I challenge you!
Those words feel familiar.
That’s because they are! On November 1, 2011 I issued a challenge: Read the Bible in 60 Days. I challenged first myself, then my staff and our church members, then anyone who wanted to join in the fun.
That challenge ended on December 30, 2011. As I understand, there were a handful of participants and a few that actually did finish the challenge. I completed the challenge too. It took 60 hours and 13 minutes, but I did it!
Now I’m issuing a challenge again. This time it’s a 90 Day Bible Challenge. You may not have been ready with the holiday season on January 1st, so I’ll start the challenge officially on Sunday, January 8, 2012. See if you can read the whole Bible in 90 days, by Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.
My estimation is that it would take about 40 minutes per day of Bible reading to finish. If you think about it, that’s only 20 minutes in the morning and in the evening . . . or 10 minutes four times a day . . . or 40 minutes during part of the lunch hour. You get the idea. It’s not really that much.
But oh how it is worth it! I speak from experience. The 60 Day Bible Challenge was awesome. It developed great habits for me of reading my Bible more than ever before. It was a great high-speed review of the familiar stories and a great refresher of the less familiar stories.
It will take commitment and some time, but you can do it! And I promise, you will grow in faith more than you could ever imagine!
So do it! Read your Bible! And why not try doing so in just 90 days!
The challenge starts Sunday the 8th. I would love to hear if you plan on joining in! Feel free to respond below and share your Bible reading plans.
If you would like a schedule as a rough guide for how much you should be reading each day, please click here.
Well . . . I did it! I finished! I read the whole Bible in 60 days and completed the challenge!
I will have to say that I am proud of this accomplishment. When I first thought of finishing off the year with this challenge–and challenging others to do the same–I knew it could be done, but wasn’t so sure if I really would do it.
But I did!
It was an amazing experience. Reading Scripture at a faster pace really gives you a good feel for the flow of thought in some of the bigger books. Especially in the Old Testament, it helps a lot to be able to read in rapid succession all the history that took place.
At the same time, I learned a lot about myself. The last 60 days has been a great training period for a more focused and dedicated life of Bible reading and study. It has helped to create some better habits.
Along the way (and now that I’m done) there have been a lot of similar reactions. Many didn’t try the challenge because they didn’t think it would be possible to achieve. Many have been impressed that this could be done. Like I said, I wasn’t even exactly sure it could be done by someone who lives a normal, busy life.
But when you break it down and it comes out to about one hour per day, that’s really not that bad. Especially if you consider that you could read 15 minutes in the morning when you wake up, 15 minutes at lunch time, and 30 minutes before bed–it makes me wonder why I’ve never tried this before. Or at the very least, why haven’t I read the Bible in 90 days or 150 days before? In other words, the big lesson learned is that if you want to make time to read the Bible, you will make time to read the Bible. It’s a matter of priorities and just doing it.
Did you read the Bible in 60 days? Did you try? I would love to hear about! Feel free to reply below.
Whether you did or didn’t do the challenge, or hadn’t heard about the challenge . . . a new one starts tomorrow! I’m challenging myself once more–and challenging you once more.
This time it’s a 90 Day Bible Challenge. Starting January 1, 2012 see if you can read the whole Bible in just 90 days. It should be only about 45 minutes a day on average. See if you can do what you might have thought was impossible. See if you can read Scripture more than ever before. See if you can grow in faith and knowledge like never before! On your marks, get set, read!
Here are the final stats for my last 60 days. There are some very interesting stats to see:
Days 58-60 Readings (in order): Jeremiah 1-39, Jeremiah 40-52 & Lamentations & Ezekiel, Daniel-Malachi
Days 58-60 Times (in order): 137 minutes, 229 minutes, 189 minutes
Total Time for the whole Bible: 3,613 minutes (60 hours and 13 minutes OR 2 days, 12 hours, and 13 minutes)
Total Time for the New Testament: 834 minutes (13.9 hours)
Total Time for the Old Testament: 2,779 minutes (46.3 hours)
Really? Only three days left?
I found myself thinking that earlier today. The 60 days of the 60 Day Bible Challenge have flown by. I said it last time I posted and I’ll say it again now–Wow!
So today there are now only three more days left. I suppose if you started on November 1st you could call it a 61 Day Bible Challenge and count New Year’s Eve. That’s acceptable. I’m going to try to finish in 60 days. I think I can!
To date I’ve read all of the New Testament and all of the Old Testament up through Isaiah. That gives me Jeremiah for Wednesday, Lamentations and Ezekiel for Thursday, and Daniel-Malachi for Friday. No problem! (I say that now!)
Once again I will state how beneficial this has been. It has developed great habits and has certainly strengthened my faith and my knowledge of Scripture. I’m really looking forward to starting the 90 Day Bible Challenge on January 1, 2012. Hopefully you’ll join me!
Here’s a report of my readings over the last 7 days, and through 57 days.
