Bible reading

Time Posted on September 06, 2011 User Phil Walker

Even though the main emphasis of Memverse is, and always will be Scripture memory verses; we also want to encourage and inspire all forms of treasuring, taking in, and meditating on Scripture in our pursuit of knowing, loving, praising, and serving the true Biblical God.

After a hectic July with haphazard Bible reading mostly developing a worshipful heart through PSALMS, Jacky and I decided to start August with a disciplined, yet flexible and grace filled daily joint Bible reading goal and plan that we might be able to continue throughout our married life together.  God enabling us, we want to read together at least one chapter of the Bible each day.  We will read through 5 sections of the Bible.  The Old Testament (minus PSALMS and PROVERBS); PSALMS, PROVERBS, the Gospels, ACTS - REVELATION.  Rather than be tied down to a certain number of daily chapters, we are using target dates we are aiming for to complete each section.  Two days before the end of each month is the target date for reading through one Gospel.  Two days before each 4th month is our target date to complete PROVERBS; Two days before the end of each 6th month is our target date to complete PSALMS and to complete ACTS - REVELATION; July 29th each year is our target date to finish the Old Testament.

We plan to supplement our daily devotional reading with periodic longer Scripture reading sessions where we read several chapters from one of the 5 sections.

On this blog we plan to declare our monthly Bible reading as an accountability help for us and, Lord willing, an encouragement to others.  We also invite others to likewise share your reading plans or goals and/or declare your weekly or monthly or yearly (or periodic) Bible reading. 

This blog can also be used to discuss any specific Scripture you have recently read.  Please always feel free to share testimony or insights on the Scripture we declare as reading.

May we always remember that quality time in Scripture and a right heart for God always trumps quantity of chapters read or verses memorized.

I look forward to hearing from you as we encourage and inspire each other.

In Christ, Phil Walker  philjohn1558@yahoo.com

PS  If we have interests in others committing to monthly declarations of Bible reading we can set up a friendly monthly "Remember to declare your Bible reading" post on this page or monthly email sent out to those who desire to be included.  

85 responses to Bible reading

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Phil Walker

In August, Jacky and I together read GENESIS 1-25; PSALMS 1-18; PROVERBS 1-5 (memorizing 1:7; 2:6; 3:7; 4:23; 5:21); MATTHEW; ACTS 1-11. Feel free to share any testimony, insights, or thoughts on any of the above Scripture.

Feel free to also share any Bible reading goals or plans you have, and/or to declare your Bible reading whenever you want that would help you most.

Let me know if you want to commit to declaring monthly Bible reading as an accountability help and for mutual encouragement with other Bible readers here on memverse.

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Arthur Rosh

Today I'm officially on day 29 of Prof. Grant Horner's Reading plan and I can say that I have never been this disciplined in reading Scripture in my entire life. I began the 10 chapters a day 30 days a go with a friend and we have only missed 1 single day. The plan has actually made reading the Bible the delight of my heart when before I was always inconsistent in my daily reading. Everyday its a new 10 chapters (because of the structure of the plan, you will never read the same set of 10 chapters) and I find myself looking forward to read them, usually first thing in the morning. Most of the time after finishing 10 chapters it feels only like a warm-up and I want to do another set of 10 or even 20 chapters! This is very unusual and might be attributed to reading with someone else (we alternate reading a chapter each) but I believe this plan is just as beneficial for personal reading. The best part of this plan is that you begin to see connections in Scripture almost immediately because of the nature of the plan, and Scripture begins to interpret Scripture more and more as you read in an increasingly interweiving fashion.

Mr. Walker, you are completely right that "quality time in Scripture and a right heart for God always trumps quantity of chapters read or verses memorized." That's why I believe there is still room for me to read Scripture in my personal study so that I can meditate on Christ and his Word as well as memorize Scripture (which I have put on hold but plan to start again shortly). One other thing I found recently that would help in this pursuit of meditating on God's Word is a website called: www.realbiblestudy.com. Its more like a blog, and the author posts example of different passages of Scripture which he reads, cross-references and shares his thoughts (meditiations) encouraging other to do the same. The point is that we must really think and meditate about what we are reading, not only read and memorize for the sake of doing it (which is a trap I fell into before). This reminds me of an email I recieved recently encouraging us to "linger linger linger":

In order for Jesus to suffer and die,
He had to plan way ahead of time
because he couldn’t die.

Immortal, He didn’t have a body
And yet he wanted to die.
For you.

