Pick your Bible reading program: 88-day or whole-year…

BibleReading2015Read God’s Word once, or twice, or four times through next year. Both suggested programs are straight through the Bible…

88-day (pdf)

Whole Year (pdf)

More creative options here.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12).

Five more reasons you should read the whole Bible next year…

1. What?! You say you are a follower of Jesus Christ and you haven’t (or don’t) read His Book?!

2. You’ve got the time to do it. Seriously. You do. You just don’t want to.

3. You need some convincing arguments. When the fam gets together for Christmas dinner, and you don’t have any good ones…that’s becoming an embarrassment. “I think Jesus said something somewhere about abortion er something…”

4. The Bible is not on television. Don’t tell me it is.

5. You’ll be left in the dust. Even my eight and ten year-old children read the whole thing this year. And they read the NASB, not some bowdlerized version like the NLT or ESV.

Five reasons you should read the whole Bible next year…

BibleReading2014_Page_11. God wrote the Word.

So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God (2 Peter 1:19-21).

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

2. The Word of God is powerful.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12).

3. The Word of God will root out godless traditions from your life.

He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition. “For Moses said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER’; and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH’; but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God),’ you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that (Mark 7:9-13).

4. You’ve been commanded to devote yourself to the Word of God.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you,… (Col. 3:16).

5. You will be happy when you meditate on the Word of God.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).

Here’s a reading plan that will take you through the OT and NT simultaneously. Do it!

Five more reasons…

Read through the entire Bible in the coming year…

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Make a commitment to read through the Bible next year. About this time a year from now, it will glorify God if you are able to say you read every bit of His inspired Word. Here’s the plan I’ll be using next year. This particular plan will take you through the Old and New Testaments simultaneously. Some other options can be found here.