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Bible Reading Plans

Many people start off the new year with a plan to read the Bible daily. I have used several different styles of Bible reading over the years but the last few years I’ve settled on a favorite style. I use the You Version Bible App The nice thing about this app is it keeps track of your reading for you, you can have it send you reminders, and my favorite feature is it can read the passages aloud for you. There are many different Bible reading plans available in the app. These are a few I enjoy:

1) Old Testament / New Testament reading plan.

2) “Chronological” plan is compiled according to recent historical research, taking into account the order in which the recorded events actually occurred.

3) The Prof. Horner’s Bible Reading System is meant to be an intense foray into every part of the Bible. This system will have you reading ten chapters each day.

4) M’Cheyne reading system, featuring four different readings for use in both family and personal devotions. Each day has two passages from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from either the Psalms or the Gospels.

One key thing to remember is that daily Bible reading should not take the place of real Bible study. Bible study should include serious contemplation and prayer over a particular chapter or verse while looking at cross references, context and different translations.

Daily Bible reading and serious Bible study will help anyone to grow in knowledge and wisdom in God’s Word.


The way to do a thing is to do it …

This applies to even more than just Bible reading.

“Begin reading your Bible this very day. The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending, or thinking about it; that will not advance you one step. You must positively read. There is no royal road in this matter, any more than in the matter of prayer. If you cannot read yourself, you must persuade somebody else to read to you. But one way or another, through eyes or ears, the words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind.”


J.C. Ryle


Lost Your Appetite For Bible Reading?

If you’ve lost your desire to sit down with God’s Word, what do you do?

Do you just pray for the Lord to give you that desire?

Do you find a good devotional to read in the meantime?

Do you force yourself to listen to a few sermons?

How do you get back that thirst for the Scriptures?

Dig in deep and keep digging until the desire comes back to read the Scriptures!

Here is a great example taken from Winnie-the-Pooh himself.

Sweeter Than Honey: A Lesson from Pooh

In Psalm 119:103 the psalmist exclaims, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Though we may not put it in such eloquent words, that is the testimony of every true Christian.

Nevertheless, even true Christians, those who recognize the importance, excellence, beauty, and authority of the Scriptures, sometimes lose their appetite for the study of God’s Word.

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