Reminder: Tomorrow is the official kick-off day for “Reading the Entire New Testament in the Summer of 2011”!
Since I was trying to find a stopping point for reading through the prophets, which I highly recommend reading sometime, I didn’t get a head start like some people have. But that’s okay. I was so immersed in reading the book of Jeremiah that I just set my start date for reading the New Testament as tomorrow.
I was also finishing a novel, because I plan to read only the New Testament (no novels, e-books, magazines, blogs, etc.) until I have my weekly reading section read. I’m an avid reader, so that’s a challenge I’m giving myself to make sure I focus only on my Bible reading commitment, and ponder only what I read in the Word, with no interference from other reading sources.
If you’ve seen the free pdf reading guide you know that the first week is to read the Gospels of Matthew & Mark. That’s a total of 44 chapters, and week 2 is to read the Gospels of Luke & John, which is 45 chapters.
Yes, that’s a lot of reading those first 2 weeks! But that allows for our tendency to go into a new commitment with great fervor, then taper off as the weeks pass by. So after the first 2 weeks, the weekly reading section drops to just 28 chapters, with as few as 8 & 9 chapters some weeks, only one other week of 29 chapters, and most weeks being between 12 & 16 weeks. It sounds complicated, but if you look at the reading plan it’s much easier than it sounds.
If you just don’t have time to commit to reading the New Testament this summer, or if you struggle with reading, you can also choose to listen to the New Testament selections in your favorite audio format. There’s a link at the bottom of this post for an online audio Bible.
It has been suggested that some people may choose to read the selections from a different version than they usually read, to see how the passages read in another version, and to avoid skimming verses because you have them memorized in your favorite version. If you choose to do that and don’t have a Bible in another version Bible Gateway has many other ones to read from, see link at the bottom of this post. Other online Bible sites do as well, but I’m most familiar with BG. I like using their parallel feature when studying specific subjects or passages, too.
As you can see, the reading plan is customizable to fit what suits you best, and the commitment is yours to make and to keep. But remember, the main point of “Reading the Entire New Testament in the Summer of 2011” is to get into the habit of reading the Bible.
We can’t know what God has to say to us if we don’t read His Book.
May your path be well lighted.
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Go here to download the free pdf reading guide if you haven’t : http://www.timothyreport.com/newtestament.html and join the hundreds of us around the world who will be “Reading the Entire New Testament in the Summer of 2011”.
Bible Gateway’s audio Bible is here: http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/
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