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Contemporary Christian Music Heathens

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

There is a fairly large international Christian radio network broadcasting in the local area that exclusively plays hymns and classical Christian music. This radio network plays absolutely no contemporary Christian music (CCM). Several months ago the early morning broadcast included a short sound bite calling attention to an active stance against CCM. It should not come as a surprise to my regular readers that one of my pet peeves is to hear a self proclaimed Christian rant over the practices of other Christians. It is even worse when the complaining party resorts to name calling and scripture manipulation to emphasize a position against the fellow Christians that they are criticizing. I really did not mind the fact this station avoided CCM. I akin this to Southern Baptist who are not comfortable with laying on of hands, healing prayer, and speaking in tongues. Just like I was fine listening to this particular radio station who I thought was simply avoiding CCM, I am also comfortable attending a Southern Baptist church where certain subjects are simply avoided by the pastor and congregation. But, I will not support a church or ministry that openly criticizes these things. In the instance of the radio station, the sound bite included a reference to Mathew 6:7. The person on the radio said “when you pray and sing, do not use vein repetitions.” The following is part of what I emailed to the radio network later that day.

“There was a short explanation this morning explaining your position against Christian Contemporary Music (CCM). The man speaking used Matthew 6:7 as a reference for not saying vain repetitions when praying and singing. I agree with the praying part, but I have been through over a half dozen translations of the Bible and can not find the word sing in that verse. Where does he get his reference? I am also of the firm belief that Jesus was teaching us a model on how to pray in Matthew 6.”

Now I am no theologian, but I believe these folks did get a little ahead of themselves with the use of Matthew 6:7. I ended up having over a dozen emails pass back and forth between me and a man who has worked for this network for a couple of decades.

He remained firm on his stance against CCM. That did not surprise me. What surprised me was that he also remained firm in his crusade to criticize those who listen to and sing CCM even though his own “vain repetition” argument could easily be applied to the hymn that was played immediately after the above mentioned sound bite. What follows are snippets from our email exchange as I challenged his criticism of other Christians us heathens who listen to CCM. We’ll call him Radio Joe for the purposes distinguishing his emails from mine.

From Radio Joe:

“Thanks for your comment. Matthew 6:7, as you know, is a teaching on prayer and comes just before our Lord’s teaching of the model prayer for Christians. Albert Barnes has an interesting commentary on that verse:

“Verse 7. Use not vain repetitions. The original word here is supposed to be derived from the name of a Greek poet, who made long and weary verses, declaring, by many forms and endless repetitions, the same sentiment. Hence it means to repeat a thing often, to say the same thing in different words, or to repeat the same words, as though God did not hear at first. An example of this we have in 1Ki 18:26: “They Called on Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us;”*

The heathen do. The original word is one commonly translated Gentile. The world was divided into two parts, the Jews and the Gentiles; that is, in the original, the “nations,” the nations destitute of the true religion. Christ does not fix the length of our prayers. He says that they should not repeat the same thing, as though God did not hear. And it is not improbable that he intended to condemn the practice of long prayers. His own supplications were remarkably short.

{q} “as the heathens do” Ec 5:2
{*} The following is a specimen of the vain repetitions of the Romans.

“Pious Antonine, the Gods preserve thee. Gentle Antonine, the Gods preserve thee. Gentle Antonine, the Gods preserve thee.”

I would submit that a CCM tune could be put to the above phrases.

One of the reasons we criticize CCM is that it robs the Christian of the great teaching in the hymns. I had a sample CD sent to me and it had 14 songs on it. Only one identified the Lord by name. Those other songs could have been song to a lover or sweetheart with the same result. Isn’t it amazing that in crisis times, people turn to the hymns and not CCM?”

My response:

“I agree with you that many of the CCM songs out today “could have been song to a lover or sweetheart with the same result.” I agree that there is value in “the great teaching in the hymns.” Our church “Seacoast Church” does incorporate hymns in the singing. However, I believe [the network] takes there position a little too far in calling Christians heathens for singing CCM. Some CCM may be unacceptable, but that does not justify stereotyping, name calling, and twisting of scripture to justify your position.