So, He planned the whole thing
by clothing himself with a body,
so that He could get hungry
and get weary
and have sore feet.

The incarnation of Jesus is the preparation
of nerve endings
for the nails,
the preparation of a brow
or thorns pressed through.

He needed to have a broad back
so that there was a place
for the whips.

He needed to have feet
so that there was a place
for spikes.

He needed to have a side
so that there was a place
for the sword to go in.

He needed to have fleshy cheeks
so that Judas would have a place to kiss
and there would be a place for the spit
to run down that the soldiers put on him.

He needed a brain and a spinal column
with no vinegar and no gall,
so that the exquisiteness of the pain
could be fully felt.

So I plead with you, when you’re reading the Bible and you read texts like: “He loved you and gave himself for you,” you wouldn’t go too fast over it. Linger, linger, linger, and plead with Jesus that your eyes would be opened.

By the way, my 10 chapters for today: Mark 1, Genesis 29, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Peter 2, Job 29, Psalsm 29, Proverbs 29, Judges 5, Isaiah 29, Acts 1.

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Nathan

I guess that there was a guy I can't even remember his name but he challenged me to read through the Torah and the Gospels once a month. I also try to read through the bible I don't know I love big picture reading just about as much as memorizing. but I would join into this accountability group. @ Victoria M. you guys are missionaries to China ! I also noticed that you are in the Journey to the Heart group. Do you know Chinese ? Well, you probably do. I just long to learn it that is all. I hope you see this comment.

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SavedByGrace

@Arthur--I agree with everything you just said. I, too, have been doing Prof. Horner's plan, and I am now on day 38, having only missed one day. I completely agree that it just makes you want to read more once you've finished for the day. It is an amazing thing how God's Word never gets boring, uninteresting, and especially not non-beneficial, no matter how much or how many times you read it. I also agree with the sentence you quoted from Mr. Walker--I fall into that trap as well. I just read and memorize for the sake of being praised by everyone else. How prideful of me! What an amazing thing that God would allow Himself to become one of us and not only care for us, but DIE for us. We serve an infinitely amazing God. I will also try to start thinking about what I'm reading, as you said. That is one of the things I really have trouble with. God's Word is precious enough that I could spend the rest of my life just sitting and studying it, but when I try to convince myself that I have better things to be doing, I just speed through it without thinking about it. Thank you, God, for forgiving me for that!!

P.S. I like your new name, God's Bondslave!

EDITED--I forgot to say what I had read yesterday. But today, my 39th day in Prof. Horner's system, I read:
Genesis 39, Judges 15, Job 39, Psalm 39, Proverbs 8, Isaiah 39, Mark 11, Acts 11, 2 Corinthians 7, and 1 John 4. Bible reading is so, so beneficial!!

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Grace Mieczkowski

I also have been using Prof. Horner's system for Bible reading and have found it very profitable. Today I read my 74th day in the system - John 7, Exodus 24, Hebrews 9, 1 Timothy 1, Job 12, Psalm 74, Proverbs 12, 1 Samuel 25, Jeremiah 8, and Acts 18. It was amazing to see how Exodus 24 and Hebrews 9 are intertwined and explain each other!

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Wretched Man

No matter how many times you read the Word, there is always a new insight or a deeper understanding to be gained -- all provided by the Holy Spirit who illuminates.

For those interested in going deeper without necessarily increasing quanitity in reading, I have found it highly meaningful to read through the first 9 chapters of Proverbs, a section a day (most Bible will delineate the sections for you), and writing down the topics covered in each section (i.e., wisdom vs. foolishness; parental advice to children, resisting evil influences, the divine characteristics of wisdom, etc.). Once you get to the more random proverbs of chapters 10-29, read a verse a day, and start to place the theme/topic of that verse into more specific categories, like "Wisdom," "Foolishness," "Laziness," "Wickedness," "Anxiety," "God's Sovereignty," "Correction," "Rebuke," etc. There will be overlap of some themes, so a verse may end up in 2-3 (or more) categories. Once you get to chapters 30-31, it becomes more like sections again, such as "the virtuous wife," "creatures that teach us wisdom," etc.

I have found this to be a valuable endeavor, because, by the time you're through Proverbs, you've created a personal reference guide that enables you to find various themes/topics in Proverbs much more easily when a random topic or conflict arises and you need a Proverb that addresses it. For instance, when I need to show what Proverbs has to say about whether there is any value in using rebuke as a training tool in helping someone to grow in godly wisdom, I can go to my list of thematic categories from Proverbs, and find several verses addressing the topic. I have also found it very helpful in providing counsel to parents struggling with correcting their children or on matters pertaining to the depravity of the human heart or God's sovereignty in the everyday minutiae of life.