Days 51-57 Readings (in order): Job, Psalms 1-56, Psalms 57-109, Psalms 110-150, Nothing, Proverbs & Ecclesiastes & Songs of Songs, Isaiah
Days 51-57 Times (in order): 91 minutes, 70 minutes, 79 minutes, 45 minutes, 0, 115 minutes, 166 minutes
Total Time to Date: 3,058 minutes (50.97 hours)
10 Days to go! (Well 11 if you count December 31)
Where have all the days gone? Time normally flies by, but I’ve noticed that when you are trying to keep up with a challenge like this–and actually doing it–time really really flies by when trying to read the entire Bible in 60 days!
So now there are about 10 days left in the 60 Day Bible challenge. Those who got a late start or who fell behind are running out of time to catch up now. This is crunch time!
Personally, I’m doing pretty well. I would like to be farther, but I’m ok with how much I’ve read so far. Tomorrow I’ll be starting the book of Job. That means I need to read Job through Malachi in order to finish. I’ll probably need to read about 90 minutes each day, but I should be able to finish!
So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Bible challenge. I’ve found that weekdays are better reading times for me–because of my kind of job and my schedule. I’ve also found it very beneficial to do lengthy readings through historical books like 1 & 2 Samuel or 1 & 2 Kings. It really helps to get a full picture of the history and a person’s life when you read all about it on one day.
Finally, I will say that the most beneficial part of this challenge has been the growth of faith so far. When you “go into rigorous training” like this, you do in fact train yourself to carry on with good habits. It is becoming more and more engrained in my life and lifestyle now to do a lengthy Bible reading every day–and to look forward to it every day!
Wherever you are at with your Bible reading, keep plugging along! If you are doing the 60 Day Bible challenge, finish strong! If not, just keep reading! And remember, there’s a new 90 Day Bible Challenge starting on January 1 that you can join in!
Here’s a report on all of my readings over the last 18 days:
Days 33-50 Readings (in order): Joshua 1-14, Nothing, Joshua 15-24 & Judges 1-7, Judges 8-21 & Ruth & 1 Samuel 1-3, 1 Samuel 4-20, 1 Samuel 21-31 & 2 Samuel 1-6, 2 Samuel 7-24, Nothing, Nothing, 1 Kings 1-22, 2 Kings 1-25, 1 Chronicles 1-16, 1 Chronicles 17-29 & 2 Chronicles 1-5, 2 Chronicles 6-19, Nothing, Nothing, 2 Chronicles 20-36, Ezra & Nehemiah & Esther
Days 33-50 Times (in order): 45 minutes, 0, 67 minutes, 82 minutes, 68 minutes, 58 minutes, 80 minutes, 0, 0, 110 minutes, 114 minutes, 60 minutes, 57 minutes, 58 minutes, 0, 0, 69 minutes, 118 minutes
Total Time to Date: 2,492 (41.53 hours!)
We have surpassed the halfway mark on the 60 Day Bible Challenge! How has your reading been coming along? I know of some that started off fast and strong, but have backed out of the challenge. (They still continue to read the Bible though.) Others never tried in the first place. There are still others I know of that are marching forward and are in fact on pace to read the Bible in 60 days!
In the end, it really doesn’t matter too much if you read the Bible in 60 days or not. It’s a nice accomplishment to add to the spiritual resume, but that’s not the point of the challenge.
My hope during this challenge was that people would become trained to read the Bible, and read it regularly. I also hoped that people would realize that they actually have more time available to read the Bible than they think each day. It’s a matter of priorities and planning!
Personally, I continue to stay on track for the goal of finishing the whole Bible in 60 days. I’ve now finished the Pentateuch–the first five books of the Bible. I should be able to pick up my pace again now that I am through those books which are often difficult to read! Interestingly, it took me 500 minutes to read those first five books of the Old Testament. That’s about 8 hours and 20 minutes. It’s also interesting to note that it took as much time to read just those five books as it did to read 75% of the New Testament! Wow!
Overall, I’ve spent over 1,500 minutes reading now, or about 25 hours. I think it has been a day’s worth of time well spent!
Keep up your reading, whether you are attempting the challenge or not. God will bless you and increase your faith through the reading of his Word!
Here is a summary of my reading and times over the last 13 days:
Days 19-32 Readings (in order): Nothing, Exodus 1-6, Exodus 7-16, Nothing, Exodus 17-40 and Leviticus 1-8, Leviticus 9-14, Leviticus 15-27, Nothing, Nothing, Numbers 1-21, Numbers 22-36 and Deuteronomy 1-4, Deuteronomy 5-16, Deuteronomy 17-20, Deuteronomy 21-34
Days 19-32 Times (in order): 0, 20 minutes, 36 minutes, 0, 110 minutes, 19 minutes, 52 minutes, 0, 0, 83 minutes, 79 minutes, 38 minutes, 12 minutes, 51 minutes
Total Time to Date: 1,506 minutes