The Word

"... train yourself to be godly.   For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. "  1 Timothy 4:7-8

Are you paying attention to your spiritual growth?  Attending to your relationship with God is the most important thing you can do!

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.



Everyone can read the Bible! If you’re new to reading the Word or if you’re in need of a jump start, you’re not alone. Look below to find ways to read on your own or find a group that meets and study the Bible with others!

Bible Reading Plan Resources

One Year+
The church followed this plan together from 2018-2019.   Follow this link.  You can save the link or print the sheet to keep track of what to read next.  

Bible Gateway has a variety of reading plans (EG, Do you want to focus on the New Testament?) You can even sign up to have the daily readings emailed to you.

The Bible App This is a great resource for use on your phone.  You can use one of their reading plans and daily mark off what you've completed.  You can also use this app to LISTEN to the bible (NIV Listeners' Bible is quite nice) while you drive, exercise, or do chores.

Book Marks
This "old-school" method is my normal "Bible Reading Plan."  A simple version of this might involve three bookmarks.  You would place one in the Old Testament (Genesis?) one in the Gospels-Acts (Matthew?) and one in the Epistles (Romans.)  Decide how much you'd like to read at a time and read that!  You could read three times a day--a different section each time of day.  I think this approach for two reasons: 1) I'm reading from different parts of the bible each day. 2) I can't really "get behind."  It's not on a timetable.  If I miss a day--(or more commonly for me, a time of day) I simply pick up where my bookmark is next time.  There are no massive catch-up chunks.  :-) Of course, if you need a list or box to check to keep you on track--this may not be for you.  

Bonus Ideas

  • Read a chapter of Proverbs each day of the Month (coinciding with the date of the day.)  This could be added to the bookmark plan with ease. This is what I do!
  • Read the Psalms in a Month (See a twice-a-day reading plan here--I nabbed this from The Lutheran Hymnal (AKA "TLH")  Do that for a few months to really immerse yourself in this "prayer book of the Bible." 
  • Pick one book and read it over and over and over again. This works especially well with shorter epistles--but can work with anything.  I've mostly done this with New Testament books.

But don't stop now!
Keep reading your bible!
I'd love to hear about your experience with God's Word.  Send me an email. Shoot me a text. Or meet me for coffee or breakfast.

May God help us all to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  (see 2 Peter 3:18)
In Christ,
Pastor Randall

  The P3R Approach to Reading the Bible      

God wrote the Bible with you in mind. He wants you to understand it! Try these simple steps to help understand any passage in the Bible:

1. Pray
Prayer is always a wonderful way to begin reading! Ask God to give you the understanding and wisdom to see wonderful things in His Word. (Psalm 119:18)

2. Read
You can begin anywhere! There’s no right or wrong way to do it! You can read the Bible straight through or skip around, read a few verses a day, or read entire chapters.

Some passages are easier to understand than others. That’s ok. If you’re puzzled by what you read, write down your questions. Ask someone who is familiar with the Bible to answer them or send an e-mail to our Pastor Randall. I’d love to wrestle with the text with you!

3. Reflect
Consider carefully what you read. Ask questions like:
    •  What does this section teach me about God?
    •  What does this section teach me about people or myself?
    •  How does God want me to respond to what He's teaching me?

4. Respond
Reading the Bible is an interactive experience. God speaks to us…and we respond. (James 1:22) You might feel led to pray, to give thanks, to acknowledge you’ve done something wrong, or be moved to act in some way. When you read and respond to God’s Word, your life will be filled with purpose like you’ve never known before.

We would love to hear what God is doing in your life! To share what you’re reading and learning send us an email.