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A Bible-reading plan has a profoundly positive influence on those who follow it...


Last updated: 30th October, 2015


The positive influence that Bible study groups have on church members is second only to the profoundly positive and powerful influence that a daily Bible reading plan has on those who follow it.  A church in which members are both attending Bible study groups each week in an unhurried manner and also reading the King James Version of the Bible (not the deliberately inaccurate New King James Version) for one hour each day by following a Bible reading plan such as the one above, is a church which will have no other option but to thrive and flourish as God intends the church of Jesus Christ to thrive and flourish.  Church members can free up an hour each day to read the Bible by adopting the following morning schedule:

> 5:00am
Wake up after eight hours sleep, having gone to sleep at 9:00pm the night before.

> 5:00am to 5:15am
Get ready for exercise.

> 5:15am to 6:15am
Exercise, alternating from one morning to the next between aerobic exercise and muscular exercise, six mornings each week from Sunday to Friday.

> 6:15am to 7:15am
Get ready for the day in an unhurried manner, including showering and eating breakfast, possibly at the same time.

> 7:15am to 8:15am
Read the Bible according to a nourishing Bible reading plan.

> 8:15am to 9:00am
Travel to the weekdays activities at work, university, college or school.


The daily Bible-reading plan below is the kind of nourishing Bible-reading plan that will build in you the discernment that is necessary to protect your churches from imposters, not to mention enable you to grow in your faith.  Without a nourishing, daily Bible-reading plan such as the one below, its challenging to obtain the spiritual growth that we all hanker after.  A principle objective of this kind of Bible-reading plan is to provide nourishing, biblical material to apply to your life on a daily basis in order to grow.  Reading the Bible and applying the Bible to your life on a daily basis is a powerful means of growing as a follower of Jesus Christ the way God intends.  The combination of this kind of Bible-reading plan, together with invigorating fellowship with other believers at church on Sunday, makes it dramatically easier for Christians to grow spiritually and for the church to thrive.  I question whether any Christian who has been dramatically transformed in their pursuit of God, has succeeded without a nourishing, daily Bible-reading plan, which causes the Holy Spirit to delight in jumping off every page at readers who display obedience to God in their lives.  Fellowship with other Christians is also very important because the truth is that life is very dull and barren without it.

The Bible-reading plan I recommend requires five bookmarks marked with the letter A and five bookmarks marked with the letter B, dividing the Bible up into ten sections as follows:


You can make these bookmarks out of any durable cardboard, such as the cardboard out of which hanging filing cabinet folders are constructed.  Good dimensions to cut these bookmarks to are 3 centimetres wide (1.25 inches) and 20 centimetres in length (8 inches).  Once youve measured one out squarely and cut it out neatly, you can use it as a template to quickly trace out the remaining nine bookmarks that you need and cut them out also.  You can obviously cut them out with scissors.  If you cut them out with a metal ruler and a sharp knife on some kind of cutting board, youll get straight edges on these bookmarks that youll be using for quite some time.  However, please be very careful that you dont slip and cut your fingers while youre holding the metal ruler and cutting with the sharp knife.

On five of the above ten bookmarks, do the following:

> Place the bookmark in front of you while youre sitting at a table so that its pointing to you.  On the end closest to you, draw an arrowhead neatly, like the letter V, but on its side, so that its pointing to the LEFT.

> With the bookmark above in this same position, on the end thats furthest away from you, write the letter A, without the inverted commas around them, so that the bottom of this letter A is pointing at you.

> Turn this same bookmark above over in the following manner which is very important.  Rotate it lengthwise towards you 180 degrees until its turned over onto the other side.  Dont rotate it to the left or to the right.

> With the bookmark above in this same position in front of you so that its pointing to you, on the end closest to you, draw an arrowhead neatly, like the letter V, but on its side, so that its pointing to the RIGHT.

> With the bookmark above in this same position, on the end thats furthest away from you, write the letter A, without the inverted commas around them, so that the bottom of this letter A is pointing at you.


On the remaining five of the above ten bookmarks, do the following:

> Place the bookmark in front of you while youre sitting at a table so that its pointing to you.  On the end closest to you, draw an arrowhead neatly, like the letter V, but on its side, so that its pointing to the LEFT.

> With the bookmark above in this same position, on the end thats furthest away from you, write the letter B, without the inverted commas around them, so that the bottom of this letter B is pointing at you.

> Turn this same bookmark above over in the following manner which is very important.  Rotate it lengthwise towards you 180 degrees until its turned over onto the other side.  Dont rotate it to the left or to the right.

> With the bookmark above in this same position in front of you so that its pointing to you, on the end closest to you, draw an arrowhead neatly, like the letter V, but on its side, so that its pointing to the RIGHT.

> With the bookmark above in this same position, on the end thats furthest away from you, write the letter B, without the inverted commas around them, so that the bottom of this letter B is pointing at you.


