12 June, 2014

Plan Reading

I accepted Jesus into my life a few weeks ago and one of the Pastors of my church gave me a daily bible reading plan. Essentially it was one chapter of John, one chapter of Psalms, one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of the old Testament a day. I am already through John and am kinda stuck. I even started over on the 1st of January as my New Year’s Resolution. I know that I was looking for more after I was done reading. So I’m looking for more of a substantial reading plan. I also know that my new wife (we just got married on January 15th) is looking for a daily bible reading plan as well. Does anyone have one that they follow themselves? I don’t want to just wander aimlessly through the bible. I know I would get ridiculous answers, but I didn’t think that they would be this bad. Thanks to those who answered with actual reading plans. To those who are nay saying, I was once like you, but have had things happen to me that there can only be one explanation and that’s that God does exist. I am also still a free thinker. I still use logic for many things. Just because I believe in God and Jesus it doesn’t mean that I am an automaton. After looking around, I learned — I think your pastor’s reading plan was very sensible by way of an introduction. John is awesome as it’s only 21 short chapters long. Psalms are great too as is Proverbs. Now that you have read the theological gospel of John you might want to have a look at one of the other gospels. My thoughts would go to Mark. It’s also very short just 16 chapters, after that you may want to dip into some of the new testament letters, I recommend James as it’s not just short and easy but very wise and full of sound practical advice. It has been described as the New Testament proverbs. Since you have read John you may also want to quickly read 1st 2nd and 3rd John as well. Now you have a grasp of the New Testament, you may want to spend some time in the Old Testament, Genesis and Exodus follow on nicely from each other and explain the origins of many of the jewish customs, it probably wouldn’t hurt then to jump ahead to Isaiah as it contains probably the most prophecies about Jesus and well worth a read. Now you’re well up on your old testament you should probably go back and read Matthew as it reconciles the old and new testament beautifully. Now your mind is thinking about the law and how that pertains to the gospels and Christianity you probably want to hit the book of Hebrews but it’s very theological and quite hard going, you may want help if you get stuck but given what you already read it shouldn’t be too hard. I think after that you probably want to go with Luke and Acts as they follow on from each other. After you done all this you may well want to read the rest of the New Testament letters in order Romans all the way through to Jude re-reading the ones you already read like James and John etc if you like. After that you should probably read the rest of the Old Testament on your first reading of the bible you may well want to gloss over the more “boring” stuff like the genealogies and some of the Leviticus laws and leave that for your second reading of the bible where they cease to be boring and you see the place they have in the big picture. By now you are probably feeling quite confident about your knowledge of the bible and are ready to get a decent study bible and use the study notes to guide you through the more difficult passages. By this time, you may well be ready for some apocalyptic real end of the world stuff that would be perhaps the hardest parts of the bible to cope with, start perhaps with Daniel and Ezekiel, then on to Revelation. That should be the whole bible covered. If you read a couple of chapters a day you should get through the whole bible in about a year but don’t sweat it, just enjoy the book. Hope this helps. If you want a more formal bible reading plan, you could try something like Our Daily Bread or The Bible in a Year. Oh and don’t let invest $$$$ bother you, you will get this a lot from people who already know the answers to the questions they ask but reject those answers as they don’t believe in God. Here are the answers to his questions: in the geneologies of Jesus in the Gospels of Luke and Mathew. who is Joseph’s father? Mathew 1:16 Jacob was Joseph’s father. Luke 3:23 Heli was Joseph’s father. Answer: One was his Joseph’s biological father the other his legal father, in Leviticus you’ll read about the law of the kinsman redeemer, basically if a person dies childless a nearby relative has to father a child by the widow of the deceased so that she can have a son and heir. When did David bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem? Before defeating the Philistines or after? After (2 Samuel 5 and 6) Before (I Chronicles 13 and 14) Answer: The difference between the two is the order in which the events are narrated not the order in which they are purported to have happened, a casual glance at the chapters would tell this. The same events are merely told by two different people according to their style of writing. Though the details of the events are so similar the two different people must have been using a common source. Where did Aaron die??? Numbers 33:38 Aaron died on Mount Hor. Deuteronomy 10:6 Aaron died in Mosera. Answer: Mount Hor is in Mosera, see Did Jesus bear his own cross? Yes (John 19:17) No (Matthew 27:31-32 Answer: Jesus carried his own cross, weak from loss of blood he stumbled under the weight but he carried his own cross as far as was humanly possible, as they got out they came across Simon of Cyrene and forced him to carry Jesus’ cross the rest of the way. Sometimes a little common sense is all that is required. God sent his prophet to threaten David with how many years of famine? Seven (2 Samuel 24:13) Three (I Chronicles 21:12 Answer: Let’s have a look shall we? 2 Samuel 24:13 13 So Gad went to David and said to him, “Shall there come upon you three years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me. ” 1 Chronicles 21:12 12 three years of famine, three months of being swept away before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you, or three days of the sword of the LORD–days of plague in the land, with the angel of the LORD ravaging all part of Israel. ‘ Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me. ” Seems pretty clear to me. Jesus descended from which son of David? Solomon (Matthew 1:6) Nathan(Luke3:31) Answer: Already addressed, one is the lineage of Heli the other of Jacob, see first question. Nothing there to tax anyone’s brain.

