At November’s Church Council meeting, we discussed the importance of God’s children (that’s us) reading His word, the Holy Bible, on a daily basis. For those that have a Bible Reading Plan that works for you, great! Don’t change what you’re doing! But I’m guessing that most of us have struggled in our reading of Scripture – I know that I have. I’ve tried a number of approaches to reading the Bible over the years, but until this year failed to find a Bible Reading Plan that worked for me. What usually
did me in is the amount of reading in the Old Testament, as it’s nearly 3-1/2 times longer than the New Testament. As a result, the Old Testament took up nearly all my Bible reading time. Plus, for me, a lot of it was hard to understand. So, I got bogged down. I suppose that many of you may have had
the same problem.
I’d like to suggest a PLAN, a modified approach to Bible reading, that might help. I know that it has helped me. The PLAN simply has us read through the Old Testament once a year, Psalms and Proverbs twice a year, and the New Testament three times a year. I can imagine your reaction, “Whoa! This sounds like a LOT of reading!” But it averages just 5-1/2 pages a day – obviously a manageable amount. So, what’s the benefit? We spend more days in the New Testament than the Old Testament. Which psychologically, for me, is a big help. Hopefully, it will be a big help for some of you as well.
Color copies of the PLAN for 2022 will be made available in the back of the church for those who would like to give it a try. Also available is a sheet of Bible study ideas.
As this is the start of a new church year, perhaps some of you might be inclined to jump in immediately with a new approach to your Scripture reading. For you folks, color copies of the PLAN for the remainder of this year will also be made available!
The PLAN was developed as a 2-page Excel spreadsheet. It can be printed on a single sheet of paper, providing a convenient way to not only indicate what is to be read, but also to indicate that it has been read. The title, God’s Word Stands Forever, comes from Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
God’s Blessings to you as you consider how to be more faithful in the reading of His Word.