Saturday, January 8, 2011

Reading the Whole Thing

A couple of friends and I are reading through the Bible in chronological order. I've posted about this before.

Last year my friend read the whole Bible, gleaning much benefit from just digesting the whole thing.  here is what she posted on Facebook:

Yeah! Finished reading the entire bible straight through! Started some time this summer. I have never just read it straight through like this before. Read random books before. It was a wonderful perspective. I read it like a novel and things are so complete when you see it that way! You really get to see God's patience, forgiveness, and love as a whole. Awesome! Time to start over and do it again! Love it!
I encouraged her to read through chronologically this time, and asked if we could kind of read along together. She liked that idea, and so did her sister. 

These days we live hundreds of miles apart from each other, but we can still spur one another on to love and good deeds.  Now they are probably all caught up, while I bogged down on Job and a Christmas trip. But I am keeping in site that the goal is not to just do my spiritual check-offs, but to grow closer to God.

Some reading-through resources, chronological and otherwise :

My friend found this chronological listing. It differs somewhat from my Daily Bible in Chronological Order.  I am following her list this time.  Much of the time, I am reading from The Message, online at Bible Gateway.com.  Bible Gateway also has a few read-through-the-Bible plans. Some of the time, I am reading with my actual Bible, curled up on the sofa, usually with a cup of coffee. (OK - now it is almost 11 p.m. and I want a cup of coffee.)

My cousins, both young moms with young children, are encouraging each other.  They shared this link via Facebook:  The Hardest Thing to do is Open Your Bible.  In that article, Molly Piper refers to another article, Bible Reading Program for Slackers& Shirkers. I appreciate these ladies and their honesty.

A few more resources:

One-Year Bible Blog

Various Bible Reading Plans

Even more Bible Reading Plans

4 comments:

ScienceGeek said...

I use a devotional guide that I like so much that I bought copies for my Mom, Grandma, husband and in-laws. It goes through the Bible in a year, but every day you read some Old Testament, some New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. In addition, the devotional gives background and answers questions that go along with the day's readings. We really enjoy it, but next time I think I will try to read it chronologically. I think it will make the books of the Prophets and Kings make much more sense.

amy said...

I'm ashamed to say that I've never once read the Bible all the way through from beginning to end. I may check out that reading program for slackers! :)

Val said...

My dear sister, again I am pleased to have found you :0) I have an Amplified Bible where the index is in alphabetical order and so I have been reading in this way - I am at present up to "I" so it is Isaiah. The Bible I really use is the NASB John MacArthur Study Bible. If you have never been to his web site I can REALLY recommend it,
www.gty.org
there is so much good sound teaching to either watch, listen or read. I visit him every day and my friend who lives in the North and I "meet" every Monday at 12 noon to "share" a study together, we have chosen his teaching series in 1 and 2 Peter.
You are so blessed in your lovely country that you still have good sound men who are preaching the Word of God so powerfully.
I hope you enjoy reading your Bible every day and that you are truly blessed in doing so.
love to you,
Val xx Oxfordshire UK

Val said...

Hello again .... it's me ..... Val!
I just wanted to encourage you to take a peek at this fantastic site
http://scripturedig.com/
the women who write are so encouraging, challenging yet totally understandable and approachable. The topics they cover are quite varied, the postings are not long and laborious, just perfect time with a cup of coffee a nice cookie and your Bible to get Digging!
Hope you find them and enjoy your time.
Val xx Oxfordshire UK

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