10 Great Hacks to Bible Study

10 Great Hacks to Bible Study

We all might have witnessed that the real distraction might come when one starts to read the Scriptures. Satan never likes when one starts to invest his or her time in the Word of God, which is the truth and strength for soul, mind and body. Many read the Bible because of traditional practice, compulsion or like a usual procedure, and this doesn’t make one’s life get align with God. Scripture is God-Breathed and spending some quality time in the presence of God can take us closer to God and dwell in His presence. Are you serious about studying the Bible? Here are some great hacks to Bible study, which can help you to elevate your Bible Study creatively and skillfully with some everyday things unique to the Christian walk.

  1. Airplane Mode For Distraction-Free Bible Study:

Most of us want to study the Bible without interaction, but they are often foiled by distraction. This generation has started to study the Bible through Apps, but with the floods of apps in the gadgets and with the notifications, it is really hard to spend the time in the Word of God. 

Try to make use of Print Bible which gives a real feel of reading with the text.

To have a good time it is advised to TURN ON AIRPLANE MODE. This would block your data, text, and calls until you finish up with your Bible study. No more tempting distractions! We need to prioritize the Word of God.

  • Opt a Bible Study System that works:

The acronym S.O.A.K. methods work a lot with regards to Bible study.

Write out a Scripture verse or passage.

Write out your Observation of that verse or passage (The things which settled on your thoughts, the verses which spoke to you, key aspects of main characters, who is this passage talking to, etc.)

3. Write out an Application – how you can apply this particular verse or Scripture passage in your day to today’s life. 

4.   Kneel in prayer. Writing your prayers is a wonderful practice in slowly thinking about what you want to say to God. Plus it helps to keep us focused on prayer.

  • Find a Quite Place

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

Finding a quiet place can produce a great difference in your Bible study process. Many munches on the Word of God on their go in their busy schedule, but finding a place to dwell in the Word helps us to focus. By setting yourself a quiet place to read, pray, and meditate on the Word helps to “reset” the rest of your life in a positive way. 

  • Color Code Your Devotional Reading

Many might be already practicing this; however, this could be an ideal hack to make your Bible study more effective. Rather than using highlighters on the pages which could bleed through and can be costly sometimes. Instead, make use of colored pencils. They don’t bleed and pleasing effects on your devotional passage, and more importantly, you can erase. 

  • Team Up

The ideal way to keep yourself motivated is to team up with an accountability partner. By opting for a partner and creating a good Bible Study devotional plan together can elevate your study to a different level. Moreover, you can not only challenge one another to stay focused but will benefit in the fellowship of sharing your devotional thoughts.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. –Matthew 18:19

  • Put your Bible in an easily accessible place. 

This doesn’t look to like a great deal. However, in our hectic lifestyle, we could easily postpone reading and studying the Word of God. It is better to place your Bible in a place where you can see them and reach it. Having in an accessible place gives us a constant reminder of the Word of God.  

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 The list of great hacks for Bible study could not be complete without highlighting the official N.I.V. lifehack Bible. One of the best in the markets which give “lifehacking” methods to provide practical and also achievable tools for your Bible study so that you can grow more in the Word of God. They offer skills to help you grow in your Christian walk. 

  • Get your Bible study notebook.

Your Bible Study notebook is one of the much-needed tools to progress in your Scripture study. You can find a free Bible study notebook available online, which can help you to achieve your goals. This notebook aids you to pen down your key points, thoughts which ministered you while you were meditating and studying the Bible. We could quickly forget the things which Holy Spirit gives at the time of devotion, and this could be a treasure when you write down in the notebook.

  • Set shorter reading goals – 

Many would have made a new year resolution to study the Bible daily; however, we might have dropped our resolutions as days passed. If you are not a regular Bible reader, then you have to consider looking for shorter reading goals. This could be a great hack as periodic milestones may keep you going where that Dec. 31 stop date may seem too far out in the future.

  1. Have An Email Devotionals Account

It’s easy to find ourselves with the best intentions of doing devotionals but are quickly derailed by new emails. If you like receiving your devotionals by email, consider creating an account just for that purpose. By not signing into or opening your other email accounts, it will allow you to stay focused on your time with God.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3

What is faith?

What is faith?

The Struggle with Faith

What is faith? “It is the trust, assurance and confidence in God” (Jim Haeeffele, What is Faith). This area has been one tremendous test for me. One of the biggest struggles of my faith have been questioning whether God is real, whether God hears my prayers, and what am I doing wrong?