The other great asset about it is that you can carry on this endeavor while engaging in daily reading, study, and/or memorization of several other chapters of Scripture; it only requires a few minutes of your time each day, but the resource it creates will be of value to you for years to come.

Just a suggestion for those looking to increase their reservoir of wisdom training & instruction, while plowing through the vast treasury of the other books of the Bible.

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Nathan

By the way what is professor Homer's system ? This is what I read yesterday Genesis 16-24 Joshua 16-24 Psalms 6, 36, 66, 96, 126, Proverbs 6 Song of Soloman 2-8 Hosea 2-10 Matthew 16-24 Acts 16-24.

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Arthur Rosh

@God's Bondslave:

Prof. Horner's system is a reading plan that involves reading 10 chapters per day. That may seem like a lot yet somehow the system makes it very easy and attanaible. Each day you will read 10 chapters, one chapter from 10 different books. Here is a picture to help you see the plan:

http://nwbingham.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/bm-blue.jpg

On day one of the system you read the first chapter of Matthew, Genesis, Romans, 1 Thessalonians, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Joshua, Isaiah and Acts. On the second day you read the second chapter of each book and so on. Once you finish the book you go on to the next book in the list. Once you finish all the books in the list you start the list again.

Following this plan, every year you will read through the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the Old Testament History and Prophetic books about 1 1/2 times.

Try it out for a single day and see how you like it. I was hooked after the first day. If you have any other questions let me know :)

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Arthur Rosh

@God's Bondslave

It seems like my comment saying ten chapters may seem like a lot is out of place considering your daily reading consists of 52 chapters! Wow! That is amazing. Way to be an inspiration to all of us. Do you follow a specific reading plan? It seems like you have some sort of variation that is very similar to the Horner plan (reading from various sections). Either way keep it up!

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Alex Watt

Arthur Roshkovski - I'm curious: I see you have your church set to GFA.org. Do you work with Gospel for Asia?

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His Servant

Okay, I have heard a lot about this Bible reading plan where you read 10 chapters a day. Where do I find the link to show what you read each day? I see a link that somone put up a few comments ahead of me, but I don't quite understand it. I don't think I'll start right now, since I'm doing the Bible Bee, but I might consider it, for when I'm done. Thanks.

EDIT: Thanks for the link, Alex!

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Alex Watt

Bethany - Arthur posted a link a few comments above for the bookmarks (that link to a JPG image on "nwbingham.com"). Here is the PDF that explains the plan: http://www.willowbendchurch.org/docs/ReadingPlan_HornerSystem1.pdf. If you read that, you should understand it. There is a page with the bookmarks in the PDF, though if you like the bookmarks that Arthur posted better you can certainly use either.

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Nathan

@ Arthur I developed my own bible reading kind of. Well first my Grandfather got me reading the Bible at a young age about six and I would read the Psalms and Proverbs for the day so if it was the first I would read Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121, and Proverbs 1 and then so on. Then when I was twelve I started reading the Torah through and the Gospels in one month. Then after Bible Bee this year I decided to add two readings for the Prophets in the old testemant and one for Joshua - Job and also the Epistles. But I have to admit I don't do this every day. As I do Greek word studies through Romans and 1 Peter and work here on Memverse memorizing I probably only do it once every two days.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

I use the 10 a day plan...this is my 6th day...getting ready to read my chapters today :) I knew somone who said that their grandfather told them he would give them $100 if they read the entire Bible in certian amount of time :)

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Phil Walker

Rachel, sounds like a good grandfather to have who loves to wisely MATTHEW 6:19-21 invest his money in the future and in his and other's eternal retirement, rather than foolishly over-invest in a few years of more comfortable temporal pre-retirement here on earth.

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Arthur Rosh

Alex - I don't work for Gospel for Asia but I use it for my "church" to spread the word and support the ministry and its work in the crucial 10/40 window.

Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

By the way, here is a must-watch message by K.P. (GFA)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ylpkIhrgBg

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Arthur Rosh

Finished reading: Mark 3, Genesis 31, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Peter 4, Job 31, Psalm 31, Proverbs 31, Judges 7, Isaiah 31, Acts 3.