The arrowheads that point to the left and to the right on each bookmark are what youll use to mark which chapter youre up to in your reading, for each particular section of the Bible out of the ten in total that each bookmark is being used to mark.

Its helpful to write the section of the Bible to which each bookmark relates on both sides of each bookmark underneath the letter A or B, according to the list of the ten sections of the Bible above as follows:


The Bible-reading plan is to read a chapter one day from each of the five sections above marked A, in the order that these sections appear in the Bible, and then to read a chapter the next day from each of the five sections above marked B, in the order that these sections appear in the Bible.

The following day after that, the plan is to read the next chapter from each of the five sections above marked A, in the order that these sections appear in the Bible, and then to read the next chapter the next day from each of the five sections above marked B, in the order that these sections appear in the Bible.

Et cetera.

The Bible-reading plan is to continue on this basis, alternating between the five A sections marked with the A bookmarks one day and the five B sections marked with the B bookmarks the next day.

Obviously you dont just pick a chapter to read in each section at random.  If you were reading

Genesis 1,
2 Chronicles 1,
Proverbs 1,
Matthew 1 and
1 Corinthians 1

the day before yesterday in all of the A sections of the Bible, then today you read

Genesis 2,
2 Chronicles 2,
Proverbs 2,
Matthew 2 and
1 Corinthians 2

in all of the A sections of the Bible.


If you were reading

Joshua 1,
Psalms 1,
Jeremiah 1,
Luke 1 and
2 Timothy 1

the day before yesterday in all of the B sections of the Bible, then today you read

Joshua 2,
Psalms 2,
Jeremiah 2,
Luke 2 and
2 Timothy 2

in all of the B sections of the Bible.


This obviously totals five chapters of the Bible to read each day, which takes about 60 minutes on average at a leisurely, thoughtful pace, which is do-able.  Theres a big danger in trying to take on a Bible-reading plan that requires more time than this, because its highly unlikely that youll stick with it.  Most people are busy and the truth is that God wants us to get out and participate in life, such as by enjoying relating to other people.  He doesnt expect us to sit around spending more than 60 minutes each day reading the Bible.

The principal strength of this Bible-reading plan is that every day youre reading chapters from several different parts of the Bible, which makes for very interesting and very enlightening reading.  It also provides you with a lot of motivation to stick at it each day because youll find it to be so enjoyable and enriching.

Its important to read the King James Version of the Bible, not the deliberately inaccurate New King James Version of the Bible, nor Eugene Petersons The Message, which is an occult translation of the Bible and not the New International Version (NIV) that satanic Illuminati Committee of 300 member Rupert Murdoch is responsible for with his News Corporation which owns HarperCollins Publishers, which owns Zondervan, which publishes the New International Version of the Bible.  Since youre going to be spending about 364 hours each year reading the Bible, if you follow this Bible-reading plan, its best to read a good version.

Reading five chapters each day means that over the course of 364 days in one year, youll read 1820 chapters of the Bible.  There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament of the Bible and 260 chapters in the New Testament of the Bible, totalling 1189 chapters in total.

Here is the complete list of books in the Old Testament, together with the number of chapters in each book:

Source:
http://www.greatcommission.com/BibleBookChapters.htm

Genesis - 50
Exodus - 40
Leviticus - 27
Numbers - 36
Deuteronomy - 34
Joshua - 24
Judges - 21
Ruth - 4
1 Samuel - 31
2 Samuel - 24
1 Kings - 22
2 Kings - 25
1 Chronicles - 29
2 Chronicles - 36
Ezra - 10
Nehemiah - 13
Esther - 10
Job - 42
Psalms - 150
Proverbs - 31
Ecclesiastes - 12
Song of Solomon - 8
Isaiah - 66
Jeremiah - 52
Lamentations - 5
Ezekiel - 48
Daniel - 12
Hosea - 14
Joel - 3
Amos - 9
Obadiah - 1
Jonah - 4
Micah - 7
Nahum - 3
Habakkuk - 3
Zephaniah - 3
Haggai - 2
Zechariah - 14
Malachi 4


Here is the complete list of books in the New Testament, together with the number of chapters in each book:

Source:
http://www.greatcommission.com/BibleBookChapters.htm

Matthew - 28
Mark - 16
Luke - 24
John - 21
Acts - 28
Romans - 16
1 Corinthians - 16
2 Corinthians - 13
Galatians - 6
Ephesians - 6
Philippians - 4
Colossians - 4
1 Thessalonians - 5
2 Thessalonians - 3
1 Timothy - 6
2 Timothy - 4
Titus - 3
Philemon - 1
Hebrews - 13
James - 5
1 Peter - 5
2 Peter - 3
1 John - 5
2 John - 1
3 John - 1
Jude - 1
Revelation 22


Using the Bible-reading plan on this web page means that every year youll read through each of the ten sections above the following number of times, rounded to one decimal place:





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