All of my life, the church has been a strong foundation within my family and upbringing. We traveled to church almost every Sunday. The importance of service and love were expressed, as members guided me into ushering, singing in the choir, leading youth groups, giving Sunday speeches, and more. Even as an adult, service is still very important to me. However, at this point, the decisions were mine to make as to how my contributions would be invested in the church. My faith was in action.

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However, as my journey of life continued, more experiences arrived. It felt as though after eleven grade, my life was not going according to plan and my efforts were in vain. I recall a night as I slept in my truck because I didn’t have the money to buy a hotel room or pay my extended stay fee for the week, another series of unfortunate events leading to that moment.

Crouched down and hoping no one would see and question whether I was alive, drunk, or a number of things other than just having a hard time with life’s resources. Living check to check after having surgery, a boss that didn’t honor my FMLA request causing my funds to be depleted and losing my job and apartment, and so many other things had gotten me here. It was a bad year. And this particular night, pay day was in a few days. The goal was to survive until that point. Don’t even get me started on shuffling this experience with my kids and their dad. It was a true test of my faith.

Matthew 17:20 kept coming to my mind. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain. ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” My faith was present so why was I in this position. Why had there been so many experiences that continued to keep me feeling broken, unheard, and unloved by God? Is God really real or a myth designed to control people?

What was I doing wrong? Why was I being punished? Prayer? Daily. Active in church? Of course. Authentically and lovingly, I motivated and encouraged others. Nothing was coming together, only falling apart. It was a strain to believe in a God that wasn’t listening to me.

Many times I thought why even try. Information was being presented to me from many sources that God wasn’t real and a work of fiction. Chasing truth caused me to follow a trail seeking answers, demanding concrete proof of God’s existence, and trying to remove my own doubts. My faith was struggling.

There are times questions still surface if God hears me or is punishing me. The biggest struggle sometimes is knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is here, protecting me, providing, and loving me. There are times when I feel God has finally heard my prayer and I’m making progress… and that gets derailed and I’m back at square one.

No, my relationship isn’t based on giving me a reward in order to believe. No, it is the desire for clarity more than anything. Have you ever heard people say God told them to do this or that? Well, I haven’t heard that voice.  However, my dreams while sleeping have put me in places that said, “God I hear you.” There have been many situations in which gratitude overflows for all the times that I have survived or been spared. Wisdom has been sought on how to use that knowledge to guide and help others.

Faith. It is exactly that. Believing when you can’t always see something but  knowing that a Power and love greater than you is watching over you. And it is all in God’s plan and for a purpose. Finally, my mind and heart grasped the idea that everything will not be understood, but remain focused toward the goal.  Externally, my life is still a work in progress. Yes, doubts still surface. My reward daily has been tapping into a place of peace in the midst of a world that can be unforgiving and unyielding from the weight it can bring into your life. My faith in God is my peace.

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Where’s the faith?

Where’s the faith?

What is faith? “It is the trust, assurance and confidence in God” (Jim Haeeffele, What is Faith). This area has been one tremendous test for me. One of the biggest struggles of my faith have been questioning whether God is real, whether God hears my prayers, and what am I doing wrong?

All of my life, the church has been a strong foundation within my family and upbringing. We traveled to church almost every Sunday. The importance of service and love were expressed, as members guided me into ushering, singing in the choir, leading youth groups, giving Sunday speeches, and more. Even as an adult, service is still very important to me. However, at this point, the decisions were mine to make as to how my contributions would be invested in the church. My faith was in action.

However, as my journey of life continued, more experiences arrived. It felt as though after eleven grade, my life was not going according to plan and my efforts were in vain. I recall a night as I slept in my truck because I didn’t have the money to buy a hotel room or pay my extended stay fee for the week, another series of unfortunate events leading to that moment.

Crouched down and hoping no one would see and question whether I was alive, drunk, or a number of things other than just having a hard time with life’s resources. Living check to check after having surgery, a boss that didn’t honor my FMLA request causing my funds to be depleted and losing my job and apartment, and so many other things had gotten me here. It was a bad year. And this particular night, pay day was in a few days. The goal was to survive until that point. Don’t even get me started on shuffling this experience with my kids and their dad. It was a true test of my faith.