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Alex Watt

Arthur - That's a good idea. I like Matthew 24:14 and verses like it (Revelation 5:9-10) that guarantee there will be people from every tribe and language and people and nation who will serve and worship God! Someone shared that video message from K. P. with me a few months ago - very good message. Thanks.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

is this page for declaring Bible readings? I am wondering... :) if it is I'd love to do it :)

And Mr Walker...I agree with you about the grandfather's investment :)

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2 Corinthians 5:17

today I will be reading... Matthew 6, Genesis 6, Romans 6, 2 Thessalonians 1 (finished 1 Thess last night!), Job 6, Psalm 6, Proverbs 6, Joshua 6, Isaiah 6, and Acts 6 :) Thank for this fun way of helping us read the Bible every day =D

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

Wow! 10 chapters a day? I don't think I could do that. Maybe 1 chapter a day? :) lol BTW, guys, I think I get to go home tomorrow!!! yay! :) Maybe I could commit to a chapter a day...when I'm home. :)

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SavedByGrace

@Rachel Crosswhite--I'm glad to hear you're doing this Bible-reading system. And I'm also glad you have the same kind of enthusiasm about it that I had (and do). It definitely is a great and fun way to read the Bible.

@BBJ11--Glad to hear you're almost better! I hope you heal completely soon. It doesn't matter how much you're reading per day--whether one chapter or a third of the Bible--as long as you're actually getting something out of it. :)

P.S. Christian and I will be gone this afternoon at a conference, so we won't be able to make it to the quiz. Have a great time, everyone!

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Dirk Goedbloed

Hi everyone,

I'm a student of languages, so I combine learning those languages with reading the Bible in the language I am learning, by means of a parallel translation. I'm currently reading the New Testament in Arabic. This has been a project over the last 4 years, but I'm picking up speed and only have Mark 2-16, Romans, Galatians, Colossians, 2 Timothy, Philemon and Jude left on the menu.

Please hold me accountable that I finish this in 2011! :-)

It's been delightful to read the Word of God in a new language you are learning! God speaks in fresh ways and of course revelatory insight comes with it. Start with your favorite books, and you can glean most of the meaning of the words you don't know yet from your knowledge of that passage in any other language you master.

I am working on my Mandarin to get to the mediocre level that I can start reading the New Testament in Mandarin maybe by the start of 2013? That will be great!

2012 will be used for reading through some Old Testament books in Arabic then: Proverbs, Genesis, Isaiah and Daniel to start with.

It's fun to formulate realistic targets for future reading! In the mean time, keep up your efforts to memorize the life-changing Word of God and yield to the Holy Spirit!

God bless you all, greetings from Delft, Holland,
Dirk

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Constance Keating

@Mr. Goedbloed- WOW! That is so impressive! I'm in High School and I've been learning French and would love to learn as many languages as I have the opportunity to (which, with Rosetta Stone and such, I would imagine would be quite a lot), but to hear about someone actually doing it- wow. :)

@Everyone- I'm doing Prof. Horner's Plan too! Nice to know that there are others doing it :) I'm not doing 10 chapters, though... I've been really bad with it lately but I was doing somewhere between 5-8 every night before I went to bed. I don't have my quiet times in the morning because I can barely remember my morning classes, let alone what I read immediately after I got up! ;o)

@BBJ11- Yay! I'm so happy for you! I've been praying and glad that you're getting better... not that I thought that you wouldn't get better, but it's just nice to know... :?

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Coretta Hedstrom

I am doing 5 chapters a day, but I am trying to get where I can read 10 chapters a day monday-friday and 5 chapters on saterday and 5 on sunday. I have missed days, but I think I am getting better. I am so glad to be part of this accountability group!!!!!

PS one reason I am finding it easy to do the 5 or 10 chapters a day thing is that I hardly ever read books like Job or Acts and I am finding it very interesting to read. [In fact, I look forward to reading the chapter from Job more than any others]!

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@Constance Keating - Thank you so much for praying! I know what you mean. :) I'm home now! We just got home about 20 minutes ago!!

@SBG - ok, great! :)

@Mr. Goedbleod - wow! How many languages do you know? Can you speak those fluently? That's so cool! My dad is from the Philippines. Do you know any of the Philippine languages?

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

Hey guys! Here's my caption for my profile picture; why don't you guys add one for my profile picture too!

