Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

    Someone once commented, “There is no reason for a person who can read to be bored if he/she has access to good books.”  Mark Twain said, “The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the one who can’t read.”  President Harry Truman remarked, “Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.”

   Unlike people in the third world countries, we who live in this country have access to all kinds of books. Some aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.   Other books are teaching doctrines of demons and are leading young readers and older people into the occult, witchcraft, and the New Ages heresies.   But thankfully there are still good books that can revolutionize our lives.

   “Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book…at which time in your life…might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you in ways you never thought possible before.” Burke Hedges

Recommended Books 

   I have many books in my library and love to read. I hesitate to recommend some books while leaving others out. But here are a few that have had an impact on my life recently:

On Being A Servant” by Warren Wiersbe is a must read for anyone who wants to discover how to serve God and others effectively for the glory of God. This short book can help save you from a lot of heartaches.

The Indwelling Life Of Christ” by Major Ian Thomas. This small book will teach you how to live a purposeful Christian life by allowing God to live His life through your life.

Deceived On Purpose” by Warren Smith (The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church) This is a real eye opener to the emerging church of our day.  Discover how the true Christians will be persecuted in the days to come.

The Most Important Book  

   There is one book we dare not neglect. That Book is the Word of God. “[It] is living and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12). “[It] is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

   By spending just 15 minutes a day most people could read through the Bible in one year. Is it too much to ask you to spend 1% of your day in God’s Word? Go without a meal rather than neglect the Word of God.

   I like to recommend to new Christians the New King James Bible, Scofield Study System. I believe that it rightly divides the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Dispensationalism is the result of a literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Bible. (Down load our “Dispensational Chart” from our web site.)

Don’t Have Money Or Time?

   Many people make the excuse that they don’t have the money to buy books or the time to read them. Consider all the clothes you have in your closet that you seldom wear or the other things you really don’t need. May we suggest that you cut out on some of those things and begin to invest in some good books?

   Perhaps you might want to get an audio Bible and listen to it in your car as you go back and forth to work. If you are a slow reader like I used to be, we recommend that you learn how to increase your speed and comprehension almost immediately by following some simple techniques found on my web site under Bible Study Tools – Speed Reading.   

   Discover the joy that comes from reading good books. “You are the same today as you’ll be five years except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” Charles Jones

When it comes to the Bible, many people don’t make time to study it for themselves (2 Timothy 2:15).  They become easy prey for false teachers to deceive them (2 Peter 2:1).  To keep that from happening to you, you might want to use the following suggestions to help you during your personal Bible study time. 

Begin with prayer. James 5:16
Acknowledge your need of the Holy Spirit’s illumination. 1 John 2:27
Make sure that all known sins are confessed fully. 1 John 1:9, Proverbs 28:13
Take brief notes. Use a notebook or journal. Write in your Bible’s margins.
Read it carefully. Beware of the battle for your mind. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Resist spiritual laziness. James 4:7
Interpret it normally, historically, and grammatically.(The result = Seven dispensations)
  Note: Dispensations are rules for living, NOT diferent ways to be saved.
Ask questions.
  What is the main subject?
  Who is speaking?
  What is the key verse?
  What does this teach me?
  Any commands, promises, or instructions to follow?
Memorize it. Psalm 119:9,11 (Individual verses, whole passages)
Meditate on it. 1 Timothy 4:15 (Throughout the day, before you go to sleep)
Obey it. John 15:10 It’s profitable. 2 Timothy 3:16,17. It’s necessary. James 1:22

This was taken from my Bible Study Bookmarker.

“Why Read?”

Posted: May 5, 2008 in Reading

“Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book…at which time in your life…might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you in ways you never thought possible before.” Burke Hedges

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” Mark Twain

“Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.” Harry Truman

“By reading we discover our world, our history, and ourselves.” Daniel J. Boorstin

“You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” Charles Jones

For additional help, go to my web site:

Of all the millions of books available to us today, why read the Bible?

“The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

“It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrims staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.

“Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.

“It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.” (Author unknown)

By spending just 15 minutes each day, which is about 1 % of each day, the average reader can read through the entire Bible in one year. It’s worth your time.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

 2 Timothy 3:16,17

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15

Memorize it and meditate on it day and night. Psalm 1:2; 1 Timothy 4:15

“…whatever things are true,…noble,…just,…pure,…lovely, …good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.” 

 Philippians 4:8

If you want to see the Bible in a time line chart, go to and click on Dispensational Chart.

“Speed Reading”

Posted: May 5, 2008 in Bible Study, Reading

I used to be a very slow reader. I didn’t enjoy reading in my younger years. But once I realized how much valuable information is written down on paper or on the Internet, I decided it was time to learn how to read faster.

The first time I went to a demonstration of speed reading I was amazed. I didn’t realize that people could read so fast and comprehend what they were reading. I took the course and increased my speed considerably. No, I don’t read as fast as I would like to read, but I read much faster now and enjoy it much more.

The technique isn’t really all that hard. The method I use is similar to what you can find at the following site:

I use my “mouse” to pace myself when I read on the computer.

Of course, there are times when I don’t speed read. It’s nice to just read slowly and meditate on various passages of Scripture, especially the Psalms. Biblical meditation seems to be a lost art these days. But there is great value to meditating on the right things (Philippians 4:8).

For additional help, go to my web site:

My day seems to go much better when I rise early and spend some time in God’s Word and in prayer. After I read in my Bible, I often write in my journal some things I believe God may be trying to convey to me through His Word. I like to use the Daily Walk Bible. It helps me read through the Bible in a year. It also has some helpful insights and stimulates me to think further.

Fifteen minutes a day is about 1% of your day. “A week without prayer and Bible reading makes one weak.”  Most of us wouldn’t think about skipping meals but we somehow think we can maintain our spiritual strength without the Word of God.

Ever since I came to understand the distinctive and separate rules in the Scriptures (Dispensations), I’ve found the Bible to be much easier to understand. You can download my dispensations chart from my web site if you don’t have one. Go to: I also have some other Bible Study helps for you to learn more about God (John 17:3), yourself (Romans 3:10-20), and the world system in which you live (1 John 2:15-17) so you can grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18).