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Read The Bible Through in a Year

 

By:  Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.

Fort Fairfield Journal, May 25, 2016

 

  I'm holding in my hand the one year Bible.  This was a gift from Dave V. a longtime listener to my radio show.  It is a wonderful Bible.  It is the New Living Translation, which I'm not a big fan of, I prefer the King James Version. But, if you don't own a copy, you may want to get one.  It's really a wonderful way to read through the entire Bible in a year. 

   I shared with you a couple of years ago when I did my own trek from Genesis through Revelation.  It was a painful slog, I have to admit.  It was tough, it was hard.  This One Year Bible has done such a wonderful job of breaking down the huge amount of work involved in reading through 1,442 pages.  You could probably read War and Peace, which is somewhere around a thousand pages, in a couple of weeks.  But, you can't read the Bible in a couple of weeks.  It's just not that kind of book.  I know a lot of it is because it's actually alive, it's a living book.  Part of it, too is that the Old Testament is very much a not-living book in some pretty substantial ways.  For example, we're no longer living in that era of humankind's relationship with God so it can be very challenging to read through the Old Testament.  It's very challenging because there's a lot of begats, a lot of names, a lot of rules and regulations that no longer apply, a lot of measurements of things.  I was just reading the March 5 entry was from the Book of Numbers.  It was talking about how all these Levites got counted and they had to carry the tent poles and put goatskins on them and I was like, Oh my Gosh!  What am I learning from this? 

   So it can be a challenge.  I encourage anyone who hasn't read the whole Bible to do so.  It's probably something each of us as a Christian, or even a member of Western Society - even if you're not a Christian - should probably do at least once in our lifetimes so that no one can pull the wool over our eyes.  When somebody says to you the Bible says, "cleanliness is next to Godliness" you can be like, "ahh, does it?"  The reality is it doesn't say that.  It's not in the Bible. 

   There are lots of things that since reading the Bible I'm really savvy to.  When particularly some questionable characters begin making claims about what the Bible says and if you haven't read it, you're inclined to think it's probably in there somewhere.  But if you've read it you can say, “That's bogus! What are you talking about? It doesn't say blah-blah-blah.  Show me where it says that.  Point me to the chapter and verse because it's not in there.”

  This particular Bible, and I'm mentioning it because it's been a real comfort for me over the past few weeks, has been really great at providing some structure.  Because oftentimes you say I'm going to read my Bible, I'm going to commune with God, I'm going to get my life together, I'm going to just reach out for some comfort, and you just can't get to it.  There are times when you can just open the Bible randomly and God has a special word for you - that happens, I'm not denying it.  But, on a regular, daily basis to engage in an actual concentrated, intentional, specific time to sit down and really commune with God's word can be a real challenge.   You don't know where to begin. What do I do, read Genesis to Revelation?  Halfway through the Old Testament your eyes are going to be glazing over! 

   The reason I like this book, The One Year Bible, by Tyndale Press, is it tells you a story.  It does a passage from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb everyday.  It's just a nice way to kind of say Hey, here's my 15 minutes, God, got your word in my brain, and now I'm going to head to bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at www.gcnlive.com Katherine’s website is: www.katherinealbrecht.com 

 

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