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My Bible reading so far in 2011

I’m currently reading through First Corinthians, recently finished Esther and am starting on Job. I also try to read a Psalm or Proverb each day.

A strange reading schedule for January, you ask?

I am actually starting my reading with what I did not finish from my old reading program. The reading crossed off that list will be completed once I do my current reading. My plan is, for the first time in far too long, to completely read through the Bible this year.

When I read, I usually do so out of either my hard-cover Zondervan King James Study Bible or my slimline New King James Bible. I have found it makes for better reading if you stick with the plan and don’t try to read too much in one day. Jack Chick once mentioned in one of his tracts or books of a friend who would read 20 chapters of the Bible every day. That’s fine if you are seasoned and disciplined enough, but for my current level, I would rather focus on quality than quantity. If you can read 20 chapters, understand what is read and get blessings, wonderful. But for me, I’d rather take it slow.

I also will get away from trying to post an exegesis each time I read. It takes a lot of time, and I’m not sure people will find it that interesting. Instead, I’ll just post brief thoughts…

First Corinthians: I just read the “love” chapter. If we as Christians have all the gifts in the world but not the applied love to showcase God’s love to the world, then all our gifts are worthless.

Esther: Fascinating book where God’s name is not mentioned a single time, but we still see His Hand working behind the scenes to protect His people. Interestingly, Haman was an Agagite, the people whom Saul centuries ago was ordered by God to kill–and did not.

Job: God must have really thought highly of Job to present him to Satan as a stellar example of a godly person.

Richard Zowie has been a Christian for 29 years. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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