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The OnePage Solution is an idea that is so simple that it simply works. If you complicate it then you defeat its simplicity and make it just another burdensome and frustrating ordeal like many attempts we've all made to get through this marvelous book. OnePage means one page from the section marked. Then one page from the next section if you have time. Read as many sections as you like...but only one page each. There is good reason for forcing yourself to stop as you will soon discover.
Whenever you stop, know that your Bible is always waiting, always ready, and always willing to give up ONE PAGE of wisdom and insight for life. And that's a promise.
"a self evident truth"
1. Set the Reference Guide aside in the same position you found it. This is a great help if you get distracted with phone, visitors, work, dinner, or just doze off. Replace the marker as-is and come back later, or just glance over and then continue reading as if nothing happened.
2. Get over the guilt of reading just one section (page)...or none.
3. Make notes in your Bible.
4. Keep a journal.
5. Occasionally read just the New Testament. You may even want to start here. Just read sections 6-8 and skip sections 1-5. And get this...if you start with just the NT you can add the OT any time you like. If you're half way through the books of Luke, Acts and Colossians you can add sections 1-5 to the rotation without missing a thing...or you can finish the NT alone in about 3-6 months.
6. Use a study Bible. You don't have to read all the study helps but an occasional short explanation can certainly help. Just remember, commentary is opinion and not Scripture...well researched and documented opinion to be sure, but still not God's Word. Oh, and the daily reading will be less on occasion since a certain amount of space will be taken up with the study helps.
7. Keep pencil and glasses nearby. It's best to find a place where you like to read usually where you won't be interrupted (if there is such a place). And when you do, leave the Bible you're reading there and make sure there is a place for your coffee and a pencil that works and a spare pair of reading glasses. That way you can retreat to your OnePage whenever the opportunity arises without gathering your wits (and materials) before beginning.
8. Reflect. Without turning this into a Bible study or time of meditation...we are told to read, study and meditate...before you get too far away from your reading, try to recall what you just read. Not in detail...just the big picture...Moses' final words in Leviticus, Micaiah asked to prophesy but 'only if it's positive'...Jesus arrested...that kind of thing. Unless you just read seven sections that should be easy...remember the overall average is around two...You may not remember later on but at least you gave your spirit a chance to absorb what you read.
11. And Finally...Don't Worry if you Don't Understand. He will give understanding and insight. But primarily understanding is for Bible study. And insight is for meditation. Reading is for Abiding. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me and My Words abide in you..." He did not say, "If the words of the commentaries abide in you..." Commentaries are great. And they should be used. But not while you're reading. Of course study helps included in the pages of your Bible can be helpful, and certainly pray for understanding. But read for enjoyment and seeking God. See Part 2 of the Ninth Scroll.
9. Read the Reference Guides. This may seem a little self serving. But what you will find there is not an advertisement for the product you're already using. They are summaries of each section along with the list of books you will be reading. The summaries are important because while the divisions originally were somewhat arbitrary they have become increasingly meaningful as the OnePage Solution has grown. The big picture or overview that this entire program is all about is critical to understanding the Bible. And an occasional reading of the individual Guides will help bring that big picture together for you.
10. Read The Whole Story. Again, this is not just for our benefit. But we do believe that you will find this bit of background and history of the OnePage Solution motivating and even inspirational.