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Seven Tips to Develop Your Own Bible Reading Plan

bible-study-man-treeA man who became a Christian bought a
Bible. He said, “Have you seen this thing?”

The Bible is daunting. At roughly
770,000 words, that’s about 2,500 normal book pages–equivalent to 12
non-fiction books!

Bible reading falls into that special
category of things we all know are important but struggle to do, like
diet and exercise.

Every year since 1988 I’ve read the
Bible cover to cover. This is certainly not required, but I’ve
learned some things along the way that may be helpful to you.

Seven Tips to Develop Your Own Bible Reading Plan

Seven Tips to Develop Your Own Bible Reading Plan

bible-study-man-treeA man who became a Christian bought a
Bible. He said, “Have you seen this thing?”

The Bible is daunting. At roughly
770,000 words, that’s about 2,500 normal book pages–equivalent to 12
non-fiction books!

Bible reading falls into that special
category of things we all know are important but struggle to do, like
diet and exercise.

Every year since 1988 I’ve read the
Bible cover to cover. This is certainly not required, but I’ve
learned some things along the way that may be helpful to you.

Suffering: Why We Shouldn’t Try to Avoid It

Suffering: Why We Shouldn’t Try to Avoid It

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C. S. Lewis wrote in The Problem
of Pain
: “If God were good, He would wish to make His
creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty, He would be able to
do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore, God lacks
either goodness, or power, or both. This is the problem of pain in its
simplest form.”

Of the many questions raised by suffering
and evil, these four capture most of the heart issues:

  1. Does God know? (the issue of His omniscience)
  2. Does God care?·(the issue of His benevolence and love)
  3. Can He do anything about it? (the issue of His omnipotence)
  4. If He knows, cares, and can do something about it, why doesn’t He?·(the·issue of His purposes and will)

So much about suffering and evil remains opaque and impenetrable. On the other
hand, a lot is knowable.

Surviving Mid-Wife Crisis

Before you judge your wife for letting herself go, take a good look at the man in your mirror.

 

Sometimes it’s physical–wrinkles and sagging body parts. Other times a raging boredom sets in. Sometimes it’s a career that goes awry. Sometimes it’s just a simple unhappiness with the way your life is turning out. A man looks at his wife one morning and thinks, Maybe I should trade in my 40 for two 20s.

Forty percent of first marriages eventually end in divorce. Will yours? Many of these dissolutions take place during midlife.

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