Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ready to Feast in 2012?

With 2011 coming to an end, I am wrapping up my reading plan for the year.  I'm a few days behind, so there will be a little overlap.  Of course, this means it is time to decide what I will be doing for 2012.  I happened to run across a Facebook post by Logos asking what people were planning for 2012 and one of the responses proved intriguing.

It was a post from someone indicating they were going to try the 3650 Challenge.  I looked that up and found that Tim Challies was inviting others to join him in doing Professor Horner's Bible-Reading System.  It is a system where you read 10 chapters each day, one chapter each from one of ten lists. So if one sticks with it, they will read 3,650 chapters from the Bible in the course of a year (and yes, I realize 2012 is a leap year, so I'll really get in 3,660 chapters if I succeed).

As Challies explains it, if you follow Horner's plan, in the course of a year you will read (or you could listen):

  • all of the Gospels four times each;

  • the Pentateuch twice;

  • Paul's letters 4-5 times;

  • the OT wisdom literature six times;

  • the Psalms twice;

  • the Proverbs twelve times;

  • Acts twelve times;

  • the OT history and prophetic books about 1.5 times.

I have found a few variations of the plan, such as this one by Pastor Brett Maragni, in which he wanted to focus more on Romans and threw in Galatians and Ephesians for monthly reading.

I have found a few tools scattered about - mainly spreadsheets, checklists, etc., for keeping track of where you are.  At this point, I just have some tabs to serve as bookmarks in my Bible.  I'll probably put the lists in the front of the Bible (or possibly download the Logos reading plan file to use Logos to help me keep track).

Of course, like everyone, I'm full of excitement as a new year dawns.  Hopefully I can keep this going for at least 30 days for the habit to really set in. Should just be a stretch from my current daily reading to really feasting on the Word every day.  I invite you to join me in the challenge.  If you'd like the support of others, and you are on Facebook, you might want to check out the 3650 Challenge group.  I know when I first started working on reading plans it really helped to have feedback and encouragement from others.

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