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Bible Reading Tip #16 - Online Study Tools

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

Codex Aureus of LorschSo maybe you have decided to read the Bible in one year. Good for you! Now you are struggling with the very practical question: Where can I find Bible study tools?

In previous months we've looked at how to pick a study Bible and where to read the Bible online.

Here's another way to study the Bible:

3. Use online study tools

Many people want to study the Bible, but with study tools embedded. For this purpose, there are many dynamic study resources. One of the best -- 

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Bible Reading Tip #15 - Read the Bible Online

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

So maybe you have decided to read the Bible in one year, or three years, or three months. Good for you! Now you are struggling with the very practical question: What Bible should I read?

Many of us try to figure out whether we should read the Bible from a good study edition (and which one?) or whether we should read it online, on our mobile device, or Kindle.

Last month we looked at how to pick a study Bible.

Here's another way to read the Bible:

2. Read a free

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Bible Reading Tip #14 - Pick a Study Bible

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

Matthew -- Lindisfarne, 7th CenturySo you have decided to read the Bible in one year, or three, or three months, but you are struggling with the very practical question: What Bible should I read? Many of us try to figure out whether we should read the bible from a good study edition (and which one) or whether we should read it online, on our mobile device, or Kindle.

So here's one way to read the Bible:

Read a print Study Bible

I have two favorites. The Lutheran Study Bible is the one we give our

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Sing about Heaven - Bible Reading Tip

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Songs and hymns that describe the glorious splendors of heaven abound.

One spiritual, "I Got Shoes," focuses on the basics -- shoes, a robe, wings, and a harp. And it promises freedom from hypocrisy: "Everybody talkin' 'bout heaven ain't goin' there."

The song depicts a simple, joyful freedom:

I got shoes, you got shoes, all God's children got shoes
When I get to heaven gonna put on my shoes
I'm gonna walk all over God's heaven, heaven, heaven
Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't goin' there heaven,

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How is the Bible Organized? - Karoline Lewis

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Well, it depends on whose Bible you are talking about.

If you are a mainline Protestant, that is, not Roman Catholic, your Bible is made up of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Old Testament is organized into four parts: the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Writings, and the Prophets.

  • The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. You may also hear it referred to as the Torah.
  • The Historical Books

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Bible Reading Tip: Why are there chapter and verse numbers?

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Genesis 1: In the beginning (Creative Commons image by Lizzie Pridmore on Flickr)4First, a Little Exercise

5Think of a favorite Bible verse (for example, my theme verse is Psalm 94:8: Understand, O dullest of the people). 6Add the numbers together (example: 94+8=102). 7Multiply them by two, for the two testaments in the Bible (102x2 =204). 8Substract 66 for the number of books in the Bible (204-66=138). 9Take the square root, just because it is fun (11.74). 10You know what it means?

11ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

12This little exercise is, like my high-school attempts at romance, an

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