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Sister's cards never last, but His words never fail!" -The baby in the picture

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2 Corinthians 5:17

Nicolas - Thanks :D

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Arthur Rosh

Todays Reading: Mark 5, Genesis 33, 2 Corinthians 1, 2 Peter 1, Job 33, Psalms 33, Proverbs 2, Judges 9, Isaiah 33, Acts 5

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Alethea

My siblings and me read 1 or 2 chapters a day (depending on age), at least.

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amy

@BBJ11--Your photo caption is great! I like it! =)

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SavedByGrace

Today's the day... who here has been directly or indirectly affected by 9/11 ten years ago? I suspect everyone has in some way. I was only three when it happened, and I don't think we were near the TV or Internet around that time, so I don't remember anything much about it. Let's pray for the countless families who lost someone that tragic day. And just as important, let's pray for even those who set the thing up, that they will come to repentance and faith in Jesus, the Savior. Today is a sad day for America; but we, unlike most of America, know that the plane crashes had a purpose. God did not slip up that day. He has a plan for everything.

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@SBG - Great post.
@amy - thanks! :) That's my little brother and he's 8 months old, crawling, and just the cutest thing I ever saw! :)

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

*the cutest thing I have ever seen* oops *blushes* jk :)

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SlaveOfChrist

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Sorry, I just realized I commented this on the wrong post.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

do you have to study 2 Peter on your own, or do you have a study like for 1 Peter?

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SlaveOfChrist

No, RC, this time we have to study it on our own. We were mailed a basic weekly outline of what chapters to do when, but other than that, nothing.

We have to figure out key words, look them up in a Greek Lexicon, and determine good cross-references (and I personally read a verse-by-verse commentary from John Gill just to help me better understand everything).

It's kinda fun though. Doing it verse-by-verse, one verse a day, is helping me to get more out of the passages than I did even with the Sword Study--plus I think I'm going to try to memorize 2 Peter as I go along. I already have vv. 1-9 down! :D

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Matthew Minica

@Rachel Crosswhite - We have no Sword Study. That makes the study a bit more difficult, especially with the cross-references and all. But I think that the National Qualifiers should know by now how they ought to study a book of the Bible in-depth. :) I hope that there will not be too many questions about those cross-references on the test.

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Matthew Minica

Whoa, Christian, you replied just 14 seconds before I did! :D

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SlaveOfChrist

I hope that there will not be too many questions about those cross-references on the test.

Yeah, you and me both!

Whoa, Christian, you replied just 14 seconds before I did! :D

lol. :D

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@Rachel - are you going to nationals?

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2 Corinthians 5:17

me? no, I was TT

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@Rachel - I really think you could do National Track next year! :) Which age division will you be in? I'm GOING to do it next year! I can't get sick again!!! :)

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2 Corinthians 5:17

I will be a Senior {{glup}} and good :)

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@Rachel - were you a senior this year?

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2 Corinthians 5:17

no. Junior

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Sydney (aka The Gopher)

@BBJ11
hope u get better

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BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@Sydney Reed - Thanks - I'm feeling almost 100% better! :)

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2 Corinthians 5:17

so what is happening? Are we going to declare Bible readings?

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Phil Walker

In September, Jacky and I together read GENESIS 26 - 47; PSALM 19-33; PROVERBS 6 - 10 (memorizing 6:11; 7:2; 8:13; 8:35-36; 9:8; 9:10; 10:19); MARK; ACTS 12-23. We praise God for the power and sweetness of His Word and for the time and grace for being able to once again complete a gospel in a month (however we will have to pick up the pace a little with a few "extra Scripture reading" days if we are going to meet our next challenging goals of finishing both PSALMS and ACTS - REVELATION by the end of January, 2012. (Although behind pace, we are not too worried about our goal of finishing PROVERBS by the end of November, 2011)

We welcome any insights you have on these passages and others sharing their Scripture reading. At this point we don't have an official accountability group but are open to one developing if there is an interest. May God bless all of us as we take time to treasure, meditate on, and obey His Word.

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Sheri

Wondering how those who started Prof. Horner's plan awhile back are doing? I enjoyed it for awhile but am still trying to decide if losing the direct context in favor of gaining general context (reading so many different parts at once) is for sure worth it.

I hope retention/remembering what I read will increase as I continue, but with jumping around so much I find it difficult...

any comments on how it's going for you?

