Psalms of the Day

Psalm 42

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This in one of my favorite Psalms. I love the honesty, the roller coaster of emotion , the depths and the heights. Many is the day when I have to instruct myself more than once to “bless the Lord, O my soul!”

Psalm 42

S)  Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11 ESV)

H) The Psalm is attributed to the Sons of Korah. Who was Korah? A great gandson of Levi, we read about him being put to death for his rebellion against Yahweh (Num. 16). His boys escaped the judgment (Num. 16:11) and later became doorkeepers and then leaders of worship in the sanctuary of God. It contains one of the most beloved (and most sung) passages of Scripture:

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. (Ps 42:1 ESV)

This Psalm and Psalm 43 were separated but likely make up one song. Throughout the Psalm there is great distress. The singer is weeping, crying out for help, taunted and oppressed by adversaries. He wonders when he will ever be able to once again lead the throngs of worshipers into God’s house. Repeatedly, rather than let despair overtake him, he instructs his soul to bless the Lord. (Twice in this psalm, v.5, 11 and once in the companion Psalm 43:5)

A) As John Piper has remarked, “Life is not a straight line leading from one blessing to the next and then finally to heaven. Life is a winding and troubled road. Switchback after switchback.” Saints will always experience great heights of joy but, just as certain, great depths of suffering. I am so grateful that God knows our frame. He knows that we are but dust and He holds in His heart a Father’s pity for our weaknesses and our often faithless responses to trials. The psalmist is reminding himself of God’s faithfulness and everlasting promises. So often I have had to do this. My dark nights of the soul have not been as tortuous as many others have been but they are still mine and they are real. Thankfully, the Spirit has comforted me and prompted me again and again to count on the promises of the Father. I love this verse and chorus of a song we are singing in church:

When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast;
when the tempter would prevail,
He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
for my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

He will hold me fast,
He will hold me fast;
for my Savior loves me so,
He will hold me fast.

P) Father, I pray that I would know ever more deeply your keeping power in my life. You can surely be trusted and my heart is safe in your hands. In Jesus name, Amen.

E) He will hold you fast! 

 

The Psalms of the Day for 10/12 are: 12, 42, 72, 102, 132

Reading the Psalms of the Day is a very helpful way to energize and broaden your prayers. You can learn more about praying the psalms here. You can download a chart of the daily readings here. Learn about the S.H.A.P.E. Method of engaging with scripture here.

Psalms of the Day

Psalm 135

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Idolatry is the act of trusting in anything or anyone to bring satisfaction to the deepest desire of our longing hearts. Our God speaks to that deep desire. The idols of any age “have no breath within them.” God offers to breathe life into our hearts with a vision of His glory. If we insist on our idols, we risk becoming like them: deaf, blind, mute and lifeless. Jesus offers so much more!

Psalm 135

S)  “The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them.” (Psalm 135:15-18 ESV)

H) In this Psalm, God is celebrated as the Creator and the Lord of all history. The Psalm consists of 4 sections:

V.1-4 All of God’s servants are urged to give Him great praise

V. 5-14 Reasons to give God praise. Focus is on His creative power and His acts of redemption toward Israel

V. 15-18 The uselessness of idols and the danger of becoming like them.

V. 19-21 A return to the call to praise. Blessing the Lord is exhorted 5 times.

Are you familiar with cover bands? They are music groups that “cover” the songs of popular artists. They may put their own spin on them but the lyrics remain the same. Sometimes they will do a medley, covering  pieces of several songs and presenting them as one piece. The unknown author of this Psalm has done just that. He has his own take on things but the psalm is largely the content of other scriptures woven into a new piece.

