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Bible Reading Plans

There are numerous Bible reading plans available and you should be able to find one that suits your interests and available time.  Remember – every journey begins with a first step!

Thanks to Alex Tran (visit his site and blog here) for making a variety of Bible reading plans available on the internet.  These are mostly pdf’s that can be printed and stored in your Bible to facilitate easy daily study.

Mark Berry’s Bible Chart:  Color coded reading chart covering each book and chapter of the Bible.  Tick off your progress. Download pdf here.

Zondervan Two-week Guided Tour:  Three options to choose from, two-weeks focusing on Jesus, two-weeks on Paul’s teachings or two-weeks in the Old Testament.   Download pdf here.

Zondervan 30-Days in Psalms and Proverbs:  Reading plan limited to just Psalms and Proverbs.  Plan provides 30-days of reading in Psalms and Proverbs separately.  Download pdf here

Zondervan 30 Stories you’ve probably never heard:  30 lesser known Bible stories from the Old Testament.  Download pdf here.

Zondervan 30-Days with Jesus:  A New Testament only plan focusing on Jesus.  Download pdf here.

Zondervan 30-Day Plan for New Christian:  An introductory plan, starting in Old Testament and moving through New Testament covering 30 key themes. Download pdf here.

Zondervan 90-Day Tour of the Bible starts in Old Testament and continues on in the New Testament.  Note, the readings to do not cover every chapter and verse in the Bible but is rather intended to give an overview of key themes.  Download the plan here.

Zondervan 180-day guided tour:  A daily assisted tour of the Bible’s high points. It presents the underlying story of the Bible and designed to take about 15-minutes daily.  Download pdf here.

Discipleship Journal 5x5x5 Plan:  New Testament plan only.  Read for 5 minutes each day, 5 days a week and uses 5 ways to dig deeper. Download pdf here.

Water for the Thirsty Reading Plan:  Year-long schedule with a daily reading from New Testament, Old Testament and Psalms.  Download pdf here.

Bible Online One Year Bible:   Year long plan with readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day.  Download pdf here.

Michael Coley 52-Week Reading Plan:  This plan provides the readings for the week, structured from Sunday to Monday with readings cycling through the Epistles, Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophesy and Gospels each week.  Download pdf here.

Life Journal Daily Reading Schedule:  Year-long plan typically incorporating a passage from Old and New Testament daily. Download pdf here.

Through the Bible in 222 Days.  Year-long plan allows many grace days.  Daily readings include a passage from Old Testament, Book of Wisdom and New Testament. Download pdf here.

Heartlight Reading Plan:  One-year plan consisting of an Old and New Testament reading daily.  Download pdf here.

Kingdom Bible Reading Plan:  Each daily reading includes passages from OT Law/Psalms, Prophets, Writings and New Testament.  Proportionate weight is given to Old and New Testament according to relative length. Download pdf here.

Gideon’s Bible Reading Plan:  One-year plan provides a morning and evening reading divided between the Old and New Testament. Can be folded into a convenient pamphlet. Download pdf here.

Divine Mentor Reading Plan:  Daily bible reading consisting of Old and New Testament readings. Download pdf here.

Discipleship Journal – Book at a time:  One year plan providing two readings daily.  The first alternates between Old and New Testament.  The second reading takes you through the Wisdom literature and Isaiah.  Only twenty-five readings per month allowing grace days.  Download pdf here.

CBN Bible Reading Plan:  One-year plan covering and Old and New Testament reading each day. Download plan here.

Blue Letter Bible – Historical: One-year plan based on history, taking the reader through the Law to the Prophets to the Writings and then the New Testament based on historical research.  Download pdf here.

Blue Letter Bible – Chronological: One-year plan takes into account the order in which recorded events occurred. Adds a historical context to your reading.  Download pdf here.

Blue Letter Bible – Canonical:  Plan goes from Genesis through Revelation in order.  Download pdf here.

Blue Letter Bible – Blended Plan:  One-year plan that follows a non-traditional sequence. Combines Old and New Testament readings daily.  Dowload pdf here.

Blackhawk Church Eat this Book: A one-year plan starting in the Old Testament and moving sequentially through the New Testament.  Each day’s reading includes a psalm.  Aligns with Kids reading plan.  Download pdf here.

Bible Unity Reading Plan:  Year long reading plan arranged in a chronological sequence.  New Testament or Psalms included daily.  Structured to minimize page flipping. Only 25 readings per month to allow ‘grace’ days. Download pdf here.

She Reads Truth 365 Reading Plan:  A mix of Old and New Testament each day.  Download pdf here.

Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan:  1-Year plan which has an Old Testament and New Testament passage each day.  Each month has only 25 readings allowing for a number of ‘grace’ days. Download the pdf here.

American Bible Society Daily Reading Plan:  One-year plan that mixes up Old and New Testament readings.  Pdf can be folded into a convenient pamphlet. Download pdf here.

