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The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home. – Augustine

Plans give you the ability and option to change things up to help keep the Word fresh.

In the past I have read the One Year Bible in NLT, NIV, and ESV. I have used a twice through the New Testament (NT) and twice through the Old Testament (OT) plan. I have even use a spreadsheet to make custom reading plans for my wife and I. Yes, I’m a geek like that! The point is that I have probably used close to 10 different reading plans each with different things that I like but each great in how they changed up how I read the Bible. Isn’t that a great thing about the Bible? You don’t have to read it straight through. You don’t even have to read it a book at a time. You can read it chronologically. You can read it over the course of 2 years. You can read it in a burst through 10 chapters a day. You wouldn’t take your wife to same exact restaurant for date night and then go to exactly the same coffee shop every week would you? We need habits but this is a relationship that we’re in with God. A plan enables you to shake up the monotony a little but not the habit. This is huge for me when approaching the NT. The gospels and Paul’s epistles can become just familiar enough that I breeze through them without seeing them fresh, living, and active. Different plans have helped battle this familiarity (as well as seeing the whole of the Bible!).

Now what is food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God; and here again, not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water passes through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering it over and applying it to our hearts. – George Mueller

Pick a plan! I currently like the Discipleship Journal book at a time plan because it has 3-6 days a month with no reading scheduled, which is helpful for catching up. I also like how it uses an unorthodox order to how it switches from NT to OT and back each book of the Bible you read. The order of the reading used to seem random but I see more of a method to the madness the more I use this plan.

Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God. – Thomas Watson

Another resource I’d also encourage you to check out is “30 Days to Understanding the Bible in 15 minutes a Day” to begin your year with a solar system view of the Bible presented pretty solidly.

Various Reading Plans:

3 Discipleship Journal (NavPress) Reading Plans (includes 5x5x5, Book-at-a-Time)

10 Plans from the ESV (from Chrono to M’Cheyne to Literary)

ESV Study Bible Reading Plan

13 Reading Plans (includes OT in 2 years, NT in a year)

Zondervan Reading Plans (includes beginner/intermediate/advanced readings)

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