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Bible Reading Plans and Journals by orchardblog
June 25, 2008, 9:22 am
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Hasn’t the One Prayer series been awesome?!?  Scott kicked off the series with “Make Us Irreplacable”, then Craig Groeschel prayed “Make Us One”.  Then last weekend, Dr. Wayne Cordiero led us to pray “Make Us Wise” as he dug into the importance of feeding ourselves on God’s word.

As part of his talk, Wayne talked about the importance of a couple of key tools… journaling and Bible reading plans.  And I have to say, myself and the rest of the staff have been inundated with questions about these two tools.  So I wanted to make sure to share some of the insights we have found useful regarding these great practices!

I had several people ask me what is the best journal to use… of course the best answer is “any journal that you WILL use”!  A $.99 spiral binder, if used regularly is a great approach!  But if you want something more than that, I can recommend the journal that both Scott and I have used for years – the Moleskine (as seen here).  Thin, hardback, with just the right amount of pages, it fits well into a bag or briefcase.  I buy mine at local bookstores.  The other question I was asked was, “What should I write in my journal?”.  Write prayers, thoughts, Bible verses… Wayne gave a great guide with his SOAP acronym this last weekend (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer).

The other big questions we heard were about Bible reading plans.  So I have gathered several plans that I have used over the years that all work very well…

Bible Reading Plans

Mobile devices:
Bible Player – For audio learners; it works on the IPod and divides Bible into 365 daily audio readings.
Olive Tree – a version of the NLT Daily Bible for your mobile device, iPhone, Blackberry, or other smartphone

.  Daily readings from the OT, NT, Psalms, and Proverbs.

Bound Books:
The One Year Bible – A devotional Bible with daily readings in OT, NT, Psalms, and Proverbs.
How to Read the Bible Every Day – A small, inexpensive ($3.99 on Amazon) book that lists plans to read through the Bible in one, two, or three years!

Online Plans:
Chronological – Read through the Bible chronologically, in the time order that the events happened.
OT/NT – A daily reading plan to read through the Bible in a year.

Let us know if you really like any of these tools!  See ya next weekend!

Chris Bell


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About 70% of the Scripture is in story telling form and when reconstructed in a dramatized format becomes very engaging, like a book on tape. Remembering a good story is much easier than trying to memorize a set of facts. Anyone can download a free Audio Bible at This ministry has 11 English versions or 296 different languages. Then you can play it on your PC or Mac, your iPhone or other MP3 player, in your car or on your DVD player.

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