When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I read the Bible cover to cover twice, and a third time with a “Chronological Bible.” (For those of you unfamiliar with the Christian Bible, it is not entirely in Chronological order and some of the passages are variations on the same story. ) At my church, we were challenged to a daily Bible reading program for the first part of the year. It covered 100 passages that are often considered foundational to Christianity. Now that is drawing to a close. Another member of my church happened to send an email about Bible reading that got me thinking, “Now what?”
So – now I embark on another quest to read the entire Bible in one year. Will daily study of these scriptures change me? I hope that they change me for the better. Some of you may be thinking, “Oh boy! She’s becoming one of those people…” If, by “one of those people,” you think I am becoming a fanatic who persecutes people for disagreeing with my beliefs, rest assured, that is not who I am and I hope I will never be like that. I hope to find a deeper spiritual connection and relationship with my God. Through doing that, I hope to become a more loving and kind person.
Where did I begin this current quest? A popular devotional, “Our Daily Bread,” includes a Bible in one year program. I assume they started in January at the very beginning in Genesis 1. However, I don’t like playing catch-up, and from previous study I am familiar enough with the beginning to start in the middle without getting completely confused. So I looked up today’s reading and started there. I am in the middle of Job. An interesting starting point. Already I am finding that I understand more than I did the last time I read that book.
Has anyone else taken up this challenge? How did you fare? In my previous reads, I picked it up and put it down many times before completing the task. Are you of a different belief system? Have you tried a similar reading program? I am interested in your thoughts and experiences.
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