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Six Ways I Engage with the Bible – Part One: Daily Reading

February 15, 2016

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Growing up being homeschooled, my Dad taught my math lesson every morning before he left for work. And every morning as I walked into my Dad’s study, half-asleep, to start my math lesson, he was already there reading his Bible. Seeing my Dad prioritize this book, even amidst his busy schedule – president of a large privately-owned company and a homeschooling father of four (at the time) – made a lasting impression on me.

The Bible is important to me, but it’s not just me. Did you know that three of every five people that read this post will wish they read the Bible more? Based on a 2015 Barna Group study, 88% of American households own at least one Bible, and 60% of Americans want to read the Bible more. Even though most of us own a Bible, it can be hard to spend time reading it and to actually engage with it.

Biblical Illiteracy: My friend Jeremiah Johnston just posted an article on Fox News using the same Barna survey exploring a crucial question:
Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?”

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, every year. It is the most read, most published, and ironically, the most shoplifted book. It is a book that has changed the world in more ways than we realize. The Bible is worth reading!

I say all of this because it is helpful for me to remember every day the significance of the Bible. It is challenging to stay disciplined and to remember to spend time – especially during busy days – reading and engaging with this book. We live in a time where busyness can be seen as synonymous with importance. This simply isn’t true. Most successful people take the time to grow, to learn, and to read. The Bible, in my opinion, is the best book to spend time reading.

Easier said than done though, right?

I thought I might share with you six ways I interact and engage with the Bible. I will do so over a series of six posts, starting first with daily Bible reading.

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Daily Bible Reading

I am one of the 60% of Americans who want to read the Bible more. Daily Bible reading is the foundational way that I get into this book. Taking time to read a few chapters of the Bible each day is a habit that I started in high school following my Dad’s example. I often do my reading through reading plans. I love the wide array of reading plans that are readily available. There are chronological plans, canonical plans, topical plans, plans focusing on specific books of the Bible, and more. I typically choose from one of the plans that can be found through the YouVersion app because they are free and easily accessible.

Daily Bible reading is different than digging in and studying a passage, or meditating on a passage. Reading the Bible every day is a great way to start spending time with this book and getting to know it. The one year reading plans I have used can be found through YouVersion:

BibleandPhoneReading the Bible can be daunting, but I encourage you to jump in with an easy reading plan, or just pick a book of the Bible and start reading through it chapter by chapter every day. I hope this gives you a few options to check out if you are looking for a one year plan. Otherwise, there are so many other ways to go about daily Bible reading. I encourage you to start today – even if it’s only for a few minutes a day!

 

How do you approach daily Bible reading? I would love to hear from you!

I’ll be back later with Part Two on using devotionals.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

-LM

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5 Comments

  • Reply J. Hotchkiss February 21, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I came across your blog from a link on Jeremiah Johnston’s page, and thought I would pass along another Bible-reading plan–this one developed by Prof. Grant Horner. It’s an ambitious 10-chapters-a-day plan liked by many, tried and dropped by others.

    http://www.challies.com/…/professor-grant-horners-bible-reading-system.pdf

  • Reply Reba Terry February 28, 2016 at 6:42 am

    I would like to receive your posts.

  • Reply Katrina Whitehead March 2, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I use the She Reads Truth app and read a chapter of Psalms or Proverbs along with it.

    • Reply Lauren Mcafee March 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

      I was just recently introduced to She Reads Truth, and got the app. I am loving it!! Really great stuff. I love that it just points to scripture and has users diving into God’s Word.

  • Reply Six Ways I Engage with the Bible: Part 2, Devotionals – Lauren McAfee March 8, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    […] my first part to this series on how I engage with the Bible, I wrote about daily Bible reading. In this post I want to look at devotional […]

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