A) The characteristics of idols in the OT is that they are deaf, dumb and blind. The main idea was that they were dead. “…nor is there any breath in their mouths.” The idols of any age are only empty dead ends.  The scriptures tell me that Jesus is a living “life-giver.” (John 5:21; John 6:33; John 6:39-40; John 6:54; John 6:57; Romans 8:2; Romans 8:10) My instinct for self-preservation is not simply a desire to not die but is rooted in my deepest desire to be fully alive and united to Jesus in His eternal life. So why do I so often trust in things that cannot give me life? I feel the tension that is always with me – “this will satisfy you more than prayer…this is more vital than your Bible…this will give you immediate pleasure, why wait for some pie in the sky?” Variations of these fiery darts seem to always be assaulting my shield of faith in one form or another.  I am reminded in this Psalm of two things. 1) God’s reputation is good. He has a track record. He will deliver those who trust Him. 2) Praise is a means to keeping my heart anchored to God’s faithfulness. When I drift from the cross, when my praise turns to complaining and I begin to doubt God’s faithfulness, I am ripe for idolatry. The more I bow before whatever that idol may be I will become more like it. Deaf to God’s voice, blind to God’s truth, muted instead of giving thanks, and ultimately courting death. I want to choose daily to direct my affections toward God and trust in His faithfulness.

P)  O God, you are my life! I bless You for are true and faithful. You are the great creator of all things and the sovereign over all of life. There is nothing in this world that can breathe life into me other than you. Keep me alert to the snares of death. Help me to cooperate with Your Spirit’s promptings and set my heart continually upon You. Give me an ever growing desire to feast on Your truth so that my shield of  faith may stand strong against the lies of the enemy of my soul. In Jesus name, Amen!

E) God’s reputation is good! He is worthy of your trust and praise.

 

The Psalms of the Day for the 15th are: 15, 45, 75, 105, 135

Reading the Psalms of the Day is a very helpful way to energize and broaden your prayers. You can learn more about praying the psalms here. You can download a chart of the daily readings here. Learn about the S.H.A.P.E. Method of engaging with scripture here.

 

Psalms of the Day

Psalm 73

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To draw near to thee, my God,
Shall be my sweet employ;
My tongue shall sound thy works abroad,
And tell the world my joy.

Isaac Watts, Hymn:”God our Portion Here and Hereafter.”

Psalm 73

S) But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. (Psalm 73:28)

H) This Psalm is in three parts. Each part is introduced by the word “Surely” (v. 1, 13, 18 – NASB;NIV). It is attributed to Asaph and it’s refreshingly honest. Asaph admits his great envy of the godless who increase in riches and appear to have an easy life. It seems that all of his efforts to walk righteously have been a waste of time! Why is it that the ungodly prosper while the righteous suffer trials and persecution? What benefit is there in denying one’s self the sinful pleasures of the world? Where is the justice and equity of God? I have to sadly admit that these questions have crossed my mind. The psalmist feels like an idiot when he finally steps back and reflects. (v.21-22) Asaph reminds us of two things:

1) Keep the big picture in mind. There is an end to the temporary happiness of the wicked. (v.16-20)
2) God is our refuge and our hope. It is good to stay near to God. (v.23-28)

A) Jesus tells me that I can do nothing apart from Him. My goal then is to do as He says and “abide in the vine” (John 15). Jesus made a way through His shed blood for me to “draw near to God” (James 4:8, Hebrews 10:22) and it is by staying near to Him that I maintain His perspective on my sufferings, my joys, my temptations and my true and eternal hope. It isn’t complicated. I stay close through prayer, Bible meditation, worship, fellowship, hearing the preached Word and attending to the table of the Lord. As I draw close and abide in Christ, my eyes are filled with the treasure He truly is. I can say with Asaph:

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
(Psalm 73:25-26 ESV)

 

P) Father in heaven, I am often confused and dismayed as I look around this world. So often it seems that those who have no heart for you are richly rewarded. They cater to their flesh by their riches and I find myself with seeds of resentment in my heart. O God! You are my everlasting joy! This life is but a vapor and those who perish without Your grace will see an eternal end of all happiness but for those who trust in You there are pleasures forevermore. Our heartaches are for a moment, our joy is everlasting. Thank you Father. Prompt me day by day to draw close to You, make You my refuge and tell others of Your works. In Jesus name. Amen

 

E) Draw near to Jesus today!

