Need a real challenge for your Bible reading? How about 10 chapters a day from 10 different sections of Scripture? Sound crazy? Not to those, like me, who have had their spiritual walk transformed by the increased intake of God’s Word made possible by following Professor Horner’s system.
After less than a month on the plan, my wife said that I was a different man! This should not be surprising, after all, the first half of Psalm 1 says:
1:1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The devotional life of many Christians today consists of reading a few Bible verses, followed by a devotional reading related to the truth of what they just read. Some read through the Bible in a year (which requires reading 3-4 chapters per day). But Professor Horner’s plan is the best resource I have ever come across for literally saturating yourself in God’s Word. The beauty of this plan is that it is doable and flexible. In fact, I have slightly adapted the plan in order to take in Romans monthly.
In the past year, I have introduced this plan to many Christians and have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback regarding the plan. I have a couple of church members who have been so impacted by the plan that they have doubled the plan (20 chapters daily). I would love to hear your thoughts on the system. Are you using it? Are you on a different plan? What do you think about this plan?
Grant Horner is a professor at the Master’s College in Southern Califonia. Click HERE to read an interview with him to learn a little bit about the man behind the plan. Regarding his plan, check out what the good Doc himself has to say about it:
Because the only good King James Version Bible I owned was the Pilgrim Study Bible that was a gift from my wife’s Grandfather, and because I want to keep that Bible in good shape, I knew it was time to get a new King James Version Bible. Thanks to J. Mark Bertrand’s helpful blog I had no doubt as to which Bible I should purchase: a Windsor Text with Metrical Psalms from the Trinitarian Bible Society in London.
If there is a better deal out there on any kind of Bible, I would sure like to know about it. Sure, there are less expensive Bibles out there. But they are not made of calfskin leather with sewn binding. Sure, there are better high quality Bibles out there. But they are not priced anywhere in the same stratosphere as this Bible. At $32 + shipping, this Bible is a steal.
Today is my final installment in this series of posts about study Bibles.
The final questions are: What to purchase? Where to purchase?
When it comes to where, you basically have a couple of options here. You can go to a store and purchase a study Bible or you can go online and order one. I purchased most of the Bibles in my collection in a store.
For the fourth installment of this series of posts on study Bibles, I want to offer some tips regarding selecting a study Bible.
I suppose there are more study Bibles available for purchase than probably any other time in history. If you are interested in getting a study Bible, do your homework before investing. Ask yourself important questions like: What is my purpose for getting a study Bible? Is it to help me understand my Bible as I do my daily Bible reading? Is it to help me prepare for teaching the Bible to my children? Is it for helping prepare a Bible lesson for church? Is it to help me have answers for my skeptical friends? Answering these kinds of questions will help you narrow down the selection available.
There are some important things to know when it comes to using a study Bible. First, there is a word of caution. When reading a study Bible, make sure you remember that the words of the Scripture are the words of God Himself, while the words of commentary included, as helpful as they may be, are not. Keep reminding yourself that the notes and comments and articles are no more inspired by God than a commentary you would pick up in the bookstore. This is one of the reasons why I never do my daily Bible reading in a study Bible. For my morning devotions, I only want me, the Bible text, and my journal.
The best thing about a study Bible is that enables a person to have ready access to help understanding the Bible. Most study Bibles try to address the major questions people have when reading Scripture. Historically one of the greatest ways to study the Bible is to purchase individual commentaries for whatever book of the Bible you are currently studying (provided you choose a reputable and trustworthy scholar). Obviously this can become very expensive, not to mention inconvenient in terms of storage and mobility. A good study Bible provides you with excellent commentary in a convenient, mobile, and handy package: one bound book.