Bible study

Read the Bible in 2013

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Let the Bible change you in 2013

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read the Bible in 2013? Would you like to read through the entire book (or, more accurately, the library of 66 books)? Or maybe you’re not that ambitious. Whatever your goal, there’s a Bible reading plan for you. Below is a list for you to look over now, so that you’re ready to jump in come January 1st! lists thirteen plans that go from reading the whole Bible in a year to the Psalms in a month. You can view each plan on the web and/or be reminded by receiving it each day by email. Each plan is available in several languages and translations. describes and links three downloadable Bible reading plans:

  • 5 x 5 x 5: five minutes per day, 5 days per week, 5 ways to dig deeper. This plan takes you through one chapter each day. You will read through the New Testament in a year.
  • A book at a time with the gospels spread throughout the year plan takes you through the Bible in a year.
  • The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan reads from four places in the Bible each day and also takes you through the Bible in a year.

Download all of the above from this page

Don Whitney’s Bible Reading Record (link is a pdf) lists every chapter of The Bible so you can check them off, whatever pace or plan you go with.

I found that last link on Justin Taylor’s article “Bible Reading Plans for 2012,” which has more plans and links to articles explaining why reading the Bible is important and the strengths and weaknesses of various reading plans.

Or you can join me at Other Food Daily Devos. There you will find the linked daily readings prescribed by the Canadian Bible Society and a brief devotional. What , of the Bible will you read by following this plan? According to the brochure which contains the list of readings (link downloads a pdf):

“The 2013 Daily Bible Reading Guide is the 28th consecutive one prepared by the Rev. Dr. K. L. Peterson. It is based on texts used in the Revised Common Lectionary and other lectionaries such as those used by Anglicans, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics…. If the Guide is used every day during 2013, 56 books of the Bible will be utilized and 11 will be read in their entirety. With intention for 2013, all 79 biblical texts used by G. F. Handel in his oratorio ‘Messiah’ will be read, as will all the 12 so-called Great Prayers of the Old Testament.”

Happy reading as you peruse this book of books, hear God speak through it, and allow it to impact your life!

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