 

The Psalms of the Day for the 13th are: 13, 43, 73, 103, 133

Reading the Psalms of the Day is a very helpful way to energize and broaden your prayers. You can learn more about praying the psalms here. You can download a chart of the daily readings here. Learn about the S.H.A.P.E. Method of engaging with scripture here.

Psalms of the Day

Psalm 98

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“Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her king.” The well familiar carol “Joy to the World” was penned by Isaac Watts and based upon Psalm 98. That the Psalm should be associated with the Incarnation makes perfect sense. Psalm 98 has a messianic theme that envisions the day when all the earth shall see the salvation of God.

Psalm 98

S) Psalms 98:3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

H) The psalm is in three parts.

1) Praise for God’s mighty work of salvation (v. 1-3)
2) A call for all people to respond to God with joyful praise (4-6)
3) A call to the creation to erupt in praise for God’s just rule in the earth (v. 7-9)

The idea that all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God is limited in one sense because David’s knowledge of the size and scope of the planet only went so far. However, the Holy Spirit speaking through David was and is in full command of the galaxies not to mention the planet! The vision is a Messianic future in which the Messiah rules over all. We do not yet see that. The writer to Hebrews tells us:

Hebrews 2:8b-9
“Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.”

(Everything is under subjection to Jesus but we do not yet see that. Jesus the Messiah is about the business of patiently populating the new heaven and earth.)

“But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”

When the Bride is fully prepared, when the living stones have all been gathered, when the ends of the earth have heard the glorious gospel, when souls from every tribe, nation and tongue have bowed the knee to Jesus – then! – all things will be made new, every wrong will be put right, the earth will make a joyful noise, rivers will applaud His glory, the seas will roar His praise and the hills will sing for joy. Grace will reign far as the curse is found.

A)  I’m reminded that while Hebrews says we don’t yet see all things subject to Christ, we do see Him and in Hebrews 12:2 we are urged to “fix our eyes” (NIV)  upon Him. I want to keep my gaze on the risen, rescuing, redeeming, ruling Jesus. These are dark days in many ways but He is the light that will light my path. He is the light the darkness will never extinguish.

P) Father in heaven, my heart is often troubled when my gaze drifts across the landscape of this world’s suffering and sin. How I long for you to come and make it right! Help me by your grace and power to fix my eyes on Jesus, to rejoice in Him and to walk in hope that a day will soon arrive when all the earth will acknowledge His sovereign reign! In Jesus name, Amen

E) Fix your eyes on Jesus and run the race with endurance.

The Psalms today were 8, 38, 68, 98, 128

Reading the Psalms of the Day is a very helpful way to energize and broaden your prayers. You can learn more about praying the psalms here. You can download a chart of the daily readings here. Learn about the S.H.A.P.E. Method of engaging with scripture here.

 

 

The SHAPE Bible Study Method

A simple way to get more out of the Scriptures

Years ago I began using a method for engaging the scriptures called SOAP. The method was crafted by Wayne Coderio and made popular through his book The Divine Mentor which I heartily recommend to you. The acronym, SOAP, stood for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.

The basic idea was to ask the Holy Spirit to highlight one or two verses in your Bible reading and then apply the 4 parts. 1) Write out the Scripture. 2) Make notes of observations – who, what, where, why? 3)  Write down an application of how you want to respond to God’s word. 4) Write out a prayer based on the passage and your application.

