With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time to again prepare for reading through the Bible in a year! For our third year in a row we’re encouraging one another to spend a small amount of time each day reading the Bible, and by following a systematic plan, read through the entire Bible in a year.

This year we’re providing two different reading plans to choose from, and both can be downloaded below in PDF format. The first plan will take the reader through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in a single year. Originally from New Hope Church based in Oahu, Hawaii, the “Life Journal” plan’s online home is found by clicking here. The second plan will take slightly less time, as it does not double-up any scripture reading. This plan places the scriptures in the chronological order of when they were written, and was developed by Blue Letter Bible. Printed copies of each plan are now available in the lobby at Liberty Hill, or you can download them in PDF formats:

2013 “Life Journal” Bible Reading Plan

2013 “Chronological” Bible Reading Plan – Blue Letter Bible

Additionally, you may want to consider going digital with your reading plan. More and more people are making use of YouVersion, which is not only a free website but also a free app for your wireless device. I use YouVersion almost on a daily basis, and we use if often in our services at Liberty Hill. There are several different Bible-reading and devotional plans available at YouVersion, and by using your wireless device you can take your reading with you anywhere you go. You can go here to take a look at all of the reading plans they have available, or you can go directly to each of the two plans that we are promoting by visiting these respective links:

Life Journal Reading Plan

Chronological Reading Plan


Many people have found that trying to read through the Bible in a year can be quite challenging. Having a solid plan helps develop consistency, and provides great markers for your progress. A daily Bible-reading plan has been of the best habits I’ve ever added to my life, and I think you will be surprised at how it can change your understanding of spiritual truths!

And one more thing: don’t give up on the plan because you miss a few days (or more!) and fall behind. Pick-up where you left off, and keep going! Even if you don’t finish in 365 days, you can still accomplish the goal of reading through the Bible. Keep going and growing!

Grace Received,                                                                                          Joe Payne