FreebiesWe all need some help to go deeper into the Bible.
Alli understands the Bible can be disorienting. She wants to help set good foundations in place as you read it; whether that’s understanding a timeline, a piece of theology or having some key questions to ask yourself before you even open a book. Come here (and check back often!) for tips, helps and free downloads to help you understand more as you read. Alli loves to help make you make better sense of the whole Bible so it comes alive first in your mind and then your heart.
Paul planted many of the churches to whom he wrote letters. The timeline shows where he traveled and planted churches and when he wrote letters back to them.
Paul wrote most of the New Testament letters so it helps to understand the way he sees the story of God and humanity (in Romans 5). This view is behind many of his letters.
Read from bottom to top for how the letter of James sees the relationship between God, wisdom and the heart, love, and actions of true faith.
The Lord’s Prayer is a good start to talk with God. Using it will build confidence that you’re “doing it right.” (No one thinks they do!) Jesus taught this as the pattern for his disciples.
Use the Psalms to talk with God by rewriting one. This is just one little approach that will also help you “translate” what the psalmist is really saying into your own thoughts. Win win.
These are simple prayers to pray in one breath throughout your day. Each was taken from words or ideas in John 15 where Jesus promises his abiding presence to us.
When you come across an interesting or difficult word or concept in the Bible, these are great steps to follow for richer understanding. (Maybe print and make it your bookmark!)
If you’re committed to getting the most understanding from a book, use the first 5 questions before you begin and the next 5 as you read. Starting well and reading well is so much better.
Sloooooooow down as you read and use this to soak in what you encounter in scripture. When you’re done, you’ll own it.
(Alli’s favorite is diagramming a sentence but try them all! )