Here are some resources for pursuing your goals this year:
1. Read the Bible daily. Here are some reading plans.
5 Day Bible Reading Program
Read through the Bible in a year with readings five days a week. Duration: 1 year
52 Week Bible Reading Plan
Read through the Bible in a year with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: epistles, the law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy, and Gospels. Duration: 1 year
5 x 5 x 5 New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading. Duration: 1 year
Foundations New Testament Plan
Another way to read through the New Testament, reading Monday through Friday. Weekends are for reflection and memorization. Duration: 260 days.
A Bible Reading Chart
Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic yet beautifully designed chart to track your reading throughout the year. Duration: flexible.
Chronological Bible Reading Plan
Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically. Duration: 1 year.
The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan
Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts. Duration: 1 year.
ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan
Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and wisdom literature, Pentateuch and history of Israel, Chronicles and prophets, and Gospels and epistles. Duration: 1 year.
Every Word in the Bible
Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments. Duration: 3 years.
Historical Bible Reading Plan
The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored. Duration: 1 year.
Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System
Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you’ll read the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters four to five times, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, the Psalms at least twice, Proverbs and Acts a dozen times, and the Old Testament history and prophetic books about one and a half times. Duration: Ongoing
Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan
This is a popular plan. Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once. Duration: 1 or 2 years.
Straight Through the Bible Reading Plan
Read straight through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Duration: 1 year.
Tabletalk Bible Reading Plan
Two readings each day, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Duration: 1 year.
The Legacy Reading Plan
This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month and a set number of Proverbs and Psalms for each week. It aims to give you more flexibility while grounding you in specific books of the Bible. Duration: 1 year.
Two-Year Bible Reading Plan
Read the Old and New Testaments once and Psalms and Proverbs four times. Duration: 2 years.
2. Pray daily.
I would encourage you to download the PrayerMate app on your phone.
3. For other spiritual disciplines, here is a book by David Mathis: Habits of Grace, David Mathis
1. It is important to get regular exercise.
2. It is important to eat nutritionally.
3. It is important to get regular check-ups from your doctor.
1. Make a new friend this year.
2. Reconcile with someone who hurt you.
3. Join a small group.
Guys, if you need help making conversation with your wife, here is Brad Hambrick’s 240 Marital Conversations. 240 Marital Conversations, Brad Hambrick
And here is a Healthy Relationship Checklist: Healthy Relationship Checklist
1. Develop a budget.
2. Get out of debt.
3. Save some from each paycheck.
4. Give generously.
Here are some helpful tools from Dave Ramsey:
Allocated Spending Plan, Dave Ramsey
Guard your heart. Pay attention to what you are thinking and how you feel.
Guys, if you have trouble naming your feelings, try the Feelings Inventory
I would encourage everyone to take the EHS Personal Assessment, Bird and Scazzero.
Develop a reading plan. Find some good books to read this year. Plan to read 20-30 pages a day, at least.
Listen to podcasts (not just sports). Take a seminary course on YouTube.
Find a mentor.
I hope this sparks some creative effort on your part to become a “new you in the new year.” I desire that in my life and yours that we would see observable progress in our lives spiritually, physically, relationally, financially, emotionally and mentally.
For anyone who wants to read the sermon behind this blog post…