Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Preparation Time

I am really excited about this blog and the potential, if for no one else, for me.
I've started the program myself now so that I can be ahead of the game and have the posts ready to go.  The Project 345 plan from YouVersion is interesting in the way they have set it up. So I'm adapting it to fit my goal, which is to read a chapter of scripture every day.  So even though the first is a Sunday and weekends are designed for "catch up" days, I'm going to start us on John 1.

I was really excited to see they started with the book of John. When I mapped out the plan on my own I started with John.  It will be interesting to see how they put the rest of the plan together.  On the "free reading" days I'll post a link to a Psalm or a chapter from Proverbs.  Both of these Old Testament books have so much to offer. In a Sunday School class a few months ago we were asked if we were on a deserted island and could have only one book of the Bible which book would it be, for me without hesitation it would be the book of Psalms.

Great stuff there!
Be blessed!

Monday, December 26, 2011

360 using 345

On the iPad and Android there is a great “app” called the YouVersion Bible. I’ve been using one of their reading plans for about 135 days and love it. The other day I was looking at their other plans and noticed one called Project 345. Their idea, similar to mine, is to read one chapter per day, however they are looking at just the New Testament and reading during the week, with the weekends for “catch up.”

So being the geek I am, I thought it would be useful to utilize this plan.  Point to their website as a great resource. Also, if you do use the iPhone, iPad, or an Android phone you can keep up with your readings electronically.

So check out 

You can create an account for free.  Choose your favorite version and under the section called “Bible” you can choose a plan. 

Here’s the direct link to Project 345 -


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Preparing for Bible 360

Bible 360 is an adventure in reading the Bible over the next 366 days. The goal isn't to read the entire Bible in the next 366 days, but to read the Bible every day. It takes time to develop a habit. It is my hope and prayer that through Bible 360 each of us will develop the habit of spending time in God's Word, each and every day.  Looking at how it applies to our lives, not a chore we have to "get through."

Each day there will be a link to the passage so you can read it.  I'll try to provide a little history to the passage or what the passage might mean to me. Feel free to leave a comment sharing what the passage says to you.  You can ask questions as well. I can't promise an answer but there are lots of resources, including Pastor Tim and hopefully some others.

Blessings to you on this journey to learn more about God through His Word.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome to Bible 360

In early September I was talking to a friend at church and he shared how he knew he really needed to read God's Word more and that he was going to start at the beginning and read it through. Sound familiar? Probably every Christian has said those words and probably every Christian has failed at least once in completing the task. And chances are, like me, you carried the guilt of this failure.

But you know what God doesn't want that. He wants us to love His Word and to read it every day. Nowhere have I found the command,net "thou shalt read the entire Bible in one year!" God does want us reading the Bible daily and mediating on it. Seriously, can you mediate on 5 chapters of Numbers and get anything out of it?!? I know I can't and my guess is the average person can't either.

So as I thought about my friend I wanted to encourage him to start in the middle. But at our 9/11 prayer service another thought came to mind. Why not encourage people to read one chapter a day? As this idea developed I felt led that the focus should be primarily the New Testament. I am not saying the Old Testament isn't important, but the goal is to develop good habits of reading God's Word. So the first book we'll read will be John. I also thought about Revelation and how that is another book that can be difficult to digest. So at this point I am planning on the entire New Testament less Revelation, the book of Proverbs intermixed throughout the year and selected Psalms to make up 366 chapters. January 1 - December 31 full circle! (360)