God loves you. “ The Lamb, who was killed before the origin of the world, is a man who has received support, splendor, wisdom, power, refinement, whole month, respect, faith and silt। Let him be glorified forever. ”Now came true Amen। In this world you have received everything but so far Jesus has not believed in Christ, you are the saddest and most righteous man ! The poorest people on earth are not without money but without Jesus Amen ! Your first need and need is the forgiveness of eternal security sins, salvation and eternal life – “ Behold, the Lamb of God who has raised the sin of the world’।And he is atonement for our sins, and not only for us, but also for the sins of the whole world। The only Creator God – Ekmatra Caste Man – Ekkatra Blood Red – Ekkatra Problem Sin – Ekkatra Solution Jesus Christ Do you know that there is eternal life even after the deer only God loves you ! Because God loved the world so much that he gave it to his only born Son – No one who believes in him is unhappy, But he may have eternal life, but God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us when we were sinners। Because you are saved by grace by faith; And it is not from you, it is God’s donation; He who is waking up to my door every day hears me waiting for the pillars of my doors, Blessed is that man। But God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us, while we are sinners। But in all these things we are even more than the winners by him, who loved us। Because I have been completely unarmed, neither death nor life, nor angels, neither the princes, nor the rights, nor the things that come from now, nor the things that come later, neither the heights, nor the deep, Neither any other creation can separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus। Love is in this – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be atone for our sins। For God made sin for us, who did not know that we would be the righteousness of God। Jesus said to him: “ Bato, truth and life are me; No one comes to the Father except me. ” Your word is a light for my feet, and a light for my way। I cried before Miramire fell bright; I hope in your word। My eyes are open at night’s guard to meditate on your word। And call me on the day of the storm; I will deliver you, and you will raise me। He cures those with broken hearts and binds them to the ointment of their injuries। You will be in me and ask for whatever you want if my words are in you, and that will be done for you।

Who Reads the Bible More, Men or Women?

When I decided to write a devotional for men,

I got a lot of quizzical looks.

There’s really not much of a market for your book,” I was told by the experts. “Women buy most Christian books, especially devotionals.”

“Why don’t men buy devotionals?” I asked.

“Because men don’t like to read.”

If that premise is true, then women are likely to read the Bible more than men do. Surveys often show that they do. For example, the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Survey shows that, among Evangelical Protestants, 66% of women read the Bible at least once a week, compared to 58% of men.

In 2020, however, the gap narrowed.

A Pandemic Tipping Point

For the past decade, the American Bible Society has teamed with Barna Group to conduct telephone and online surveys and produce an annual research study called State of the Bible. Since 2017, the researchers have attempted to measure scripture engagement, or how “interaction with the Bible results in transformed relationship with God and others.”

ABS/Barna believes that scripture engagement is affected by the frequency of one’s Bible interactions and the influence of those interactions on one’s relationships (with God and others) and one’s choices and decisions.

State of the Bible studies group respondents into five bible engagement categories: Bible Centered, Bible Engaged, Bible Friendly, Bible Neutral, and Bible Disengaged. There are significant differences in Bible interaction among those in the top three categories:

  • Bible Centered: 83 percent use the Bible on their own at least four times a week
  • Bible Engaged: 38 percent read the Bible at least four times a week
  • Bible Friendly: Only 22 percent read the Bible once a week

In 2017, 2018, and 2019, women exhibited slightly higher levels of Scripture engagement than men did.

But something happened in 2020 to change that: a worldwide pandemic.

The 2020 surveys were conducted in January. As the researchers tabulated the results, COVID-19 outbreaks began to affect people’s lives in unpredictable ways. The ABS/Barna researchers decided to conduct a second set of surveys in late May and early June and to compare the results with those obtained in January.

The pandemic caused declines in men’s top two scripture engagement categories:

  • Bible Centered: declined from 8.0 percent to 6.7 percent
  • Bible Engaged: declined from 18.8 percent to 16.7 percent
  • Bible Friendly: increased from 14.7 percent to 18.4 percent

Women saw even sharper declines in the top two categories:

  • Bible Centered: declined from 9.9 percent to 4.9 percent
  • Bible Engaged: declined from 19.1 percent to 17.0 percent
  • Bible Friendly: increased from 17.8 percent to 18.8 percent

 The declines in scripture engagement were caused primarily by declines in Bible reading, leaving men ahead of women in that area.

