10 Tips for Liking the Bible (Because Believing It’s True Is Not Enough)

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10 Tips for Liking the Bible (Because Believing It’s True Is Not Enough)

Last fall I wrote this post, asking the question Do you like the Bible, or just study it? Today I am releasing an entire book with the sole purpose of helping you answer that question with a resounding Yes, I like it a lot!  The title sums it up: 10 Tips for Liking the Bible (Because Believing It’s True Is Not Enough).

Below is an excerpt from Tip 1: Remember why you are doing this. I hope you like it.

A Mental Picture that Changes Everything.

Some days God wants you to read the Bible and not learn anything.

That may sound a little strange coming from someone who writes and speaks about studying the Bible for a living. Stick with me for a few more paragraphs and you’ll see what I mean.

My wife, Kari, and I have three kids. There are days – or parts of days – when I need to teach my kids something. Other days I need to discipline them. Still others require that I correct them, encourage them, comfort them, or even inspire them to be more than they would otherwise be on their own.

There are also days when we just play catch. Or ride bikes. Or bake cookies. (Ok…Kari does the baking with them. I do the Quality Assurance Testing.)

Here’s the deal: Those days when we only play together are not less valuable! In many ways, they are more valuable than the days of instruction and correction.

Could you imagine the expressions on Sarah’s, Caleb’s, and Hannah’s faces if Kari and I sat them down, looked them in the eyes, and I said,

“Your mother and I have decided there is just too much to teach you. Too much you need to be corrected on, instructed about, and yes, even some occasional comforting. Because of this, we have decided we will do no more playing. You three can play with each other and your friends. But we are here to teach, discipline, and comfort you. Off you go.”

I can hear the thoughts in your head. No way. That’s insane. How can you give up playing with your kids? That’s not a relationship at all.

Aha. Not a relationship at all.

And yet, so often, that is how I tend to view God. When I pick up the Bible I am supposed to learn something, get corrected, be inspired, or read some comforting words. Of course there are days when these things happen. But hear this clearly: Sometimes God wants you to pick up His Word and just enjoy the read.

I remember talking to a friend one time who is an actor and director. He told me of a conversation he had years earlier with an older, British director. Their conversation was about whether the Bible could hold its own on stage with some of the great theater productions. Not whether it was true, but whether it was good theater. After a few minutes, this older man said [insert British accent here]:

“Well, you know…the Bible is the Word of Almighty God. But it also happens to be a jolly good read!”

Amen.

God has much to teach us. We have much to learn. But don’t miss the story. It is such a fantastic story! There are heroes, battles, and villains. There are crazy characters, and yes, some dull ones. There are plot twists, mystery, and intrigue. There is humor. Lots of it. I’m not kidding. (Pun intended. Forgive me.)

One of my favorite things about presenting the Gospel of John is watching how frequently the audience laughs. They don’t expect to. But they do. Every time.

After all, what is the story of the gospels? Aren’t they four accounts of thirteen guys on a three-year road trip? Have you ever been on a road trip? Funny stuff happens.

Not only that, but the most serious, biblical scholars will tell you that at least a handful of the disciples were teenagers. Have you ever been on a road trip with teenagers?! As someone who spent six years as a youth pastor, I can assure you that laughter is part of the deal.

Even after two decades of telling these stories, it is so easy for me to go back to simply gleaning information from the pages of Scripture, rather than being engulfed by the story. I have to constantly remind myself: It is about the relationship.

Relationship. Relationship. Relationship.

You will be tempted to go back to information. Don’t do it.

Each time you sit down to hang out with God in His Word, get this picture in your mind: God as a Daddy who wants to play with you. As your mindset shifts from information to relationship, you will find that you are more likely to be ready on the days when God does want to teach you something, inspire you, discipline you, or comfort you.

And you will find that you like the Bible, and the Author, more than ever before.

About The Author
Keith Ferrin
Keith Ferrin
Keith Ferrin founded That You May Know Ministries and has been doing dramatic presentations of Scripture since March of 1996. Keith has presented around the United States and Europe at conferences, churches, universities, Christian schools, military bases, outreach events, and various camps and retreats. Keith graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Psychology. He also holds a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling, and worked for two years asan elementary school counselor. He received dramatic training working privately with Terry Edward Moore, co-founder of the Seattle Shakespeare Festival. Keith is the author of Falling in Love with God’s Word and Like Ice Cream and has been utilized as a speaker for retreats, conferences, outreach events, and fundraisers. His practical, humorous, and thought provoking style makes the Word come alive for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. From December of 1991 to August of 1997, Keith was a youth and worship pastor in Tacoma, Washington. Since then, That You May Know Ministries has been his primary vocation. Keith also enjoys coaching individuals and teams in the areas of communication and public speaking. He does this through his other company - True Success Coaching, LLC. Keith and his wife Kari live near Seattle with their three children.
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  • guest
    April 19, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I have a copy of the Bible in Chronological order – when I want to read the Bible for enjoyment – that’s where I go.

