What’s the plan?

This is the start of a brand new year and thus we start a Bible Reading Plan for the new year.   On either Sunday or Monday I will post daily bible readings, the plan is to get through the entire  Bible in a years time.

Before I post the readings for this first week of the year there are some tips to make the reading easier and enjoyable.  First of all, make sure you have a translation that you find easy to read and understand. Second do your reading in a place where you are comfortable and you won’t be interrupted for about 15 minutes or so.  Third do your reading at the same time every day.  Fourth, combine your reading with prayer before and after your daily reading.   The plan that I am using actually covers 300 days so there are 5 days where if you get behind you can use those days to catch up or if you don’t get behind you can get a little ahead.   Maybe your family would like to join you in this reading through the Bible in a year and you could each read a portion of the readings aloud. Just a thought there.

Daily Bible Reading Plan for the week of Jan 1,2012

Jan 1

1. Matthew 1:1-17

Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 1

Genesis 1, 2

2. Matthew 1:18-25

Acts 1: 12-26

Psalm 2

Genesis 3,4

3. Matthew 2:1-12

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 3

Genesis 5-8

4. Matthew 2: 13-23

Acts 2: 22-47

Psalm 4

Genesis 9-11

5. Matthew 3:1-12

Acts 3

Psalm 5

Genesis 12-14

6. Matthew 3: 13-17

Acts 4: 1-22

Psalm 6

Genesis 15-17

The above is designed for daily devotional readings. What follows are suggestions for serious study of the scriptures.  There are many ways to study the Bible:

Book Study

Subject Study

Character Study

If you want to do a serious study of the Bible then you will need a good study bible, there are many on the market and they are excellent sources. A study bible will have a concordance and maps and will have commentary remarks at the bottom of the page. Also a good investment is what is called a parallel bible which will have two to  four different  translations side by side so you can see how the wording is different and compare the translations.   You will also need a highlighter to mark verses  and keep a pen and paper handy to jot down notes and questions that you may have. It is also a good idea to get one or two of the many Bible Commentaries that give deeper explanations of the passages in a book of the Bible.

I see many changes coming in the year ahead, many challenges, and many blessing in the works.   As I reflect back on 2011, perhaps it was not that bad of a year, though 2010 ended badly as did 2011. But lets take a look at how dates are recorded on headstones and obits. 2010-2011 , there are two years listed there between them is a dash- there is a beginning date and an end date. They take up the most space but the important part is that dash- it is that dash that tells the story!  And quite frankly the dash had some really good things in it! One good thing, There were more weddings to officiate than funerals and that is always a good thing!


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” No prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”    From 2 Peter 1: 20-21

Have a blessed New Year!



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