In Amos 8:11, God’s prophet said there would be a famine in the land, not of food and water, but of the hearing of God’s Word. The only way to hear God’s Word and God’s voice today is through reading the Bible. This being so, without question, there is a famine in our land of hearing the word of God, even among those who profess to be believers. While nearly 9 in 10 Americans own a Bible, only 1 in 4 Americans read it with any degree of regularity. Fewer than 20% of regular church goers read their Bibles every day.
For the vast majority of us, gone are the days when families would gather around the hearth or the kitchen table and read the word of God together. Gone are days when professed believers both started and finished their day in Bible study and in prayer.
Instead, we have gathered around the television and allowed it to pour its filth into our homes. We have torn down our altars at home and bowed ourselves before the gods of sports and recreation. We can’t go more than a few minutes without looking at our cell phones or checking out the latest Facebook posts.
Jesus told a sinful woman that whoever would drink of the water that He provides, it would become in a fountain springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14). Later He would say to the multitudes who followed Him, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
It is little wonder, then, why so many Christians give up on their walk with God or are dying on the vine. They simply are not receiving the living water necessary to maintain their spiritual journey.
Our blog was born with this famine (or drought) in mind. On January 1, 2015, we will begin publishing Chaptertochapter.com, a daily Bible reading plan that will take you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament four times in 360 days. Personally, I refer to the plan as “Full Circle and Four Seasons.” There are 360 degrees in a circle, thus 360 days of reading. There are four seasons each year, and this plan takes us through the New Testament four times. Thus, reading God’s word is always “in season!”
Each day includes a reading from both the Old and New Testaments. You can stay on track with 20 minutes each day. The readings are numbered rather than dated so that one may begin any time. Numbering the readings also prevents discouragement from restarting in the event one were to fall behind a day or two. Sometimes life happens and we are not able to do what we plan. Thus, with ChaptertoChapter there is no need to be frustrated trying to catch up; just jump back in!
Introducing each reading are daily thoughts, lessons, or little gems of Bible teaching found in each day’s texts. It is my hope these introductions will deepen your appreciation for God’s word and enrich your understanding of those things you read.
Download the schedule here, and begin your journey.
God bless you.