Stephen Witmer Two-year Plan: The plan is designed to take you through the bible in two-years, covering Psalms and Proverbs four times. Starts in Old Testament with Psalms/Proverbs daily and moves into New Testament with a Psalm/Proverb.  Plan allows for ‘grace’ or catch-up days.  Download pdf here.

Three-year Plan:  The schedule typically allots a chapter a day, alternating between Old and New Testament books.  The pace should accommodate just about any reader of the Bible.  Tick off your progress each day.  Download pdf here.

Everett Church One-year reading plan for children:  One-year reading plan has a portion from Old and New Testament each day. Download the pdf here.

Blackhawk Church Eat this book for Elementary Kids: A year-long adventure through the Bible, focusing on stories, for kids aged 5 through 10.  Will need some parental input for discussion.  Starts in Old Testament and moves through New Testament.  Download pdf here.

90-Day reading plan applicable for kids 6 through 10.  Starts in Old Testament and goes through the New Testament. Download the pdf here.

Bible Study

Each of us learns differently so try to utilize a technique that works best for you.

Memorizing Bible verses is a great way to ensure that you are prepared with God’s word no matter what situation you find yourself in. Spending a little time working on memorization each day will make it much easier to recall God’s word when you need it.

The following techniques can be found on www.wikihow.com

Technique 1 - Daily Memorization

  1. Devote 10-15 minutes a day to memorizing Bible verses. It will be much harder to commit Bible verses to memory if you try to do it sporadically. Just like any other habit, it works most effectively when you put in a little time every day. However, you don’t necessarily have to spend a long time working on it. Just set aside about 10 or 15 minutes each day to reading and memorizing Scripture.
    • You can combine this with your daily devotional, if you’d like, or do it at a separate time. It might also help you memorize the verse if you incorporate it into your daily prayers.
    • The idea of memorizing Scripture is introduced in the Bible. For instance, Deuteronomy 11:18 says: “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
  1. Read the verse 3 or 4 times to ensure you understand it. When you find a verse you want to memorize, read over it several times. As you do so, think about what the verse really means. It will be much easier to memorize the verse if you understand it, so take the time to really dig into the concepts explained in the verse.
    • It can also help to read the verses around the one you want to memorize so you can understand it in context.
    • If you need to, use a dictionary to look up any terms you’re not familiar with. You can also consult a Bible dictionary, which will provide you with definitions, historical context, and more.
  1. Say the verse out loud at least 3-4 times to fix the words in your mind. One of the easiest approaches for memorizing a verse is to repeat it out loud to yourself. Hearing yourself say the words out loud can help you call them to mind later when you don’t have the verse in front of you.
    • Try reading the verse out loud 2 or 3 times, then cover the verse with your hand and try to say it again without looking.
    • How many times you repeat the verse depends on what you feel will help you the most. Some people might prefer to only say the verse a few times, while others might repeat a verse out loud 50 times in order to memorize it.
  1. Break longer verses or passages into parts. If you’re trying to memorize a longer Bible verse, or even a passage of several verses, it can help to work on it a little at a time. Take each section one at a time, and don’t work on the next part until you’re sure you’ve memorized the previous one completely.
    • For instance, you might memorize 5 words at a time, or you might break a passage into individual verses.