For instance, you have once again left out the three words that lead into the that part about vain repetitions in Mat 6:7. “When you (or ye) pray…” Not “when you sing”. Not “when you give praises to God the father”. It is “WHEN YOU PRAY”. Please do not try to twist this scripture to fit your man made rules on church music.

I call it a loose apples and oranges example at best in your 1 Kings example. These people in 1 Kings were praying to Baal and Elijah was warning them, the heathen, about praying to their god. This was not a command from God to avoid praising Him with CCM music.

I submit that even if you want to try and tie prayer to singing like you are doing with Mat 6:7, then think about the numerous verses where you find, “pray without ceasing”. Look at Romans 1:9 in particular where Paul says, ” For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” Would you call Paul a heathen too? I do not believe you would. I know this verse is not about vain repetitions in singing, but it does illustrate that repeating even prayers is a practice of the apostle Paul.

I don’t believe I am far off here in illustrating that the apostle Paul was admitting to repetition in his prayers even though it appears to go against what Jesus said in mat 6:7. Let’s see what Barnes has to say on Romans 1:9, ” That without ceasing, adialeiptwv. This word means constantly, always, without intermission. It was not only once, but REPEATEDLY. It had been the burden of his prayers. The same thing he also mentions in regard to other churches, 1Th 1:2 2:13.” (my emphasis of all caps added)

The bottom line is that what ever we do, if truly by the leading of the Holy Spirit, whether we are praising, praying to, or worshiping God, how can any man criticize it? I encourage you to stand on James 4:11-12 in your feeling against CCM.

“Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you-who are you to judge your neighbor?” (NIV)

I also encourage you to stand on Titus 2:8 as a fellow believer:

“Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.” (NLT)

I truly believe that your critical spirit can be more damaging to the body of Christ even if you were correct. You and [the network] have not been sent to earth to judge.

As [the network] continues to criticize other believers who listen to and sing forms of CCM, then as one of those Christians, I will stand on Ecc 7:5 (NLT) It is “better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool.” Notice I am referring to you as a wise person as in being characterized by scholarly knowledge. I believe you are certainly misled in some of your interpretations and uses of scripture just like any of the rest of us are subject to at times.”

Response from Radio Joe:

This will be my last reply to you, as I have a lot of positive emails to answer. You agree that the people in First Kings are Baal worshippers. Why, then, would CCM imitate them by repeating the same words over and over? Does Baal worship honor God?

Praying without ceasing does not mean repeating a Rosary type prayer over and over. Would you talk to another human, like your father, that way? Did Jesus ever pray that way?

Paul did not say that he prayed the same exact words over and over, but brought the same requests to God in prayer.

If you believe that Paul never criticized anyone when they were wrong, read Galatians 2:11 “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.”

That was not his last email. There were eight more (4 each) after that one.

My Response:

It might be best if we do drop this subject. I have never won a person over to Christ by arguing with them and I do not expect you or [the network] are going to change policies regarding on-air criticism of fellow Christians based on one man’s input. I am confident that I am not the only one who has voiced these types of complaints to you regarding your criticism of CCM.

The very music played on [the network] repeats phrases so your vain repetition argument goes out the window pretty quick anyway. Once again, go back and listen to the song that played just after the sound bit that I have been referring too. I counted at least 12 instances of “Take me gently”. No I would not speak to another human that way either. I really did not want to split hairs to make my point, but you are being very hypocritical. I have no problems with [the network]‘s use of hymnal music, and in fact like that it is used it in our church from time to time.

We are Christians singing and praising God with the music and instruments that we feel led of the Lord to use. We are not heathen praising and worshiping a false god as referred to in 1 Kings. You are either comparing apples to oranges, or you are questioning who I am praising with my use of CCM. Either way, I believe you may be on dangerous ground with God. Stop going by what your religious teachers taught you and ask God to speak directly to you through the power of the Holy Spirit. You may not even be aware of how God can use you if you will just surrender yourself to him.

As I said, this went on for a while and then he closed one of his emails with this phrase.

From Radio Joe:

“… God bless you, Hank. If CCM is your thing, that is between you and your God, not between us.”

“You and your God”? Like MY God is different from the God that other Christians praise and worship?

I will skip a few emails to one that neared the end of our exchange.

