I’ve tried reading the Bible through in a year before. It’s always been for one of two reasons.
 
1. I was in school and my grade depended on it. I did it. I didn’t learn much, but I did it.
2. I was guilted into it. I didn’t finish.
 
Reading the Bible in a year becomes a chore to me, I feel like I’m flying through and don’t remember much. Then life happens and things get worse.
 
I get sick, company comes, vacation hits, or Leviticus strikes. Have you ever tried to read straight through Leviticus?
 
But, I know I need to be reading the Bible. And, I know I need to read all of it. So, what’s the answer?
 
Well, for 2018, here is the answer I’d like to try, and I hope you can join me. It was developed by Margie Haack, and it’s called….
 
The Bible Reading Program for Slackers & Shirkers. What an awesome name!–  here
 
This plan does three things I like.
 
1. It removes the guilt and pressure to get through the Bible in one year. Who said we have to finish in a year anyway? So, this helps us develop discipline in our Bible reading, while still giving grace.
2. It provides some variety by alternating genres during the week. Who wants to read through Leviticus in one setting?
3. It still gives some continuity by reading the same genre each day of the week.
 
Here is the general plan. For a more detailed download, that gives the specific books for each category/day click here.   
 
⦁ Sundays: Poetry
⦁ Mondays: Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
⦁ Tuesdays: Old Testament history
⦁ Wednesdays: Old Testament history
⦁ Thursdays: Old Testament prophets
⦁ Fridays: New Testament history
⦁ Saturdays: New Testament epistles (letters)
 
We will put this general overview in the bottom of the Newsletter each week. But again, for specific book for each day, click the above link – or come on Sunday, when we will have a print-out of the link in the bulletin.   
 
I hope and pray that this is a help to all of us! I like what John Stott has to say about Bible reading. 
"Christians who neglect the Bible simply do not mature. When Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy to the effect that human beings do not live by bread only but by God’s Word, he was asserting that the Word of God is just as necessary for spiritual health as food is for bodily health. I am not now thinking of remote Christian tribes people into whose language the Bible has not yet been translated, nor of illiterate people… I am thinking rather about ourselves. Our problem is not that the Bible is unavailable to us, but that we do not take advantage of its availability. We need to read and meditate on it daily, to study it in a fellowship group and to hear it expounded during Sunday Worship. Otherwise we shall not grow. Growth into maturity in Christ depends upon a close acquaintance with, and a believing response to, the Bible".
[Source: God’s Book For God’s People, John Stott, IVP p. 76]