For many years, I have followed a daily Bible reading plan that takes me through the entire Bible every year. I’ve done this for so many years that I’ve come to associate many passages in the Bible with the day on which I read those passages every year. I’ve enjoyed the program and profited from it greatly.
But my son Brock and his wife Brittany recently recommended a Bible reading program that I want to pass along to you. It’s a program developed by Grant Horner.
In a nutshell, the program asks you to read one chapter a day from each of ten sections of the Bible. That’s a total of ten chapters a day, which is more than many people are used to, but the unique features of this program are such that it’s well worth it to read ten chapters each day.
Here are the ten sections:
List 1 – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (89 days)
List 2 – Genesis-Deuteronomy (187 days)
List 3 – Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews (78 days)
List 4 – 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Revelation (65 days)
List 5 – Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (62 days)
List 6 – Psalms (150 days)
List 7 – Proverbs (31 days)
List 8 – Joshua-Esther (249 days)
List 9 – Isaiah-Malachi (250 days)
List 10 – Acts (28 days)
On Day 1, for example, you would read the first chapter in each section. On Day 2, you would read the next chapter in each section, and so forth. When you get to the end of any section, you just start over in that section. Since the sections are of different lengths, the readings will vary over time and begin to interweave in different ways.
I have found it convenient to set up a special copy of the Bible for these daily readings. I mark each major section with a sticky note flag, and then put a book mark at the place where I am in each section.
I like several things about this program:
(1) You cover the entire Bible periodically, but you will read some parts of the Bible much more often than others. And as Grant Horner explains, “If you’re wondering why you need to read Acts and Proverbs through each month, then you’ve just shown that you NEED to read them that often.”
(2) The selection of chapters that you read are never the same on any two days after you begin the program. This not only lends variety to your readings, but it also does something else that surprised me: you will begin to see connections between passages in different parts of the Bible as a result of reading chapters in unusual combinations. It “shakes up” your customary thought patterns and urges you to see things in the Bible from different angles.
(3) It is a “forgiving” program. If you miss a day, you don’t have to try to catch up. You just pick up where you left off, with no loss as far as the overall program is concerned.
(4) It is more motivational. I have enjoyed my daily readings more, and actually look forward to them. “Which chapters am I going to be presented with today?” is uniquely exciting (assuming, of course, that you love God’s word in the first place).
(5) It is endlessly adaptable. If you want to, you can group the books of the Bible into ten groups different from the ones given (or even a different number of groups, if you want to read more or less than ten chapters a day).
Here a link to the four-page PDF from Grant Horner that presents the program.
Try it for thirty days. I think you’ll like it.
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com