New Year’s Challenge

Guess what my 6-year old did with some Christmas money he got from his great grandma this year. He bought this NIV Gift and Award Bible for himself. He was so excited to have “a big boy Bible,” and not a children’s Bible to read.

He took it out of the packaging as soon as he got it and started flipping through, saying things like “Hey, Passover!” whenever he discovered a familiar word or passage.

That night, he carefully wrote his name in it and read Genesis 1 for our family devotions. When it was time for bed, he wanted to stay up and read more.

I didn’t do this. I don’t know what God’s done in his heart, but my boy is hungry for the Scriptures. And it’s making me want more,  too.

Read the Bible More

I want to spend more time reading the Word this new year—not while preparing for speaking engagements or writing lessons—but intentionally opening up to the Lord and letting God’s Word form me spiritually.

So that’s the simple challenge I’d like to give you, too. Let’s be more consistent and spend more time reading the Scriptures like the guy in Psalm 1,  “whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night” (2).

Helpful Resources

I recently met a woman named Maryann who just launched a free online resource. She says:

“A couple years ago I started an outline for combining the parallel passages of the Old Testament (using outlines from Zondervan’s NASB Study Bible)…I wrote down the same sort of thing for the Gospel harmony, out of  The Life of Christ in Stereo.  That’s just the sort of thing I enjoy doing.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a daily Bible study…I miss that and want to get back into that.  So I returned to my outline and decided it was so cool, I should make it available to everyone.  So that’s what the site is about.”

Daily readings begin at the Bible Narrative Project on January 1. Also, here are some tools from Crossway Bibles:

  • Chronological Reading Guide: Read the events of the Bible as they occurred chronologically. For example, the Book of Job is integrated with Genesis because Job lived before Abraham…
  • One Year Tract Bible Reading Plan: Each day has two passages from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from either the Psalms or the Gospels. In one year, you read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice…
  • Through the Bible in a Year: Each day includes a reading from the Old Testament and New Testament. Starting in Genesis and Matthew, the readings continue sequentially—over the course of a year, you never read the same passage twice…

Got a great book or resource like this to add to our list? Drop it in the comments section below. Love to get your thoughts on this. Happy New Year, everyone! :-)

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