Guess what! Today's my birthday! And because it's my birthday, I can say whatever I want, right?
And here's what I have to say.........

...I have a challenge for you for the coming year!

If you're reading this blog, and you have never read the Bible through, let this be the year to do so. It will bless you, enrich your mind, increase your knowledge, (just to name a few benefits).

This past year, I have been reading the One Year Chronological Bible (NIV). All of the books, chapters and verses are there, but are in chronological order. It has been most interesting and rewarding. I especially enjoyed reading about God's dealings with the nation of Israel in the order that the events took place.
You don't have to guess about how many chapters to read each day, because it is all laid out for you.
I also highly recommend The MacArthur Daily Bible (NKJV), which contains many study helps along with the Scripture.

A man named Amos R. Wells said it so much better than I can:


I supposed I knew my Bible,
Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,

Certain chapters of Isaiah,
Certain Psalms (the twenty third),
Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs--
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!

But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn through a hurried prayer.

You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book--
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude impatient look--

Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through!

Anyway, that's my challenge.
If you've read your Bible through (perhaps, even several times), then why not read it through again using a different translation?
Just a hint to get you started, if you don't want to go out and purchase a new Bible, read through the Bible you have, which contains 1189 chapters. Divided by 365 days in the year, that amounts to approximately 3 1/3 chapters a day.
One thing is certain, you can never read God's Word too much or too often!


Abounding Treasures said...

Happy Birthday Susan!!

I am presently going through the Bible again and have just about King Josiah dying and being buried in 2 Chronicles.

As you say, the systematic reading of Scriptures is far more beneficial than reading in a *piece-meal* fashion!

No matter how many times I read God's Word, He reveals new *nuggets* to me every time ...


Marsha said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday,
God bless you,
Happy Birthday to you!

Thanks for the heads up on the chronological Bible. I seen it and wondered about it. I think I'll go ahead and order one. I won't have it in time for the 1st, but that's okay. I'll catch up.

See you Sunday!

Redeemed By His Love said...

Happy Birthday, Susan!
Hope it was filled with many blessings!
Reading Psalms.

susansspace said...

It was a lovely day! Thank you all!
God bless!
S: )

bp said...

Happy birthday!

I like your new background. I'll have to pick a new one.

My husband and I have used the One Year Bible this year. We saw it last year after Christmas and decided to get it to both read through this year. I've heard about the chronilogical Bible and think that would be very helpful to me b/c I get confused when I'm reading some times.

Susan B said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Susan. I hope it was a good one for you.

I've heard about the One Year Chronological Bible. I will have to look for it. It sounds like a good idea. My husband reads the One year Bible, and enjoys it.