Dec 30, 2020
Here we are, it’s the end of 2020, and this year has
been bananas. There have been beautiful things but also a lot of
really difficult things, and I wanted to end the year in kind of a
unique way. I have shared openly on this show over the last few
years about how my faith is the foundation of all that I am and how
it has influenced my life and changed me in so many ways. In the
last few years, I have read through the Bible in one year. In 2020,
I finished my third reading of the bible in a year, cover to cover,
chronologically. It’s been formative and life changing. If you’ve
never read the Bible, please don’t click away. I’m sharing this
episode from my heart about something I really believe is life
changing. My guest this week is Tara-Leigh Cobble. She is the
creator and host of the
Bible Recap Podcast and the author of
the book, The Bible Recap. She founded D-Group, an
international network of weekly discipleship and accountability
groups, and she hosts a daily radio show called The God Shot. She
hails from Dallas, TX by way of Eastern TN, and I’ve had the
privilege of hearing her voice every day as I read the Bible
throughout the year. The Bible Recap has greatly impacted my life
and I wanted to learn more about Tara and her the work behind The
6:00 - The Tara-Leigh 101
- Tara-Leigh wasn’t always someone who read the
Bible. She might have told you she loved it, but she hadn’t read
it. She knew it was true, but she didn’t know what it said. Cleary,
that has all changed and along with writing The Bible Recap and
hosting Bible Recap Podcast, she also founded D-Group, which stands
for Discipleship Group. it is a weekly Bible study and discipleship
group that meets in homes and churches and online and does deep
dives into books of the Bible and topics of theology.
- She started D-Group the same year she started
reading through the Bible because she needed and wanted to talk to
people about what she was reading. She started learning about so
much she never knew growing up in the church and wanted to talk
- Tara-Leigh was working in ministry and not even
reading through the Bible yet. She spent her days talking to people
about and singing about the God of the Bible but had not read all
of his word. One day, a friend asked if she’s ready the whole
Bible. She’d been a student of the word, but still hadn’t read the
Bible in its entirety.
- Her friend recommended she read the whole thing
(even the genealogies). She was told it would take 12 minutes a day
to read it in a year. Surprisingly, the commitment was not the hard
part. It was what she was seeing when she was reading it.
- She had not yet encountered a lot of these things
about the Lord and realized she’d taken things out of context, was
not understanding things rightly, and was reading it as if looking
into a mirror looking back at herself instead of holding a lens to
see the living God and who He is.
- Tara-Leigh’s friend encouraged her to stick with
reading through the Bible and challenged her to look for God and
His character. It was a huge awakening for her to read through the
Bible chronologically the first time, but even more so the second
time when she started looking for God instead of how he could make
all her dreams come true.
15:38 – Through the Bible in a Year
- Tara-Leigh has read through the Bible 14 times now.
Even on read 14, she’s learning new things and seeing some things
for the first time. She recently recorded a podcast episode on
God’s intervening in our lives. A few days later while she was
praying, she felt like God was telling her, “I don’t intervene.”
She measured it against scripture to see if it was really from the
- She looked through Hebrews to see if the word
intervene shows up anywhere. It doesn’t. She looked through the
Greek and Aramaic translations and the word “intervene” is nowhere
in the Bible. She looked up the word in the dictionary. To
intervene, you have to be outside of a situation and insert
yourself into it, and God is not outside of any situation.
Tara-Leigh had to go back and edit that podcast episode.
- Some resources that have been the most impactful
for Tara-Leigh in her study and The Bible Recap have been sermons
by pastors who teach exegetically (line by line, word by word), and
John Piper’s database with all scripture he’s taught. You can look
up specific topics and verses. It’s especially great if you’re an
auditory learner. It helped Tara learn how to study scripture and
understand it ways she never had before. John Piper also has a tool
called “Look at the Book” that Tara-Leigh recommends.
- Once she learned how to study the Bible, the
Faith Life Study Bible (free online resource) and a
Greek/Hebrew lexicon have been helpful tools as well.
23:25 – Living, Breathing Love Letter
- Tara-Leigh has been able to maintain her passion
for reading the Bible even when working on The Bible Recap for
work. As she began, she realized she wasn’t interested in
separating what she was doing for work from her personal
relationship with reading the Bible.
- She found so much joy in reading for her study and
it turned into a heart of worship and arched her heart back to God.
When you really start learning about God, the God in the
scriptures, you want to share that with others.
- Learning about the God in the scriptures ignites a
hunger in us to continue to seek the spirit of God. If you think
reading the bible in a year is daunting, The Bible Recap breaks the
process down in a way where the reading is a daily, comforting
habit instead of an overwhelming obstacle.
30:31 – Chronologically
- The Bible is not actually laid out chronologically
but more like a library. There’s a history section, a law section,
poetry section, and so on. It is helpful for organization but not
necessarily for getting to know a person. Our aim in reading the
Bible, especially as Christians is getting to know God’s character
and finding out who He is; the story of God rescuing His
- When we start at the beginning and go through the
story of God rescuing His people, we can understand the entire
story and fall in love with the lead character. There are parts of
what God does that are not going to look good if we only see them
out of context.
- When we treat out Bibles like a magic 8 ball, it
doesn’t help us know God. We have the gift of diving into the Bible
and going straight to God to see what He has to say. It might not
always be the quickest and easiest route, but if we focus on
getting to know God, the answers we are seeking will actually start
to come to us from our knowledge of who God is.
- The Bible Recap partners with The Bible Project to
provide even more resources on each book of the bible with the
day’s reading, discussion, and The Bible Recap podcast to help
support you and remove every obstacle in the way of people reading
scripture with a clear path through. There’s something for each
- There also tools and weekly and daily discussions
to help readers learn how to study the bible.
40:43 – The Bible Recap in 2021
- New features to The Bible Recap include a daily
study guide with 5-6 questions a day and weekly discussion guide
for groups of people to use together that are about 10 questions a
week. There’s something for every style of learning between the
individual guides, group guides, book, and podcast!
- There’s also another podcast resource called
“The Bible Kneecap” which is a daily prayer podcast
to respond to what you’re learning about in the Bible. It will help
you practice prayer and grow in your prayer life.
Join The Bible Recap
48:10 - Getting to Know Our Guest
- Find out fun facts about Tara-Leigh like what her
favorite book of the Bible is (it may change from time to time),
what song she has to sing along with when she hears it, and one of
her biggest goals in life which ties into what it means to her to
run a business with purpose.
12:16 – “I was reading scripture backwards. I was
reading it as if looking into a mirror like it was about me, and
not a lens to see the living God and who He is. That was the hard
part. That I thought, ‘Uh oh, God’s not who I thought he was, He’s
not here to serve me.’ “
12:59 – “A lot of people will walk away from faith
when they go through something hard, when they hit a trial...and
they walk away from God because of the hardship in their life…but I
was about to walk away from God because of what I saw in the
19:25 “God is not outside of any situation. He is
actively involved and engaged in every story...God shows up and he
acts on behalf of his people.”
25:03 – “I was finding so much joy in what I was
learning in my study that it turned into a heart of worship. It
arched by heart back in praise to Him.”
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