If you read your email but not the Bible…

So if you are like me, you read your email every day. Most days, you check your email multiple times. However, if you are like me, you sometimes, kind of, maybe forget to crack open your Bible and read. I know, I know. Aren’t good little missionaries supposed to read their Bible every day? Yes. But I am not really that good of a missionary (or very little for that matter).

However, after realizing the ridiculousness of consistently reading my email and not the Bible I decided this was a problem that I could solve. And solve it I have. Allow me to introduce you to Bible Gateway’s reading plans. I’ve taken my addiction to checking my email and turned it into an addiction to reading my Bible every morning. Some might call that lame, I call it genius. (Feel free to look down your nose if you happen to be one of those people who spend hours reading the Bible and meditating every day. I haven’t quite acquired that habit just yet, so I need to pat myself on the back when I take a baby step in the right direction.)


I recommend the “New Testament in a Year” plan. I’ve been using it for several months and I never miss a single day of spending time in the Word. Normally the reading is about a chapter. And when you happen to get to Jude (like today) you get to say that you read a whole book of the Bible while you were checking your email. Seriously. I just read a whole book of Bible while I was checking my email this morning. Pretty sweet, huh?


Just click the little button on the right of the page that says RSS and have the good people at Bible Gateway send some Scripture to your inbox every day. It’s that easy. Now you just need to train yourself to ignore everything else in your inbox until you have spent a little bit of time reading the Bible.

So what about you? Do you have a favorite Bible study strategy?


About daveterpstra

Beggar, Abolitionist, Man of God
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3 Responses to If you read your email but not the Bible…

  1. Rebekah L says:

    Praise the Lord! We can allow technology to distract us from Him, or we can use it to get closer to Him. It’s wonderful that you’ve chosen that latter! I also really like the Bible reading plans available on Youversion. 🙂

  2. kschaaf says:

    Now that I have an iphone, I have become “one of those” who uses the phone to read the Bible in church and on the road. I use blueletterbible.org and it has a great iphone app. I take notes on it during the sermon and then email them to myself to look at later. They also have a daily reading plan that allows you to pick which way you want to read the Bible. They have about 5 options from canonical to chronological to historical. They also have a feature of accountability that tells you what you’ve read and how to catch up if you fall behind.

  3. kschaaf says:

    blueletterbible.org They have various ways of reading the Bible- plans that are canonical, chronological, historical etc. Even have an accountability feature that keeps track of what you’ve read and how to catch up.

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