Technique 2 - Memorization Tricks

    1. Start with a shorter verse if you’re not used to memorizing.It takes practice to train your brain to memorize and recall Bible verses. As you get comfortable with short verses, you can move on to longer verses, passages, and even entire books of the Bible!
    2. Write down the verse at least 5-10 times a day until it’s memorized.Writing something down is another great way to commit it to memory. Try copying down the verse 5-10 times a day while you’re memorizing it, or more if you prefer. Be sure to include the book and verse number as you write, so you’ll be able to remember that as well.
      • Try writing the verse on index cards. Then, place those cards where you’ll see them frequently, like on your fridge or beside the mirror where brush your teeth.
    3. Turn the verse into a song.You might find it easier to memorize your verse if you can sing it, rather than just saying it. If you’d like, you can make up your own song, but you can also search for existing songs online if that’s easier for you. If you’re making up your own song, set the words to a simple, catchy melody. Sing the song to yourself several times while you’re reading the words. Then, try to remember the words to your song without reading the verse.  This is especially fun and helpful if you’re helping children memorize Bible verses.
    • Songs are a great way to memorize longer verses.
    1. Make it a game. Turn the act of memorizing into a personal challenge! You might write the verse out on flashcards, leaving key words blank, and quiz yourself. Get some friends or family members to help quiz you, or even to memorize the verse along with you and encourage/challenge you.
    2. Translate the verse into a different language.  This tip isn’t for everyone, obviously, but several Bible Gateway fans suggested that if you’re comfortable in more than one language, try translating your verse into a different language. Translation requires an intense focus on the meaning and language of a verse—an obvious help for memorization.
    3. Write down the first letter of every word.For example, John 13:6. It says,
      He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Writing the first letter of each word gives you: HctSP,wsth, Laygtwmf?
      Make sure you also write down all punctuation and capitals. And instead of trying to memorize by looking at the words, you are now trying to memorize by looking at the initials.
      For some reason, the intermediate step of working from initials can make a huge difference. It also helps to look at Scripture memory in terms of whole passages rather than single verses. The memorization served a deeper purpose, too, as it opened up the depth of these passages to me in whole new ways. It also helped me to see I could work through pretty large chunks, amounts you may not think were possible to memorize.
    1. Incorporate the verse into your prayers. When you pray, include elements of the verse in your words to God. Pray that God will help you understand and apply the verse to your life. Pray for God’s help in fixing the verse in your heart and mind.
    2. Put it everywhere. Many people suggested writing your memory verse out on multiple index cards or sticky notes and putting them all over the place, so that you’ll see the verse many times throughout your day. Tape the verse to your bathroom mirror or computer monitor. Tuck it into your purse, lunch pack, car glove compartment, school textbook, pockets… anywhere you’ll see it. Some suggest making the verse your computer desktop or phone background.
    3. Quiz yourself to test how well you know the verse.  The only way to be sure you have the verse memorized is to test yourself. For instance, you might try writing out flash cards with some of the key words left out to see if you can fill them in.
    • You might also have friends or family members quiz you on the verses.
    • A Bible memorization app like Bible Memory: Remember Me or BibleMemory.com, both available on Android and iOS, can be a helpful way to test your Bible knowledge, as well.
    1. Repeat, repeat, repeat! Whatever strategy you follow in memorizing a Bible verse, do it repeatedly. Write it down, speak it out loud, sing it out, pray it—but whatever you do, do it over and over until it’s a natural, reflexive action. The goal isn’t to reduce it to a mindless, repeated activity, but to slowly press the verse into your memory through repetition. Repeat your memorization activity over the course of several hours, days, or even weeks to pace yourself—there’s no prize for memorizing a Bible verse fastest; the point is to internalize it over time. And that means you shouldn’t be discouraged if it takes a while for the verse to “stick”—keep at it, and it will take root!

If you’ve never tried memorizing a Bible verse before, it’s much easier than you think! Pick one or two of the strategies above and give them a try, adapting your strategy as you figure out what does and doesn’t work for you. One thing is certain: you’ll never regret spending more time focusing intently on God’s Word. And there’s nothing quite so wonderful as an encouraging Bible verse springing forth from memory at just the time you need to hear it.

Technique 3 – Choosing a verse to memorize

  1. Read a Bible passage, looking for a verse that speaks to you. Sometimes when you’re reading the Bible, it seems like a certain verse was written just for you and whatever you’re dealing with at the time. If this occurs, strongly consider memorizing that verse. Chances are, it will be easier for you to memorize a verse if it feels personally relevant to you.
    • For instance, if you’re feeling sad or stressed, you might memorize verses of encouragement, like Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
    • If there’s a sin you struggle with, you might choose a verse that addresses that. For example, if you have a hard time controlling your temper, you might memorize James 1:19-20: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
  1. Choose creedal verses to reinforce your faith. These are verses that are declarations of faith, and memorizing them can help you strengthen your belief in God’s goodness. These can also help you share your faith with others while you’re witnessing—and it’s a much more powerful statement if you’re able to call them up from memory, rather than having to stop and consult your Bible.
    • For instance, you might memorize Acts 16:31, which says: “And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.'”
  1. Memorize summary verses to help you understand passages. Some Bible verses are useful because they sum up a passage or even an entire theology. Memorizing these can help you recall the significance of entire passages, even if you don’t necessarily remember every single word.[12]
    • For example, the prophecy in Isaiah 53:5 describes the suffering Jesus will go through as our Savior: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
  1. Try memorizing verses from Proverbs for practical advice on life. The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom, much of which still feels surprisingly relevant in our modern times. Many of the verses are also quite short, making them perfect for memorization for adults and children alike.
    • For instance, try memorizing Proverbs 3:7, which says to stay humble: “Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”

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Bible study is the privilege of all believers and is the primary means God uses to bring us to maturity

  1. Make a commitment to spend time in the Word every day

Decide upfront that feeding on the word is as important (if not more) than feeding your body or brushing your teeth.  No need to be legalistic and beat yourself up if you can’t fit it in on any given day but know that you have prioritized studying the word and just meditating on a single verse can work in a pinch.  You CAN make time to study the Word even if you have to write it in as an appointment with yourself each day.

