Reading the Bible next year

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  1. evangelist6589

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    What is your daily reading plan? I want to complete the OT AS I have already read the NT through several times. A study bible can be helpful to read through for the notes, Maps, charts, etc.. Not sure if I will use the ESV/NIV AS I MAY switch back and forth given how sometimes the literal rendering can be awkward in contemporary English and why the NIV has the advantage at times. But the ESV is in the same line as the KJV and is probably the most accurate translation in English.

    But in all honesty when I meet Amos in heaven what If he asked if I read his book and I said no I read MacArthurs FaithWorks and all of RC SPROUL instead... What an embarrassment!!!!
     
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    I would highly recommend the chronological Bible reading to read through the Bible. Skip the maps, study notes and stuff and just read the Bible for what it is. Read it straight through and then when you are done with today's reading, if you want to go back to the notes and stuff, that's fine but try to read it as you are reading a letter or a book - just read.
     
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    Ann beat me to it.

    I am reading the Chronological Bible for 2015.
     
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    Bought the Chronological Bible for my wife for her birthday. She loves it. Looks very intriguing.
     
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    It's so cool to read 1 and 2 Samuel and the Psalms at the same time to know what was going on in David's life when he wrote the Psalms. Hands down, this was my favorite reading plan.
     
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    Yes, that does sound interesting. And educational.

    She reads about a half hour every night in bed before turning out the lights. I really want to read it but it might look like I got it for me instead of her birthday present. (Might be true!)

    I figure the Chronological Bible will help me put together the history of the Jewish kingdoms in the Old Testament. I don't have much coherent knowledge of that history.
     
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    Is this a book I need to buy?
     
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    What translation is this printed in?
     
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    I got the NIV, but I think there are several translations available. I know the NKJV is an option.
     
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    I have a KJV on my shelf here...
     
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    Is there an ESV?
     
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    Oh gosh, not at all! You CAN buy it but why if you already have a Bible? Print out this PDF and you're all set with the Bible that you already own.

    http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.chronological.pdf
     
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    I don't have a formal plan in place yet, but I do know that I need to read it a lot more than I have this year. Unfortunately there were (many) more days of having not read the Bible then having read it.

    One of my hopes and prayers is that if I get back to His Word, I'll be better equipped to handle the crud the world throws my way. Did not do a very stellar job of handling life this year. Me in 2014 was like this little guy ----> :tonofbricks:, I got buried under a ton of "bricks."
     
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    I'm trying something new/old this year - the McCheyne Bible reading plan. He was an early 19th century Scottish preacher. With this plan, you read, on average, four chapters a day, occasionally five. You will complete the New Testament twice, the Psalms twice, and the Old Testament once. See the two links - the first is about the plan, and the second is a link to the plan online, using the ESV. If you google the plan, you can also print off pdf's of it.

    http://www.edginet.org/mcheyne/info.html
    http://www.esvbible.org/devotions/one-year-tract/
     
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    currently I am working on Song of Solomon trying to commit it to memory. I read chapter 1 5 times a day, twice in the morning and three times at night. then I read a psalm and a proverb, and then read 1 -4 chapters of whatever book I happen to be in as I work through the bible from start to finish.
     
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    my advice is to read for quality and not quantity.

    It's better to read 1 verse and to meditate on it (psalm 1:2) than to read a whole bunch to check it off your daily list..

    this is why I also recommend trying to memorize whole chapters of scripture, I recommend working through a small book of the bible to start, like James, Philippians, 1 John, Galatians, Ephesians, or some of the Psalms.

    work through them chapter by chapter, spend a whole month on each chapter, read it 2 times in the morning, and 3 times at night. this will help you commit to memory, and it's also causes the passage to really get into your heart, it really opens up the scriptures to you.

    I also recommend the King James bible for accuracy and because it's beauty and style really work well for memorization.
     
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    See, I like a Bible in my own language. :) I can remember something in my everyday language much better than an old language that is no longer spoken plus it makes more sense to others when I bring up a verse in conversation and I give it to them in their own language as well.

    Additionally, I will disagree with the accuracy issue - especially with words that have changed meanings and so there is misunderstanding in what is read.
     
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    Well, the ESV would not be your translation of choice then. :)

    The ESV is written in such a way that no one has ever spoken that form of Tonto-style English. "Old store, long kept." LOL!
     
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    But much to be preferred over the so-called "dynamic equivalence translation" but really a brief paraphrase, the NIV!
     

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