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Biblepalooza – A Mental Refill

September 6, 2013

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Be careful what you think,
because your thoughts run your life.

Don’t use your mouth to tell lies;
don’t ever say things that are not true.

Keep your eyes focused on what is right,
and look straight ahead to what is good.

Be careful what you do,
and always do what is right.

Don’t turn off the road of goodness;
keep away from evil paths. – Proverbs 4:23-27 NCV

I’ve told you about Biblepalooza before. I have been mentally preparing for it this week as tonight’s session will be a long one. I can’t say enough good about sitting for several hours and letting my mind be washed in God’s word.

In the passage above, Solomon cautions us in how we think, act and do. Our Biblepalooza sessions are one way to practice that – It’s like a mental refill of things to think about!

The Things We Think About

Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret in the World was thought to be rather groundbreaking when it was released in 1961. His basic message was “we are what we think about.” Whatever we put into our minds returns in abundance through our actions. Spending time with God’s word is exactly how to become what God wants us to be. If we are what we think about, then thinking about God is how we do justice to being created in his image.

Paul reminds us to fill our minds with whatever is good, true and honorable – so many suggestions for what to think about! (Philippians 4:8) What better way to obey such a command than to spend it reading the Bible?

Tonight I will spend several hours in a room with my brothers and sisters. The only sounds will be the words of God.

Look for a way to do something similar. Even if it isn’t a formal event like our Biblepalooza, find excuses to read your Bible.

Start small if you have to. But start.

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Biblepalooza – Group Bible Reading

March 31, 2013



That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work. –  2 Timothy 3:17


As I write this, I am still fresh from a Bible reading experience I wanted to share with you.

At my church, we have been experimenting with extended Bible reading sessions. We call it Biblepalooza because we totally go for it and read through large portions of the Bible in one sitting. So far we have met twice and read large portions of Scripture as a group. Several of the men take turns reading aloud while the rest of the group follows along. Since the main goal of this site is to develop Bible reading skills and habits, I have given a lot of thought to the impact this has had on the participants and some tweaks I would recommend to another group that wants to try it.

Length of Session

By extended session, I mean we read for hours at a time. The first time we started around 6 on a Friday evening and read until after 1 am. The reading included Luke, Acts, Hebrews and selections from Daniel, Psalm 119 and Isaiah 53. The second time (today) we read through the Minor Prophets (Hosea – Malachi) and it took a little less than four hours.

I know you think I’m going to say that the shorter session was better. It was easier for sure, but in all the important ways, the longer session was the better one.

There is something about God’s word that just doesn’t happen with short, bite sized daily devotional readings. When complete books of the Bible are read at a time, without comment, without stopping, in context – it moves you! I want to think that the followers of this site are veracious Bible readers, but when was the last time you sat and read an entire book in one sitting? When comparing the shorter session today with the previous one – I was left wanting more. Once we got going, I was entirely focused and hearing each and every word. I wasn’t ready to stop so soon once I reached that state of mind.

It only makes sense – most people who read novels for fun, read for hours at a time. It would be difficult to follow a murder mystery in 10 minute sessions.

Bible Version

I know everyone has a favorite version, but it is very important to choose one version and everyone use it for this exercise. That state of mind I was just talking about above is very fragile and disappears when the reader’s text doesn’t agree with yours. We had this happen in both of our sessions and I noticed the restlessness of the group almost immediately. I was lucky enough to have a matching version loaded in my Kindle both times, but not so for everyone. We used the NKJV and had very good results from it in terms of the ability of the readers to read aloud smoothly and crisply.

Comments and Section Headings

Be sure to make this a pure reading session of God’s word. The NKJV and others have introductions to each book, section headings, and other such distractions, but they are not part of the Bible. When doing a Bible study these tools are fine. When doing a straight reading these things are intrusions on the Spirit’s communication to us.

Commentary by the readers is tempting, especially among the experienced Bible teachers. It is in our nature to make sure your students are getting what they are being taught. I promise you there is no need for it in a session like this. When totally immersed in the purity of God’s word, comments from outside of it are nothing short of abrasive. Once again, it is definitely a distraction to that special state of mind.

As we do more sessions, I’ll add to this write-up any new thoughts or ideas I have, but don’t wait on that. Get started and plan your own reading soon!

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