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Practical Advice on Bible Reading from J.C. Ryle

March 8, 2015

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Ryle Practical ReligionHave you ever wanted to make it a point to read the Bible on a regular basis, but just weren’t sure how to go about it? If that describes you, here is some practical advice for you from J.C. Ryle’s book, Practical Religion (p.122-125):

  1. Start today. Just get started, and worry about figuring out the perfect way to do it later. You can always change how you go about it as you go. Ryle writes,

    “The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending, or thinking about it, which will advance you one step. You must positively read.” (p.122)

  2. “Read the Bible with an earnest desire to understand it.” Don’t just set a certain number of pages as your goal. Make it your aim to learn and understand what…

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2 comments

  1. Very practical


  2. This is great… thanks for sharing it. I especially love the last point to read it with Christ in mind. That changes the perspective of nearly everything! Something Richard Dahlstrom, author and pastor in Seattle, once said has stuck with me as well: “We need to develop an appetite for reading the Bible. This appetite doesn’t usually occur naturally, but once developed we begin to crave Scripture.” I have found that to be so true.



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