Why Not A New Year’s Question, Instead of a Resolution?

It is that time of year when many of us think about making “New Year’s Resolutions”—only to find that after the third week in January we have forgotten all about them (sigh)!

One resolution that some make is that “I will read through the Bible in One Year.”  And so, they print out a year schedule.  If they follow it, they will indeed read through the Bible in a year.  BUT, I think almost all folk miss a day or two and then get frustrated and give up on the whole “project.”  So why not ask the question How can I read through the Bible in a Year?”

I have found a reading program that helps me avoid the above frustration and that keeps me on track.  It is based upon 5 days of reading each week—instead of 7.  That way I have found it is easier to “catch up” if necessary.  This reading program includes both the Old Testament and New Testament readings each day, and about 3 Psalms a week.  It is arranged chronologically so this means, for example, that when you are reading Ezra and Nehemiah, you will also be reading Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—and some post-exilic Psalms.  I like this!

The folk over at BibleClassMaterial.com have produced such a 5–day a week reading plan on two, 8.5 x 11 inch, sheets.  It can be downloaded free of charge in pdf format HERE.

They write:

This special Bible reading system allows you to read the entire Bible (or just the New Testament) in one year while only reading five times a week. Five readings a week gives room to catch up or take a needed day off, and makes daily Bible reading practical and do-able. Many people have successfully reached their goal of regular Bible reading using this schedule. Further, reading the Bible in chronological order (even the Psalms have been placed chronologically when possible) aids understanding of the Bible story, and helps the reader to look
forward to reading God’s Word.
Even if you have to “drop out” for some reason, just begin at the week of the year that you are in.  Because of these features, I have found the 5-day plan to be very useful and do-able.
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4 responses to “Why Not A New Year’s Question, Instead of a Resolution?

  1. Thank you! I was looking for a different plan then what I have been using.

  2. angelgabriel1946@wi.rr.com

    Thanks Carl,

    I am also doing a bible reading program which, so far, seems to be quite easy. It is in my Logos software called 5 x 5 x 5. It takes you through the New Testament in a year, so it is less ambitious than taking on the whole bible. I have a commentary linked to my digital bible so can quickly resolve any clarifications I need.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Mary

    Richard Crooke

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