|The Sportsman's Bible HCSB - camo cover|
Probably the most promising one I found was from the Downtown Cornerstone Church in Seattle. It is not keyed to specific months, so you can really start it any time. I also liked the fact that it included "rest" periods each month with only 25 days scheduled. The other days could be used for catching up if needed or perhaps some additional study. This particular reading plan was a merger of the M'Cheyne Bible Reading and Navigator Bible Reading plans.
As appealing as the DCC plan is, and I may still give it a try at some point, I decided I wanted to put together my own plan. For the content of the plan, the main thing I changed was to only include the Book of Psalms one time. Otherwise, my plan gets the reader through the Old Testament one time and the New Testament twice.
I tried to use a couple Bible reading plan scripts to try to generate the schedule, but could not find any that were flexible enough for the schedule I envisioned. I finally found one that got me close. Unfortunately, it had a tendency to cut off readings at odd points and I really wanted to keep the daily readings tied to chapters (despite their artificial nature). So I just eyeballed the schedule and did my best to follow what the script came up with while plugging in whole chapters. I suspect that in a few instances, the daily readings may be quite long.
|The Sportsman's Bible HCSB - box|
If you want to see the actual plan, you can view the Google Sheets file I used to create the plan (excuse the tall rows - necessary to get page breaks right since Google doesn't provide a manual page break insert function in Sheets). I also made a PDF file. You may need to use that as I noticed the fonts varied by quite a bit between OS X and Windows computers.
My Bible choice for this upcoming cycle is the Holman Christian Standard Bible. I also decided to go ahead and order a physical copy instead of reading it in Logos or on my Kindle. Reading through the Bible on an electronic device has its advantages as I can quickly and easily make an electronic note, look up stuff quickly, etc. However, I really enjoyed holding the Bible this past fall as I read through the MLV of the NT. In keeping with my unique nature, I ordered the Sportsman's version which comes with a funky camo cover and includes some devotions and readings for those who enjoy the outdoors. Since my eyesight seems to be getting worse with age, I also opted for a large print version, although I'm not sure I would consider 10.5 point to be large.
|Pages from the Sportsman's Bible HCSB in "large print"|
for my poor eyes. Also some laminated bookmarks I made. Yes - extras!
Since I created my own plan and it is kind of complicated, I do not have it loaded in Logos. So I'll have to manually track my progress. With four different tracks to contend with as well, I made up some laminated bookmarks to use. I have one more item on the way (look for another blog post later this week) related to the upcoming cycle.
Next Monday, January 5th, is starting day. Whether you are also getting ready to start a new reading plan or will be continuing a plan you are currently pursuing, I hope you are spending some time reading your Bible every day. May you have a blessed new year!