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Shalom All

Here's an article that's perfect for those of us that who want more from Bible reading time, in need of inspiration to read regularly or interested in how to hear from the Father by reading it. Topics covered include:

  • The school of the Holy Spirit
  • Biblical meditation 
  • Safety spiritually and theologically 

www.faithandtheword.com/bother/reading

I hope someone gets a kick out of it. 

May Yahweh, the Great King, bless your reading time, which is the blessed moment we get to absorb His wonderful words. 

Love & Shalom 

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Tzehphanyahu,

Thank you for sharing the link to the website, I think the author captured so many important points that I personally believe about God's Word and put it down in an understandable way for those who need encouragement in reading the Bible.  

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