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How to Encounter God Through the Bible

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Reading the Bible can be difficult! In this video, I share with you how to read the Bible for transformation rather than information.

Lectio Divina consists of three steps:
1. Readying your heart, mind, and spirit to encounter God.
2. Reading the passage and looking for the specific word or phrase addressed to you.
3. Resolving to live out what the Bible teaches.

What are some helpful techniques you have learned in order to understand the Bible better? Let me know by leaving a comment!

Three Books YOU Should Read!

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I recently wrote a blog post explaining the statement “Leaders are readers.” If you haven’t read that yet, click HERE and check it out!

I want to recommend three AWESOME books I have read recently.

  1. Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung

This book is great probably because it is about the greatest book ever written (well, technically collection of books; namely, the Bible!) DeYoung goes into detail explaining what it means for the Bible to be knowable, necessary, and enough. One of the best things about this book is how short it is. It is a very easy read and theological primer for those who either have questions about or would like to learn more about the Bible. So… READ IT!

 

  1. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Yup, another book by DeYoung. He is a great writer and is able to make difficult and complex topics easy to understand for the average person. The subtitle for this book explains why it is so awesome, this is what it says – “How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc.” If you want to understand the will of God, read this book!

 

  1. Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

What the world needs is positive role models, especially those who are men. The vast majority of modern movies, sitcoms, and songs make men appear like incompetent, ignorant, and foolish cave dwellers. Unfortunately, many young guys are following in those exact footsteps and the only goals they aspire to is having sex with as many women as they can and beating their last high score on a video game.

Eric Metaxas lays out mini biographies on seven different men in order to inspire us to lead lives that make a difference. The seven men that Metaxas cover are George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles W. Colson.


Leaders ARE readers. What are some books you have read recently that you would recommend? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Leaders ARE Readers.

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Leaders are readers.

I have no idea who first shared that statement. It is something I hear numerous times in leadership and yet it is often overlooked. If you are going to lead, you NEED to be reading; not just in your area of study but in all disciplines (to a certain degree).

Below are three reasons YOU need to be reading a wide variety of books/blogs on a daily basis.

  1. Reading connects you with the past.

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of dead people that have much more wisdom than you or I. Most of my favorite books are written by people who have been dead for centuries. The really beneficial aspect of reading old books is that the wisdom has been tested and proven true.

Truth is timeless.

If the book is sharing REAL truth then it will stand the test of time. If the writing is more focused on pop psychology and fads, no one will remember it 100 years from now – so why read it? If the book has stood the test of time, you NEED to be learning from it.

  1. Reading allows you to have a conversation with people you will (probably) never meet.

If you are going to grow both as a person and a leader, you need to be around people who are farther along than you are in your field of study. This is the reason mentors are so important; they can share wisdom and experience with you.

Reading is a conversation.

One of the reasons I find reading so beneficial is that it is not a lecture. You are able to read, ponder, and meditate at your own speed as you study literature. I love to journal and speak my thoughts verbally as I read a book. It allows me to digest the information and, in a way, have a conversation with the author who has much more experience, knowledge, and wisdom in their specific field than I do.

  1. Reading improves your writing and speaking ability.

Being able to write efficiently and speak pervasively are arguably the most important skills you will ever develop. If you want to make a difference and impact the world (which I hope we all do) you NEED to be able to clearly express yourself as both a dynamic speaker and influential writer.

Don’t believe me? Do a Google search for “skills that employers look for” and I guarantee both writing and speaking will make virtually every top ten list you can find.

By spending time reading both modern and historic literature, you will expand your vocabulary and have a better understanding of others’ viewpoints. When you are reading the works of another person, you are able to enter into their thoughts; this will help you immensely both to understand and connect with your audience.


Reading connects you with the past, allows you to converse with various authors, and improves your writing and speaking ability.

How has reading helped YOU grow as both a person and a leader? Leave a comment and let me know!