Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Reading Through the Bible in a Year - NOT!

Every year for as long as I can remember I start reading through the Bible. January 1st, Genesis 1:1. My intention to read 15 minutes a day and end on December 13st with Revelation 22:21. This fantasy has never happened. I get busy, miss a few days, try to make up a little and then just stop the plan -- you know what, that's ok.

I came close one year where I read the "through the Bible" plan for about 6 months, then stopped for 12 months, then picked up the next year where I left off and finished it. Not bad.

I think it's a worthy undertaking but the bigger picture is to simply get God's message into your mind regularly. It doesn't need to be a huge plan, start small. Hear are some ideas.
  1. Read a Proverb. There are 31 so read the one that matches the day of the month, pretty simple.
  2. Use a Chronological order "read through the Bible " plan but don't worry about the days, just go in order and if it takes you 7 years, no problem.
  3. Read a single book in the Bible. Maybe a small book like James. Read slow and simply digest, ask God to make it real for you.
If you aren't into the Bible give it a try there's some good stuff in there.


  1. Peter exhorts us to "desire" the pure milk of the word. He exhorts us to long for it as a baby longs for his mother's milk. (NLT 1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,
    (1Pe 2:2 NLT).
    I've used this reading plan to go through the bible twice.

    Remember the Spirit needs the Word like the body needs oxygen.

  2. I am currently on a program to read the bible in 2 years. One year is pretty ambitious. Anyway the program is called Today's Light. They have bibles including the devotions and seperate devotionals if you already have a bible. These are Concordia publications. I am about 4 days behind after a year and 3 months. It is a rewarding part of every day for me.

  3. I've found that when I think too much about trying to get through the whole Bible, I find myself reading it just to get it done, instead of reading it for understanding.


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