Friday, March 19, 2010

New Thru 30

My last post was about's Bible app for the iPhone/iPod Touch. One of my favorite features of the app is the extensive catalog of Bible reading plans. I'm attempting to work my way through two of them, the M'Cheyne (which takes you through the Bible in a year) and Elevation Church's New Thru 30 (which takes you through the New Testament in 30 days).

Like so much of what they do at Elevation (which is in Charlotte, NC, by the way--mmm, Charlotte...), the New Thru 30 reading plan is intense and ambitious. It amounts to roughly 10 chapters of reading each day, though there is nothing scheduled for 2 days each week. I assume they do this so that you can catch up on what you weren't able to get through during the week.

One of the things I like best about the New Thru 30 is that, because you're reading so much at a time, you get a better sense for the structure and story of each book. (I'm still in the gospels at this point.) I've found that it's so much easier to understand a book of the Bible if you read it all in one sitting, or, for the longer books, read them over the period of just a couple days.

It has been difficult to keep up with the New Thru 30, as this has been one of the busier times for me and my family in recent memory. So it will probably be closer to the New Thru 45 for me. But whether you're reading 10 chapters a day or just a few verses, it's always good to consistently get into God's Word. His words nourish and refresh, rebuke and correct, encourage and enlighten. Read the Word, friends!

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