My Response:

You did it again. In your last line you wrote to me as if my God were different than yours. It is as if you are speaking to me in a condescending way based on my choice of music. It is a shame that you think God can only be worshiped your way with music. Believe it or not, I do understand your point at some level even though I do not agree with it.

I have never in my emails with you requested that you start playing CCM on [the network], not once. Play the hymn music and enjoy it. It is great. Even promote your support of hymn only music. What I request is that you stop criticizing the things you do not play. Stop criticizing Christians who sing and listen to CCM.

Through our conversations I have come to a sobering realization that you have not yet disputed. It appears that you are questioning the salvation of others based on the fact that they sing and listen to CCM.

The conversation pretty much ended as we exchanged a few pleasantries and went on about our own business. Unfortunately, [the network] can easily be replaced with [a church or pastor] and the term CCM can be replaced with at least a few dozen other items like: what you wear, the translation of the Bible you reference, your religious denomination, whether you get your baby baptized, what parenting philosophy you choose, whether you have tattoos or nose rings, and the list goes on and on.

Can’t we Christians all just get along without criticizing things about each other that have nothing to do with our personal relationships with Jesus Christ? If you have turned your life over to God, it doesn’t mater what you look like, what tunes you sing to praise God, or whether you attend a particular church. All that matters is that you have Got Jesus.

Less TV equals More Time and Money

Friday, August 10th, 2007

I was sifting my RSS feeds today and got turned on to a great article titled How to Earn $1 Million by Not Watching TV. I found the link via Maki over at DoshDosh who pulled out some great points on how convert that tube time into online revenue. The big thing that jumped out at me was the piece on commercials.

“A huge hidden cost of TV that people never consider are all the commercials they watch. The commercials are there to get you to buy products — and they are effective. Economist Juliet Schor estimated that for every hour of TV a person watches each week, he or she will increase his or her annual spending by about $200, according to a 1999 article in the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review. In 2005, Nielsen Media Research reported that the average person watched approximately 4.5 hours of TV a day, or 31.5 hours a week. At $200 in extra spending for each hour watched, that means that the average person spends an extra $6,300 a year due to TV commercials that they wouldn’t have spent if they didn’t watch TV.”

WOW…I knew that TV marketing was powerful, but $200 of additional spending per hour of TV watched per week. I am glad my wife and I scaled back on the number of hours in front of the TV. I am not sure how much it has affected my spending, but it sure has increased my availability for other much more important things. The article goes on in the Opportunity costs section to talk about how much your time is worth. I charge anywhere from $50 to $100 per hour for the work I do in my side business HOEI LLC. That means I miss out on anywhere between $6,750 and $13,500 (“$50 OR $100″ x 4.5 hrs x 30 days) per month by watching as much TV as the average American. It is not likely that I will ever fill each available hour of time with billable dollars, but these numbers should stop you in your tracks if you watch a lot of TV. There is money to be made on the Internet, but you won’t find it in front of the TV.  That is between $81,000 and $162,000 per year by working 4.5 hour per day in place of watching TV.

Since most of us will never be able to measure exactly how much money we save or could have made by not watching TV, let’s consider what else we might be able to do with that time. How about spending more quality time with family or friends, volunteering to help the needy, attend college classes, attend parenting classes, work a part-time job, or grow spiritually through participating in a church small group or Bible study? How about simply reading and studying the Bible? Can you imagine how much better of a witness you would be for the Kingdom of God if you spent 4.5 hours per day studying the Word of God? Many of the professing Christians I know will readily admit that they have never read all the way through the Bible even once. It only takes about 80 hours to read the entire Bible or listen to it on CD if that is your preferred method of consuming reading material. That is less than three weeks of TV time for the average American according to these statistics.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4 (NLT)

I believe this scripture is often taken out of context in this day and age filled with “name it and claim it” preachers. I heard a pastor (not a name it and claim it dude) on the radio explain this passage this week in a way that rang so true to me. I don’t believe this scripture is saying that if you delight in the Lord he will give you what you are already wanting in your heart. I do believe the scripture is saying that if you delight in the Lord, He will put into your heart the desires you need in order to be in line with His will. Another way to say it might be, “delight in the Lord and He will give you desires for your heart.”