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SavedByGrace

@Sheri--Yes, I'm having some of the same problems with it. I don't think I'll be quitting any time soon, but it is a little hard to retain what I read. I am, unfortunately, not doing it nearly as often as I should be, and I think I will be picking up the pace now. It takes up a lot of my time, but it's definitely worth it!
And one more thing--Prof. Horner said that after doing it for a few years, and reading over the Bible a few times, it will be much easier to read the ten chapters each day, and you will be able to retain much more after getting the basic idea of it.

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Phil Walker

In October, Jacky and I read together GENESIS 48 - LEVITICUS 2; PSALM 34 - 56; PROVERBS 11 - 21 (memorizing 11:24-25; 12:11; 13:24; 14:27; 15:13 and 30; 16:7; 17:5; 18:10; 19:21; 20:13; 21:31); LUKE; ACTS 24 - 1 CORINTHIANS 7. We praise God for the power and sweetness of His Word and for the time and grace for being able to once again complete a gospel in a month and for having our best month of reading thus far. However we will have to pick up the pace a little with a few "extra Scripture reading" days if we are going to meet our next challenging goals of finishing both PSALMS and ACTS - REVELATION by the end of January, 2012. Although behind pace, we are not too worried about our goal of finishing PROVERBS by the end of November, 2011.

In November, we will also face the challenge of being apart for at least 5 days and possibly as much as 20 days depending on if Jacky gets granted a visa to join me in the USA or not.

We welcome any insights you have on these passages and others sharing their Scripture reading. At this point we don't have an official accountability group but are open to one developing if there is an interest. May God bless all of us as we take time to treasure, meditate on, and obey His Word.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

Are you in the USA now?

I just finished reading through Ecclesiastes.

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God's Maiden of Virtue

@Rachel- Ecclesiastes is a great book of the Bible! I know enjoyed
reading it! I just finished reading through the book of Jeremiah. And soon,
I'll finish Lamentations!

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Phil Walker

As many of you know, Jacky got her visa request denied at an interview at the USA embassy. Please pray for us as we are apart. It makes reading together much harder, but still enjoyable to read together over the phone through Skype when we get a good connection. We still hope to at least finish the two NOVEMBER deadlines of PROVERBS (we just finished 29) and JOHN (we just finished 17). We are falling further behind in the next two big January deadlines of PSALMS and the New Testament as we have not been reading those together over the phone, but maybe when we get back together, God will bless us with some extra good reading times to catch up. Overall, I am loving this program and reading, discussing, and meditating together with my wife (even when thousands of miles apart.)

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Phil Walker

I praise God that we still met our November target goals for PROVERBS and JOHN even though we fell further behind in reading the OT, NT and PSALMS. We continue to trust God to lead us both in times to read together and in making the times meaningful and rewarding in our lives.

In November we read together (some of it over the phone or by skype) LEVITICUS 3 - 11; PSALMS 57 - 65; PROVERBS 22-31 (memorizing 22:24-35; 23:6-7; 24:26; 25:28; 26:20; 27:4; 28:13; 29:18; 30:7-9; 31:8); JOHN; 1 CORINTHIANS 8 - 16.

Tomorrow I fly back to the Philippines and look forward to reading a lot more with Jacky as well as beginning our Memorizing Elijah project together on Monday, Dec 12th.

Anybody else reading through portions of the Bible together as a family or couple?

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Phil Walker

In December, Jacky and I together read LEVITICUS 12 -21; PSALM 66 - 76; PROVERBS 1-2; MATTHEW; 2 CORINTHIANS 1-6.

We are looking forward to some extra reading sessions in trying to meet our original goal of finishing both PSALMS and the NT by the end of January (our 6th month).

We have decided to tweak and significantly shorten our original plan now planning to read the OT once every two years rather than once a year.

Anybody else reading through portions of the Bible together as a family or couple?

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His Servant

@To All - As this new year begins, a few other Bible Bee contestants and myself are doing a Bible reading plan where you read through the Bible in 90 days. On average, you read about 13-15 chapters a day, depending on how long/short the chapters are. I was wondering if there were any Memverse users that would like to join us on this reading plan? We'd welcome anyone who would like to join with us in doing this!

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Bethany Meckle (inactive)

@Bethany- That sounds really neat! You can count me in. Are you starting in Genesis and going in order?

-another Bethany :)

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His Servant

@Bethany M - Great to have you joining with us in doing this! Yes, we start in Genesis reading 15 chapters a day. There will be some days where you just 13 chapters, because the chapters will be long (ex: Psalm 119, Luke 1 and 2, etc.)

