Has this ever happened to you? You read the Bible in the morning, and yet, later that very same day, you can’t remember what you read?! Ugh.
Today’s episode unpacks the best way I have found to actually remember what you read. And the beautiful thing is…it’s simple.
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This episode goes hand-in-hand with what we discussed in the last episode. If you haven’t listened to that one it would be a great place to start, since I reference it several times in this episode.
So…how do you actually remember what you read in the Bible? What’s the trick?
It may sound overly simple, but it comes down to one word: repetition. Hanging out in one book of the Bible until you know it. Repetition is simple. But it just works.
There are three enormous benefits to repetition.
- What gets repeated gets remembered. There is no substitute for repetition when you want to make something stick. And it works whether you want to it or not. (Ever get a song from a kids’ show stuck in your head you wish would go away?!)
- Repetition leads to more frequent conversations with God. This is one of the coolest benefits I have experienced from repetition. I take a look at my own experience with this as well as why and how it happens.
- Repetition is the precursor to enjoying detailed study. When we dive into deep, detailed study right away, it can be very academic and “heady.” When we read – and repeat – the big picture before detailed study, then the deeper study is more like an intimate conversation with a friend we know and love.
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Resource of the Week (Listen at 6:05)
The app is the YouVersion Bible App. The app is free, and completely integrates with their online Bible – also free – for your computer. It’s the #1 Bible app out there. If you don’t already have it on your smartphone, simply search for “Bible” or “YouVersion” or you can click here.
The feature you might not be aware of is that the audio version of nine different translations (including the NIV, NLT, ESV, and KJV) are baked right into the application. You can’t download them, but you can listen via wifi (or your data connection if you have unlimited data).
I use this in my car quite a bit. A vast majority of people who download my Bible presentations tell me that the car is the #1 place they listen to it. But there are many books of the Bible I haven’t recorded. The YouVersion Bible App is free, probably in your favorite translation, and it’s the whole Bible. Can’t beat that!
In this episode, I decided to answer the two most common questions I get whenever I speak on the topic of “Watching the Movie.”
- How many times should I repeat a book of the Bible before moving on? (Listen at 26:05) This is the most common question I get whenever I speak on repetition. I share my “30 times in 30 days” rule as well as how longer books differ from shorter books.
- Ryan asks: Are Bible “reading” and Bible “study” mutually exclusive? Can deep study be relational? (Listen at 29:15) Ryan shares his own struggle with reading the Word and asks a very important question. The short answers to these questions are “no” and then “yes.” Take a listen for the longer answer.
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The Next Episode:
- The Simplest Way to Keep Your Mind Focused. We will unpack Tip #6 from my new book.
What question would you like me to answer on the next episode (or a future episode)?
Links (People, Info, and Resources) from Episode 008:
- This episode is based on Tip #5 from my newest book – 10 Tips for Liking the Bible (Because Believing It’s True Is Not Enough)
- Mariners Church – Where I’m speaking this Saturday at the men’s breakfast.
- The YouVersion Bible App – If you have a smartphone (Windows, iPhone, Android, or Blackberry) get this app.
- Podcast artwork – Brian Gage at Pipe & Tabor.
- Intro/Outro music – Dan Carollo of CeltoGrass Music.
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