"The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul." -Psalm 19:7a, NIV A few weeks ago I wrote this about spiritual formation: "What if the Bible transforms into sweet manna for one whose stomach is grumbling, loudly..."
This is my prayer for you and me, that God's Word would become our food, the tastiest and most satisfying of morsels. Fortunately, it's now easier than ever to dig in. Check out these five easy (and free) ways to get more Bible in your day:
1. Biblegateway.com parallels - Pick a passage of Scripture and examine a passage side-by-side in a multitude of versions. Great for comparing and digging down to the meaning of a passage. Suggestions: NIV, NLT, ESV, RSV, side-by-side. 2. Biblegateway.com audio, Max McLean - I listened to the entire book of Acts on my iPhone while driving. Good for listening to long—or short—portions of Scripture dramatized. Click on the "continuous play" square. McLean will announce the beginning of each chapter. Truth be told, I'm smitten with McLean's Bible-reading abilities. 3. Dailyaudiobible.com - This amazing community features Brian Hardin, a student of God's Word who has beautifully read the Bible through for this online community for the last seven years. Thanks to Brian and his gang, I'm halfway through listening to the Bible, made even easier by the .99 app I downloaded for my iPhone. What a fantastic idea to read Scripture in community, in 15-20 minutes each day. 4. Read one chapter of Proverbs a day for one month or 31 days. 5. Go deeper. Pick one passage of Scripture—for instance, the Sermon on the Mount—and read all of it each day for five days. Take 5-10 minutes to meditate and write out a key principle from the passage each day. Note what you discovered by reviewing all five days at the end of the week.
Your turn: what's your tip for helping others get "more Bible in their day?" And thanks in advance for sharing.