/ Matthew Everhard

A Guilt-Free Bible Reading Plan

This is the time of year that pretty much every Reformed website in the Christian blogosphere posts about those dreaded "Bible Reading Plans." I am sure you have been inundated with such posts and your nervous eyebrow twitch is starting up again. After all, January first is lurking at your door.

The mere mention of restarting what you failed to accomplish last year causes your pits to sweat just a bit. And yet deep down you know that there is something intrinsically good about reading through the Bible deeply and regularly.

And so you click on yet another "Which Reading Plan?" article on social media.

You skim the article... Let's see, there's the 'Read Through the Bible in Six Months' plan. (Well, that's a bit aggressive). There's the 'Read the Bible Seventeen Times a Year' plan, the 'Simultaneously Read the Bible in Both Chronological and Reverse Alphabetical Order' plan, and of course, the ever-popular 'Read the Pentateuch Twice in Latin' plan.

Oh boy!  

So which one are you going to use? You shrug. You breathe deep. There's that eye twitch again... You do the math on those plans and you realize that you would need eight, 36-hour days a week to finish any one of them. Who do they think you are, Julian of Norwich?

They don't seem to have boxes to check off on the days when you need to call the plumber or when your child brings home yet another green-slime disease from the school bus. These plans seem better contrived for some medieval monk, whose car never needs to get inspection tags.

So I have some good news for you.

I created the No-Guilt Bible Reading Plan. It doesn't come with a calendar, or with a schedule, or those all-too-few "skip-day" allowances. It contains no timeline, no pressure, and most of all, no failure points. It simply contains a series of boxes for each chapter of the Bible for you to highlight, check, or mark as you work through the Scriptures at your own pace.

You can work through this plan every year, every other year, or every other decade for all I care, as long as you read heartily, faithfully, and at your own pace!

Here's a brief video overview of my "Guilt Free Bible Reading Plan."

Matthew Everhard

Matthew Everhard

Matthew Everhard is the pastor of Gospel Fellowship PCA in Valencia, PA. He is also a Jonathan Edwards scholar and has written a number of books, and articles. He hosts a popular YouTube channel.

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