Extra, Extra, Extra – Read All About It

It is officially the summer and we tend to slow down a fair amount during this great season. Sitting out with your morning coffee, nights out back by the fire pit, camping and holidays.

Why not that this “slower season” and do some extra Bible reading. It is a great time to spend more time with God than you manage in the busier season of kids sports and church activities. A good time to read more than those novels you have been saving up for your “summer read”. Read God’s Word.

If you are a regular Bible reader the next two months are a great time to read your whole Bible from cover to cover. If you don’t normally read your Bible on a regular basis – this too would be a good time to become very well acquainted with God’s Word.

Bible statistics – the whole Bible contains 1189 chapters – 929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament

Calendar statistics – the month of July has 31 days as does the month of August.

The simple math – with 62 days available and 1189 chapters to read – that amounts to 19 chapters a day leaving you 11 chapters that you can read on June 30th to launch your Bible reading for the summer or on September 1st to celebrate the end of the adventure.

A suggestion or two– Read any way you want to – straight through from Genesis to Revelation; some chapters in the Old Testament in the morning and the rest of the chapters (to make up a total of 19 for the day) in the evening; if you get behind – catch up by reading your alloted number in the book of Psalms as most of the chapters (except Psalm 119) are much shorter than a chapter elsewhere in the 66 books that comprise the Bible. Don’t study – just read. If you read something of interest or that leaves you with a question simply mark it with a question mark in the margin and come back to it (and research it) when your reading is done for the summer.

Reading format – Read large chunks at a time and don’t focus on the details such as who married whom and how many kids did they have and what were their names. You are reading simply get the Big picture of God’s interaction with the human race.

Personal note – I have been doing this for many years in the summer and have found it very beneficial to my spiritual life and my walk with the Lord. It has helped me to be more discerning and spot the false teachers sooner and faster. It has helped me to know God’s heart better. It has given me an increased sense of the supernatural element that exists in the content of the Bible. It has led me to appreciate my Bible more each time I walk through this discipline.

If you are joining in this journey – let me know how it is going. Keep in touch. To facilitate our chatting back and forth while on this 2 month and 1 day journey – On Monday (June 30) there will be a new Blog available for those who want to chart their journey. Simply go to the main web page, click on “Blogs” on the top menu and then down to “SUMMER BIBLE JOURNEY”. Join us and share your experiences as you go on this Bible adventure for the summer months. Look forward to chatting with you.

4 replies
  1. Bev Wensel
    Bev Wensel says:

    Hi Ralph,
    I like your idea, so I’m going to read along. My sugestion would be to read a different version than the one regularly used, like The New Living Translation, or if a regular King James fan, try the NIV etc.
    This is July 2, so I’m already 19 chapters behind!!so…I’ll sign off & get to it,ha!

  2. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    You are absolutely right. Use a version you have not read before or, at least, do not use regularly. It is good because then the words don’t just roll off your brain because they are familiar. You want them to be not so familiar and to kind of jolt the brain as you read. So, it comes across with new insights and feeling.
    Let me know how it is going and of any new truths you find along the way … golden nuggets of divine revelation.

  3. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    I am slow to figure out your blogging systems and even slower remembering to read them each day. Today I decided to take some time out and read some. I stumbled across this one and as I have been looking for a summer Bible challange to challange me but to also keep me accountable to a committment that I myself make. So this summer I will try to keep up with this one. As it is over a week into the study I am quite behind. However I am looking forward to getting to!
    Thanks for the challange!!

  4. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    That’s the way to do it. Challenge yourself. It’s fun even if a bit frustrating at times.

    Check back often for updates, hints and ideas as we go through the next 55 days together.

    Thanks for joining us – and for correcting my math via e-mail. It is now corrected on the blog that you referenced.


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