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As we begin a new year, let me encourage you to read, study and apply God’s word to your life. The way that I have grown the most in my relationship with God is through my personal daily quiet time. This is a time I set aside each day to spend in prayer and God’s word.
Two keys to a regular devotional life are having a set time and plan. Of coarse, these are entirely up to you. Some people prefer starting their day with God (I.e. seek God first and/or before the kids wake up) and others like to spend time with God at the end of the day (after the kids go to bed). Others find their lunch break the perfect time. The important thing is setting aside a time that works best for you.
Secondly, you need to have a good plan. I want to make you aware of a couple of options.
1. The first option is t0 read the entire Bible in one year. A couple of men at Graystone, Dale Rector and Scott Inlow, have set up a blog, Consider His Word, to encourage people to read the Bible all the way through in 2011. On their blog, they have a reading plan, and each day they are committed to writing a devotional/commentary based on the day’s Bible reading. So, check out their blog. There are several others at Graystone who are taking the challenge and joining the accountability.
For other plans on reading the Bible, you can check out YouVersion. YouVersion has various Bible reading plans. You can choose a plan to read the entire Bible, the Old Testament, the New Testament, part of the Bible or even various topics. The neat thing about YouVersion is that you can download the app to your smartphone. You can read the Bible on your computer or smartphone, and it tracts your reading for you. YouVersion even sends you little badges/rewards to mark you progress. I am actually following the Old Testament and New Testament Plan.
2. The second option is to do an in depth study through one book of the Bible. Beginning today, we will spend the next 21 weeks (Spring Semester) studying through the gospel of John. This basically works out to a chapter a week. You can pick up a copy of this plan at the coffee bar at Graystone, and I am attaching it at the bottom of this post.
Some of you may want to read the Bible through in one year and do the more in depth study through the book of John. Whatever you decide, let me encourage you to make reading, studying and applying God’s word a top priority in 2011. Consider His Word…it will change your life!