The Bible in 90 Days Challenge: Week One Tips

Reading through the Bible in 90 days is intense, like a sprint rather than a marathon, but so worth it! Here are my best Bible in 90 Days tips for success.  - HomeWithPurpose.net

Today is the first day of the Bible in 90 Days Challenge!

By the end of the week you’ll have read both Genesis and Exodus. As we begin this adventure together, I thought I’d share a few tips I gleaned when I did the challenge in 2010.

Here they are. My best Bible in 90 Days tips:

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Will You Join Me For a Bible in 90 Days Challenge?

The first time I ever successfully read the entire Bible was when I did the Bible in 90 Days challenge. It’s intense, like a sprint rather than a marathon.

 

The new year is a time of goal-setting and fresh starts!

I’m excited about several things I’ve got on my agenda this January: these awesome new meal plans from Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs, the Mastermind and Body Challenge from StayAtHomeYoga.com that’s starting soon, a decluttering project I have in the works, and more. Alongside all of this, I’m going to commit to another Bible in 90 Days reading challenge, and I’d love to have company! I’m hoping to start in mid-January.

The Bible in 90 Days is a group-oriented Bible reading curriculum, which helps people attentively read the entire Bible — from cover to cover — in 90 days. Churches across denominations, prisons, drug rehabilitation missions, corporate Bible studies and neighborhood small groups have all used the curriculum successfully to help people read the entire Bible. Small towns have even invited their citizens to do this curriculum. Groups have ranged from 2 people to 1,000 people spanning 49 states and 20 countries. – from the official website

Have you ever started out to read through the Bible only to get bogged down in Leviticus or Numbers?

I know I have. The first time I ever successfully read straight through the Bible without getting stuck in one of these books was when I did the Bible in 90 Days challenge. I know it sounds crazy, but I figured surely I could commit to 90 days, and it worked! It’s intense, like a sprint rather than a marathon. But that intensity is what I needed to push through those tough passages. And yes, I did benefit greatly, even reading that quickly! That was in 2010. I not only read the Bible cover to cover for the first time ever, I did it in just 90 days. It was such a life changing experience that I volunteered to be a mentor in the subsequent challenges.

The Bible in 90 Days Challenge is not intended to replace in-depth Bible study. What it is intended to do is give you a big picture of the entire scope of the story of redemption-from beginning to end. Click here for more great background information about the challenge.

It’s just impossible to express to you what an impact being involved with this ministry has had in my life! Here’s a little bit of what I wrote after completing my first challenge:

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The Bible in 90 Days Sign Up is OPEN!! Will you join me?

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told you last week that  I’d be helping lead another challenge beginning August 20, and as promised, the sign-up form is NOW OPEN!! I hope you’ll join me…you won’t regret it!
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Get Ready! It’s Time For Another Bible In 90 Days Challenge!

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Mark your calendars! On AUGUST 20,  a new Bible in 90 Days challenge will begin, hosted by Amy at Mom’s Toolbox. Once again, I’ll be reading along and mentoring a group of other readers. I’d love to have you along for the challenge!

I first participated in this project two summers ago, when I took the challenge to read the Bible cover to cover in 90 days. It was such a life changing experience that I volunteered to be a mentor in the subsequent two challenges. 
The Bible in 90 Days Challenge is not intended to replace in-depth Bible study. What it is intended to do is give you a big picture of the entire scope of the story of redemption-from beginning to end. Click here for more great background information about the challenge.
It’s just impossible to express to you what an impact being involved with this ministry has had in my life! Here’s a little bit of what I wrote after completing my first challenge:

I really loved how I was able to get a “big picture”, “birds eye” view of God’s entire plan of redemption, spanning both Old and New Testaments. I have understood the historical “timeline” if you will, and even the flow of the books themselves, but it now has a whole new depth. I think especially reading it in such a short period of time allowed for picking up on things that might not be picked up on reading it in a longer plan. When I got to the Gospels and Epistles, it had literally only been a few weeks since I’d been reading the OT books that were being alluded to, so it was very fresh in my mind. Much different than flipping back and forth to see the cross references. I could remember reading the reference and what the immediate context was quite clearly.  I especially noticed this when it came to the Gospels, Hebrews, and Revelation. 

Another thing I found edifying was reading an entire book in one sitting. This was especially true for some of the longer Epistles, which I’ve generally read broken up in several readings in the past. Even a book like Romans that I’m very familiar with has a new dimension when read all at once, following the train of thought unbroken. When I reached the Epistles, I ignored where the schedule said to stop and read at least a book at a time, more for the shorter ones. I was especially blessed reading Romans and Hebrews this way.  

Of course, I still love and value in depth study. It’s absolutely necessary. There’s value in both ways, and in many ways I see that a quick, intense reading straight through and deeper study actually complement each other. I know that things that came to light for me as I read will be applied when I go back to study in depth. I will definitely do the 90 day plan again…I feel certain that each time through will add another layer of depth to my understanding as more and more things jump out or hit home each time. 