    • KeithFerrin
      April 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

      That’s great! I am about 85% through a Chronological read thru of the Bible. Definitely my favorite way to read the Bible.

  • Felisa Sarino Asis
    April 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    TO PLEASE GOD WE MUST REJECT FALSE TEACHING ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE US.GOOD JUDGEMENT IS NEEDED TO DISCERN HOW TO HANDLE EACH SITUATION.

  • Kitty Holloway
    April 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    It’s been the #1 best seller ever since it’s been for sale! The GREATEST story ever told!

  • Justin Lee
    April 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

    True story that shouldnt be disrespected buy the easter bunny or santa clause I want to warn peo who tell there kids that junk your takein away from gods days hes a angry and vengful god to you peo who do this are doing nothing less than setting santa clause up for a faulse god or and the worst blaspheme god there isnt a way out of that and u men the salvation of ur children is put on you acountable so teach them and teach them rite may god bless everyone love you all dont look at this life with dumb and blind eyes open them and ur childrens

  • Kathleen Ann Montagnino DeMatteo
    April 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

    YES!

  • Jonny Cruz
    April 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

    READING the Bible will keep you from following the traditions of men that make void the Word of God (YHVH)…

  • Sylvia Hodgkinson
    April 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Amen. Well said!!!

  • James L. Combs
    April 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I think the book “Noah” is the funniest book in the Bible….use a broard mind.

  • Beth A. Rabinak
    April 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    AMEN

  • Carol Stokes Taylor
    April 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Amen!

  • Kathy Fagan
    April 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    likes this

  • Lavenia Corley
    April 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I love reading the Bible. It is the greatest story ever told.

  • Tracie Tolliver Borel
    April 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    AMEN

  • Richard Rowe
    April 21, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I never knew the Bible was like-able…I thought it was just something old people read in their spare time between church and knitting ugly sweaters…

  • Jeanie Lamb
    April 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I need to get this book !!!!

  • Shirley Jenkins
    April 22, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Amen

  • Billy Smith
    April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    It is that, for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Billy Smith
    April 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    It’s the same way concerning our relationship with God. We can believe in Him, but not really KNOW Him. The only way that we can truly come to know Him is by our daily reading and studying His Holy Word.

  • Tammi S Knutsen
    April 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Since the Bible is the manual for life, I go to it for everything.  It not only tells us what we need to do to get through this life but it also tells us everything we want to know.  It not only tells us everything we need to know to get through this life but it also tells us everything we want to know about the author, who I love with all heart, mind and soul.  Tammi S. Knutsen

    • KeithFerrin
      April 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      @Tammi S Knutsen
       That’s so good to hear Tammi! I’m sure that people are inspired to love the Word and it’s Author simply by being around you.

  • John Frontera
    April 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I DONT READ

  • Toni Zora Jones
    April 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Did you know it’s the number one book stolen from book stores…it’s twuuuuuuuuuuuu….

  • Tammi S Knutsen
    April 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    So, how do I get the book?  I’m very interested in what you have to say because I’ve always found the Bible a most informative and interesting as well as entertaining book I’ve ever read.  Yeshua and I have had a good chuckle many a time while I was reading His word.

  • WCGCali
    April 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Good stuff, Keith. Thanks for the reminder that there’s lots to like!

  • Marsha Kay Dixon Dyser
    June 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

    our spirit and our souls as those that are regenerated recive God’s Word for comfort exhortation.guidance.love healing,teaching and during prayer it is wonderful for praise and worship,we find reminders of his forgiveness and need to ask for renewal dailyvin comunication to God through his Word…yes I learn and relearn His Word,by the guidance of the Holy Spirit into knowledge an truth…prais His Holy Name….pray for your loved ones and neighbors that they may all know thes wonderful things He has made and given to us…

  • Marsha Kay Dixon Dyser
    June 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I do not consider my life with Jesus as hanging out or playing…we are mistaken in this view,He is Holy in Nature,we must know Him only In Spirit and truth and reverance,after all we would have no access to the Father at all if it were not that He gave His Son in death,for us that He should be our mediator..to think of Him in Earthly ways,even though it may sound nice.is impossible…He Is an all consuming fire..when we approach Him it is in truth and Spirit…He is Holy,and cannot be in the presence of sin..we must enter into His presense in honor and praise and with forgiveness and trembling in fear…through Jesus our redeemer.

  • Georgia Wade
    June 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I don’t agree, with all due respect..the Father is an all consuming fire, will not tolerate sin, but in Jesus we are to come as little children in His Grace and Mercey..the Holy Spirit is with us until the end of the age..God Bless His children

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