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How do I read the Bible?

       How do I read the Bible???  This is a question that comes up with young kids, old adults, new believers, committed saints, educated, uneducated, readers, and non-readers.  Even if your Bible doesn't look like the one above (or heck, even if it's never been opened!), it's never too late to start diving in.

       Personally, I have 3 things I do when I read the Bible:

  • First, I pray that God would open my heart to see what He sees and that He shares even just an ounce of His infinite wisdom with me.
  • Secondly, I keep a journal of questions that come up when I read.  It can be something really basic, a deep theological question, or something I feel like I'm missing (CLICK HERE for an example).
  • Finally, I write down a verse (or verses) that stick out to me.  I also try to write down what I feel like God is teaching me (CLICK HERE for an example).

       You may choose to do something similar or something different.  One thing I've found helpful is a Bible app called YouVersion.  It has tons of Bible reading plans (from one week plans to several years) that help me stay on course when I miss days.  It also sends me a daily reminder and I can change it if I fall behind.  Here are a few other tips to get you started on reading the Bible on your own.

Discussion questions with MS students: How do you read the Bible? Are there things you don't understand? What do you do when you don't understand? What questions do you have about the Bible or things that you've read? 

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FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out

       Now that Spring Break has come and gone, most likely students have posted pictures of their trips.  (And if your family wasn't "normal" and didn't take a trip, I'm sure your student let you know how deprived they are!)  No matter how great the trip was, students were still probably checking other user's posts, comparing their lives, memories, and vacations.  This only furthers the problem many Middle Schoolers call FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out.

       FOMO is the Middle School version of adults "keeping up with the Jones's."  And let's be honest, we all do this to some extent (for MS kids - Instagram, for "old people" like me - Facebook).  But social media makes it easier and easier to feel like we're "missing" something.  The real cause of this is us valuing/idolizing possessions and experiences more than God (and most likely we know that and our kids know that).  But how can we practically deal with it?  Check out the article below for some tips.

Discussion questions with MS students: Are there any habits you might want to change? (Such as not checking your phone before bed). What would happen if you turned off your phone for a day?Or unfollowed/unfriended someone who was making you feel bad on social media? Do posts ever affect your mood?

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