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Don’t Forget… to Stay in the Word.


Today is the 100th day of 2018!

It’s hard to believe we are almost one-third of the way into what was a new year! Many entered the New Year resolved to start a bible reading plan. If this was your goal, how’s it going? It’s important to remember that reading the Bible isn’t about patting ourselves on the back or even checking a box—it’s about keeping the Lord ever before our eyes. 

The most disturbing tragedy in reading through the Old Testament is seeing the recurring forgetfulness of the Israelites. They forgot the Lord and all He had done. They forgot to teach their children. They forgot everything important in the face both of extreme adversity and extreme prosperity.

In order to avoid their mistake, we’ve got to make the word our daily meditation. Even if you only read one chapter each day, commit to keeping the Lord before your eyes.

If you’ve not been in the word, today is a perfect day to start.

If you’re in the word daily, keep on keepin’ on!

It doesn’t have to be January first to start a new plan or just to start reading. If you don’t know where to begin, I suggest reading one chapter of Proverbs each day until you find a book of the Bible to study or Bible plan you’d like to read.

Here are some posts you might find helpful if you’re re-booting your reading habit:

4 Ways to Study Your Bible

How to Stick to Daily Bible Reading

How to Get Started (Or Re-started) with Personal Bible Study

Why Study the Bible

Don’t allow life to get in the way of time with the Lord. Listen to the word. Memorize the word. Read the word. Do whatever it takes to keep God before your eyes.

How do you do Bible Reading?

What do you find helpful?

Please share your tips in the comments below so we can encourage each other. 



12 thoughts on “Don’t Forget… to Stay in the Word.

  1. Excellent post. I had a plan but it quickly went awry! My Bible reading generally consists of a study for some particular purpose. I’m thankful for that, but it does not take the place of sitting in my corner, Bible in hand and reading until something soaks in. That something is consuming in its power. I long for it; I think I’ll just take a break from this and go sit in my corner and see if Jesus has something to say to me right now. 😀

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    1. I usually struggle with reading plans too. The audio Bible has helped me to keep up. I hope you were able to get some time with the Lord yesterday and hear what He had to say to you. 😊 God bless you.


  2. My Bible readings for April consist of Numbers (almost done), Mark, and Paul’s letters from Galatians through Titus. The flaws of God’s chosen people are particularly visible in Numbers. J.

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    1. Ah, Numbers—aka “book of murmurings.” I can’t decide whether Judges or Numbers is harder to swallow. Both expose Israel’s blatant perfidy.

      You have quite the list of readings! Do you read a chapter from each book or are you completing one book at a time?

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      1. Generally I read three chapters, plus about two Psalms (or one long Psalm or three short Psalms). My reading plan bounces between Testaments–usually Old Testament in the earlier part of the month and New Testament in the later part. This brings me through the entire Bible (and five times through the Psalms) every year. J.

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      2. That’s awesome. It’s also a good way not to get confused. I have a hard time with the One Year bible that does a chapter from each. I do better reading through a whole book before moving on to the next. I like how you are able to read through old and new without getting bogged down. The Ild Testament has a lot of sadness in it because of the Israelites perfidy.

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  3. Good mornin to whoever reads this. 😀

    I read in the AM, as soon as I’ve got a cup of coffee poured.

    I listen to old testament KJV narrated by Max McLean as I work, and read new testament, Psalms, and Proverbs in the mornin. (All straight through), no bible reading guide necessary, I just pick up from where I left off the previous day, with no time associated with my reading as in a reading regimen.

    And what I find to be immeasurably helpful as I read, is understanding that I’m in the new covenant, and I’m already the righteousness of God by imputation.

    Keep encouraging the saints Elihu. 😇

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    1. May I correct my statement? The old testament and Proverbs I’m not doing right now, because I recently finished them.
      So I’m only doing Psalms and new testament right now.

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      1. I agree—It is so comforting to be under the new covenant. God’s grace and mercy bring great comfort.

        I like being able to read/listen without a time limit, but with three kids and a host of responsibilities, my time is frequently interrupted. I find I can still manage to get the word in, even if it’s only a chapter.

        Many people enjoy Max’s reading style. I wish I knew who my dad used to play growing up. There were many mornings I would come out and hear the KJV being read on the speakers. There is something beautiful in its style.

        May the Lord continue bless you as you spend time in His Word. Thank you for your insight! 😊

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      2. Lord bless you Elihu, and I appreciate your niceness.

        And hey, (unlike myself) ole Max can read without stumbling in speech while pronouncing words. 👍

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