How do I read through Leviticus?

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Do you have difficulty reading through certain books of the Bible?

Here is my short-list:

  • Revelation
  • Ezekiel
  • Some of the minor prophets (about 9 out of 12…)
  • Parts of Exodus
  • Leviticus

Prophetic books containing apocalyptic language are an obvious challenge. It takes research into the symbolism, a knowledge of the historical time frame, and a good hard look at the context. You can’t just glide through them like you do through the Psalms or Proverbs where the meaning is obvious and the verses highly quotable.

The book of Leviticus is not apocalyptic, it’s laborious. Twenty-seven chapters overflow with detailed rules, regulations, and instructions. It’s a bit like reading the United States Tax Code, only it makes abundantly more sense.

If you are in the midst of your daily bible reading and find your eyes glazing over Leviticus, try the following: Continue reading

Do these words describe you?

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Today, as I was preparing to listen to my daily reading in the YouVersion app, this verse popped up as the “verse of the day.” YouVersion has graphic designers that make these verse images and every so often I post them to Facebook or Twitter. This particular verse jumped out at me today, and I particularly love the emphasis this designer gave to the three words, “joyful, patient, and faithful.”

Now, in the context, this verse is part of a list of “things to be” from Paul the Apostle in the book of Romans. As I looked at this verse this morning, I thought, “Am I joyful, patient, and faithful?” Continue reading

Can you hear me now?

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The gospels are a fascinating study in stubbornness.

Most of the Sanhedrin, the Pharisees, the Scribes, the Chief Priests, and the Elders of the Jewish Nation obstinately refused to listen to Jesus. They were nonplussed by His astounding miracles. So determined were they, to cling to their little sphere of power, that they ignored the voice of the only one who could save them.  Continue reading

Lessons from a silly goose.

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All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, NASB

Never miss a teachable moment—even from a silly goose. Continue reading

Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #5)

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Welcome to another installment of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Define Terms

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Why Study the Bible?

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Last week, I shared with you why I ditched my Bible reading plan, and relayed my current plan for trekking through the book of Romans.

In the past week and a half, I have read through Romans three times. I’ve read and reread various chapters, trying to grasp the bigger picture of the letter. I thought, perhaps, that if I focused solely on Romans, I would draw more from the text.

Sadly, I STILL found myself continuing to tune out, fighting to keep my mind on the task at hand.

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Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip#4)

img_2069Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Use Visual Aids

It was a real mustard seed, small and insignificant. I peered curiously into the glass vial with amazement before passing it to my friend. Mrs. Fike had brought the little seed to our Bible class to help us grasp Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed. Mrs. Fike watched us pass around the vial and said, “Jesus taught: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.’” This little seed becomes a tree? Wow! Even as a little second grader, it was an indelible illustration. Continue reading

Why I Ditched My Bible Reading Plan

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Three days ago, I ditched my daily bible reading plan. Not the habit, mind you, just my appointed plan… We had a “falling out” of sorts. Continue reading

Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #3)

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Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Review isn’t for dummies

If you have the opportunity to teach a class with the same person (or people) more than once, do not hesitate to review. It gives you, as a teacher, a pulse on what information has been retained and what the student does (or does not) already know. Continue reading

Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #2)

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Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Consider the Context

When we are preparing a class or discussing scripture with someone, always be mindful of these three important rules: Continue reading