The 70 Most Crucial Hours of 2019

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Do you know how long it takes the average person to read the Bible in a year? Surprisingly, only about 70 hours.

That’s less time than the average American spends in front of the television every month. In other words, if most people would exchange their TV time for Scripture reading, they’d finish reading the entire Bible in four weeks or less. If that sounds unworkable, consider this: In no more than fifteen minutes a day you can read through the Bible in less than a year’s time. (Don Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines, 29)

There are lots of Bible reading plans that are profitable for the Christian:

  1. The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan. This plan involves reading the entire Bible in a year but only 25 days every month: two NT readings, 1 reading from Wisdom Literature, and 1 reading from the rest of the OT.

  2. The Kingdom Bible Reading Plan. This plan involves reading the entire Bible in a year but only 25 days every month. You will read through every book of the Bible once and the Psalms twice.

  3. Bible Reading Program for Shirkers and Slackers. If you’ve tried reading the Bible before…and, well, come up a little short or given up entirely, this plan might be for you. Different genres are assigned on different days on the week.

  4. Pastor Jason’s Gospel Centered & Wisdom Inspired Bible Reading Plan. The reading plan calls for reading 4 chapters per day about 20 days per month Monday — Friday. The plan is weighted most heavily on the life and teachings of Jesus with secondary emphasis on NT Letters (+Acts/Revelation) and OT Wisdom books. Thus, the plan calls for reading: the four Gospels three times per year, the rest of the NT twice per year, the OT Wisdom books once per year, the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Historical, Prophetic Books) once every two years.

Having a specific plan & a specific place to read your Bible is so critical for getting into God’s Word.

The same goes for reading the Bible with your kids. Family Devotional Readings give you a few ideas for reading passages with your kids or memorizing verses.

Finally, here’s some good food for thought at the beginning of the year: Skip Resolutions in 2019—Make a Rule of Life.

Jason Carter