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The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is a priceless gift, because the more time we spend reading and pondering it, the better we’ll know and love God! But it can be a struggle to find time to do this each day. That’s why we've recommended the below Bible reading plans and notes, all of which will take you through a short Bible passage each day, helping you to apply it into your life and spend a few minutes in prayer.
Short article written by Paul Jump
Many of us don’t read much. I rarely read anything before I became a Christian except the sports page of the paper. But the Bible commands us to delight in God’s word and meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1). The only way to do that is by knowing it and the only way to know it is to read it or to hear it read. I have found that the only way I will read the Bible is if I plan to do so. Have a plan; will read. Have no plan; won’t read.
For 2019 I want to recommend the reading plan of a 19th century Scottish Minister called Robert Murray McCheyne. It is the one I have used for a number of years. And I find it really helpful.
The reading plan covers the whole Bible in a year and the New Testament and Psalms twice. My recommendation is to use the plan over two years. That requires reading 2 chapters a day which only takes 6-7 minutes. Something I think we can all find time for in our busy schedules.
A guy called Don Carson has written a daily reflection on the passages that can help you understand what you read. This can be really helpful especially for some of the chapters in the Old Testament that we are less familiar with. It can be accessed here. In order to link with the blog we need to read what Robert Murray McCheyne calls the ‘secret passages’ in 2019. That means Ezra and Acts start us off. One great benefit of us all using the same reading plan is that we can discuss what we read with one another. Will you join me in reading the Bible this year?
Anna Marsh has produced a number of excellent Bible studies which you can download below and work through.
Explore Bible reading notes will help you to read, understand and apply the extraordinary truths of God's word, every single day.
Explore is available in three formats:
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