When you have a sodium deficiency, your body craves salty foods. You might not even notice that you’re craving salty foods in particular, but your body is reacting to that deficiency by creating a desire for something that restores it.
When you have a spiritual deficiency, your soul craves life-giving food. Your soul is reacting to a deficiency by creating a desire to be restored.
Craving more of God? More out of your faith? More authenticity?
Junk food for your soul won’t cut it.
Over and over again I hear people relate how reading the Bible – consistently – satisfied their cravings.
“I want to thank God for somehow giving me this idea to read the Bible. It made me reflect a ton, learn a ton and I absolutely feel more spiritual, and more happy.” Craig K.
“The words I read in the Bible were so strong, so meaningful, and they spoke so loudly to me that they seemed to jump off the page. There were many “aha” moments, epiphanies of sorts.” Emily D.
“Reading the Bible changed my life forever. Before then, my understanding of Scripture was like a collage of little pictures glued together on a poster board.” Jennifer C.
New Testament Reading Plan
In 2017 we’re focusing on reading the entire New Testament at North Pointe.
You can encounter Jesus – not just His words – everyday of the year. Think of what He can do in your life.
This reading plan will take you through one New Testament chapter each day, starting with the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark.
I can’t encourage you enough to start off 2017 with your Bible.
5 Ways To Dig Deeper
1. Underline or highlight key words or phrases in the Bible passage. Use a pen or highlighter to mark new discoveries from the text. Periodically review your markings to see what God is teaching you.
2. Put it into your own words. Read the passage or verse slowly, then rewrite each phrase or sentence using your own words.
3. Ask and answer some questions. Questions unlock new discoveries and meanings. Ask questions about the passage using these words: who, what, why, when, where, or how. Jot down some thoughts on how you would answer these questions.
4. Capture the big idea. God’s Word communicates big ideas. Periodically ask, “What’s the big idea in this sentence, paragraph, or chapter?”
5. Personalize the meaning. When God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we must respond. A helpful habit is personalizing the Bible through application. Ask: How can my life be different today as I respond to what I’m reading?
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