Happy New Year!
This is the time of year when many people make plans or commitments to read the entire Bible in a year. There are many ways to do this. Last year as a church, we read through the Bible chronologically, in the order the events happened and the books were written. The daily readings were posted on our Facebook Page and we enjoyed reading along with those of you who did it with us. This year is a good year to look at the Bible from a different angle as well, so if you have a desire to read through the Bible this year, but don't know where to start, skim through these different plans and I'm sure you'll find one that works for you.
Ligoner Plans: Ligoner Ministries has a number of great plans on their website. one of them, even gives you the weekends off! Which is good if you're new to this type of thing.
ESV Bible Plans: The good people at Crossway who publish the ESV version of the Bible have a number of good plans available. One of them is the Chronological plan our church used last year. Most of these plans have multiple formats available. You can even set up daily e-mail reminders! You don't need to read the ESV to use these plans, but if you are looking for a good, solid, accurate and readable translation, I do recommend it.
Those above two sites will cover most of your Bible reading plans, but what if you're up for something a little more...ambitious?
A Bible Reading Plan for Readers: If you are a reader, you love reading. Peter Krol challenges you to "read the Bible as fast as you can" and not read anything else until you do. It's ambitious and there are some who won't like it for reason he explains, but if you love to consume large numbers of words, this may be the plan for you.
Professor Grant Horner's Bible Reading System: This is an ambitious plan, but it's also flexible. This is the plan I used for a number of years until we did the chronological plan last year. I loved it so much, I'll eventually go back to it. The plan is to read one chapter from each of ten lists provided per day. You actually end up reading the entire Bible roughly twice in a year. some sections you read multiple times. (You'll read Acts 12 times.) It's a great system, well worth it, but it's a big commitment at about 30 minutes a day; so be aware of that.
The key to any Bible reading plan is to plan to read the Bible. If you get bogged down in Leviticus or Numbers, I'd rather see you skip them than stop altogether. The key to success is perseverance. Don't give up! I'll see you in December.