Dear friends,

I do not want to make you feel guilty, but I do want to encourage you to commit to reading all of the Bible. I do not want to make you feel guilty, but I do want to encourage you to read the Bible every day for the rest of your life. Holistic Christians read the Bible cover-to-cover many times over the course of their lives.

If you already seek to read the Bible every day and are reading it cover to cover, praise God! Keep reading! Please pray for me and pray for Messiah that we will be a “people of the Book” who meditate upon all of God’s Word written all of our lives.

If you are an intermittent Bible reader; or if you have never been a Bible reader; or if you read the Bible regularly but have never read all of the Bible, then please take some of the following suggestions to heart.

First of all, pray to the Lord and ask Him to help you become a daily Bible reader who reads all of the Bible.

Second, go to a website like Bible Gateway and try reading several versions of the Bible to see what version you find easiest to read. Choose a longer chapter like Luke 1. Then try reading it from the New International Version, the English Standard Version and the New Living Translation. One of these three versions should do the trick. Other versions to consider are The Message, the New American Standard Bible, New King James Version and the King James Version – but my guess is that one of the first three versions will work for you. They are the most read versions for a reason!

Third, once you’ve picked a version, consider buying or using a “Bible-in-a-year” version of the translation you are most likely to read. These Bibles are rearranged into 365 sections. Each section will give you several passages. You can also find good reading guides on-line. Bible Gateway (biblegateway.com) has several. YouVersion (youversion.com), which has a great App, also has Bible-in-a-year plans.

Fourth, a simpler method is to commit to reading the New Testament and Psalms first. I usually recommend that people develop their Bible reading habit/discipline with the “easier” New Testament and Psalms. Get your Bible and two bookmarks. Read one chapter a day from the New Testament and one from the Psalms. Begin at Matthew 1 and Psalm 1. Continue on through both the New Testament and the Psalms and when you finish, go back to the beginning. There are 150 chapters in Psalms and 260 chapters in the New Testament.

I pray that you will become a “person of the Book”! Please pray for me.

George +