Bible Reading 2015

Did you make a commitment to read through your Bible this year? Have you already fallen behind and given up? This reading plan walks you through key passages of the Bible in chronological order, tracing God’s plan of salvation from start to finish. The daily readings are short and you are given weekends to catch up or get ahead. Join me this year in reading these selected scripture passages.
This is a revision of a plan published by

Date Scripture Reading
January 5 Genesis 1
January 6 Genesis 2
January 7 Genesis 3
January 8 Genesis 12
January 9 Genesis 15
January 10-11 Catch up or get ahead
January 12 Genesis 22
January 13 Job 1- 2
January 14 Job 3
January 15 Job 38
January 16 Job 39-40
January 17-18 Catch up or get ahead
January 19 Job 41 & 42
January 20 Exodus 1 & 2
January 21 Exodus 3 & 4
January 22 Exodus 5
January 23 Exodus 12
January 24-25 Catch up or get ahead
January 26 Exodus 13
January 27 Exodus 14
January 28 Exodus 20
January 29 Leviticus 1 & 10
January 30 Leviticus 11
January 30 – Feb. 1 Catch up or get ahead
February 2 Leviticus 16
February3 Leviticus 25
February4 Leviticus 26
February 5 Numbers 3
February 6 Numbers 4
February 7-8 Catch up or get ahead
February 9 Numbers 6
February 10 Numbers 11
February 11 Numbers 12 & 13
February 12 Numbers 14
February 13 Deuteronomy 5
February 14-15 Catch up or get ahead
February 16 Deuteronomy 6
February 17 Deuteronomy 7
February 18 Deuteronomy 8 & 28:1-14
February 19 Deuteronomy 28:15-68
February 20 Deuteronomy 29 & 30
February 21-22 Catch up or get ahead
February 23 Deuteronomy 31, 32, 33, & 34
February 24 Joshua 1 & 2
February 25 Joshua 3 & 4
February 26 Joshua 5 & 6
February 27 Joshua 23 & 24
Feb. 28 – March 1 Catch up or get ahead
March 2 Judges 1
March 3 Judges 2
March 4 Judges 3
March 5 Judges 4
March 6 Judges 13
March 7-8 Catch up or get ahead
March 9 Judges14 & 15
March 10 Judges 16
March 11 Ruth 1-2
March 12 Ruth 3-4
March 13 1 Samuel 7 & 8
March 14-15 Catch up or get ahead
March 16 1 Samuel 9
March 17 1 Samuel 10 & 12
March 18 1 Samuel 15
March 19 1 Samuel 16
March 20 1 Samuel 17
March 21-22 Catch up or get ahead
March 23 1 Samuel 18 & 19
March 24 1 Samuel 20
March 25 1 Samuel 28 & 31
March 26 2 Samuel 5 & 6
March 27 2 Samuel 7 & 8
March 28-29 Catch up or get ahead
March 30 1 Chronicles 15
March 31 1 Chronicles 16
April 1 1Chronicles 17 & 18
April 2 2 Samuel 11
April 3 2 Samuel 12
April 4-5 Catch up or get ahead
April 6 2 Samuel 13
April 7 2 Samuel 15
April 8 2 Samuel 18
April 9 1 Chronicles 21 & 22
April 10 1 Chronicles 28 & 29
April 11-12 Catch up or get ahead
April 13 Psalm 1, 8, & 19
April 14 Psalm 23, 51, & 100
April 15 Psalm 103 & 139
April 16 1 Kings 3
April 17 1 Kings 6
April 18-19 Catch up or get ahead
April 20 1 Kings 7
April 21 1 Kings 8
April 22 1 Kings 9
April 23 1 Kings 10
April 24 1 Kings 11
April 25-26 Catch up or get ahead
April 27 1 Kings 12 & 2 Chronicles 5
April 28 2 Chronicles 6
April 29 2 Chronicles 7 & 8
April 30 2 Chronicles 9
May 1 2 Chronicles 10 & Ecclesiastes 1
May 2-3 Catch up or get ahead
May 4 Ecclesiastes 2 & 3
May 5 Ecclesiastes 4 & 5
May 6 Ecclesiastes 12 & Song of Songs 1
May 7 Song of Songs 2 & Proverbs 1
May 8 Proverbs 2
May 9-10 Catch up or get ahead
May 11 Proverbs 3
May 12 2 Chronicles 14, 15, & 16
May 13 1 Kings 17
May 14 1 Kings 18
May 15 1 Kings 19 & 21
May 16-17 Catch up or get ahead
May 18 2 Kings 1 & 2
May 19 2 Kings 6 & 7
May 20 2 Kings 11 & 12
May 21 2 Chronicles 24
May 22 2 Chronicles 25
May 23-24 Catch up or get ahead
May 25 2 Chronicles 26
May 26 Joel 2
May 27 Jonah 1 & Amos 3
May 28 Micah 1 & 2
May 29 Isaiah 1
May 30-31 Catch up or get ahead

Bible passages for June – December will be added soon.

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Do you remember the bracelets with the colored beads? Each bead represented a step in God’s plan of salvation?

Black – Sin –
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
James 2:10 Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Red – Blood of Jesus –
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (He shed His blood.)

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And he was buried, and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures

White – Forgiven –
Romans 10:9 If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Blue – Eternal Life in Heaven –

    Heaven is our home.

John 14:2-3 …I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

2 Corinthians 5:1 We know that if our earthly house were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

    Eternal life

John 3:16 God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

Green – Christian growth

2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Through prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship with other believers)

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Bodily Exercise vs. Spiritual Exercise

Why do you want to exercise?
The most common answers are:
Look better
Feel better
Have more energy

Those are all good things. Let’s look at what the Bible says about exercise.