Over time, as I used this method personally and with a group of men, I needed to add one component: Exhortation. The reason for this was due to God’s speaking to our church about the need to “speak truth to one another.”  Often when we read that verse (Eph. 4:15) we assume it means to be frank with others about their failings! While it’s true that we need to be honest with one another (Eph.4:25), verse 15 is speaking of not being carried away by false doctrine. We should speak to one another edifying truth from God’s Word to encourage faithfulness. As a church, we memorize scripture to help us with just that. In order to add the “Exhortation” component to SOAP, I needed to change the acronym to incorporate the E. So we changed it to SHAPE.  The “O” which stood for “observation” was changed to “H” for “hermeneutic”. If you’re familiar with the word, it’s basically the same idea of who, what, where and why.

So expanding the idea to include exhortation we have:

S) Scripture – write down the passage.

H) Hermeneutic – make observational notes about the passage – Who is speaking? Where are they? What is the occasion? Why is this being said?

A) Application – What is your response to the passage? What is God speaking to your heart?

P) Prayer – Write out a prayer of response to God’s word to you.

E) Exhortation – Speak a word of truth to others. (Call, text, social media, etc…)

Psalms of the Day

Psalm 36

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Reading the Psalms of the Day is a very helpful way to energize and broaden your prayers. You can learn more about praying the psalms here. You can download a chart of the daily readings here.

Psalm 36

S)  How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. (Psalm 36:7-8 ESV)

H) Fairly clear chiastic pattern in this Psalm of David.
A) The treachery of the wicked (v 1-4)
B) The steadfast love of the Lord (v 5-9)
B) Prayer for the steadfast love of the Lord to continue (v 10)
A) The end of the wicked (v 11-12)

The psalmist mentions God’s steadfast love three times
1) Your steadfast love extends to the heavens (v 5) – It is immeasurable.
2) How precious is your steadfast love (v 7) – It is valuable, to be treasured.
3) Oh, continue your steadfast love (v 10) – Not to be taken for granted.

A) As I take refuge (abide) in the shadow of His wings, I will feast on (be nourished and refreshed by) the steadfast love of the Lord. His love will become more precious to me, satisfying my heart’s true longing and I will receive greater light (understanding) of His righteousness.

P)  Father your steadfast, faithful love is a wonder to me. I so often find myself wandering within the borders of sinful deception. Prompt me I pray to return daily to the shadow of your wings. Help me to abide more constantly within your love. I want to drink deeply from the abundance of your glory – so deeply that the light of your glory eclipses every competitor for my soul’s affections. In Jesus name, Amen.

E) Take refuge in Jesus. Drink deeply of His steadfast love today.

For more info on the SHAPE method of Bible Study, check out this post.

 

My 2016 Bible Engagement Plan

This is how I plan to engage with the Scriptures this year.

Man with BibleI wanted to share with you my plan for engaging with the Bible this year. There are five important components: reading, memorizing, meditating discovering and sharing. Here’s how I do all five.

1) Reading
For reading, I’m using the Robert Murray M’Cheyne plan. This takes you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in a year. I don’t spend a lot of time checking cross references or chasing down a topic. This is breadth reading to keep the scope of the Bible in front of me. Don’t misunderstand. I fully expect to be edified and encouraged as the Holy Spirit highlights His Word as I read. I’ll make a note of something that stands out in order to pursue it later.

2) Memorizing
There are few things more valuable a believer can do than memorize scripture. I don’t mean just a quick review and quote it the same day thing. I mean living with a passage (1-3 verses) for a week and letting it wrestle with your heart. I use the Fighter Verses app from Desiring God ministries. (Android App, Hard Copy, Online) The app is a great resource, well laid out with links to different memory helps as well as connections to messages preached on the memory passage by John Piper. The selection is excellent and runs in 5 year cycles. I do my best to memorize each week’s passage.

3) Meditation
Meditation follows on naturally after memorization. I usually have the passage memorized the first day of the week and the rest of the week is spent visiting that passage repeatedly to both seal it to my mind and interact with it in my heart and mind. As the week progresses I find that I see the facets of the passage more clearly and I am greatly convicted, convinced or comforted by what I mediate on. Donald S. Whitney provides some great tips for meditation here.