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MilesChristiSum

@ Bethany Pentimone I am somewhat intersted in doing this. It would be done before the Bible Bee started, which I think would be a good thing. Is that why you are using a 90 day plan?

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His Servant

@MilesChristiSum - I guess you could say that was part of the reason.... more though, because I didn't do much reading of the Bible minus 1 and 2 Peter because of the Bible Bee.

Here's the link - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xOOFpEPtO5FhMp7f62S9nzZWEPRAj8Tx3hfF_8moeqg/edit?hl=en_US#

(Sorry the link is so long =) )

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MilesChristiSum

I will try and join you guys as you read through the Bible in 90 days.
Last year I read through the whole bible (almost, I only had Hebrews and Revalation left), and I know while doing the sword study for the Bible Bee, I wasn't doing any regular Bible reading. When I did end up getting to it though I was reading 3-4 daliy sections to catch up.

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His Servant

@MilesChristiSum - Wonderful! Thank you for doing this with us! It was exactly the same with me -- I didin't do much reading while I did the Bible Bee also....

May I ask what age division you were in, in the Bible Bee?

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MilesChristiSum

@Bethany Pentimone I was in the senior division last year. Thanks for the link.

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Andrew

@ Bethany Pentimone I am somewhat intersted in doing this. It would be done before the Bible Bee started, which I think would be a good thing.
I will try and join you guys as you read through the Bible in 90 days.
Last year I know while doing the sword study, for the Bible Bee, I wasn't doing any regular Bible reading.
I was in the junior division last year. Thanks for the link.

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Bible Bee Junior (David)

@RedeemedByGod - Thanks for doing this with us! I am only 4 days into it, and I'm really enjoying it! Oh, and I wanted to let you know, that you don't exactly read 15 chapters a day -- look at the schedule (if you can) before you read...because I was reading 15 a day the last three days and realized that I was way ahead, because I wasn't looking at the schedule before I read :)

Just wondering...but do you, RedeemedByGod, know MilesChristiSum?

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His Servant

Sorry about that...that was me, Bethany, I was just logged in on my brother's account :)

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Andrew

Yes, he's a relative of mine. [ -_- ]

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His Servant

@ChosenByHim (Bethany M), RedeemedByGod, MilesChristiSum -- How is the Bible reading going?

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Bethany Meckle (inactive)

Not too bad! I'm behind right now (I just started Ezra) but I'm catching up again.

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His Servant

@ChosenByHim (Bethany M) -- You are already in Ezra?! Oh, are you reading 15 chapters a day or just following the schedule? Because if you are following the schedule, you are ahead :)

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Bethany Meckle (inactive)

Hmmm... I thought I was behind! I guess that was because my mom is reading 15 chapters a day and is waaay ahead of me... Thats a relief that I'm not behind like I thought! :)

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Phil Walker

Bethanys, great to see you are enjoying and keeping up in reading.

In January and the first few days of February, Jacky and I together read Leviticus 22 - 27; Numbers 1 - 5; Psalm 77 - 119; Proverbs 3 - 8; 2 Corinthians 7 - 13; Galatians - Philemon; Hebrews 1 - 2. We missed our two goals of finishing both Psalms and Acts - Revelation in 6 months (finishing Jan 31st) However, we are close enough that we plan to finish both and then begin again to, Lord willing, finish our 2nd time through back on schedule on July 31st.

We praise God for the richness of His Word and the joy and benefit in our marriage to reading it together. @ Alex, thanks for your reminder to focus on the gospels. Reading 1 gospel each month helps us keep Jesus' life and teaching in our minds, thoughts and discussion.

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His Servant

@Mr. Walker - God's Word is rich indeed! I am amazed that while I read through the Bible again, I am finding so many things that I had never noticed before! I am starting in the Gospels (2 chapters a day) and it's been wonderful!

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His Servant

@Bethany M. -- How is the Bible reading going? Just one more month!

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Bethany Meckle (inactive)

@Bethany - Pretty good! Where are we supposed to be, according to the schedule?
EDIT: Oh, I just saw the link you had to the schedule. Oops! :)

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Phil Walker

Bethany P, glad to see your testimony of enjoying reading Scripture and your chance to read the Gospels. Praise God.

In February Jacky and I together read Numbers 6-8, Psalm 120 - 138, Proverbs 9; Luke 1-10; Hebrews 3-10. We had many distractions and were not consistent with our reading. However, we praise God for each reading session and pray we can get back to a more regular schedule.