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  1. Depressed Dree June 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm #
    Go to CNBC. com they have bible reading plans that will help you. They may have you skip around but it is for a reason. Good luck
  2. Paulina June 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm #
    turn around and run away from that stuff. all it does is stop u from logically thinking about situations(u will start to give religious reasons for events)
  3. TuffGirl Terrence908 June 11, 2014 at 12:00 am #
    I like a Psalm a day for breakfast. I think you should concentrate much more on the New Testament than the Old. I like to divide the New Testament between the Gospels and Acts; and the Letters and Revelation. read a couple of chapters in the Gospels until you read them through the Acts of the Apostles; read the Letters starting at Romans and read through to Revelation. Then go back and do it again. After you have read through 2-3 times, then begin reading the Old Testament, but never stop reading in the New Testament. The advantage of staying in the New Testament is it helps you rightly interpret the Old. Just my thoughts - If you get weary of reading, let Max McLean read the Bible to you. - page to the bottom and click "Listen to the Bible"
  4. A. Lowell June 11, 2014 at 12:02 am #
    here is a start. knowledge would come from these: in the geneologies of Jesus in the Gospels of Luke and Mathew. . who is Joseph's father? Mathew 1:16 Jacob was Joseph's father. Luke 3:23 Heli was Joseph's father. When did David bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem? Before defeating the Philistines or after? After (2 Samuel 5 and 6) Before (I Chronicles 13 and 14) Where did Aaron die??? Numbers 33:38 Aaron died on Mount Hor. Deuteronomy 10:6 Aaron died in Mosera. Did Jesus bear his own cross? Yes (John 19:17) No (Matthew 27:31-32 God sent his prophet to threaten David with how many years of famine? Seven (2 Samuel 24:13) Three (I Chronicles 21:12 Jesus descended from which son of David? Solomon (Matthew 1:6) Nathan(Luke3:31
  5. Mindi June 11, 2014 at 12:04 am #
    No word a day sounds ideal.
  6. Lyz Dree June 11, 2014 at 2:09 am #
    I Always read my bible between the hours of 9:00 am and 9:01 am on the 35th of each month.
  7. Ursula Durham June 11, 2014 at 3:23 am #
    Feed and Shelter the Poor. . . Start There. Reading won't get all those Hungry people feed!!! AMEN!!! Jesus said Love everyone. He didn't say study your Bible. . . He said do what he did. . . Feed, Heal, and Help people who can't help themselves.
  8. Daytona Hall June 11, 2014 at 3:26 am #
    None.
  9. A. Richards288 June 11, 2014 at 5:36 am #
    I really enjoy reading Psalms. It has small bits of personal advice on how to live your life and I've found much comfort from it. I recommend it.
  10. Alex Johnson June 11, 2014 at 10:09 am #
    Daniel 12 tells of the end
  11. Kayson Jeffs June 11, 2014 at 10:11 am #
    Always read your bible right when you wake up in the morning, before you experience your day. Christian reason: Keeping the word of god fresh at the beginning of the day will help be your guidance through the day to make positive christian decisions. Atheist reason: Reading at the beginning is best because one you experience the facts of science that surround you, it will be hard to relate to the teachings of people whom had no idea where lightning or rain came from.
  12. Dee Baghwan June 11, 2014 at 11:37 am #
    yeaaaah you should probably just not read it at all. or, novel idea, start at the beginning, until you get to the end. then stop.
  13. Grace Durham729 June 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm #
    Read your plan it sounds good enought
  14. Dharmu Raneesh735 June 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm #
    Day 1: Genesis Day 2: Realize it's bullsh*t. Day 3: Use for rolling paper.
  15. Dee Nguyen931 June 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm #
    wait. . why are you startinq in the middle? why don't you start in Genesis and then continue? 3 chapters a day for a year, and you have just went throuqh the whole bible !
  16. Wizard Robot June 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm #
    Personally I love the One Year Bible and have been using it for several years. If you read it every day (and it gives you the dates and has the text to read there) for just 15-20 minutes a day you'll have read the whole thing in one year. It has a section from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs every day. My husband and I have been doing this plan for like 5 years and I can't tell you how much we have benefited from it. They have it available in pretty much every major translation out there; I do read and recommend the ESV for both its beauty and accuracy but there are many good ones (The NASB is another very accurate translation). You can get it new in a bookstore for like $20 or get it used off Amazon. com for maybe 1/4 of that. There's also a One Year Chronological Bible which starts in Genesis and goes straight through (though it changes the order of things somewhat, the Bible isn't in chronological order, particularly the Old Testament). We alternate between that and the regular plan every year, but I honestly wouldn't recommend it for your first year through though I do love it. I say that because I think as a new believer it would be good for you to have some New Testament every day in your plan so that you can always be reminded that the ENTIRE BIBLE is about Jesus. It's always about Jesus. I actually found something today that really excited me. I was buying the ESV audio bible for a friend and when searching for ESV on Itunes I found that there's a One Year Bible free podcast for the ESV and the narrator is *awesome*. His name is David Cochran Heath and he's appropriately serious about the whole matter and not all ridiculously overdramatic as I find many Bible narrators to be. If you have Itunes and search ESV it should pull right up though the podcast is named "Every day in the Word". I'm sure there are other translations out there that also have podcasts for a Bible reading plan, but I was thrilled to find this one. By the way, if you don't have Itunes, it is also free to download.
  17. A. Hall June 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm #
    That is awesome my friend. May I suggest you start with Matthew actually. Read all the way through the New Testament and highlight everything that impresses you. Ignore all these nay sayers in here. The Bible has some mistranslation from time to time but is still 99. 5% true and is a God given gift. Do the contradictions mentioned really contradict any of the teachings of Christ. No, they are just little language mistranslations. The New Testament is amazing. Enjoy it.