Are you Bored of Reading your Bible?

Have you ever gotten bored of doing the same thing over and over?

Most of us have. And if  we are honest, we’ve experienced boredom in our spiritual walk as well. It’s like anything else in our lives. Take work for example: If you do the same thing every day with little or no change or opportunity to grow, you will get bored.

The same thing happens to us when our bible study and prayer times with God become stagnant, stale, and repetitive. We feel like it’s just a chore, something you have to check off before the day ends as opposed to diving into it with eagerness and enthusiasm.

Here are a few signs of boredom that you might experience in your spiritual life:

  1. You don’t apply God’s word to your life
  2. You are not learning much from the Bible
  3. You are unable to share what you are learning when people ask
  4. Every time you pray or read, you can’t wait to finish so you can go on with your day

Granted, most of us, if not all encounter lulls in our spiritual journey. However, it only becomes a problem when these signs are Patterns in your life as opposed to isolated episodes. There have been many times where I’ve felt uninspired and reluctant to study the Word or even pray to God; nonetheless, I’ve learned from these moments and discovered new ways to keep my relationship with Him exciting and meaningful.

If boredom is something you experience often in your Bible study, see below some ideas that may help bolster your faith and get excited about the Bible again.

Study out a Character in the Bible

If you haven’t done so, this type of study will give you an accurate picture of God’s people. For example, I grew up hearing great things about David, the shepherd boy who defeated the Philistine giant Goliath, but that’s all I knew. Although an inspiring story, this was all I knew about David, that he was a mighty man of God with hardly any flaws. But as I studied out his life, I learned that David was far from perfect. He was human. He had flaws. More specifically, he was a murderer, an adulterer, and a liar; nevertheless, he was also a man after God’s own heart. And despite his shortcomings, God still used him in powerful ways, in ways that still inspire people thousands of years later.

Study out a Specific Biblical Topic

Choose a topic to study out. It could be anything, but preferably something that you want to grown in. Whether it’s faith, love, perseverance or compassion, a topical study can help you narrow your focus on a subject that is relevant to your life at the moment. With  a plan and a focus, you lessen the chances of boredom creeping in to your spiritual life.

Read a Spiritual Book along with your Bible

Read. Read as many books as you can. Books provide you with wisdom from men and women of faith who’ve had the experience, training, and education in whatever topic you are exploring. I’ve read books about various topics, topics such as faith, courage, discipline, and the most recent one, marriage.

As a newly married man, I know nothing about being a husband. Never have I been married and never have I lived with a woman, except for my mother. All that said, I am grateful for all the books written about marriage, books that I can turn to for insight from seasoned christians who’ve experienced the peaks and valleys of a Godly marriage.

Use Commentaries, Concordances, and Lexicons

Find a commentary, concordance or language lexicon. Nowadays, these are easily available. We have Google, a luxury unavailable to Christians of the past. You can find commentaries or concordance with a simple Google search; even more convenient, you can also find them in your friendly neighbourhood App store.

These tools provide you with historical, cultural, and linguistic context that can help you understand the scriptures better. People often misrepresent the bible because they take scripture out of context; however, you can take advantage of the tools available to you and actively examine scripture to avoid faulty doctrine.

Choose a Specific book in the Bible to Study

Choose a book in the bible and study it out; notice I said “study” and not “read.” There is a difference. Although reading the bible is better than not reading, you need to examine it and apply it to your life if you want to grow in your faith and convictions.

Consider the following tips to help you get more out of a specific book:

  • Find out when the book was written
  • Understand why the book was written
  • Find out the author and the original audience
  • Research the cultural and historical context of the book

Illustrate what you are Learning

Get creative with your Bible study by adding illustrations to your notes. If you are a visual learner, this is gold. It can help you retain Information while keeping you focused and relaxed as you sketch.

Sometimes I sketch out a scene from the passage I’m reading, even if it’s only stick people; this helps me to remember the story without having to skim through my notes, especially when my writing looks like chicken scratch. Fun fact: some of the brightest minds of the past including Galileo and Da Vinci used illustrations, diagrams, and maps to express their thoughts and ideas.