Matthew 17:20 kept coming to my mind. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain. ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” My faith was present so why was I in this position. Why had there been so many experiences that continued to keep me feeling broken, unheard and unloved by God. Is God really real or a myth designed to control people?

What was I doing wrong? Why was I being punished? Prayer? Daily. Active in church? Of course. Authentically and lovingly, I motivated and encouraged others. Nothing was coming together, only falling apart. It was a strain to believe in a God that wasn’t listening to me.

Many times I thought why even try. Information was being presented to me from many sources that God wasn’t real and a work of fiction. Chasing truth caused me to follow a trail seeking answers, demanding concrete proof of God’s existence, and trying to remove my own doubts. My faith was struggling.

There are times questions still surface if God hears me or is punishing me. The biggest struggle sometimes is knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is here, protecting me, providing, and loving me. There are times when I feel God has finally heard my prayer and I’m making progress… and that gets derailed and I’m back at square one.

No, my relationship isn’t based on giving me a reward in order to believe. No, it is the desire for clarity more than anything. Have you ever heard people say God told them to do this or that? Well, I haven’t heard that voice.  However, my dreams while sleeping have put me in places that said, “God I hear you.” There have been many situations in which gratitude overflows for all the times that I have survived or been spared. Wisdom has been sought on how to use that knowledge to guide and help others. Faith. It is exactly that. Believing when you can’t always see something but  knowing that a Power and love greater than you is watching over you. And it is all in God’s plan and for a purpose. Finally, my mind and heart grasped the idea that everything will not be understood, but remain focused toward the goal.  Externally, my life is still a work in progress. Yes, doubts still surface. My reward daily has been tapping into a place of peace in the midst of a world that can be unforgiving and unyielding from the weight it can bring into your life. My faith in God is my peace

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Insomnia in popular culture

Insomnia in popular culture

Insomnia has been a featured disorder from many factors such as books and movies. Two cult classics one is a book titled Insomnia wrote by horror novelist Stephen King and the other is the Robert DeNiro film from 1976 Taxi Driver. There have been 28 songs written and recorded about insomnia and among the artists who recorded a song were Vanessa Carlton, Green Day, Radiohead, and Tenacious D. The most popular film based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel that was a hit about 6 years ago was Fight Club with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt and the lead character was a manic insomniac. This seems to be the most common form of sleeping disorder to the point that movies and songs were made about this problem.

People aren’t aware that this is a problematic issue for those who suffer from this. It’s not healthy to go without sleep because it can affect your immune system making you prone to catching things like the flu and colds. Not getting any rest can cause severe disorientation because your body wasn’t given an opportunity to rest and recuperate.

This is what drove the designer coffee movement up like the sprawl of coffee shops from Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, Seattle’s Best, and Caribou Coffee since you had a lot of late-nighters consisting of mainly people working in hospitals and college students who had to pull late nighters and cram sessions and needed to stay awake so when coffee wasn’t working they bought this over the counter pill called Vivarin which is equal to about 2 cups of coffee when you take the prescribed dosage.

It’s usually not a good idea to take Vivarin because it can interfere with your body’s ability to sleep and rest normally. You’ll find more college students getting sick a lot because they’re forcing their bodies to do things that aren’t normal like staying up super late and not getting at least 6 hours of sleep. Rest also provides your body’s digestive system to rest which makes up about 70% of your immune system so it’s ideal to sleep when necessary and taking short naps also works as a re-energizer to give you a burst of energy that works much better than coffee or caffeine pills.

That can become resistant since a lot of coffee drinkers tend to get very tired after a certain point and that’s due in part to the fact that you build up a resistance after having a few cups of coffee or cans of Coke so meaning it won’t keep you awake it will accelerate the rate of how fast you’ll start to feel sleepy.

So seeing pop culture idolize such a disorder is unknown unless the person who wrote the book or penned the song has a problem with it and decided to write or sing about it. The reason for it is unknown, but it’s rather interesting since a song can tell a story and the same of a book, but it’s obviously influenced a slew of songs, a few movies and a series of books where the characters are suffering from some kind of sleeping disorder from mild to severe.

A healthy diet is essential for optimal energy and a night of restful sleep. Avoiding certain foods is as important as including others in your daily diet. Eating a wide variety of foods and drinking plenty of water will keep your body well- balanced and provide a more stable energy level. Avoiding food that is grown, treated, or processed with chemicals, and limiting the amount of sugar and caffeine will also help your overall physical condition. Many foods promote restful sleep and are helpful in relieving some of the symptoms of certain sleep disorders. Eating the proper snack before bedtime can increase natural serotonin levels. Serotonin acts as a natural sedative and is made in the body from the amino acid tryptophan. Foods that are rich in tryptophan include chicken, turkey, cheese, cottage cheese, fish, milk, nuts, avocados, and bananas.

