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Julie Ferwerda Christian Blog and Commentary

OYB Must-Read Tips & Official Disclaimer

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
  • 2008 Dec 31
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Getting started:

Are you ready? Tomorrow is the big day when we start 365 days of luxurious feasting on God’s Word together!! I can hardly wait.

Before we start, here are some tips that will help you make the most of your experience.

  1. Don’t get behind…if you miss a day or two, read today and backtrack as you have time.
  2. Take notes while reading. This way you can be a good student of what you are learning and what God is saying to you through His Word. Also, you won’t remember your comments or questions (or where they are). You can use a notebook, or sticky notes that you place in your Bible, or whatever works best for you.
  3. Feel free to mark up your Bible. It makes for a more fun and enriching journey to see what struck you, especially when you read through again next year. You can also highlight themes in particular colors such as God’s unfailing love, faith in the midst of fearful circumstances, God’s fulfilled promises—whatever you want to keep track of. Of course, this is not necessary and don’t feel like you should.
  4. Choose a time of day that works best for you, but try to be consistent about that time each day.
  5. Please note that the RSS feature is not working yet, but very soon you will be able to get the daily blog update emailed to you for your convenience (I'll let you know when it's working).
  6. Remember that you can access the One Year Bible online when traveling. That’s usually what I do so that I don’t have to lug my already-battered Bible along in my suitcase.
  7. Feel free to post your questions or observations for the OYB community (in comments) so everyone can give feedback.
Official Disclaimer:

Now for the disclaimer. It’s a given you won’t agree with everything I say. I promise you I am not always right when interpreting and applying the Bible. In fact, no one is always right because it is such a deep, rich, complex, wonderful, profound book. It was, after all, written by an unfathomable, infinite God, and not a finite man. The basic principles are simple enough a child can understand, but the overall work is so complex and deep, even the most astute theologians cannot explain everything or even agree. God and His Word have so many facets, one must be a devoted student of all angles to find understanding on complex teachings.

So all this is to say, we don’t have to agree on everything to make this a life-changing experience. I’m not here to tell you what to believe, just to get you into your Bible, learning about how big and good your God is so that you can experience the abundant life He promised (John 10:10). On all matters, you must read and study for yourself and continually ask the Holy Spirit for understanding.

So now you're ready! See you tomorrow...