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2016 Bible Reading Challenge

A new year is about to begin. Why don’t you make it a personal goal this year to read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation?

The benefits are tremendous. First, you will begin to understand the historical flow of God’s revelation to you. Second, you will clarify the relationships of different people and events. Third, you will begin to discover many of God’s promises that relate to challenges you are facing. Fourth, it will enhance your understanding of references and allusions made during Bible class. And fifth, it will provide you with a more focused understanding of God’s character.

To accomplish this I recommend picking a specific time of day and always sticking to that time. This might be early in the morning, during your lunch break, on your commute to or from work (or both). You can read or you can listen. Many Bible reading apps are available online for your laptop or smart phone or mobile device.

Bible Gateway; Bible.com; Logos; Faithlife; Bible.is are some of the online Bibles you can read. Bible Gateway, Bible.com, and Bible.is have audio bibles which you can listen to while driving.

There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. If you read 4 chapters a day, 6 days a week, you can read the Bible in a year. But how long will that take? Based on the average reading speed in the US you can do this in about 14 minutes per day. You probably spend more time than that checking emails, or texting, or reading news reports, or reading Facebook posts. Certainly reading the Bible ought to be a higher priority.

Here's a Bible reading plan to help you systematically read through the Bible in a year with only 100 minutes per week (or ~15 minutes per day). Or, if you prefer, here's a Bible reading check list. Other reading plans are also available by searching on the Internet.

Take up the Bible reading challenge this year and take your spiritual life to a new level.

Another idea is to start memorizing some promises. A great place to start is with the promises in my God’s Wonderful Promises book which you can order from Dean Bible Ministries.

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