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First time reading the Bible, need some help!
August 23, 2008
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Okay, Im trying to read the bible for the first time and let me tell you (Im sure those of you who have read it know this already), BUT it's a little overwhelming.
I have started with Proverbs. Can anyone give me some advice as to what is a good place to start and is there any particular order to go in?! Thank you in advance for your advice.

August 23, 2008
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Start with the Book of John. Then I would suggest Mark, Matthew, Luke, and then Revelations.

Get out of the Old Testament. other than Psalms, it's just a scary and overwhelming place to be (although granted Revelations is a horror story). Old Testament is also highly controversial, outdated as in generally no longer useful, that kind of thing.

So. The book of John in the New Testament is a fabulous place to start.

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August 23, 2008
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I personally like Proverbs because they are little gems of wisdom on life that can be easily memorized and meditated upon regularly. The Gospels are also good and easier to read and understand. I also love, love the book of Romans and I find it easy to read and understand too.

I would suggest getting a daily Bible guide that gives you various verses to read on a daily basis. A Biblical commentary may also be a good thing to invest in because it gives you historical and social contexts of the different stories and verses.

There are many versions and translations of the Bible out there that you can test read to see which one you resonate, I love the Old and the New King James Bibles for their archaic language but they can be hard to read. IMO the Message Bible is perhaps the easiest to read.

All the best.Keep at it. Studying of Holy Scriptures always brings blessings in my experience 🙂

August 23, 2008
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I agree with free. Read the Gospels and Acts. don't forget to stop and really think about what you are reading and let it sink in. Pray too. 😉

August 24, 2008
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The first time I read the bible as a Christian, I was fortunate enough to have a copy where everything that Jesus said was in red print. I just read every word he said, and that was all I read. I read the red. LOL. And it was perfect and true. After all, He is God. If you ever feel like it's just overwhelming, try that. It's a very simple and pure way to receive divine love.

Proverbs totally rocks. If you like proverbs, there are some books in the Roman Catholic bible that are similar in style that I love. The Book of Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus. I think they are also in the Greek Orthodox bible, but they aren't in any of the protestant versions. You can see them online though. You have to cut and paste because I do not know the secrets of posting links:

http://www.tldm.org/bible/Old%.....ccltus.htm

st-takla.org/pub_Deuterocanon/Deuterocanon-Apocrypha_El-Asfar_El-Kanoneya_El-Tanya__4-Wisdon-of-Solomon.html

Man, those links look like crap, can someone help me?

Revelations is scary and weird and Jesus doesn't talk or perform miracles in it. But otherwise, I agree with Free.

August 24, 2008
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begin the Old and New Testaments at the same time, read each straight through, read the Bible to the end with childlike faith, and then begin again. i have read through it for over 30 years and it's still more than a little overwhelming.

August 25, 2008
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WOW thank you ((((((EVERYONE)))))) ~ I am really digging Proverbs right now. I do have a one year bible to read that has passages for every day of the year. That one is pretty easy reading for a first timer. The other bible I have is "The Everyday Bible" by Joyce Meyer, I truly enjoy that one also.

August 26, 2008
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Hi Giggles!

Well I have no great plan for reading the Bible, and wanted to share what I did do.

I just picked it up and read it through. Not sure if that was the best way or not, but I didn't know what to do either. And, I did want to know what it said. I did that a couple of times. I must agree wholeheartedly with the people who mentioned Proverbs-IT'S FANTABULOUS!!

August 26, 2008
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I agree the Book of John is a good place to start. Perhaps some of the Psalms about Praise. A Proverbs a day is good too. And always here if you have questions! 🙂

August 26, 2008
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((((Longshot)))) YES proverbs is wonderful!!!! Im really into it right now.

((((OMW)))) Thank you for the advice. Oh don't worry I won't hesitate to ask questions. LOL!

August 28, 2008
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I love The Message/Remix translation for beginners, as well as the New Living Bible translation.

Joyce Meyer's study Bible is excellent.

Remember that He is speaking to YOU when you read it. And that you will probably get something new and fresh from each verse, each chapter, each BOOK with every subsequent re-reading.

I have been working my way through the Bible (nine different translations) for nearly 24 years and I am constantly astonished by the fresh revelation I receive from it each time!

I also LOVE the Book of Isaiah and ALL of the Psalms. For daily advice, go to I & II Corinthians, as well as Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians. I & II Peter will help you, as well as Hebrews...all New Testament books.

ALL of it is useful, strengthening and encouraging.

- Ma Strong

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