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Group Reinforcement Works for Both Men and Women

Why did the pandemic cause more women than men to reduce their Bible reading? ABS/Barna believes that isolation caused many women to be “disconnected from their church gatherings, small group meetings, and less formal connections with friends who share and encourage their faith.”  The “decreased opportunities for social interactions around the Bible may have disrupted women’s Bible engagement routines and contributed to their decreased Scripture engagement as a population.”

The inference is that, when it comes to Bible reading, men tend to go it alone, whereas women rely more on reinforcement from their friends. Some men’s ministry leaders believe that men don’t go it alone by choice—they simply have fewer chances for group Bible studies than their female counterparts.

“Men today have an increased appetite for Bible reading and study,” says Craig Fry, president of CLC, a ministry that encourages scripture engagement among small groups of men. “When given the chance to dig deep in the Bible, Christian men respond with an enthusiastic, ‘Yes!’

“Men long for community just as much as women do,” he continues. “When a man is challenged by a small group of men he trusts to ‘step up’ in his walk with Christ by focusing on Scripture, he doesn’t walk away from such an opportunity. Instead, he runs toward it.”

The problem, according to Fry, is not lack of desire but lack of opportunity. Men need more than a challenge to read the Bible regularly. They need support and structure.

For many men, having at least one male partner in the venture—and adventure—of reading God’s Word regularly brings these benefits:

  • Interaction: Hearing ideas from others, and putting your thoughts into words, can help everyone in the group understand challenging passages and apply more of God’s Word to your daily lives.
  • Accountability: You and your teammates can help each other stay on track with regular time in the Bible.
  • Support: Good teammates care about more than just accomplishing a goal. They care about each member of the team and will commit to providing ongoing, prayerful support.  

The structure that men crave can be provided by a Bible reading plan, which also provides goals and milestones. But a Bible reading plan rarely provides insight into what you are reading. For that, men may turn to devotionals and Bible studies.

And they are doing that more now than in the past. But there are a few obstacles in their path.

Similar Appetites, Unique Needs

One obstacle is the pandemic, which has reduced Bible reading and hammered the Christian publishing industry.

“Sales of Christian materials had a steep nose-dive during the early pandemic period, or March to May, and have been flat since then,” reports Kristen McLean, Executive Director, Industry Analyst at NPD Group. McLean believes that the sales decline was caused by several factors, including:

  • Closures of churches, church bookstores, and church-related groups, such as Bible studies
  • A slowdown in the supply chain, as some key retailers closed for several months and others prioritized “essentials” over Christian books
  • The fact that many Christian women assumed additional responsibilities and prioritized family needs over other activities, such as purchasing and reading Christian books

The final point is especially important, because most Christian books are purchased by women.

Because women are the primary buyers, the vast majority of Christian books are written for women. Former literary agent Dan Balow explains this in a blog post:

In Christian publishing, since most readers are women, Christian books for men are treated as a niche market. Women are the primary market worthy of the most focus, and men are an afterthought if they are thought of at all…Some publishers don’t publish books where the only market is a man.

…of the thousands of Christian books published every year in the US, relatively few create much of a wave with men. You can start listing names and hit a wall at about a dozen…

The result is a dearth of well-written Christian books that target men. They are out there, but men have to hunt for them. (Here is a list of some recommended men’s devotionals, including free ones.)

The Christian publishing industry, however, is beginning to realize that there is an audience for books that are written for men. And that audience appears to be growing. Sales of some popular men’s devotionals increased slightly from 2017 to 2019. And sales of those books during the first eight months of 2020 were higher than during the same months of 2019.

It turns out that men and women have similar appetites to read the Bible.

Both simply require help that is tailored to their unique needs.

For he that findeth me shall find life, and shall receive mercy from the Lord. But he that sinneth against me, harmeth his own soul; All those who hate me love death.’ Proverb. 8:35-36 But God shows his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He committed no sin, nor was any guile found in his mouth; He did not rebuke in return; He did not threaten when he suffered, but committed himself to the righteous judge. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; By His stripes you were healed. 1 st. Proverb. 8:35-36 Nor is salvation in any other; For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Jesus said to him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Behold, he comes with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who despise him; And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen! Revelation 1:7 And he was clothed in blood; And his name is called ‘Word of God’. Revelation 19:13 “And behold, I come quickly; And I have my reward to give to every man according to his work. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13 Note: Today people don’t even have time to go to heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life.

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