|Join Us in Reading the Bible in 90 Days
Written by: Lindsey M. Roberts
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2012 was the year that I read through the Bible. 2013 was the year that I did not. Was it a coincidence that I felt a general sense of peace in 2012 and low-level anxiety all throughout last year?
(OK, full disclosure: my husband was deployed to Afghanistan last year while I raised our first-born alone in his first year of life, but is the Word not sufficient for granting peace even during those trials? One could argue that 2013 was a more important year for me to be reading the Bible than 2012.)
If reading the Bible provides such an abundance of peace, if time with the Lord in his Word is so fruitful, then why aren't we faithful in reading the Bible?
Perhaps, it's for the same reason we abandon our January gym memberships by the end of February. Or because certain books in the Old Testament look particularly tedious and boring.
Maybe we're scared. Maybe it's intimidating. Maybe we've failed before. Maybe it's just too hard. Or maybe we don't believe that it's true, that God wrote it, that it matters at all.
But it does. The Word is the bread of life. The bread of life. We need to eat those words just as we need to eat food. Without the Word preached, read, and made clear by the Holy Spirit, we would surely not be saved.
Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. — Acts 20:32
Consider what we are missing! Every word from Genesis to Revelation is from God intended for us to hear, read, and know. They are a priceless gift to strengthen, encourage, and feed us. Quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, Jesus says, "Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Luke 4:4).
And that's why myself, and Charles Morris, host of the Haven Today radio program, and a bunch of other stafffers at Haven Ministries are reading the Bible in 2014. But we're going to read all 66 books of the Bible in 90 days.
Will you join us?
According to former atheist Ted Cooper, there is something uniquely doable about reading the Bible at such a fast pace. In fact, Ted challenged God years ago that he would read the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, and if God did not prove Himself real in that time, then he would never give Christianity another thought.
For Ted, the rest is history ...
The 90-day plan averages 12 pages a day and, if you discipline yourself, each day can take less time than an episode of NCIS (or Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, depending on your preference).
But the best reason of all to take the 90-day challenge is that you can expect to encounter the Living God throughout the process.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. — Hebrews 4:12
In other words, if you take the 90-day challenge, you will walk away changed and deeply blessed. You will grow in your walk with Jesus. And that's ultimately why we, the staff at Haven Ministries, decided to take this challenge.
Will you join us and take Haven's 90-Day Bible Challenge?
Lindsey M. Roberts is the editor of the All About Jesus blog. After seven years in secular journalism, she is thrilled to explore in words how everything—from taking a walk to doing the dishes—is an opportunity to meet and glorify God. Lindsey lives with her husband and son in Virginia.
Thoughts from B90 Readers:
I have been listening to your program every day driving to work. When I heard Ted Cooper was saying 90 days read your bible to see what will God do to you and at first I was like should I do it should i try it? Then there was something urge me to try it and my mind keep on telling me to try iit. So I did give it a try. I start to read my bible on Thurs 01/02/2014 and I still read my bible till now read and pray
This will be my 2nd B90 challenge, but I'm really looking forward to it. Last time I was amazed by how much I loved reading the Old Testament. Thanks for doing this Haven!
I have accepted the challenge...Please pray for me...I have not started yet. I am wondering if I have took on too much. I am in a bible study, an outreach program, and reading the bible in 90 days. This is not including daily life and work.
With God's help I will take this challenge. I haven't read through the entire Bible since I was a teenager, and I know I've forgotten a lot of what I'd read. It's amazing that for being a Christian, reading the Bible is often the last thing I have time for.
I commit to doing the 90 day Reading plan and completing it. I spend other time in my day reading junk and "news" on the internet. I can use that time constructively to knock out some of my reading. I will post thoughts here occasionally as well.
I was invited by freind who listen to your program. I am so glad I started. I am enjoying each step of it. May God help me to finish. Amazingly, our pastor at the church announced that we all the church member finish the bible in a year and he posted a chart with our name on it. What a coincidence that I decided to do the 90 days on 01/10/2014 and get similar challenge announcement at the church. I took it as God's up to something and I am so looking forward to learn.
I am so excited about reading the Bible through in 90 days! I am listening to it on CD since I am legally blind. As I listen, I am so engrossed into the storyline that I hate it when I need to turn it off for a bit or for the day! I can't wait to learn what God does next! AND i AM ONLY ON THE 13TH DAY! I have been a Christian for many years and have read the entire Bible...but never straight through and never in 90 days! It feels like I'm reading it for the first time! Thank you for the 90 Day Reading Guideline.
Just beginning the 90-day plan with God''s Guidance. I read the Bible through last year and it was very rewarding, but I wanted something more when I tuned to Haven yesterday. Ninety days seems especially challenging, but exciting and certainly worth the effort. My 90 days starts today, not by date, but by day. I'm excitedi!
Your program yesterday and today has inspired to take the challenge to read through the Bible in 90 days. I'm going to give it all I have!
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