Open book exams

I love it when professors do this!

When I was in college I had a professor that I really disliked. He was the professor of my early morning class, and was the type that gave surprise essay exams at 8:00 AM! I would stare him down when he makes this announcement with a grin, well, until he would say the magic phrase, “you may open your books, class, this is an open book exam”.

I would then grab my thick history book and happily flip the pages.

20 years later, I’m in a bigger class… LIFE.  This class continuously gives me hard unexpected and exhausting tests, likes giving it at the earliest of times, when I am the busiest, or when I do not have anything more in my pockets.


Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it. and it will be yours.
Mark 11:24

If you’re going through life’s tests, EVEN IF IT’S BY FAR THE HARDEST, open the Bible.  Read His book. It has all the answers you need.  EVERYTHING is in there.  If life is manageable, you should still read the Bible as like reading ahead of the class.  You would never know when life throws you a curve ball.

Let me share how I read my Bible. There are really many ways to do it, but I find these 5 tips really good to keep the pace on a daily basis.

  1. Read the Bible at specific times of the day – what gets scheduled, gets done. I read at 8:30 AM, just before I go about with my day.
  2. Look for a Bible reading plan to guide you – I use a reading plan I got from .
  3. Highlight or underline your Bible as you read – this allows you to quickly identify verses that touched you.
  4. Identify the key message of the verses you read, write it down – I have a journal I maintain using .  This is a very handy little app that allows me to sync my notes from my workstations and mobile devices. Download this app using this link to get the first month for free!
  5. If you miss a day, you can always make up for it – God understands there are days that you forget, or days that you feel too busy to read His word. Just go back reading it without any guilt and continue where you left off.

The key, I think is to make the Bible reading process as simple as possible.  Simple tasks makes habits, habits make character, character makes a lifestyle, and a lifestyle makes a destiny.

Like Charles H. Spurgeon once said, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”


Are you reading your Bible on a regular basis?  If no, what’s keeping you?  If you’re a Bible reading pro, share your tips below! We’d love to hear it!


Jim Reyes is an I.T. Director, a veteran radio broadcaster, and recently the national director of a Christian media ministry. He has been involved with broadcasting ministries such as FEBC Philippines, United Christian Broadcasters, TransWorld Radio Philippines and The Christian Broadcasting Network - CBN Asia.

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