4) Discovering
As a preaching and teaching pastor I need to be fed myself on on a consistent basis! I love to discover new nuggets of spiritual truth from others that nourish my own spirit. I read a lot but two tools I try to review each day are the Tabletalk Magazine from Ligonier Ministries and the Explore App from The Good Book Company. Tabletalk features a daily reading as well as excellent longer articles on a theme each month. You can get a subscription to the print edition (which is what I prefer) or the online digital edition. I love the Explore App. It’s a great addition to my daily routine. The app connects you to monthly readings that work through books of the Bible for 1.99 a month. These resources keep me discovering and rediscovering helpful insights from God’s Word.

5) Sharing
This is one of the best things I do all week. The Bible tells us that we are to grow up, speaking truth to one another in love. This is one of my favorite passages:

“…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:14-16 ESV)

This kind of speaking is not primarily correction or rebuke (which many people tend to focus on!) but affirming sound doctrine to one another so that we are not “carried away” by “every wind of doctrine.”

Every Wednesday night, I gather with a few other men for something we call SHAPE. The acronym lays out what we do for 90 minutes. As we gather, usually in a public spot, we grab coffee, catch up a bit and then pray, asking the Lord’s assistance to highlight a particular passage of just a 1 to 3 verses for each of us as we read. For almost 45 minutes the table is quiet as each of goes through the SHAPE model. Here it is:

S) Scripture – Write the passage out in a SHAPE notebook.
H) Hermeneutics – Make note of the hermeneutic context – who, what, where, when and why?
A) Application – Make notes of how the passage is applying to you.
P) Prayer – Write out a prayer based on your application.
E) Exhort – Share an exhortation with your brothers based on your insights.

After 45 minutes or so, we work around the table with each person sharing their discovery, application and exhortation with the group. I always come away enriched from these evenings. That’s why they have been a regular part of my week for the last 8 years.

That’s my routine. I hope it provides some encouragement and ideas for your own. Let me know what you do! I’d love to hear how other folks are walking out this important aspect of our walk with Christ.

Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre (Image)

pitre-jesus-the-bridegroom-cover-w350The themes in scripture that are woven into its tapestry from Genesis to Revelation, are, in part, what give the Bible both its authority and beauty. Years ago I read a work by the late J. Sidlow Baxter called The Master Theme of the Bible in which he traced the theme of the Lamb of God throughout the scripture. I remember being both deeply encouraged and filled with wonder at this singular thread that stretched the breadth of God’s Word. I had that same experience reading Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre as he explores the theme of the God who wants to marry His people. Dr. Pitre is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  With a Ph.D. in New Testament and ancient Judaism, Pirte’s passion is to help people “see” the message of scripture through the lens of ancient Jewish eyes. He makes use of a wide range of extrabiblical Jewish writings (which he is careful to insist are not “inspired”) and quotes heavily from these Rabbinic sources to add color and insight to the New Testament.

This world is the betrothal… the wedding will be in the days of the Messiah. – Exodus Rabbah 15:31

Pitre endeavors to present Yahweh not only as the creator but as the One who desires to be “united to His creatures in an everlasting relationship that is so intimate, so permanent, so sacrificial, and so life-giving that it can only be described as a marriage between Creator and creatures, between God and human beings, between YHWH and Israel.”  Pitre traces this idea beginning with the “divine wedding” covenant at Mount Sinai, through the spiritual adulteries of Israel and into the moment when John the Baptist describes himself as the “friend of the Bridegroom.” (Jn. 3:29) The Bridegroom is Jesus, the Incarnate One, who has come to win the redemption of His bride. Pitre works through the accounts of the wedding at Cana, the woman at the well, the last supper and the passion of Christ, showing the remarkable connections between them, the prophets and the Jewish traditions. (The observations on the wedding at Cana and the Samaritan woman are more than worth the price of the book.) The story finds its culmination in the marriage supper of the Lamb and a vision of the glorious bride of Christ.

