Bible Reading Challenge Check-In

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Hey Friends! Monday is already here once again! Wow- the first month of the Bible Reading Challenge has passed and here we are- headed into February. If you remember, the last two weeks, we’ve used a special post on Mondays just to get us in tune with one another and use as the Bible reading challenge check in.

What reading methods are you finding to work for you? I’d love it if you’d share.

Be sure to leave a comment so we can keep each other accountable to stay in the Word and to keep one another encouraged! That’s the entire purpose of this separate posts- so celebrate your progress- no matter the amount of reading.

Can’t wait to hear how it’s going!


Bible Study for Beginners

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In the past two weeks, I’ve received the same question from so many of you. That question has been:

How do I begin to read and study the Bible for myself?

So today on Whimsical Wednesday, we’re doing something a little less whimsical and a little more practical- Bible Study for Beginners. I’m outlining the same information in this post that I send to each email request so that we can all read, share and learn together. Here we go.

The first question often asked, especially through the Bible Reading Challenge, is:

If I’m a beginner reader of the Bible, where do I start?

The first four books of the New Testament are called the Gospels- they are the story of Christ’s life from his disciples, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book of John is written very simply and easy to understand.

My recommendation for beginner readers is to begin with the book of John. It’s always helpful to have a reading plan so that you can be accountable to follow through on your intentions. Here you can find a printable Bible reading plan for the book of John. Now I know it’s called “Children’s Bible Reading Plan,” but this plan is great for anyone who wants to begin to read the Bible. You can also find this plan in the Olive Tree Bible App.

My next recommendations for a beginner to read the Bible, after the book of John, are:

I John, II John, & III John




After completing the above, you could easily begin any formalized reading plan, such M’Cheyne, which is the one I am using for the Bible Reading Challenge. And there are multiple others listed right here.

So after determining where to begin to read the Bible, the next question I receive most is:

How do I study the Bible?

One of the easiest ways to study the Bible is using this simple Bible study guide- 4 questions you can use for any chapter of the Bible. ** ADDENDUM: NEW guide bookmark and journal page HERE.

Precept Ministries offers a simple Bible study guide for the entire Bible, which you can find here.

I have 4 simple Bible study tips you can find here for when you feel that you’d like to dig in more than a simple guide.

So we’ve answered two of the questions I frequently receive via email! Yay! And now I would LOVE it if you’d share your simple Bible study plans, tips, and guides with us, especially anything that might help beginners since this post is geared towards those who are new to studying the Bible.

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And now it’s time for Whimsical Wednesdays, where bloggers from all around the world stop by to link up their wonderfully encouraging posts. Glad to have you, Bloggers! Be sure to encourage another blogger who links up before or after you and I’ll do my best to be an encouragement to you as well.

Happy Wednesday!


Daily Bible Reading Plan



I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day! You may notice the Bible Reading Challenge lists Zach 13 on both yesterday and today. The M’Cheyne Reading plan in the Olive Bible Tree App listed Zach 13:1 as part of the reading yesterday and I misread it for the entire chapter. I decided today’s graphic would stay true to the plan for the remaining of the chapter. We’re almost there!!

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Today I am providing links for the Daily Bible Reading Plan we will use in the 2014 Bible Reading Challenge. I’ve almost completed the details for the 2014 Challenge, but for today we’re sharing multiple daily Bible Reading Plans options.

1. The printable M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan is up first. We will use this plan once more for the challenge and if a printable plan is your choice, you can download the pdf HERE.

2. The children’s printable daily Bible reading plan for the gospel of John is an awesome short term reading plan. This plan is a 6 week daily Bible reading plan designed originally for children but anyone can use it! Download HERE.

3. The children’s printable daily Bible reading plan for the gospel of Matthew is HERE.

4. Bible Gateway has several Bible reading plan options for receiving via daily email right HERE.

5. Bible Gateway also has several Bible reading plans available in the app which you can download HERE.

6. My personal daily Bible Reading plan is within the Olive Tree Bible Study App. Various options are available via the app. The printable Bible reading plans mentioned in points 1 and 2 above are available within this app for simple tracking and check off.

Do you have a favorite Bible reading plan or method you love? Could you share it with us in the comments?