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I truly think that this is something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime, Christian or not! The Bible is one of the greatest works of literature in history, and the bestselling book of all time! It’s an essential for cultural literacy.
For those of us who believe it’s the inspired Word of God, it’s essential on another whole order of magnitude. If you have a hard time sticking with a year-long Bible reading plan, this may be just the thing. It’s intense, but it’s a shorter commitment. And it’s truly unique. There’s nothing quite like reading the New Testament with the Old Testament still so fresh in your mind. You’ll be amazed at the references you pick up that you have never noticed before…things that would have been immediately apparent to many of the very first followers of Jesus because of their familiarity with the Old Testament books. 
Have I convinced you yet?
I hope so.
At this point, some of the details about the way this challenge will be organized are still up in the air. As always, I will stay in contact with my group through email, here at the blog, and at the Home With Purpose Facebook page. In the past, we’ve had a check-in page at Mom’s Toolbox for accountability. We’re not sure exactly how that’s going to look this time around. It might be a check-in here instead, or something entirely different. I’ll keep you posted about new details as soon as I’m aware of them, and let you know as soon as the sign-up is open.
Until then, I hope you’ll seriously consider and pray about joining me for this challenge! I promise you will never be the same if you do!
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It’s That Time Again: Join Me For the Bible in 90 Days (#B90Days) Challenge

MomsToolboxLast July I made a decision that had a huge impact on me. I decided to join the Bible in 90 Days Challenge hosted by Amy at Mom’s Toolbox. I’d followed various reading plans over the years and had read most all of the books at one time or another, but I’d never read the Bible cover to cover. I’d started and never finished several of the “read the Bible in one year” plans, petering out a few months in, but I figured I could stick with it for 90 days!

Wow. It was incredible! I’m going to quote part of what I wrote after completing the challenge last October:

I really loved how I was able to get a “big picture”, “birds eye” view of God’s entire plan of redemption, spanning both Old and New Testaments. I have understood the historical “timeline” if you will, and even the flow of the books themselves, but it now has a whole new depth. I think especially reading it in such a short period of time allowed for picking up on things that might not be picked up on reading it in a longer plan. When I got to the Gospels and Epistles, it had literally only been a few weeks since I’d been reading the OT books that were being alluded to, so it was very fresh in my mind. Much different than flipping back and forth to see the cross references. I could remember reading the reference and what the immediate context was quite clearly.  I especially noticed this when it came to the Gospels, Hebrews, and Revelation.

Another thing I found edifying was reading an entire book in one sitting. This was especially true for some of the longer Epistles, which I’ve generally read broken up in several readings in the past. Even a book like Romans that I’m very familiar with has a new dimension when read all at once, following the train of thought unbroken. When I reached the Epistles, I ignored where the schedule said to stop and read at least a book at a time, more for the shorter ones. I was especially blessed reading Romans and Hebrews this way. 

Of course, I still love and value in depth study. It’s absolutely necessary. There’s value in both ways, and in many ways I see that a quick, intense reading straight through and deeper study actually complement each other. I know that things that came to light for me as I read will be applied when I go back to study in depth. I will definitely do the 90 day plan again…I feel certain that each time through will add another layer of depth to my understanding as more and more things jump out or hit home each time.

After I completed the challenge, I knew that I wanted to have an ongoing involvement with the project. I have no doubt that the accountability, prayers, and interaction were a major factor in my success. So, this past January I served as a mentor. It was a huge blessing to me to pray for, encourage, and watch God move in, the lives of the women in my group!

Now, the next challenge is about to begin!  

It will run from July 11 through October 8. Once again, I’ll be serving as a mentor. I’m also going to read along again this time…in fact, I got a head start and began this week! 

So, once again, I’d like to invite you to join me on this incredible journey through God’s Word! I’d love to travel this road with you. You can visit Mom’s Toolbox for all the details and to officially sign up. If you want to be sure you get put in my group, you can indicate that in the last question on the form, where it asks if there’s any other information you’d like to share.

I really hope you’ll consider joining us. I’m looking forward to seeing how God will work in us all this time around!

Bible in 90 Days Spring 2011 (#B90Days): Day 90 is Here!!

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Day 90 is here!!
I can’t believe it’s over. What an adventure!  

I really loved how I was able to get a “big picture”, “birds eye” view of God’s entire plan of redemption, spanning both Old and New Testaments. I have understood the historical “timeline” if you will, and even the flow of the books themselves, but it now has a whole new depth. I think especially reading it in such a short period of time allowed for picking up on things that might not be picked up on reading it in a longer plan. When I got to the Gospels and Epistles, it had literally only been a few weeks since I’d been reading the OT books that were being alluded to, so it was very fresh in my mind. Much different than flipping back and forth to see the cross references. I could remember reading the reference and what the immediate context was quite clearly.  I especially noticed this when it came to the Gospels, Hebrews, and Revelation.

Another thing I found edifying was reading an entire book in one sitting. This was especially true for some of the longer Epistles, which I’ve generally read broken up in several readings in the past. Even a book like Romans that I’m very familiar with has a new dimension when read all at once, following the train of thought unbroken. When I reached the Epistles, I ignored where the schedule said to stop and read at least a book at a time, more for the shorter ones. I was especially blessed reading Romans and Hebrews this way. 

Of course, I still love and value in depth study. It’s absolutely necessary. There’s value in both ways, and in many ways I see that a quick, intense reading straight through and deeper study actually complement each other. I know that things that came to light for me as I read will be applied when I go back to study in depth. I will definitely do the 90 day plan again…I feel certain that each time through will add another layer of depth to my understanding as more and more things jump out or hit home each time.

You can read the rest of my thoughts here.

I’m really looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts! If you’re still wrapping up, keep reading! You’re almost there!

I’ve been blessed to be your mentor and pray for each of you through this whole journey! Thank you for the privilege.

I look forward to seeing many of you back for the next challenge this summer!