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Is exercise bad? No. Your body is important; it is the Lord’s temple. You need to keep it healthy.

But you need to keep that in perspective.

If you commit to exercise your body two hours a week, but don’t have time to pick up your Bible once during the week, you need to adjust your priorities. If you are making a commitment to spend time improving the physical, make a commitment to improve the spiritual also.

Benefits of spiritual exercise:
Look better: When non-Christians look at your life, they will see Christ in you. You will be a godly example to your friends, family, and church members.
Feel better: The fruits of the Spirit are peace, love, joy,… (Galatians 5:22)
Have more energy: You will be stronger and more confident in your witness and in your ministries. You will have the wisdom to counsel and encourage others.

Your body must last a lifetime.
Your spirit will last an eternity.

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Why God Created

Why did God create the heavens and the earth?
(From a Bible study called “Firm Foundations”)

– To be inhabited
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

– Created man to glorify God
Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

– Created the heavens for His glory
Psalm 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

– Shows his existence and his character
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

– As an act of His sovereign will, for His pleasure
Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.

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Noah and the Flood

Genesis 6-7 tells us about a world-wide flood.

Read Genesis 6:3
God’s Spirit strived with man.
Every thought of man’s heart was wicked.
God is loving, merciful, and long-suffering. Ezekiel 33:11, II Peter 3:9
God gave man 120 years to repent before he sent the flood waters.
Noah was a preacher of righteousness — 2 Peter 2:25

Read Genesis 6:5 and 11
Increased wickedness
(Man is in a similar state of wickedness today)

Read Genesis 6:12
God saw the unbelieving world and its sin.
Nothing is hidden from God. Hebrews 4:13

Read Genesis 6:6-7
God decided to destroy the world

Read Genesis 6:8-10
Noah found grace in the eyes of The Lord
Man must have faith in order to please God. Hebrews 11:6
Man can only come to God according to His plan.

Read Genesis 6:13-21
God gives Noah specific instructions for the ark (the dimensions, the material)
The length of the ark was 450 ft (one and a half football fields) – No small boat
One ark, one door, one way to come to God and be saved
The ark represents salvation.

Read Genesis 6:22
Noah obeyed God by faith. Hebrews 11:7
Noah was moved with fear. Proverbs 9:10

Read Genesis 7:1-5
1 Peter 3:20 God waited for Noah to build the ark.
Noah had faith. He believed that he and his family could only be saved by God.
God said COME into the ark. COME in TO ME.

Read Genesis 7:15-16
One door
The Lord shut the door. Noah didn’t have to shut the door.
God shut the door and Noah was secure in the ark (his salvation)

Read Genesis 7:17-23
After God shut the door, the rain (His judgment) began.
Vs. 20 The mountains were covered.
Vs. 21-22 All flesh died that moved upon the earth.
Earth defined Genesis 1:10

We listen to the stories of the Old Testament and even believe them but never really apply the truths that God is revealing. They reveal to us the very character of God.
–God hates sin.
–God is patient.
–God desires for all to be saved.
–God’s judgment is swift and sure.
–God is gracious in His care and salvation for all who come to Him by faith.

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Paying taxes

It is tax season again. Many of us are struggling with the burden of taxes this year. What does Jesus have to say about paying taxes? He addressed the question of taxes on two separate occasions.

Jesus pays taxes
Matthew 17:24-27

And when they arrived in Capernaum,
they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said,
Does not your master pay tribute?
Peter said, Yes.

And when Peter would have come into the house,
Jesus prevented him, saying,
What do you think, Simon?
Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute?
of their own children, or of strangers?
Peter answered, Of strangers.
Jesus said to him, Then are the children free.

Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,
go to the sea, and cast a hook,
and take up the fish that come up first;
and when you have opened his mouth,
you shall find a piece of money:
that take, and give to them for me and thee.

Render unto Caesar
Matthew 22:17-21

Tell us therefore, What do you think?
Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said,
Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites?
Show me the tribute money.

And they brought to him a penny.

And he said to them, Whose is this image and superscription?

They say to him, Caesar’s.

Then Jesus to them,
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s;
and unto God the things that are God’s.

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Our Soul

When God made us in His image, He made us a living soul. Our soul has 3 parts: mind, emotion, and will.

WITH OUR MIND – We have the ability to think.
Because God has a mind, He made a people with a mind that has the ability to know Him.
God wanted to talk to man and have man talk to Him.
He wanted to communicate with us not just by spoken word but also by written word.
We can think and reason.
We can listen and understand and do what God says.

WITH OUR EMOTIONS — We have feelings – joy, sadness, love and anger.
Emotions can sometimes be thought of as negative, but emotions are very necessary and helpful. God has emotions. John 3:16 God loved the world. Proverbs 6:16-19 tells 7 things God hates. The Bible also speaks of God’s delight, His wrath, and His sadness. Because God has emotions/feelings, He made man with emotions. God loved man and He wanted man to be able to love Him.

WITH OUR WILL — We have the ability to make decisions. God has a will. He is able to decide that He will do something or that He will not do something.
God made man so that he could make decisions too.
God could have made a man who had no choice…like the sun or the moon. They do the same thing every day, every month, every year. But God didn’t want that.

With our mind, emotion and will, we can have a relationship with our God – a fellowship. With our mind, emotion and will, we can do God’s work in the way God wants it to be done. That would make God and man happy.

Because we are made in God’s image, we have value. Before you accomplish anything in your life, you have value, simply because you are made in God’s image.

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