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Monday, April 11, 2011

#23 Read the entire Bible, Getting Started

Last week, I began working on #23 on my list.. Read the entire Bible. So far, it has been very fulfilling! After, I did a lot of research about reading the Bible in one year, I found that reading it in chronological order is what I really wanted to do. I found a chart online that lists what you should read everyday for 365 days in order by occurence. After I found that, I began looking at apps on my iPhone for the Bible, because I thought I would be easiest for me, so I would have a Bible with me wherever I went, especially work, so I can read on my lunch hour, or on break, and sometimes during class. :) I searched Bible in the App Store, and I went with the first one that came up, the YouVersion Bible App. It was free, and at first glance it was exactly what I wanted. It has tons of different reading plans, every version you can think of, and it even lets you make notes, highlight & share what you are reading via email, Facebook & Twitter! The plan I am doing is the Chronological Plan. It is a one year plan. The app keeps up with what I read by day, automatically checks off the chapter after I read it, and allows me to read ahead. It is really so simple!
I'm already a week into my reading, and have read the story of Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Noah's Ark!

Another thing I have thought about doing along with this is keeping a journal of my reading, with any questions, verses that really speak to me, and my general take on what I read & learn. I haven't started that yet, but what do you all think?
My reading this past week has really made me miss Bible study in Tyler, even though I didn't go much, it was a great thing when I did. It is always fulfulling to discuss what you read to help you understand it better, and gather other's takes on it.

I can't wait to continue reading; I'm really even hoping to finish before one year is up!

3 comments :

  1. I think keeping a journal would be great! That will allow you to jot down all your thoughts and reflections as your read...that would be fun to go back and read when you're done

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  2. What a great goal! This is a goal of mine as well. I'll have to check out that app. I think a journal is a good idea too. It would be something you could look back to months from now or when you finish this goal and see your thoughts and questions-maybe along the way you'll find answers to these questions. :)

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  3. It is very exciting reading it! And I've just discovered that you can actually have it read aloud to you, not that I'll use that, but nice to know! I've got a journal ready, I just haven't started writing yet. I do, however, have several verses "book marked" to go back & write about. The app lets you highlight, take notes and book mark with in the Bible..it is VERY handy!

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