2 Timothy 3.16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
For fun and for LIFE, here is where I will be this summer. Want to join me?
Reading the New Testament and Psalms through this summer.
This is reading 410 chapters of Bible over the course of June, July, August and wrapping up the week of Labor Day. It averages to slightly more than 4 chapters a day, or more specifically, 2-3 chapters of NT daily, plus almost 2 of the Psalms each day of the week. That is just averaging.
I know summer seems a weird time to pick up a “plan,”to start somthing that you are committing to when we usually see this time as our “lazy days,” (although who has time to be lazy ever these tdays??). But don’t you also hate getting to the end of a “season” and find that it was wasted, that you didn’t get everything from it you could have?
The busier I am, the more I need the life-giving Word of the Living God to be in me, to actually live in me…
Colossians 3.16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Ideas on fitting it in
- Get up an hour earlier. This is my plan. The cool of the morning is a lovely time for the Word.
- Skip the summer reruns on TV and take that last hour before sunset to sit outside and read and refresh.
- Raed the NT through the week and drink up the Psalms on the weekends.
- Read aloud. You are supposed to read to your kids anyway. How about reading the scriptures aloud to them? Faith come by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, don’t be surprised when you actually start to be increased in faith by your own reading. Preach it!
- Listen to the audio Bible on the way to work, or during a walk. www.biblegateway.com has it for free. www.youversion.com, too. The Bible is readily available free of charge!
- Schedule it in like everything else we do for the summer: play dates, ball games, vacation days, picnics, small group.
Meditate on it throughout the day. At the end of each week (or on Sunday), write yourself a few quick notes of what God’s Word did in your heart the past week.
Jeremiah 15.16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.
June 5 Matthew 1-14; Psalms 1 – 11
June 12 Matthew 15 – 28; Psalms 11 – 22
June 19 Romans; Psalms 23 – 34
June 26 1 & 2 Corinthians; Psalms 35 – 46
July 3 Mark; Psalms 47 – 58
July 10 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians; Psalms 59 – 70
July 17 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon; Psalms 71 – 82
July 24 Luke 1 -12; Psalms 83 – 94
July 31 Luke 13 – 24; Psalms 95 – 106
August 7 Acts 1-14; Psalms 107 – 118
August 14 Acts 15 – 28; Psalms 119 – 124
August 21 Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter; Psalms 125 – 133
August 28 John, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude; Psalms 134 – 142
September 4 Revelation; Psalms 143 – 150
Hebrews 4.12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
It is about 20 minutes a day, I’d say, reading at a leisurely pace (I just meandered through Matthew 1-5 and Psalm 1-5 in about 30 minutes). Just think what a great meal we’ll have enjoyed in the next 90 days!
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