#2: Beginning with The Basics

As you read through the passages of The Essential 100 Challenge, we hope you’ll discover the many benefits of regular Bible reading and prayer. Last week we promised some tips and principles to help you. So here’s the first one: “Begin with The Basics”.

Your basic “tool” is the Bible, of course. So find a translation you’re comfortable with. Many folks who take The Challenge use the New International Version (NIV) but, depending on your church tradition, you might also enjoy the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) or the New American Bible (NAB). The key is to choose a translation that’s easy to read and understand.

Then, be sure you’ve chosen a convenient time (it doesn’t have to be long, perhaps just 15 minutes) and place (a quiet one with minimal distractions so you can concentrate). Some people choose to read the Bible in the morning over coffee, others during lunch break at work or at night before bed. It’s important to give careful thought to the time and place that works best for you. But with these “basics” in place, you’ll be on your way to success!