Friday, January 14, 2011

"You make known to me the path of life..."

One of my struggles [and I know I am not alone here] has been maintaining consistency in my daily devotions. This year I decided to try one of the approaches offered at the English Standard Version [ESV] Online site delivered by RSS to my browser every morning. The choice I made was the Book of Common Prayer Daily Office Lectionary and it has been a pleasure thus far, requiring very little discipline from me. I recommend it. But there are many other options there as well. For instance:
  • Every Day in the Word. The popular reading plan features a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. This plan divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year—in as little as 15 minutes a day. In one year, you read the Old Testament, New Testament, and Proverbs once, and the Psalms twice.
  • One-Year Tract Bible Reading Plan. This plan is based on the M'Cheyne reading system, featuring four different readings for use in both family and personal devotions. Each day has two passages from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from either the Psalms or the Gospels. In one year, you read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.
  • Chronological. Read the events of the Bible as they occurred chronologically. For example, the Book of Job is integrated with Genesis because Job lived before Abraham.
  • Literary Study Bible. Readings every day from the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.
  • ESV Study Bible. Readings every day from the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.
I've also been profitably reading, usually just after midnight, the scripture and devotion offered by the Seventh Day Baptist Board of Christian Education, delivered by e-mail, also using the ESV.