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How to study the Bible

Approaching Bible study may seem like a daunting task. But God intends for us to study His Word, no matter where we are in our Christian walk and growth.

The question, "How do I study the Bible?" is not just for new Christians. Anyone interested in studying the Bible will benefit from thinking about how to study it. In 2 Timothy 2:15, the Apostle Paul wrote, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth" (NIV). The Greek phrase translated "correctly handle" (orthotomeo) also means to "guide on a straight path." As we study the Bible, it's important we do our best to stay on the straight path when it comes to interpreting and understanding it.

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Why Study the Bible?

by Robert Velarde

Most articles about studying the Bible jump right into the topic at hand. This article will take a different approach by first asking the question, Why study the Bible? This is both practical and foundational. It is practical because we will learn real reasons why studying the Bible is important, but it is also foundational because it will prepare us for future discussions on the importance of Bible study.

While not an exhaustive list, below are eight reasons for studying the Bible:

Cultural literacy

To learn what it says firsthand

Personal edification

To help others

Jesus

Because it is God's Word to us

To know God better

Avoiding error

Cultural Literacy

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A Pagan America Is Cause for Excitement

 
By Wade Burleson,
Christian Post

 "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us" (II Corinthians 4:7).

I saw my first Catfish television show this week. My son told me about it. Very few people over thirty years of age have probably seen the show, but most people under thirty probably watch every episode. It is a documentary about people creating false on-line profiles and then engaging in on-line relationships with other people, all the while pretending to be somebody other than who they really are. The show is raunchy. The show is ridiculous. The show is revealing.

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American Evangelist Arrested for Preaching Homosexuality Is a Sin

 
 
By Melissa Barnhart, Christian Post Reporter
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Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County, Calif., was arrested in London, England, earlier this week for preaching on abstaining from sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual, in downtown Wimbledon. He was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult," Miano said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday.

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U2's Bono Discusses Faith, Helping Others

By Katherine Weber
Christian Post Reporter

Bono, the lead singer of the highly-successful Irish rock band  U2, recently sat down with Jim Daly of the nonprofit group Focus on the Family  to discuss everything from his children, to his love for his wife of 30 years,  Ali Hewson, to his knowledge of Scripture.

While speaking with Daly at the American Bible Society in New York City  recently, Bono's talk particularly focused on helping others, as seen through  his ONE campaign, which he co-founded in 2004 to fight extreme poverty and  HIV/AIDS, particularly in Africa. The  campaign seeks to use advocacy, media and policy to raise public awareness  regarding issues such as preventable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, extreme  poverty, child mortality, education, and malaria.

Bono told Daly that he has chosen to put so much time and energy into the ONE  Campaign because to him, "love is to realize the potential of others."

"The job of love is to realize potential. When you see lives squandered in  the developing world because they cannot get access to medicines that we buy or they can't vaccinate their kids for measles, then you know something's up.  The job of love is to realize that potential," Bono said.

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