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There are three basic parts to bible study: observation, interpretation, and application. In other words, when we read a passage, we should ask: What does it say (observation)? What does it mean (interpretation)? What difference does it make in my life (application)? Understanding what the Bible means and how it applies to our lives is often not as simple as it sounds, so here are four tips to help you as you strive to better understand the Bible.

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When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, Moses reminded them of the Law they had been given forty years earlier. He told them to write it on their hearts and teach it “diligently” to their children. He told them to talk of God’s commandments with their children when they sat in their house, when they walked along the road, when they lay down, and when they rose up (Deuteronomy 6:7). It was their responsibility to make sure every generation knew what it meant to be God’s covenant people. Do parents today have any less responsibility?

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I have a feeling that many of you would love to listen to every episode of the CrossTalk podcast, but many of you don’t know how to subscribe. The good news is, it’s super easy! And once you subscribe new episodes will be automatically downloaded to your phone and you won’t have to do anything but listen.

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Before you “overreact” to the tile of this blog post, stop and consider it for a moment. I tried to think of another way to say it, but I couldn’t and it means EXACTLY what it says, we need to stop overreacting to false doctrines. To “overreact” means to react excessively or inappropriately. Yes, of course, we need to beware of, respond to, and rebuke false doctrines, but we need to make sure our response is appropriate and biblical. Because all too often we overreact to false doctrines by swinging to an opposite extreme.

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