How to Start Your Family Bible Study

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A while back, Randy Brown, creator of, shared how he chooses a Bible for preaching. Randy reviews Bibles in all price ranges to help people make the best choice for their budget. His mission is to promote Bible reading and study, and to share quality publishing. Here, Randy shares how he and his family began reading the Bible together.

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Introducing the Every Day Bible App

everydaybibleRead the Bible—just a little everyday—and you’ll know it better. You’ll get to know God better. And you’ll learn more about what it means to follow him.

Everybody knows that.

The problem isn’t knowing it.

The problem is in the flood of questions and roadblocks that follow when you or I make a commitment to daily Scripture reading.

Where do I start?

How much do I read?

When do I read?

What translation do I read?

What if I read something that I don’t understand?

So we’ve built a very simple tool to answer all of them for you. It’s called Every Day Bible, and it makes daily Bible reading easier than ever before.

Available on the web at and on your mobile device through the App Store or Google Play, Every Day Bible addresses all the things that make a commitment to daily Bible reading so hard to maintain. Each day you’ll find passages from both the Old and New Testaments, a short devotional, and a piece of Bible Screen art that corresponds with the selected passage.

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We worked hard to keep the app simple, so you can jump right into the text. But we also included some helpful features. In the Every Day Bible mobile app, you can turn on or off the various sections, so you can focus on just one type of Scripture—like poetry—if you’d prefer. And you can have the app remind you to read at the time of your choosing.

We tuned the Every Day Bible App reading plan to cover a reasonably-sized passage from each major section of scripture on each day—so you never feel like you’re slogging through. Each day you get a little taste of both Old and New Testaments, giving you a uniquely broad perspective on the Scriptures.

The day’s Bible reading is complemented by a short passage from our in-house Bible scholars that explain the content of the text and draw out some of the key ideas.

We top off each entry with a beautiful piece of Bible Screen art from one of the verses covered that day that you can share with just a tap.

Download the Every Day Bible app for your iOS or Android device to enjoy our done-for-you Bible reading plan.

Friends of Pastor Joe

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Pastor Jose Fernandez Jr. and his wife Caroline.

Recently, I had the chance to interview Pastor Jose Fernandez Jr., lead pastor of Christ Church of the Valley Español in San Dimas, California. He and his wife Caroline coauthored the book Alone with God—A Devotional, and started the Faithlife Group called “Friends of Pastor Joe.”

Jose and Caroline synced their Faithlife Group to the “read the Bible in a year” reading plan, so their group receives updates and reminders of how much they need to read each day to complete the Bible in a year. Together, they share updates, encouragement, and devotional thoughts with their group.

I asked Pastor Joe about his experience using Faithlife Groups to interact with his church.

What inspired you to create this group? What appealed to you about a Faithlife Group?

My commitment to devotional spirituality inspired me to start “Friends of Pastor Joe.” Caroline and I developed a devotional journal that’s available in print, and we saw Faithlife Groups as an opportunity to have an interactive online devotional.

How did you initially propose using Faithlife Groups to your congregation?

My congregation is Spanish speaking, so I recommended our Faithlife Group to a close group of friends who were either bilingual or English speaking.

As a pastor, has this group taken up much of your personal time? Have others jumped in to help you lead this group?

Caroline has jumped in to help me lead the group. She encourages others to join regularly. It doesn’t take time from my busy schedule, since reading and meditation on the Word is my daily routine as the first part of my morning.

How has this online community affected your “real life” relationships? How has it helped you grow personally?

“Friends of Pastor Joe” has had a positive effect on my wife and I as we encourage one another in our daily meditation and send each other “amens” or “likes” on each other’s posts. When others have posted, I’ve really enjoyed the interaction.

This Faithlife Group has helped me grow spiritually, but like I said, Bible reading was already part of my devotional life. I read four chapters from my Bible daily (five on Sundays) to get through the Bible in one year. I’ve been doing this since 1984. Sometimes I’ve read through it twice a year.

Create a Faithlife Group today, and invite your friends to tackle a reading plan together.

Don’t Go Hungry in 2013

Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4).

Don’t just feed your stomach in the coming year, feed your soul. Join together with your friends, your church, or us, and make a New Year’s resolution that will bring you closer to God through His Word. Resolve to read through the entire Bible.

Reading through the Bible is an incredible opportunity to dig into the Word and grow in your understanding of the scriptures. Reading the entire Bible gives you the ability to identify major themes, topics, and ideas that span from Genesis to Revelation. Faithlife makes reading through the whole Bible easy. Just join or create a group by logging into Invite your friends, family, or church to become members too! Select the “Read the Bible in 2013” reading plan and dive into the Word. As you and your group work your way through the reading plan together share prayer requests and notes with the Community Notes feature. The digital reading plan will not only notify you about what to read, but if you miss a day, it will find a way to catch you up!

2013 is only a week away. Make a New Year’s resolution that will feed your soul. Read the entire Bible in a year with Faithlife.