Many people use herbs and natural supplements as an alternative approach to treating their sleep disorder. There are many nutritional supplements and herbal products on the market. It is important to know how a specific product acts on the body as well as on the specific sleep disorder. For example, many people with restless leg syndrome have iron or folic acid deficiency. Taking an iron supplement may alleviate some of the symptoms of RLS. Many herbs are well known for promoting natural sleep. A clamming tea of chamomile or lemon balm can be very relaxing for many people that suffer from a sleep disorder.

Exercise and relaxation techniques, whether used alone or together, can reduce stress and muscle tension. Many people that use these techniques to lessen the symptoms of a sleep disorder do these before going to bed. They not only ease physical tension but they calm the mind and prepare the body to sleep. These techniques include mindful exercise, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, and yoga.

Meditation and visualization are also used by some sufferers of sleep disorders to calm the body before sleep. Two common forms of mediation are a meditation on breath and mantra meditation. Both of these types can have a positive effect on relieving stress and calming the body. Many people focus their energy on a healing visualization as a method of alternative therapy for their sleep disorder.

Sensory techniques that people use to lessen the symptoms of their sleep disorder are hydrotherapy, and aroma therapy. The two main techniques included in hydrotherapy, which means water therapy, are relaxing in an Epsom salt bath and a lymph stimulating footbath. Aroma therapy includes the use of therapeutic essential oils in baths, massage oils, room sprays, and simple inhalants.

Alternative behavioral and cognitive strategies used to combat the symptoms of a sleep disorder include improving a person’s sleep hygiene, stimulus control therapy, and journal writing.

Alternative practices and techniques can help many types of sleep disorders. Often they are used in conjunction with traditional medication and practices.

THE TRIAL OF FAITH

THE TRIAL OF FAITH


“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have of a mustard
seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will
move. Nothing will be impossible for you”
In the midst of all the confusion in the world today, God has never
changed. We have listened to everything and everybody to find an
answer to all our problems today. It seems like the world walks over
you instead of walking with you. We live in a very selfish world. It seems
like every man for himself. You have wonder where is trust.
The truth is we are looking in the wrong places, at the wrong things, and
depending on the wrong people. We have to learn to depend on God.
As we have probably heard, God is our help when we are ever in danger.
He is a shadow when we need to hide. He is the wind in our sails when
we need to move on. He is the fire in our veins when we need to be
revived. He is the fountain we drink from when we are thirsty for love.
Our faith gets drained every day when we focus on things that seems
to bring negativity into our presence. We sometimes believe that these
things will overwhelm us with no way out. We have to remember that
this battle that we are going through is not physical, it is spiritual.
The devil wants us to believe that nothing is possible through God.
He wants to very much weaken your faith God, but we have to remember
not to trust him because he is a liar. If we are a true believer then we know
that God is true. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding. THE GOOD NEWS: if you
put your complete trust in the Lord,your life straight and lead you down the right path. Mark 9:23 tells us
“Jesus said to him” if you can believe? All things are possible for one who
believes”. THE GOOD NEWS: If you can erase your doubts and try to
believe in Christ, amazing things can happen for you. 2 Timothy 4:7 says
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the
faith.” THE GOOD NEWS: If you keep your faith close, the Lord will be
with you every step of the way throughout your life, especially when you
need him most. He will be your guide.

Romans 10:1 “So faith from coming from hearing and hearing the word of
Christ” THE GOOD NEWS: A large part of your faith comes from learning,
believing, listening, and acting out the words in the bible. The deeper you
dive into the word of the Lord the deeper your faith will grow,
Mark 10:52 tells us “ Go said Jesus “Your faith has healed you” Immediately
he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
THE GOOD NEWS: Jesus will lead you wherever you want to go in life,
and he’ll give you the path and the sight to get there.
The scriptures in the bible speak nothing but the truth, It gives us
Motivation to be strong in our faith. There is a saying “when the going gets
Tough, the tough get going”. Jesus is telling us we have to be determined
To not let the advisory to overwhelm us. If God is for you, then what can
Overwhelm you.


BRYON E. GOULD

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