Making a boat load of money is a great thing for surviving and sharing in this life. How much greater it is to know that you are doing the right things and making the right decisions in your life.

Free up some time by turning off the TV and then use that time to seek and become closer to the Lord. You will be amazed at the results. He may even show you how to use some of that free time to make a few extra bucks.  ;-)

Night three at MUSC

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

It has been a rough few days for our family.  My son Caden remains hospitalized after a surgery that he had on Wednesday.  We expected to be discharged in less than 24 hours.  We are in the middle of night three at MUSC.

It has been reassuring to read 2nd Timothy this week during daily reading. I found myself reading one of my favorite verses in such a timely fashion. I have spoke this verse out loud during several prayers since Wednesday.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Remembering this truth and reading about Paul’s sufferings and his encouragement for Timothy has helped to keep things in perspective this week.

New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

Friday, May 4th, 2007


I have been asked several times lately what I recommend for a study Bible. The answer is quick and simple. The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible New King James Version is the best study Bible I have ever used yet.

I have used many different study Bibles including the Schofield Study Bible and a couple of Life Application Study Bibles in both the New International Version (NIV) and the New Living Translation (NLT). The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible was my first copy of a NKJV of the Bible. I have not completed reading through it entirely yet, but it has already provided me with revelation on God’s word like I have never experienced. I am about halfway through my yearly reading plan using the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible and I usually don’t leave home without a copy this study Bible or the student version of it. I have purchased the Spirit-Filled Life Student Bible that usually stays in my car. This is a hardcover edition that is geared a little more to a new Christian. I like this edition because it contains most of the same reference tools like Kingdom Dynamics and Word Wealth. It also contains a section in the front called Life Lights that concludes with three different example plans for sharing Jesus with others. You simple go tot he first verse in one of the plans and there you will find a Life Lights box right next to that scripture to help you communicate what this verse is saying in reference to salvation. The informational box will leave you with instructions on where to go next in that particular plan. Once you complete one or more of the plans, you will find an example sinner’s prayer at the end of the Life Lights section at the end of this Bible’s introduction section.

Here is what Amazon has to say about the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible.

“Dr. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed leaders to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, which offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit.”

This Study Bible is a must have for anyone seeking to know and understand what God is doing through the power of the Holy Spirit today.

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Daily Bible Reading PlanI have completed a document that contains the entire year of the Bible reading plan that I have been posting each month since March of 2006. You can download a copy of the Adobe file at the bottom of this posting or by clicking the image on the right.

The reading plan that I have been sharing with my readers has been recreated from a very old copy that was give to me during a Bible study in the fall of 2005. My copy came from a copy machine duplication of an original that is in pretty rough shape. The original is even missing a couple of corners and edges.

Please contact me with any corrections that need to be made if you have a cleaner copy of the original. I am also interested in learning more about the origin of this schedule. The article gives credit to for the plan being devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I can not find any information on this organization and I am guessing that they no longer exist. The original copy talked about reading the Bible through during the year of 1984 which leads me to believe that it was originally printed late in the year of 1983. The format of the original leads me to believe that it was produced in some printed magazine.

This time of the year many people are working to improve their daily Bible reading practices. This is an excellent plan for reading the the entire Bible in a year. My wife and I read on this schedule as a minimum daily Bible reading. I hope this schedule blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

Adobe PDF version of reading plan: DailyBibleReadingPlan.pdf

December Daily Bible Reading

Saturday, November 25th, 2006
  1. Rom 5, 6, 7, 8
  2. Rom 9, 10, 11, 12
  3. Rom 13, 14, 15, 16
  4. Eph 1, 2, 3, 4
  5. Eph 5, 6; Ps 119:1-80
  6. Phil 1, 2, 3, 4
  7. Col 1, 2, 3, 4
  8. 1 Tim 1, 2 ,3, 4
  9. 1 Tim 5, 6; Titus 1, 2, 3
  10. 2 Tim 1, 2, 3, 4
  11. Philem; Heb 1, 2, 3, 4
  12. Heb 5, 6, 7, 8
  13. Heb 9, 10, 11
  14. Heb 12, 13; Jude
  15. James 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  16. 1 Pet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  17. 2 Pet 1, 2, 3; John 1
  18. John 2, 3, 4
  19. John 5, 6
  20. John 7, 8
  21. John 9, 10, 11
  22. John 12, 13, 14
  23. John 15, 16, 17, 18
  24. John 19, 20, 21
  25. 1 John 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  26. Ps 117, 119:81-176; 2 John; 3 John
  27. Rev 1, 2, 3, 4
  28. Rev 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  29. Rev 10, 11,12, 13,14
  30. Rev 15, 16, 17, 18
  31. Rev 19, 20, 21, 22

