Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 1-6


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Alternate Plans
Bible Order: Hebrews 1–6
Old Testament Only: Amos 1–4
New Testament Only: Revelation 7:9–8:13
(Current Plan is Chronological)

Where Do We Go From Here?

1 Timothy 1-6

Question mark in circleBrothers, we start the book of 1 Timothy today, but instead of commenting I want to write a bit about next year. A handful of you have been good about letting me know you are following along and that you find some value in this blog. I am pleased to hear that. It encourages me to keep on keeping on. We will finish our fifth year of reading the Bible together on January 3rd.

I’ve been thinking a bit on what to do next year. I have to admit to you that I’m starting to feel like I’m in a bit in a rut. While I’ve enjoyed taking a verse or two on which to ponder and comment every day, I have found myself yearning to go deeper in my Bible Study. The constrains of the yearly reading plan have kept me from stopping and spending more time on things that interest me. Every day we have to move on to the next verse, the next chapter, the next book.

What I’m considering is this; I would like to continue to provide in your inbox every day, four options for a daily reading plan, but I would like to disconnect my commentary from those reading plans. As you see at the top of this post I list three different reading plans every day and then comment on a fourth reading plan which I follow. What I would do instead is simply list those reading plans, Bible Order, Old Testament Only, New Testament Only, and Chronological Order. As far as commentary, I think I would like to simply choose a book of the Bible to study, and comment upon my study every day until I finish with the book. This means that I could go into more depth about the book in question, I could follow trains of thought on any given verse or subject until I felt I covered it, and I wouldn’t have any deadline to finish my study. Once I completed the study of one book I would jump to another book and proceed from there. As part of my study I would be reading more about what the great scholars have to say about the books and passages in question and then I would share with you what I learned from them.

Now while I started this blog in order to get my head in God’s Word every day, I also started it to encourage other Christian men to do the same. I don’t want this blog to be all about me so I am asking for your input. Please share with me what you think would be helpful for you in your growth in God’s Word. Click the comment link above and give me your thoughts. Will you stop using this blog if I stop commenting along with a reading plan? Would you find deeper study of a book more helpful? If so what books would you like to see us study? Three books that jump right out to me without any real thought at all is Genesis, Romans, and John.

If I do go forward with this idea of just studying one book until I feel ready to move on, I can’t promise I will provide any value to you whatsoever. I feel, however, that I’ve started to get a little bland and redundant. I fear repeating myself so much may make this blog of less value to you as time goes on. I’m just kind of thinking out loud here but I’ll have to make up my mind soon so we can get off to a good start on January 4th. There is a lot of work I have to do each year to be prepared for the following year. Please share your thoughts with me at your earliest convenience. As I mentioned above, feel free to click on the “comments” or “no comments” link to the right of this post’s title. If you’d rather keep your comments just between me and you then feel free to email me at bill@brothersofthebook.com.

Thanks for following along over the years brothers. You have helped me grow in Christ just knowing that you’ll notice if I don’t get my Bible reading and commentary done. I love you in Christ and whether you continue with me into the future or not I pray that God will continue to bless you and grow you into the spitting image of Christ!

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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1 Comment

  1. Larry
    December 21, 2014

    Bill, I like your suggestion. This year I found myself jumping in and out depending on where you were in the bible and my interest in the book. Other’s who have been more faithful vote should count ahead of mine, but I do like your idea. Then you will be free to comment more on issues not so directly related to the verses you are currently studying. Thank you Bill for being so faithful to God’s word and really sharing your insights with all of us. I know I have been greatly blessed by your studies.

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