Can you believe we are already six weeks into the New Year? For the past few weeks, we have been giving you suggestions about how you can make your family better and stronger in 2018 and beyond. We have looked at listening to each other, becoming active together and engaging in family dinners.

One thing all of us can use more of to become better and stronger and that’s faith in God! The bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. With that as our focus in this segment, we believe there is no better way to strengthen your faith than to do a family bible study. Amen!

In a post on Faithlife Blog, Randy Brown, creator of the Bible Buying Guide, explains how his family started their bible study and all the benefits they derived from it. His family struggled with what we assume most would: juggling the daily readings with all their other daily tasks.

What really helped them and you might benefit from is choosing a reading plan to keep you on track. You can find yearly, monthly, daily, and other assorted plans on Brown shared some of the benefits they received from a reading plan that we believe could help strengthen not only your faith but your family bonds. He mentioned family bible study opens new areas of discussion, which in turn allows you to gain a better understanding of the scripture, spend more time together as a family, and dig deeper into how other family members view and think about things.

Brown also shared some useful tips to make your bible study a productive and bonding family experience. He suggested having a specific time each night designated to the study. What better time than right after dinner? All of you are already at the table, so just clear away the empty plates and pull out your bibles.

Something we would recommend is having a copy of the plan posted in a communal area, such as the fridge, where everyone sees it. This way, there’s no excuse for forgetting what you are supposed to read or when. Furthermore, Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your (God’s) word.” (NLT)

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