 

 

 

4 Books Every Christian Skeptic should Read

Have you ever heard of the term “blind faith?”

Over the past few years as a campus student, I participated in many conversations with people who believe Christianity is nothing but blind faith, and I understand why: many “Christians” do often follow what they call their faith, blindly. Meaning, their faith is based on their upbringing, their church, or their pastor as opposed to a faith based on a scriptural foundation.

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3 Clear Signs that You Might be Drifting from God

Over the last few years I’ve seen a handful of friends walk away from the church, and I don’t mean walking away from the church only, but walking away from God and renouncing their faith. Mind you, most of them were zealous and committed believers, people I admired and people who helped me grow in my own faith, but something happened along the way and they are no longer around. Continue reading “3 Clear Signs that You Might be Drifting from God”

Is the Bible still Relevant Today?

Let’s find out.

When I was younger, I remember viewing the bible as prehistoric book, written for ancient people and maybe for my grandparents.

It seemed too holy for me.

The gold-trimmed pages and the black leather cover didn’t attract me, not one bit. I avoided any contact with the bible altogether, but not for long. Continue reading “Is the Bible still Relevant Today?”

Woman Shares her Testimony with J. Cole

The woman in the video below had a nonchalant encounter with Grammy-nominated rapper J. Cole while he was filming his documentary for his album 4 Your Eyes Only.  What she shared with him was beyond inspiring.

J. Cole learned that the woman had lost two kids in tragic events, yet she was resilient and filled with hope. This caused him to question the reason for her motivation. I mean, what could possibly keep someone’s spirit so steadfast? Continue reading “Woman Shares her Testimony with J. Cole”

Book Review: “Ask It” by Andy Stanley

 

In his book “Ask It,” Andy Stanley focuses on one specific question that if applied to your life correctly will help you make better decisions.  While the book includes numerous examples of real life experiences, it’s also rooted in biblical principles.

The main question is simple, yet powerful and revolutionary. Applying it to your life can help you avoid pitfalls such as financial turmoil, broken relationships, addictions, and more. Continue reading “Book Review: “Ask It” by Andy Stanley”

Book Review: Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey

No matter who you are, money can either be a blessing or a curse depending on how you manage it. As a young college graduate in my mid-twenties, I am now realizing how little I know about money.

Plus, I have student loans to pay back and a wedding coming up soon. This gives me even more reason to stay on top of my finances. Continue reading “Book Review: Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey”

Where Does Faith Come From?

Faith, where does it come from?

Where does your faith come from? This question is so simple yet so complicated, especially if you grew up in a Christian household.

From a young age, my mom took me to church every Sunday, so I automatically believed in God. However, as I grew older I gradually drifted from Christianity.

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4 Things We can Learn About God from The Shack

4 Things I learned from The Shack

When I heard the movie The Shack was coming out in theatres I didn’t know what to expect. I mean, I read the book, and I loved it, but how would they fit the complexity of the book in a two-hour movie? First, there is Mackenzie’s (main character) rocky relationship with God. Second, there is the murder of his little daughter followed by his grief and his distance from God and his family. Third, there is Mackenzie’s encounter with God the father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. And lastly, there is everything else he learns from each person of the trinity. It doesn’t get anymore complex than that!

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5 Questions a People Pleaser Should Ask Themselves

Questions a people pleaser should ask themselves

People pleasing is one of those things I’ve struggled with for most of my life, but recently I’ve been more aware of its effects.  I’m also learning that this tendency could have developed from past experiences in my life.

For example, I never felt good enough for my dad. He is gifted at math and physics while I am not, which made me feel like I couldn’t live up to his expectations for me, especially when it came to academics. I felt criticized. And even when I did something well, I didn’t receive that masculine, fatherly affirmation that I desperately needed as an infant and as an adolescent. However, I don’t want to place all the blame on my father for my people pleasing tendencies. I must also take ownership of my own actions and behaviours even if my upbringing did play a part in this struggle.

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