Complete Year of this Reading Plan

Up until last month I has posted the reading schedule for the months of March thru November. I have added a new category (Bible Reading) to make it easier to find the reading plans in the future.
As promised I have completed the reading plans for December – February. I have had a few requests for the entire year in one document. I am still working on the other formats. I will produce this reading plan in a couple of formats. I am also in the process of writing a DailyBible.pdb file for the Bible Reader application produced by OliveTree Bible Study Software. This file will be usable on the Bible Reader application for Palm handheld devices and will be free for download once it is complete.

History and Tips for this reading plan

A good friend recommended this schedule. It was published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided here the reading for the month of July. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

You can listen to some of my readings from the Bible on The Living Bible page of this blog. Thanks for visiting.

January Daily Bible Reading

Saturday, November 25th, 2006
  1. Gen 1, 2; Luke 1
  2. Gen 3, 4, 5; Luke 2
  3. Gen 6, 7, 8; Luke 3
  4. Gen 9, 10, 11; Luke 4
  5. Gen 12, 13,14; Luke 5
  6. Gen 15, 16, 17; Luke 6
  7. Gen 18, 19; Ps 3; Luke 7
  8. Gen 20, 21, 22; Luke 8
  9. Gen 23, 24; Luke 9
  10. Gen 25, 26; Ps 6; Luke 10
  11. Gen 27, 28; Ps 4; Luke 11
  12. Gen 29, 30; Luke 12
  13. Gen 31, 32, 33; Luke 13
  14. Gen 34, 35, 36; Luke 14
  15. Gen 37, 38; Ps 7; Luke 15
  16. Gen 39, 40, 41; Luke 16
  17. Gen 42, 43; Ps 5; Luke 17
  18. Gen 44, 45, 46; Luke 18
  19. Gen 47, 48; Ps 10; Luke 19
  20. Gen 49, 50; Ps 8; Luke 20
  21. Ex 1, 2; Ps 88; Luke 21
  22. Ex 3, 4, 5; Luke 22
  23. Ex 6, 7, 8; Luke 23
  24. Ex 9, 10, 11; Luke 24
  25. Ex 12, 13; Ps 21; Acts 1
  26. Ex 14, 15, 16; Acts 2
  27. Ex 17, 18, 19, 20; Acts 3
  28. Ex 21, 22; Ps 12; Acts 4
  29. Ex 23, 24; Ps 14; Acts 5
  30. Ex 25, 26, 27; Acts 6
  31. Ex 28, 29; Acts 7

Complete Year of this Reading Plan

Up until last month I has posted the reading schedule for the months of March thru November. I have added a new category (Bible Reading) to make it easier to find the reading plans in the future.

As promised I have completed the reading plans for December – February. I have had a few requests for the entire year in one document. I am still working on the other formats. I will produce this reading plan in a couple of formats. I am also in the process of writing a DailyBible.pdb file for the Bible Reader application produced by OliveTree Bible Study Software. This file will be usable on the Bible Reader application for Palm handheld devices and will be free for download once it is complete.

History and Tips for this reading plan

A good friend recommended this schedule. It was published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided here the reading for the month of July. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

You can listen to some of my readings from the Bible on The Living Bible page of this blog. Thanks for visiting.

