes a LOT deeper than just a plan. There are so many takeaways in this book, and honestly, I can see myself taking this book out over and over again.”

“My relationship with the Word and the Author will never be the same!”

“I’m convinced this is the best way to read the Bible!”Amazon and Reader Reviews

falling-in-love

The FULL version of my first book!

Bonus 3Falling in Love with God’s Word (full eBook) – The book that started it all. This book explores in great detail all three phases (Foundation, Framing, and Finish Work) of studying a book of the Bible and weaving Scripture Internalization into that process. It is the foundation of Relational Bible Study. You can read reviews or buy the print or Kindle version on Amazon.

ice-cream

The FULL version of my 2nd book!

Bonus 4Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word (full eBook) – I wrote this book specifically for parents, children’s pastors, youth pastors, and anyone who is passionate about the next generation. In it, we explore the nine principles that help the next generation engage with – and fall in love with – the Bible! You can read reviews or buy the print or Kindle version on Amazon.

How About a Little Context (Part 3 of 3)

Discovering What Was Happening When the Bible Was Written

Two weeks ago we looked at getting to know the 40 people God inspired to write the 66 books of the Bible. (Check out Part 1 if you didn’t read it yet.) Last week we shifted our focus from authors to the audience? (Here’s the link to Part 2.) In this final, installment, we’ll shift one last time and look at the atmosphere. It’s time to answer the question What was the setting when this author wrote to this audience?

How about a little context? - Part 3

This 3-part series is adapted from the chapter ‘How about a little context?’ in my book Falling in Love with God’s Word: Discovering What God Always Intended Bible Study to Be. You can read reviews or a grab a copy on Amazon. I also cover background studies in my 8-week, online video course Relational Bible Study.

You’ve heard it said many times… Context is king. Nowhere is that more true than when you are reading the Bible.

How About A Little Context? (Part 2 of 3)

Discovering the people who first RECEIVED the Bible.

Last week’s post was devoted to discovering the 40 people God inspired to write the 66 books of the Bible. But what about the people who first read what those 40 people wrote down? (Check out Part 1 if you didn’t read it yet.)

How about a little context? - Part 1

This 3-part series is adapted from the chapter ‘How about a little context?’ in my book Falling in Love with God’s Word: Discovering What God Always Intended Bible Study to Be. You can read reviews or a grab a copy on Amazon. I also cover background studies in my 8-week, online video course Relational Bible Study.

We frequently miss out on some pretty cool stuff if we never think about the different audiences – sometimes vastly different – who were the first readers of what we have as the Bible. For example…

How About A Little Context? (Part 1 of 3)

Discovering the people who WROTE the Bible.

How much thought do you give to the author of a particular book or letter when you are reading the Bible? How about the first readers of that book or letter? Do you put any thought into what they were facing or the surrounding social and political climate?

How about a little context? - Part 2

This 3-part series is adapted from the chapter ‘How about a little context?’ in my book Falling in Love with God’s Word: Discovering What God Always Intended Bible Study to Be. You can read reviews or a grab a copy on Amazon. I also cover background studies in my 8-week, online video course Relational Bible Study.

Instinctively we know the importance of context in other areas of our lives.

For example, think about the sentence “I’ll be back before you know it.” If the person saying it is running to the refrigerator at halftime of the football game, it carries very different meaning than if it was spoken by your child as she boarded a plane bound for her freshman year of college.

It is impossible for us to grasp the big picture for any situation or idea – let alone accurately interpret the details – unless we first know the context. Understanding context can make that same kind of difference when you read a book of the Bible.

When we discover personal details and characteristics of the book’s author, the situations and challenges the author and recipients were facing at the time, and the events occurring in the world around them, we gain an entirely new perspective and depth of understanding for the book.

Taking even ten minutes (or a lot longer if you’d like) to do a background study will provide the necessary context for correctly interpreting and applying a passage to our lives.

There are three basic questions that background studies answer:

  • Who wrote the book? (Author)
  • To whom was the book written? (Audience)
  • What was happening at the time the book was written? (Atmosphere)

Most study Bibles have information at the beginning of each book or in the back of the Bible that provides some context. While this is certainly helpful, I have found this is rarely all the information I want.

Fortunately, you don’t have to own a massive, 300-volume library to do extremely thorough background studies. Do you have access to the internet? (I thought so. After all, you’re reading this.) I won’t go into every resource I use in this post, but you can find lots of amazing – and free! – resources at www.keithferrin.com/resources.

The wonderful thing about background studies is that you can dig as deeply as you want to, or simply skim over a few items to bring a general sense of context to the book you are reading. Background studies also don’t need to be done every day. Think of them as “seasoning” rather than the main dish.