Now we are clearly behind. We were scheduled to finish Psalms on Jan 31st, Luke on Feb 29th, and Revelation on Jan 31st. We don't want to be legalistic or to have reading ever be a burden or chore or speed activity that has no meaning.

March could be our moment of truth. We believe our schedule is reasonable and trust that we will be able to catch up and get back on schedule while still having powerful reading meeting with God sessions. If instead we get further behind in March we may have to reevaluate our schedule.

PS In looking over our last report, I noticed that we forgot to mention that we read MARK in January.

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MilesChristiSum

@ all doing the 90 day challenge - c.Mar 28 is the end of the 90 days (if you started the 1st of Jan)
@ Bethany Pentimone - sorry for not answering you in Feb when you asked how we were doing I was behind and still am (maybe 5.5 weeks ) but I'm still reading and hope to be done sometime soon.
(probably won't be done by the 90th day though)
I read a lot more than I would have ordinarily by this time so even if I dont finish by the end of 90 days it will still have been worth it

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Bethany Meckle (inactive)

How did everybody do? My mom finished on the 90th day! I'm still going - I've made it my new goal to finish by the time Bible Bee starts. Like MilesChristiSum said, I'm reading a lot more that I would have ordinarily. Before, I was doing good to get one or two chapters in!

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Phil Walker

Jacky and I are not only behind in our scheduled Bible reading. Now we are behind in reporting. However, God is good and His Word is good.

In March we read together NUMBERS 9 - 12; PSALMS 139 - 143; PROVERBS 10 - 12; LUKE 11 - JOHN 4; and HEBREWS 11 - 1 JOHN 2.

We have been having a very hard time recently prioritizing joint Bible reading time. We don't want to be legalistic but do want to be more disciplined and passionate about reading His Word together. Pray for us.

We are open to changing our current schedule of GEN - JOB; ECC - MAL once every 2 years; PSALMS once every 6 months; PROVERBS once every 4 months; a Gospel each month; and ACTS - REV every 6 months. However, we still believe this is the right goal for us and are praying to get back on tract and even to finish our first year (at the end of July) on schedule while still ministering here at STT Setia in Indonesia www.memverse.com/assets/SETIA.pdf and while expecting a, Lord willing, Bible loving Junior Walker on July 4th. I can't wait for him to one day join us with our Bible reading and treasuring God's Word!

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Phil Walker

In April Jacky and I read together NUMBERS 13 - 19; PSALM 144-150; 1 - 3; PROVERBS 13 - 18; JOHN 5 - 21; MATTHEW 1 - 4; 1 JOHN 3 - REVELATION 22 and ACTS 1 - 4. We are loving the Scripture reading while still finding the discipline of daily Bible reading difficult. We are also prioritizing daily joint focused prayer above the Scripture reading at this time, but hope the Bible reading can increase while keeping a strong priority on prayer.

We praise God as we completed our first time reading through PSALMS and through the New Testament together!!

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Phil Walker

I am restarting a Scripture reading program where I, Lord willing, and Lord helping, hope to read through PSALMS, PROVERBS, and the New Testament once every month as well as read at least one chapter from non PSALMS/PROVERBS Old Testament each day. I hope most days to read a lot more of the Old Testament so that I can read through the Old Testament consistently as well (hopefully once or twice a year.)

I am writing this to encourage any and all in your own Bible reading. Feel free to share what you are doing or want to do here as well as share your insights from Bible reading. I would be thrilled if anyone wants to join me with the plan I am starting. We can encourage each other here or you can email me at philjohn1558@yahoo.com

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Phil Walker

In March I started yet another reading the Bible program, I have lost a month in getting going with finding consistent time to read. However, I am excited about the 2 months worth that I have been able to read and hope, Lord willing, to be able to keep this going. I am reading PSALMS and PROVERBS each month; reading through the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament simultaneously at the pace of once every two months as well as reading through non PSALMS/PROVERBS Old Testament each day at the pace of around4- 5 chapters a day which comes to once through every 6 months . I know it is not the most ambitious program in the world, but plenty challenging for me as a father of 3 young kids and full time ministry work and dreams.

I am writing this to encourage any and all in your own Bible reading. Feel free to share what you are doing or want to do here as well as share your insights from Bible reading. I would be thrilled if anyone wants to join me with the plan I am starting. We can encourage each other here or you can email me at philjohn1558@yahoo.com

I also ask for your prayers as I absolutely love the fruit of consistent Bible reading and regret the many months this has not been a regular discipline of mine.


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