"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4.4)
Jesus taught that mere food can’t sustain our lives, but we must also feed on the words of God. Not many of us get so busy or involved with other things that we suddenly remember, “Hey, I forgot to eat today!” But if we're not careful, we can easily get so distracted in our daily lives that we neglect one thing that is essential for our spiritual lives and growth: reading and meditating on God’s Word, the Bible.
In 2013 we’re going to focus on making Bible reading a priority in our lives. Here are some resources to help us do that:
B.R.E.A.D. Bible reading charts. B.R.E.A.D (Bible Reading Enriches Any Day) charts are Bible-reading guides that list specific readings for each day. If you follow the chart, at the end of the year you will have read the entire Bible. The 2013 charts are available in the foyer. The charts are free, so pick one up!
B.R.E.A.D. in your inbox. Prefer to read online? You can sign up to have the daily readings emailed to you. Sign up at here. It’s free, so sign up!
B.R.E.A.D. Sticks. Don’t like to read? Or just prefer to listen? Get a B.R.E.A.D. Stick and listen to the Bible in audio format. For only $24.95 you’ll get a USB thumb drive with all the readings. Listen on your computer or MP3 player. Order one through the Pentecostal Publishing House.
The B.R.E.A.D. resources are great, but of course there are other helpful resources that you might want to consider.
bible.is app. This free app for iPhone, iPad, and Android allows you to listen or read the text or do both at the same time. It has reading plans to guide you in your reading of the Bible and gives you the ability to highlight and take notes on your reading.
YouVersion.com. This free app is a great resource for reading or listening to the Bible online or on your tablet or mobile phone. There are dozens of translations available and over 20 reading plans to choose from. There is also a nice tracking feature that will help you stay up with your reading.
One-Year Bibles. There are several special editions of the Bible called daily Bibles or one-year Bibles. What makes these editions unique is the reader-friendly layout: the entire Bible is laid out in 365 consecutive readings that generally include a selection from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and often Proverbs.
Click here for a one-year Bible in the New King James Version.
Here's a link to other versions of one-year Bibles. Besides the NKJV, some other good translations are the English Standard Version (ESV), New International Version (NIV), King James Version (KJV), and New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Audio Bibles. In addition to the B.R.E.A.D. Stick and the apps mentioned above, there are many other good audio versions of the Bible available.
Probably the most well known audio Bible is Alexander Scourby's reading of the KJV.
For a popular dramatized version of the NIV, try this one.
Perhaps the most well known narrator of the Bible today is Max Mclean. He has narrated several translations of the Bible. All are available through his website. One nice thing about his site is that there are sample readings available so you can check out his reading style to see if you like it.