  1. Have a plan and a place

Avoid being haphazard about personal Bible study as you don’t want to stagnate or lose interest.  Often the best way to dig into the Bible is systematically read it book by book using a reading plan, use a bible study outline or do topic or character studies.  Check out RESOURCES link for Bible reading plans.  Consider establishing a particular place where you conduct your bible study that will always be available and conducive to studying the Word.

  1. Be expectant

Have an expectant heart to hear and receive from the Lord.

  1. Actively ask questions regarding what you read

Dig deeper into the day’s text by asking questions, as relevant to your reading, such as:

  1. What is the main subject of this passage?
  2. Which persons are revealed in this passage? Who is speaking? To whom are they speaking? About whom is he speaking? Who is acting?
  3. What is the key verse of this passage?
  4. What does this passage teach me about God?
  5. Does this passage highlight anything I should confess or foresake?
  6. Does this passage contain any command for me to obey?
  7. Is there any promise for me to claim?
  8. Is there any instruction for me to follow?
  9. How can I apply this to my life?
  10. What did I learn?

    5. Journal about what you are learning each day

Journaling can help clarify your thoughts, record what you are learning for you to recall at a later point and capture what you are hearing from God.  Journaling does not require a special book but you can use any notepaper, a phone, a computer or electronic device. The ‘how’ is not important but rather that you engage in the practice of journaling.

  1. Pray about what you read

Capture your prayers in your journal.  Not just specific prayers for provision, healing or relationships but also the prayers you pray relating to your study of the Bible, like “God, help me to understand this better,” “God, show me how this applies to my life,” “God, please help me to be willing to change my life as You show me I should be in these verses”–prayers like these should be part of our response to what we have read.  The Holy Spirit is faithful to illuminate our hearts and minds, if we ask.

  1. Choose a verse or passage from your reading to meditate on and memorize

Take as many days as you need to think about it fully and memorize it well.  No need to try to do a different one each day, unless you are truly realistically able to do that.

  1. Feel free to meditate and dwell on a single verse or passage for several days

Remember, we are studying the Bible to hear from God and get His revelation and wisdom and not simply to tick a box of having read the Bible today.  Consider writing a pertinent verse at the top of your ‘To Do’ list or setting up a recurring reminder in your calendar.

  1. Regularly attend and become involved in a solid church where the pastor practices Bible-based preaching

Find a good Bible based-church and consider supplementing your spiritual life with online sermons during the week.

  1. As you have time from your more important commitments to work, home and family, attend a small-group Bible study

If your attention is to get into the Word, be intentional about seeking out a rigorous bible study group and not just a Christian social group.

  1. Share what you are reading and learning with your friends and family

Your children are your God-given disciples; teach them what is fresh on your heart.  Your friends can be your sounding boards, giving you further input or calling you up short if your understanding is off base in some way.  It is encouraging to build each other up with what we are learning.

  1. Continually practice the habit of replacing negative, sinful thoughts and emotions with God-honoring practices from the Bible

Pick out a verse or passage for each temptation you suffer, then call that to mind as often as necessary.  Go look it up if you can’t remember it when you need to.

  1. Record or categorize what you learn each day into areas of application

Parenting, marriage, finances, healing, etc.  That way, you have a ready list for when you encounter trials or challenges.

  1. Don’t get discouraged

Don’t be discouraged if you feel you don’t remember what you studied.  After all, do you remember what you ate each day last week?  The Word is getting into your Spirit and it will come out when you need it.

  1. Growth comes with the consistency

Overtime, with consistent effort, Christian maturity WILL develop.  Don’t dwell on regret but know that  “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it” (Philippians 1:6).

Devotional Apps

Do you enjoy reading devotions and studying the Bible? Is it something you do every day, or just every so often depending on the devotional and topic? Devotional Apps make studying the Bible and reading devotions easier; not only do they provide resources but they are available at the click of a button making it easy to take a few minutes or a longer study session whenever you have time in your day.

If you’ve never used a devotional or Bible app before, or just never discovered one you enjoy, the following list of Christian Bible and Devotional Apps is sourced from Crosswalk’s top 11 favorite Christian devotional apps. Check out the Apps and check out Crosswalk as well!

Daily Bible Devotion is a free app that brings you daily verses & religious inspirational devotions. Receive a morning and an evening Bible verse and devotional for every day of the year. Start and end your day meditating on God’s word with daily devotionals that are easy to understand and that you can apply to your life. To deepen your devotional readings, receive Bible trivia each day with questions that help you engage with and memorize Scriptures followed by clean Bible humor to brighten your day.

As a Christian, growing your personal relationship with God is important. But for those people we know who aren’t church-goers, the daily devotionals can easily be shared with anyone!