For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. – Isaiah 54:5

Pitre’s Roman Catholicism is quite evident in some of his application but there is a wealth of insight here that any Protestant would be rewarded by and I found a great deal of the language not often used in Protestant literature to be refreshing. Roman Catholic thought is most evident in the chapter called “The Bridal Mysteries” in which the subjects of baptism, Eucharist, marriage and virginity are discussed. Even though there is much that I would disagree with Pitre on, I found an enhancement of my own views of baptism and the Lord’s Supper while the material on marriage and virginity were outstanding. Pitre’s illumination of marriage from Paul’s letters and the Jewish sources is very instructive and interprets the union in a remarkable way. As we face the current onslaught of support for gay marriage, there is much here that explains why that aberration is the complete antithesis of God’s design for marriage. Pitre doesn’t mention gay marriage but he so elevates the mystery of marriage (Eph. 5:32) that it insists only on the union of man and woman. Furthermore, and I say this with compassion and understanding the sacrifice involved, the section on virginity or “consecrated celibacy” is a positive and holy direction for those Christians who struggle with same sex attraction.

Pitre concludes the book with a meditation on the  Samaritan women. He highlights Jesus, the bridegroom, waiting for this woman to ask her for a drink. Jesus “thirst” was a prelude to the moment in which he would offer her the gift of living water. This quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is, frankly, one of the most  lovely things I have ever read:

“‘If you knew the gift of God!’ The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.”

I know some of my more reformed friends will not be able to crawl out of their anti-catholic shells far enough to appreciate this but that would be their loss. The notion of prayer as an encounter between God’s thirst and ours? That is priceless.Jesus is ever at the well, wooing his bride and inviting us to partake of the living water he alone can offer.

Bible Reading Plans for 2013

Note: This is taken directly from the Ligonier Ministries Blog. For some reason their sharing link does not show up well on Facebook so I’ve duplicated it here.

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Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. — Psalm 119:105

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Maybe this year you will read more of the Bible each day. Perhaps you’ll slow down your reading and instead spend more time considering what you read. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a reading plan, you should find it below.


52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


A Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic, yet beautifully designed, chart to track your reading over 2013.

Duration: Flexible | Download: PDF


Chronological Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Every Word in the Bible

Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.

Duration: Three years | Download: PDF


Historical Bible Reading Plan

The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System

Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you’ll read the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters four to five times, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, the Psalms at least twice, Proverbs and Acts a dozen times, and the OT History and Prophetic books about one and a half times.

Duration: Ongoing | Download: PDF


Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.

Duration: One or two years | Download: Website


Straight Through the Bible Reading Plan

Read straight through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Tabletalk Bible Reading Plan

Two readings each day; one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF
App: Accessible in the Ligonier App (iPhone / iPad & Android)


The Legacy Reading Plan

This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month, and set number of Proverbs and Psalms to read each week. It aims to give you more flexibility, while grounding you in specific books of the Bible each month.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Two-Year Bible Reading Plan

Read the Old and New Testaments once, and Psalms & Proverbs four times.

Duration: Two years | Download: PDF


In addition to your daily Bible reading, if you’re looking for devotional material that will help you understand the Bible and apply it to daily living, consider Tabletalk magazine. Try it out for three months absolutely free.

Historians of the Christian Tradition: Their Methodology and Influence on Western Thought – Michael Bauman (Editor)

“Ecclesiastical amnesia is a serious and crippling disease. A Church without a memory is doomed to invent the churchly and the theological wheels anew. The writing of religious history, in other words, is the necessary prop our naked memory requires in order to draw upon the accumulated wisdom of the ages, enabling us to withdraw at our need the deposit of insight and truth generously stored up for us by our predecessors in the faith”