February Daily Bible Reading

Saturday, November 25th, 2006
  1. Ex 30, 31, 32; Acts 8
  2. Ex 33, 34; Ps 16; Acts 9
  3. Ex 35, 36; Acts 10
  4. Ex 37, 38; Ps 19; Acts 11
  5. Ex 39, 40; Ps 15; Acts 12
  6. Lev 1, 2, 3; Acts 13
  7. Lev 4, 5, 6; Acts 14
  8. Lev 7, 8, 9; Acts 15
  9. Lev 10, 11, 12; Acts 16
  10. Lev 13, 14; Acts 17
  11. Lev 15, 16, 17; ACts 18
  12. Lev 18, 19; Ps 13; Acts 19
  13. Lev 20, 21, 22; Acts 20
  14. Lev 23, 24; Ps 24; Acts 21
  15. Lev 25; Ps 25, 26; Acts 22
  16. Lev 26, 27; Acts 23
  17. Num 1, 2; Acts 24
  18. Num 3, 4; Acts 25
  19. Num 5, 6; Ps 22; Acts 26
  20. Num 7; Ps 23; Acts 27
  21. Num 8, 9; Acts 28
  22. Num 10, 11; Ps 27; Mark 1
  23. Num 12, 13; Ps 90; Mark 2
  24. Num 14, 15, 16; Mark 3
  25. Num 17, 18; Ps 29; Mark 4
  26. Num 19, 20; Ps 28; Mark 5
  27. Num 21, 22; Mark 6
  28. Num 23, 24; Mark 7
  29. Num 25, 26, 27; 1 Cor 13

Complete Year of this Reading Plan

Up until last month I has posted the reading schedule for the months of March thru November. I have added a new category (Bible Reading) to make it easier to find the reading plans in the future.

As promised I have completed the reading plans for December – February. I have had a few requests for the entire year in one document. I am still working on the other formats. I will produce this reading plan in a couple of formats. I am also in the process of writing a DailyBible.pdb file for the Bible Reader application produced by OliveTree Bible Study Software. This file will be usable on the Bible Reader application for Palm handheld devices and will be free for download once it is complete.

History and Tips for this reading plan

A good friend recommended this schedule. It was published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided here the reading for the month of July. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

You can listen to some of my readings from the Bible on The Living Bible page of this blog. Thanks for visiting.

November Daily Bible Reading

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
  1. Ps. 121; Mark 9, 10
  2. Job 23, 24; Mark 11, 12
  3. Job 25; Mark 13, 14
  4. Job 26, 27; Mark 15, 16
  5. Job 28, 29; Gal 1, 2
  6. Job 30; Ps. 120; Gal. 3, 4
  7. Job 31, 32; Gal 5, 6
  8. Job 33; 1 Cor 1, 2, 3
  9. Job 34; 1 Cor 4, 5, 6
  10. Job 35, 36; 1 Cor. 7, 8
  11. Ps. 122; 1 Cor 9, 10, 11
  12. Job 37, 38; 1 Cor 12
  13. Job 39, 40; 1 Cor 13, 14
  14. Ps. 149; 1 Cor 15, 16
  15. Job 41, 42; 2 Cor 1, 2
  16. 2 Cor 3, 4, 5, 6
  17. 2 Cor 7, 8, 9, 10
  18. Ps. 124; 2 Cor 11, 12, 13
  19. Matt 1, 2, 3, 4
  20. Matt 5, 6, 7
  21. Matt 8, 9, 10
  22. Matt 11, 12, 13
  23. Matt 14, 15, 16
  24. Matt 17, 18, 19
  25. Matt 20, 21, 22
  26. Matt 23, 24, 25
  27. Ps. 125; Matt 26, 27
  28. Matt 28; 1 Thes 1, 2, 3
  29. 1 Thes 4, 5; 2 Thes 1, 2, 3
  30. Rom 1, 2, 3, 4

New Category

Up until this point I have posted the reading schedule for the months of March thru November. I have added a new category (Bible Reading) to make it easier to find the reading plans in the future.

I plan to get the months of December – February done by the end of November. I have had a few requests for the entire year in one document. I will produce this in a couple of formats. I am also in the process of writing a DailyBible.pdb file for the Bible Reader application produced by OliveTree Bible Study Software. This file will be usable on the Bible Reader application for Palm handheld devices and will be free for download once it is complete.

History and Tips for this reading plan

A good friend recommended this schedule. It was published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided here the reading for the month of July. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

You can listen to some of my readings from the Bible on The Living Bible page of this blog. Thanks for visiting.