Features:
* New devotionals available daily that help you grow as a believer
* Encouraging Bible verse with each devotional
* A new Bible devotional is delivered to your app each day, twice a day
* Each devotion is short and uplifting
* Each devotional comes with a way to apply it to your life
* Share any devotional with your friends and family
* New Bible trivia each day to test your Bible knowledge
* Bible humor to bring laughter to your day
* Save your favorite devotionals to read later or to reference
* Get notified when the devotionals are available

A great way to receive your daily bread and encourage you to develop your spiritual life through praise and prayer. Remember, you will also get a life application for each Bible verse and Scripture!

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Available on Google Play and iTunes App Store.

Stay encouraged with a new verse each day. Grow in your faith with reading plans and devotionals. You can also have the Bible read to you with the audio feature. Select your favorite Bible version and dive into the Word today!

Daily Bible Verse :
– Start your day with a daily Bible verse. You will get automatic daily notification. You can read or just listen. Choose Bible verse in different versions like KJV, NIV, ESV, etc

Daily Bible Reading Plan :
– Choose from a wide range of Bible reading plans and read Holy Bible. DailyBible can play back the reading plan. You can read or just listen.

Easy & Fast Search any Bible verse or topic:
– Easily search any verse of any topic. Search from a wide range of Bible Versions like KJV, ESV, NIV and lots more. Just speak to search.

Daily Bible devotionals.
– Listen to a wide range of Biblical Christian Devotions. Choose from a huge list of devotional podcasts. Read or listen from devotions.
– Save a Bible devotional podcast and listen to it offline

– Bible Index
Read or Listen to any chapter from any book in Holy Bible easily. Supports multiple Bible versions like KJV, NIV, ESV, etc.

– *NEW* Offline Bible
Read the Bible without an internet connection. Offline Bible now available!
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Available on Google Play

Transform your time with God using the First 5 app, developed by Proverbs 31  Ministries. We believe in giving the Lord our firsts! So it only makes sense for us to give Him our first thoughts of each day. First 5 was specifically designed to greet you with a short teaching in God’s Word first, before you get distracted by social media and everything else screaming for your attention. It will equip you to better study and know the Word of God.

Features

*One Chapter a Day: We unpack books of the Bible focusing on one passage of scripture per day. So, instead of your daily scripture being random, First 5 will help you start to sense real progress in your understanding of the Bible.

*Highlight, Save and Share: You can now highlight any portion of our daily teachings to bookmark, share or add a personal note. Review your notes and activity through your Profile and use the new export feature to save them to your device.

*Reminder Functionality: Set up a reminder in the app and choose a custom message to bring you into the Word.

*Daily Scriptural Teaching: When you turn off your First 5 reminder, you’ll go straight to a daily Teaching.
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Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

The Bible App lets you explore the Bible with your closest friends. Share honest conversations about Scripture with a community of people you know and trust. Learn along with them as you see what they’re discovering.

STUDY THE BIBLE

* Hundreds of Plans: you’ll find devotionals, as well as Plans that lead you through specific topics, portions of the Bible, or even the entire Bible in a year.
* Watch and share clips from ‘The Bible’ TV miniseries, the world-changing ‘JESUS’ film, and ‘The Lumo Project.’
* Search the Bible using keywords.
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Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play

She Reads Truth is an online community of women who read the Bible together daily.

Hundreds of thousands of women gather each day via the She Reads Truth app, the SheReadsTruth.com web site, and the #SheReadsTruth hashtag on social media to read God’s Word and encourage one another to live out the truth of the Gospel in our real, everyday lives. She Reads Truth’s goal is simple—to read the Bible daily and find Christ in every page.

The She Reads Truth Bible + Devotional app allows women from around the world and all places in life to connect with God’s Word and each other, anytime and anywhere. Whether your Truth time comes in the early morning before the world wakes, a 30-minute lunch break at your desk, or in the middle of the night with a newborn baby in your arms—the She Reads Truth app brings your quiet (or not so quiet!) time to YOU, right where you are.

The app features—

*Gorgeous, user-friendly layout and design
*Full-text Bible (with new translations added soon!)
*Free and paid devotional reading plans, with new content added daily
*Bookmarking, journaling and sharing capability
*Real-time commenting that syncs with the She Reads Truth web site
*Beautiful, shareable images featuring content from the daily scripture and devotional readings
*Free, downloadable scripture lock screens for your phone (an excellent tool for scripture memorization!)
*In-app camera with free photo overlays
*Customizable notifications to remind you to read Truth at your ideal time of day
*Bible search function
*Settings for font size, preferred Bible translation, red letter function, and nighttime display
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Available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

The He Reads Truth app is a Bible-reading tool designed for men — to meet men where they are and encourage them to read God’s Word daily.

