Saturday, February 18, 2012
On Finishing Goals...A Little Early
I've been on the fence with whether or not I should have "special" goals for Lent. (Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, the 22nd)
On one hand, I do plan on having goals during these weeks. I am hosting the event/challenge New Testament in a Week during Holy Week (April 1-8). And I really would LOVE to have you join me. My "special" plan is to finish reading READING GOD'S STORY: A CHRONOLOGICAL DAILY BIBLE. (My partial review--my review of the OT readings.) It's in the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation. Though participants can read in ANY translation, of course. But I've been saving this one just for this occasion. It will be interesting to read the NT in chronological order, to see just how they arrange everything. I haven't looked too closely at it yet because I'm afraid I'd be tempted to start now. And I wanted to go on the record for committing to read the Bible six hours a week throughout Lent. I'd love to commit to twelve hours a week. That would challenge me even more. But I thought six was a good number, a good starting place.
The translation I plan on reading next--whether it is for "Lent" or just for March, with a little bit of a head start in February--is the New International Version. This isn't a version I've read much in since the publication of the ESV. But I'd like to revisit it since it's been a while.
I am thinking I'll use a super-modified version (my own super-modified adaptation) of the Professor Horner reading plan or concept. (I kept Psalms and Proverbs. I shifted *many* of the books around, especially in the OT.)
OT One -- Psalms (monthly)
OT Two -- Proverbs (monthly)
OT Three -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (so-not-monthly; I'm thinking this group will take at least two months if not three)
OT Four -- Job, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Esther (so-not-monthly; I'm thinking this group will take at least two months)
OT Five -- Isaiah, Obadiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel (I'm thinking this will probably a month to six weeks)
NT One -- Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts (monthly, 4 chapters a day would be monthly; 8 chapters a day would let me read it twice a month)
NT Two -- Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation, Jude (I'm thinking twice a month)
NT Three -- Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter (I'm thinking twice a month)
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible