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Meeting God in the Bible: How to Read Scripture Devotionally

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An exploration of the devotional practices of Quiet Time, Spiritual Journaling, and Lectio Divina through the story of a long-term discipleship process between a pastor’s wife and a new Christian. Other Spiritual Formation practices encountered in the story include prayer, spiritual testimony, overcoming temptation, Scripture memorization, discipleship, and biblical interpretation.

  • Explores practices of Quiet Time, Spiritual Journaling, and Lectio Divina
  • Invites readers to deepen their journey toward the intimate communion with God
  • Addresses topics including prayer, overcoming temptation, Scripture memorization, and discipleship
  • Foreword, by Fernando Ortega
  • How to Use This Book
  • Introduction: Encountering God in a Quiet Time
  • Reading Scripture Devotionally
  • Victoria’s First Quiet Time
  • Sharon’s Story
  • Sharon’s Quiet Time
  • Bible Translations and the ACTS Prayer
  • Victoria’s Quiet Time Using an ACTS Prayer
  • Bible Reading Plans
  • Memorizing Scripture
  • Spiritual Journaling
  • Finalizing the Memorization Process
  • A Quiet Time in Crisis
  • Praying Without Ceasing and the Jesus Prayer
  • Teaching Lectio Divina
  • Practicing Lectio Divina: Prepare and Read
  • Practicing Lectio Divina: Reflect
  • Practicing Lectio Divina: Respond, Rest, Act
  • Short Version of Lectio Divina from Psalm 19
  • Biblical Interpretation: How to Discern God’s Voice
  • Conclusion: Putting Encounter into Practice
  • Appendix 1: Topic Summaries
  • Appendix 2: Telling the New Old Story: Toward a Biblical Theology of Story
John has written a very practical guide for one-on-one discipleship using the Word of God. He identifies and demonstrates many practices that help one meet God in the Scriptures and illustrates how they might be applied by tracing these practices in the lives of two fictional characters. Their discussions open the door to many questions people encounter when using the Bible and offers practical answers. This is a very helpful tool for Quiet Times and Bible-based discipleship.

—The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mark Zimmerman, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Southwest

John Linebarger has written an engaging and informative work on the devotional use of the Bible within an evangelical context. It is engaging and slips past one’s defenses because it is embedded in a realistic narrative of a pastor’s wife who is mentoring a new convert. It is evangelical Protestant insofar as that is the religious language used, that is the choice of biblical translations, that is the choice of reading methods and hermeneutical tools, and that is the group for whom the Scriptures are the means God uses to speak to us. It is also up-to-date in that it uses journaling and Lectio Divina, as understood within that world. This is a book that one could hand to a new convert. This is a book that one might read oneself for a ‘refresher’ on the basics. It is realistic, warm, and approachable. I recommend it for those evangelical Protestants wishing to grow in their spiritual life

—Rev. Peter H. Davids (PhD), New Testament Editor, Word Biblical Commentary

Meeting God in the Bible is a fun, engaging, and practical guide for how to grow in your relationship with Jesus. Along the way, John also gives great vision for how to lead others into a growing relationship with Jesus. This book is a wonderful discipleship tool for new and seasoned believers alike.

—Chad Francis, Lead Pastor of Hope Church, Albuquerque, NM

  • Title: Meeting God in the Bible: How to Read Scripture Devotionally
  • Author: John M. Linebarger
  • Publisher: Fontes Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 182
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Bible Interpretation

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John M. Linebarger (MDiv, MBA, PhD Computer Science) is an ordained bivocational pastor. By day he is a Computer Scientist at a National Laboratory; by night he moderates a Biblical and Theological Languages Forum on a social media site. On the weekends he teaches Sunday School, leads worship, preaches occasionally, and visits mem-bers of the congregation in the hospital. John lives with his wife and daughter and a menagerie of books in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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