THE HE READS TRUTH APP FEATURES:

– High-design, user-friendly layout
– Full-text, searchable Bible in multiple translations
– Bookmarking, note-taking and sharing capability
– Free and paid scripture reading plans, with new content added daily
– Supplemental scripture passages to provide biblical context for each day’s reading
– Interactive journaling to record thoughts, notes and prayers to keep for your reference or share with other HRT readers
– Shareable images featuring quotes from the day’s reading
– Downloadable scripture lock screens for your phone, which double as convenient tools for scripture memorization
– Free “Bible In A Year” reading plan that tracks your progress percentage as you go
– Customizable notifications to remind you to read at your ideal time of day
– Settings for font size, preferred Bible translation, red letter function, and nighttime display

He Reads Truth exists to help men become who we were made to be, by doing what we were made to do, by the power and provision God has given us to do it, for the glory of Jesus Christ.
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Available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

The Our Daily Bread devotional is read by millions of people around the world and encourages people to spend time with God every day. Join the Our Daily Bread community in growing closer to Christ. Daily readings are available in many languages, including English, Afrikaans, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Malay, Myanmar, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

With the Our Daily Bread app, it’s easy to:
* Download a month of daily readings at a time for offline access.
* Listen as you read with the built-in audio player.
* Set a daily reminder to help you stay in God’s Word.
* Share daily readings with your friends by email and social media.
* Bookmark your favorite daily readings and capture your thoughts in your private journal.
* Discuss daily readings with other Our Daily Bread readers in the public comments.
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Available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

iDisciple conveniently delivers sermons, exclusive Growth Plans, devotionals, and music from hundreds of top Christian authors, speakers, ministries, and artists to you – any time, any place, on any device.

Receive content from top Christian authors, speakers, and ministries such as Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Lysa TerKeurst, Joyce Meyer, Ravi Zacharias, John C. Maxwell, Third Day, Anne Graham Lotz & more!

iDisciple makes everything specifically for you. No matter the device, you will be closer connected to your personal spiritual growth.
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d365 Daily Devotionals is the free mobile version of the online daily devotional experience read by millions of people. Since 2001, d365.org has provided relevant reflections for students on themes that impact their faith journey.

With this app you can:

*Read daily devotionals

*Listen to original d365 music

*Set an alarm to remind you of your devotional each day

*Read past devotionals in the archive
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The New City Catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at helping children and adults alike learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith via 52 questions and answers. The New City Catechism mobile app makes it easy to take all of the questions and answers with you wherever you go—for free!

The app pairs each question and answer with a Scripture reading from the ESV, a short prayer, and a devotional commentary written by contemporary pastors, including John Piper, Timothy Keller, Kevin DeYoung, and others. The app also includes a short version of each answer and kid-friendly songs designed to help children memorize the entire catechism.

Features:

  • 52 catechism questions and answers related to God, humanity, sin, salvation, and more
  • Devotional commentary on every question and answer written by respected pastors and church leaders
  • Short prayers to accompany each question and answer
  • A children’s mode featuring short versions of each answer and quick access to kid-friendly songs designed to aid memorization
  • Related Bible passages drawn from the ESV

The New City Catechism is a joint project of the Gospel Coalition and Crossway.
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Why Stand with Israel Today

There is  a promise for those who support, stand in solidarity with, and pray for Israel.

“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”—Genesis 12:3

God has always had a plan for the nation of Israel, and we can see in Romans 1:16 that even after Jesus had paid the price for man’s sin, God still made special reference to the Jews. Understanding why requires that we realize that God sees three distinct groups of people in the world—the Jews, the Gentiles (people who aren’t Christians) and the Church. And each have a unique role (see 1 Corinthians 10:32).

Because of Abram’s obedience, God established an everlasting covenant with him and his seed (Genesis 12:1-3,17:7). Continuing even to today, the Jewish people have a special destiny and place in God’s plan. He calls them the apple of His eye, and as such they hold a tender spot in His heart (Zechariah 2:8).

Israel is a land about which God says uniquely, prophetically, redemptively, and repeatedly in the Bible This is Mine. God refers to Israel as He does to no other land on Earth. Israel was raised up to be a light to the Gentiles.  The Church at its inception was virtually entirely Jewish, and it remained so until the Gospel began to spread. Ultimately the Gospel spread to Antioch, where the first Gentile congregation began, the base from which the Gospel spread into all the world.

The role the Jewish people have today might seem like a mystery, but Paul helps us understand God’s plan in Romans 11:25-33. Paul shows us we have been shown mercy from God, in part, because of the obedience of the Jews. While it is true that many Jewish people have not acknowledged Jesus as Messiah (Romans 9:32), we must not consider them to be just another race of unbelievers.

The Jews not only were, but still are God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6)—His covenant with them has not changed. He will ensure that they will fulfill their destiny in Him. It is important for believers to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6) and for Godly nations to develop relationships with the leaders of Israel. This will open the door for the Jewish people to hear the prophetic word of the Lord and for us to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, which brings salvation for the Jew and the Gentile (Romans 1:16).