This week – and the next two – I’m going to tackle one of the three types of background studies: Author, Audience and Atmosphere.

My Publisher is Giving Away My Book – Almost – for the Next 4 Days

Today is unbelievably exciting for me…and I wanted to share it with you! For the first time since my book – How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible – came out last May, my publisher is featuring it in their monthly sale!

Read the reviews or buy my book on Amazon!

They let me know this was coming a few weeks ago – but today through Sunday they dropped the price to $1.99!

QUOTE-The goal is relationshipSince you’re reading this blog, my assumption is that my writing, speaking, blogging, etc. have been an encouragement to you. If you believe the message of relational (vs. informational) Bible study would be an encouragement to others as well, would you help me spread the word? [Insert “pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top” here.]

Here are the two reasons I really need your help:

  1. I truly believe this is the message God has called me to share with the world. It has changed my life (and people tell me it has changed theirs too).
  2. Honestly…I want to write more books and publishers look at the traction that’s generated from events like this to determine whether they want to take a chance on an author’s next book.

Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Use this link to buy a copy. (BTW…This is the Amazon link, but my understanding is that it should be $1.99 everywhere for the next five days.)
  • Send one as a gift to someone through Amazon.
  • Copy/Paste this link anywhere and everywhere: http://keithferrin.com/enjoythebible

Amazon Sale - June 2016 - VerticalYou could also copy/paste this “pre-made” Facebook post:

When it comes to reading the Bible, is the conversation in your head more “should” than “want?” If so, this book from @KeithFerrin will help you make the switch. And it’s on sale for only $1.99 (but only until Sunday). http://keithferrin.com/enjoythebible

Or here’s one for Twitter:

If you love to share pictures instead of text, simply hover over any of the three pictures in this post and you should be able to share them with a click on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. In case you want to share them on other platforms (or save them for later), I’ve put the four pictures you see on this page in this public Dropbox folder.

QUOTE-What if God doesnt want to teach you anything today

 

Finally…would you please pray with me that God would use these next five days to get my book into the hands of those who need it? Thanks heaps!

5 Bible Reading Options Designed for Summertime

Summertime is especially hard when it comes to consistency in Bible reading. Kids are out of school. Vacations are taken. Churches typically don’t have any “structured” Bible studies. Small groups frequently take a break. So…what options are there for a Bible study that fits into a summer schedule and can be completed in eight weeks?

5 Bible Reading Options Designed for Summertime

Here are five options I specifically designed to be completed in eight weeks.

How to Drastically Reduce Distractions During Your Time with God

Includes a Free eBook to download, print, or share

Have you lived out this scene? You pour a cup of coffee. You sit down to read the Bible. You pause to pray. And then you realize – before even cracking open your Bible – your mind is pulled in a million different directions.

6 Tips Distraction Free Quiet Time

Why does this happen? After all, you want to be fully present. You want to focus. You want to spend time with God.

And yet the distractions come. More accurately – the distractions bombard! 

It seems like every time a teach a workshop on reading and enjoying the Bible this topic shows up. I get questions about it. I receive emails about it. I see comments on Facebook about it.

We live in a distracted – and distracting – culture.

Hear this clearly: You can focus. You can reduce distractions. You can read, pray, and simply be with God without having your mind wander every 30 seconds.

However, it’s not easy. It takes practice. And it takes intentionality.

I have written a longer post – and recorded a podcast episode for you listeners out there – that dives into greater detail on the 6 Tips for a Distraction-Free Quiet Time. You can read the post or listen to the podcast here (or search “Keith Ferrin” on iTunes).

Today I want to give you – for free – the eBook version.

Get Your Free PDF!

Use the button above (or click the picture of the eBook cover at the top of this post), enter your email address, and I’ll send it to you.

Would you help me spread the word?

Get Your Free PDF!

Thanks for helping me get this in the hands of people who need it. (I would guess that’s all of us!)

Question: What helps you stay focused when you sit down to read the Bible or pray? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

3 Free Websites That Make Bible Word Studies Incredibly Simple!

with Step-by-Step Video

Have you ever heard a pastor say something like “In the original Greek, this word means ABC” or “The people Paul was writing to would have understood this phrase to mean XYZ?” How does he know that? Is my pastor fluent in Greek and Hebrew? Is there some trick he knows that I don’t?

3 Free Websites that Make Bible Word Studies Incredibly Simple

The truth is, it wasn’t too long ago that you would either need a fairly extensive library – or be fluent in Greek and Hebrew – to understand what the original hearers would have known intuitively.

Now, doing a Bible word study is incredibly simple (and the tools are free).