I’m excited to be leading the charge for those interested in reading through the Bible online in 2018. If you have never done this before, I’m very excited that you have committed to doing it! If you have read through the Bible many times as I have, I’m excited that God is going to speak to us in new ways, giving us His heart, wisdom, insight and renewed vision.
My examples below reference biblegateway.com.
Click on this button to see/print/link to our 2018 Bible READING PLAN.
The key to this whole process is consistency. If you fall into the trap of, “I’ll catch up tomorrow” it’s very easy to fall behind and get discouraged. I find it is best to do it every day, first thing. That way nothing else can squeeze it out of my schedule. Often times today’s reading would be referenced in conversation or in a meeting. (And I just don’t like being the one who hadn’t read it yet!)
You may be wondering which translation is best to use when reading through the Bible. There are those that are prefer the King James Version. No doubt, the KJV is widely considered to be one of the most accurate translations. It was the first Bible compiled and translated into “modern” language. The difficulty is that we no longer speak 16th century King James English. Many people struggle to understand it due to its use of “thees” and “thous” (not to mention the lists of names with all those “begats.”) It makes no sense to me to use a translation that you don’t understand.
Also, those LONG lists of “begats” and “untos” with all those names… Genesis 4:18, “And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech” (King James Version.) In the New International Version, it reads, “To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.”
One of my personal criteria for which translation I choose to read when reading while journaling, is I also want a matching audio version. I find that listening while I am reading helps me stay focused. I SEE what I am reading while HEARING what I am SEEING. This may not be important to you, but I find my comprehension goes up when I am both listening AND reading. I just find the reading to be less… tedious… when I am listening, too. I also know the names are accurate and I don’t get hung up on pronunciations. However, depending on who’s reading and which translation it is, the reader sometimes goes painfully slow for me.
When you select the “Listen to” icon, a window opens. In that window, there is a menu to select various versions of the audio.
These translations all have audio versions:
King James (16 th century, King James English)
King James (Dramatized)
New American Standard (Slightly more understandable)
New International Version (Middle of the road)
New International Version (Dramatized)
New Living Translation (Paraphrased, modern language)
The Message (Highly paraphrased, modern language)
The dramatized versions utilize music and sound effects in addition to each voice being different. It simply adds interest to what you are reading.
There is also an interesting option to view two versions “parallel” (side by side.) Simply select the icon in this picture:
Here is a sample from my personal Life Journal.
The first thing you might notice is that it’s not a long post. Some are much longer, but for a sample, I thought this would do. It isn’t always easy to boil 3-4 chapters down to the ONE verse or passage that stood out… But it is a fairly typical SOAP for me. (My online blog SOAP will be considerably longer, with so many people looking on…) I don’t like to hand write, so I do my journaling in a Word document. This is how it looks…
Scripture: Exodus 30, 31, 32; Acts 8
“This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. 32 Do not pour it on anyone else’s body and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred. 33 Whoever makes the perfume like it and puts in on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from their people.”
(Wow, you can buy that exact mixture online! Not a smart thing?)
18 When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”
(How cool is that??)
More about the Sabbath…. Observe it for generations to come. “Forever.”
Oooohh…the golden calf. “Your people…. have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them…”
Acts 8, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” One of my favorite passages. Easy to focus on Stephen’s death and miss this!
Observation: I wonder what God sees as my golden calf(s)? I wonder how quick I might be to turn away from what God has commanded of me?
Application: I need to rethink my Sabbath and take this a little more seriously…
Prayer: Lord, I need your help to not become corrupt or to turn away…. It’s only by Your mercy that I don’t. won’t or haven’t…
I hope this all helps you as you start your Life Journal!