God judges all men with equality (Acts 10:34), and in order for the Jewish people to inherit all their spiritual blessings, they must accept Jesus as their Lord. According to Romans 2:4, it is God’s goodness that brings people to repentance. This is evident as we watch God supernaturally restore the nation of Israel. Over 50 years ago, Israel was established as a nation for the first time in nearly 2,000 years. The Jews have now become a wonder and a marvel to the world.  For such a small desert country, the tiny Jewish nation’s contribution to humanity is astounding and its footprints of blessing, innovation and aid are etched into the area’s of mankind’s greatest need.

Though dispersed over the whole earth, God is calling the Jewish people back to their homeland to receive their inheritance—the Promised Land. Other cultures have been assimilated into and absorbed by the nations, but Jews are coming out from every nation—their religion, race and culture intact. This is a fulfillment of prophecies in Isaiah 43:5-7, 49:12, 18-22; Jeremiah 3:14-18, 16:14-15, 23:7-8, 31:8-10, 17, 27-28, 32:37-44, 33:14; Ezekiel 28:25-26, 36:21-38, 37:1-28, 39:25-29, 43:7.

Paul stressed that the Gentile nations are a ‘wild olive branch’ grafted into Israel, not to replace her. That together, Jews and Gentiles, are partakers of the “fatness of the olive tree.” He goes on to say this…“…do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.”—Romans 11:18.   Many Christians today understand that the Jewish nation is the branch which they are grafted into, and the Lord is the root.

God’s love for His people is always unwavering, and His mercy toward the nation of Israel should help us realize God will never leave nor forsake us either (Hebrews 13:5)!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”  Psalm 122:6.

Remember that the Father’s heart is for His people and as we stand and pray for Israel we are to value the Jewish people not for our own blessing or simply to see prophesy fulfilled but to partner with the Father’s heart.

  1. Believers are charged to make the Jewish people a priority in their value system and to give thanks from their hearts for God’s work via them as a people.

God’s divine plan involved a people and a land. The Greatest Gift, Jesus, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”, was given through the Jews, and Jesus came as a Jew. Jesus, speaking to the woman of Samaria, said, “Salvation is of the Jews.”.  So,  Scripture speaks to us very clearly: We’re dealing with the roots of everything that has to do with the revelation of God to humankind.

  1. Our place in God’s present order links us with the Jews as a people, and thereby the land of Israel, according to the Word.

When we become Believers we, spiritually speaking, become a Jew (Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 3:26-29) and to be consistent with the Word we should not be passive towards Israel or the Jewish people.

  1. God has made unique declarations regarding the land of Israel which have never been rescinded:

When we talk about Israel, we are dealing with: 1) a piece of property that God has made pronouncements about and 2) God’s people to whom He’s given the land. This is very important to God and it is non-negotiable. Things that God has said uniquely about Israel have never been rescinded. The land belong to God, God committed the land to Abraham and his offspring via Isaac forever. (Genesis 17:7-8), His kindness nor His covenant of peace will not be removed (Isaiah 54:8-10) and the loss of governance by Israel through sin and the diaspora has not altered God’s commitment to make it theirs forever.  (Ezekiel 37:1-28).

  1. Israel’s present conflict is neither by their initiative nor perpetuated by expansionism or racism on their part.

Israel is defending the land covenanted to them in 1917 and established by the United Nations Assembly in 1948.

  1. To stand with Israel is not to oppose Arab peoples as an entity nor to oppose the rights of Arabs living in Israel to a peaceful, politically secure, and prosperous life.

God has no disposition against any human being, certainly not Arabs who are the offspring of, Ishmael, the other son of His chosen leader Abraham. Standing for Israel doesn’t us to be loveless toward other peoples.

  1. The relentless opposition by the Arab world is not merely based on politics but is driven by spiritual powers that will not be satisfied until Israel ceases to exist.

These forces can only be broken by intercessory prayer where principalities and powers are cast down.

  1. The same spirit driving these animosities is equally opposed to Christians as to Jews, and in time will eventually bring persecution to both.

The hostilities are just as leveled at believers as they are at Israel, because there is a spirit in the world that is against the things of God.

  1. A biblical assignment and a divine promise summon our stand in faith, our intercession with expectancy, and our support with promise.

We are called to stand with Israel today because we could be people of the last hour.

How to pray for a lost loved one

The keys to praying for others can be found in the words of Jesus and Paul.

1.  Pray that God would send laborers into their lives who would transmit the gospel in a way that is relevant to them.  It is the Word of God that opens the hearts and transforms them.

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  (Mat 9:37-38)

2.  Pray that the Word would reach their heart and reveal God’s love.  The revelation of God’s love is the most important revelation that one can receive.   Love this person with the love of God.

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”  (Eph 3:14)

3.  Pray that the Spirit would convict them of their need and the gift of righteousness.  This is not a condemning conviction, but a revelation of their ‘lostness’ and that Jesus is the answer.

