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Hey Friends! I’m excited to be unveiling our 2014 Daily Bible Reading Challenge today! This week I posted various daily Bible reading plans from which you can choose so that you would have an opportunity to look over them. You can choose methods that vary from a daily schedule to print and mark to email reminders or apps.
Reading through the Bible in a year using the M’Cheyne plan provides approximately four chapters a day from four different books of the Bible. For me, this takes about 20 minutes a day. For 2014, we will use the M’Cheyne Bible Reading plan once more.
After doing the 2013 Bible Reading Challenge, the largest lesson I learned is that finding a method that works well for you is the key to being able to read through the Bible in a year.I found that using the Olive Tree Bible Study App and tracking the plan through their available reading plans is the best method of daily reading for me. Each chapter can be marked off as you read. I found myself reading a chapter while waiting for children to picked up from practices or waiting in the doctor’s office.
Why read the Bible through in a year?
Last year the Lord just whispered to my heart that it was time to be serious about reading God’s Word. I’ve read through the Bible several times before, but it had been a few years since I had read the Bible from cover to cover.
My husband gave a Christmas card to me and what did I do with it? I placed it in the kitchen window where I can see it and be thankful for it. I will pick it up several times over the next few weeks and read it to remember and reflect on his words of love to me. That’s what we do when we love someone- we enjoy their words of love to us. God loves us so very much. And I love Him. So naturally I want to reflect on His words of love to me.
As far as studying the Bible in addition to reading it, I studied in various manners throughout the year. At some points, I was involved in a small group Bible study from church or the community while doing the Bible reading challenge. I didn’t take a lot of extra time to reflect on the daily Bible reading from the challenge because of the more in-depth studying I was doing with my small group. But in the weeks I was not involved in small group, I studied one chapter of the daily Bible reading in addition to reading it. I used this simple Bible study guide: 4 questions to ask for any chapter of the Bible for the study.
I’m only telling you what worked for me to give you ideas on how the challenge might work for you.
The point of collectively doing the 2014 Daily Bible Reading Challenge is to unite our hearts towards reading God’s Word and to provide encouragement to one another.
For 2014, we will check in each Monday on the blog in the comments section. Last year we checked in on Fridays, but I think Monday might be a better day for this. So no matter where you are in the daily reading, we want to see your smiling avatar (that’s the photo beside your name) and anything from “I’m on it!” to “I’m behind, but that’s ok- I’m still going.”
For 2014, the daily scheduled reading will be posted in the right sidebar with the Olive Tree logo just as it is now or you can follow any method of the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan with us or any other plan you’d like.
Would you like to join us for the 2014 Daily Bible Reading Challenge?
Just leave a comment today to let us know that you read this post and want to be a part! Choose your plan and begin reading on Jan. 1 or before if you’d like! Then be sure to come back on our first check-in day, Monday, Jan. 6th and leave a comment so we can encourage one another.