A year ago, I invited you to join me for Bible Read Thru 2014. Since about 15-20 people participated in 2013, I thought another dozen or so would join in. My “big prayer” was for 50. (Oh, me of little faith.) Little did I know that 218 of you would jump on board! Of that group, just under 190 joined the private Facebook group! BRT2014 was such a blast!
Four months. That’s it. January through April.
- In four months you will know the Bible better than ever.
- In four months you will enjoy the Bible more than you thought possible.
- In four months you will make new friends from around the world.
I am so excited about Bible Read Thru 2015, that I decided to record a video and a podcast episode and write out a blog post inviting you to join me!
Take a few minutes to watch the video, or scroll down a few inches and listen to the podcast, or scroll down a couple more inches and read all about it. At the bottom you’ll find all the links – including your free Chronological Reading Plan! [youtube id=”aW0UN0i63jA”]
And now the podcast episode…
Finally…the 4 Questions from the Podcast
NOTE: I go into more detail on the podcast, but here are the nuts and bolts.
1. Why and How did you start doing the Bible Read Thru?
It all started in 2009 when someone who took my Falling in Love with God’s Word Workshop sent me an email with a link to this article by Ron Frost. He writes of meeting a retired missionary who had read the Bible 2-3 times a year for several decades. Now Ron – a former professor at Multnomah University in Portland, OR – has done the same thing! We connected over email, then sat down for lunch one time when he was passing through Seattle. After ignoring the prodding for several months, I finally did my first 4-Month Bible Read Thru with five other guys to kick off 2010. I’ve now done it every year since. Life changing!
2. What is a Bible Read Thru?
There are only three parameters and they’re quite simple:
- Read the Whole Bible in 4 Months. – This may sound like a lot, but it boils down to about 45-60 minutes a day. (See Question #2 for more on this.)
- Read with a Pen in Your Hand. – You’ll want to jot down the conversations you have with God as you read. This can be in your Bible, in a journal, or using a note-taking app. My favorite is OneNote. Other people prefer Evernote. (Both are free and keep everything synced across your computer, tablet, and smartphone.)
- Talk About It. – This is not optional! You need the accountability. (So do your buddies.) You will have more fun. You will learn and grow more than you could ever do on your own. (In case you’re interested, I did an entire podcast episode on this very topic. You can check it out here.)
3. What sort of time commitment will this take?
Most people think it’s going to take hours every day. (Not true.) Here’s the super-simple math: The average audio Bible is about 72 hours. 72 x 60 = 4320 (minutes). There are 120 days in January through April. Divide 4320 by 120 and the end result is 36 minutes each day. If you allow some time for jotting a few notes, getting up to grab a second cup of coffee, or simply to pause and ponder, you’re looking at somewhere between 45-60 minutes. A Suggestion: Set aside 60 minutes a day at the beginning. You’ll be setting yourself up for success, and you will always be ahead. When you get sick, have a crazy busy day, or attend an all day basketball tournament for you kids, you won’t fall behind. A Warning: Do NOT divide it up into 10 chapters a day. Your mindset will be all wrong. You’ll see it as “getting through” 9, 8, 7 more chapters. If you set aside 45-60 minutes, you’ll be more present with God in His Word.
4. Can we do this together?
You already know the answer to this. Y.E.S. However, you MUST fill out this form! [button href=”https://onedrive.live.com/redir?page=survey&resid=6B9BB27FBD90B35F!52139&authkey=!AFycOECsnNa32M8&ithint=file%2cxlsx” primary=”true” centered=”true” newwindow=”true”]Join BRT2015![/button] Here’s why…I recognize that not every one of my blog readers or email subscribers is interested – or able – to participate (for a whole host of reasons). Since Bible Read Thru 2015 will be highly interactive – weekly email from me, monthly conference calls, and the private Facebook group – the last thing I want to do is send everything to you if you don’t want it! (I’m guessing you’re not looking for ways to get more email.) Filling out this form will take less than 30 seconds and will ensure that I have your best email address and I’m only sending the info to people who want it! [button href=”https://onedrive.live.com/redir?page=survey&resid=6B9BB27FBD90B35F!52139&authkey=!AFycOECsnNa32M8&ithint=file%2cxlsx” primary=”true” centered=”true” newwindow=”true”]Join BRT2015![/button]
Private Facebook Group
This was the highlight of BRT2014! Once you let me know that you’re jumping on board, you can click here and request to join the group (via the “Join Group” button in the upper-right corner of the Facebook Group Page). I loved seeing people encourage each other, share insights, post Scripture, and pray for each other. Outstanding! I can also upload resources (including the Chronological Reading Plan…and some other goodies that will show up along the way), record videos, as some survey questions, and share some encouraging tips with the whole group at once. Join the Private Facebook Group!
Monthly Conference Calls
Once a month, I will schedule a conference call where I can hear what you are learning, answer questions, find out what you are enjoying, struggling with, etc. I will share all the details of “when and how” via email in mid-January.
Free Chronological Reading Plan
You may or may not know this, but the Bible is not written in chronological order. In general, it is, but not entirely. Some events are told a few times. Others only once. Some books cover a long amount of time. Others are a deeper dive into a shorter amount.
Reading the Bible in the order the events actually occurred is super helpful.
I have put together this short eBook outlining every chapter in the Bible chronologically. You will find a deeper overview of this process in the opening pages.
For me, it’s helpful to simply print the two pages with the chapter breakdowns and tuck it in my Bible. Feel free to print it, copy it…or ignore it.
Click the picture to download your copy!
So…Are you in?
Step 1: Let me know you’re on board.
Step 2: Join the Private Facebook Group.
Step 3: Download your free Chronological Reading Plan.
Resource of the Week (Listen at 22:17):
This is a time-sensitive Resource of the Week. If you are reading this after January 8, 2015, the time has run out to view the videos or participate in the course.
Michael Hyatt is – without a doubt – the most productive person I know. He is the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and now runs one of the Top 10 blogs in the world on the topic of leadership and business.
He has just released his new, completely revamped version of his 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever coaching program.
- …struggle to keep New Year’s Resolutions?
- …wish you could accomplish more than you do?
- …feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done?
- …want 2015 to be your best year ever?
If so, you will want to check out 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. I have previewed the course and I will be walking through it myself – personally with Kari as well as for the ministry.
NOTE: In full disclosure, I am an affiliate for 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and will receive a commission if you purchase the program. That said, I hope you know by now that I would never recommend something I haven’t fully vetted. Even if you only watch the free videos, it will be well worth your time. They’re outstanding.
Links (People, Info, and Resources) from Episode 36:
- 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever
- Michael Hyatt’s Blog
- Grab your free Chronological Reading Plan
- Click here to get your FREE copy of My Top 10 Online Bible Study Tools
- Direct link to this podcast on iTunes.
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Subscribing to Any Podcast on Any Device (with screen shots)
- Podcast Art – Pipe & Tabor (Vancouver, WA)
- Intro/Outro Music – Dan Carollo of CeltoGrass Music
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