“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:   9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;”   (John 16:8-9)

4.  Pray that the seed of the Word that already exists in their heart, or that will be heard by them, will spring up and grow in their life.  Believe that the Word of God will transform their heart and mind.

“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;  27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how   28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear   29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” (Mark 4:26-29)

5.  Pray that they would have a revelation of God’s goodness.  It is His goodness that leads us to repentance.

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”  (Rom. 2:4)

 

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Are you discouraged or even wondering if your prayers help?  Yes – prayer is a powerful force in the lives of your unsaved relatives and friends if you pray according to the wisdom of the Word of God.

Haphazard prayer or prayer pointing out your loved one’s faults to God or begging God or suggesting that you love your relative more than God is not particularly helpful.

We need to understand that there is nothing wrong with your unsaved loved one except the devil. No human being who truly understood the salvation Jesus has offered to us would reject that salvation of his own free will. No one!

Why, then, are so many people still unsaved? II Corinthians 4:4 tells us it is because “the god of this world [the devil] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Realizing this makes it clear how to pray.  You need to block the devil’s influence in your loved one’s life. Jesus said, “How can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?” (Matthew 12:29). You can’t! So bind him, declaring something like:

“You spirit operating in the life of my loved one, blinding              to the gospel to keep              out of the kingdom of God, I bind you now. I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. I carry His authority and righteousness, and in His Name I command you to desist in your maneuvers. I spoil your house according to the Word of God and I enter into it to deliver my loved one from your hands.”

You may have to do this repeatedly because your loved one may invite him back in faster than you can cast him out.

Next, we look at what Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38.  Pray for labourers to come across the path of your loved one. It’s the Word of God that brings faith for salvation: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17) so by praying for labourers you will see that the Word gets into your loved one’s heart.

Pray something along these lines:-

“Father, I’m asking You to send laborers across             ’s path, laborers who are equipped with the Word of God about salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing and deliverance. Send laborers who can communicate effectively with              so Your Word can reach his/her heart.”

Now, put your faith in action by treating your loved one like he’s/she’s saved. Don’t treat your loved one like he’s/she’s not good. On the contrary, every time you see your loved one, say, “Praise God! Isn’t it good to know Jesus?” Then just stand back and watch how things change. You’ll be amazed.

Don’t give up. Get smart! Start praying according to the Word and praying by faith…and you will see the salvation of the Lord!  Here’s a suggested prayer for you to pray. As you speak God’s Word, remember that it will not return to Him void. It will prosper in the thing whereto it is sent (Isaiah 55:11):

“Father, I come before You in prayer and in faith, believing. Your Word says You desire all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth, so I bring ________ before You this day.

“I break the power of Satan from his assignments and activities in             ’s life in the Name of Jesus. Now, while Satan is bound, I ask that You send forth the perfect laborers to share the good news of the gospel in such a way that              will listen and understand it. As the truth is ministered, I believe              will open his/her eyes to the gospel, come out of the snare of the devil and make Jesus Lord.

“Father, I ask that You fill              with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. As I intercede in his/her behalf, I believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is activated, and from this moment on, I shall praise and thank You for             ’s salvation. I am confident that You are alert and active, watching over Your Word to perform it. It will not return to You void. It will accomplish that which You please and prosper in the thing whereto it was sent.

“Therefore, my confession of faith is: ‘God has begun a good work in             ’s life and He will perform it and bring it to full completion until the day of Jesus Christ, in Jesus’ Name.’”

Apologetics

Christian apologetics can be defined as follows:

The task of developing and sharing arguments for the truth and rationality of Christianity and the falsehood and irrationality of alternatives with the aim of strengthening the faith of believers and provoking non-believers to consider Christ

The Christian Research Institute exists to provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people influenced by ideas and teachings that assault or undermine biblical Christianity and the essentials of the historic Christian faith. In carrying out this mission, CRI’s strategy is expressed by the acronym E-Q-U-I-P:

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Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. THeye focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.

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Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, the ministry of RZIM is intended to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and influencers of society through the support of the visionary leadership of Ravi Zacharias.

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Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.

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A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.
– C.S. LEWIS, Mere Christianity

The Poached Egg has helped believers through times of doubt or with specific questions or struggles they were dealing with; from Christian school teachers, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and small group leaders who use TPE as a teaching aid in their classes or group; and even from pastors who have sought help in integrating apologetics training into their church to help disciple their congregation.

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The Apologetics Index ‘family of web sites’ provides multiple pages of research resources on religious cults, sects, new religious movements, and alternative religions.

Also included: information about apologetics-, anticult-, and countercult organizations, as well as entries on doctrines, religious practices and world views.

These resources reflect a variety of theological and/or sociological perspectives

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WordExplain collates a number of resources,  WordExplain.com has arisen out of an intense desire to communicate God’s Word to people.  It is James T. Bartsch’s desire that God uses the resources on this site to bring glory to Himself.

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