Bathing in the word. Daily devotions. There are all kinds of metaphors and ways to describe one’s Bible reading, and one should read the Bible. I’ve seen and used so many plans over the years. Topically based plans and scheduled plans. I wanted to take a moment and share how I’m currently reading The Bible. It’s something I used to do and I kind of dig it again. You might too.
When the Bible first came alive to me it was when I made the discovery that it isn’t just one book, its a library of books but with one Author. There are a number of singular threads that weave together to make the whole. There are many ways to organize and divide this library. Here is how I’ve done it for my reading.
It’s pretty simple really. The plan starts with chapter one of the first book in each of the above sections. I read one chapter each day from each section which means I read five chapters a day. When I get to the end of a section I start that section over. If you manage to read every day of the year you will finish the entire Bible in a year, plus a little extra.
I’m reading all five chapters at one sitting. An alternative is to spread it out over the day.
Here’s the important part in any Bible reading; the goal isn’t to get through the Bible, the goal it to get the Bible through you.
The more goal-oriented people among us, those whole like to check off boxes, might not like the sound of that at first. Go ahead, check off the list. But keep in mind as you read that there are connections between each of the sections you are reading that day. It’s seeing those connections for yourself that will give you the amazing thrill of seeing the interconnectedness of the entire Bible for yourself. More than that, it will begin to transform your own life in all of its interconnectedness.
Since I just recently started this up again here is one you will see early on.
I’m old enough that I grew up on “real” Bibles, meaning ones printed on paper. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the evolution of digital Bibles from Palm Pilots to iPads. As techno nerdy as I am, I recommend going analog for this process. Here are a few tips to get the most out of this.
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I recently started a Bible reading plan I used to do a long time ago. It helps you connect the threads that are woven throughout the Bible. Here is an example from Matthew 3 that's connected to Joshua 3. Interested? Read the blog post linked in the bio and share!
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By all means, share what you find on social media after you’ve spent the time with just you and the word and not you, the word, and Facebook. Take a picture of your notes and share them with me @corbystephens on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I’d love to see what you find!
Speaking of sharing, I’m planning on starting a new category of posts called Daily Thread. I’m not promising to post every day, but every day I read with this plan I get an idea for a new post. I will share them as often as I am able. Stay tuned for those. Happy reading!
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