No…umm…NOT Dungeons & Dragons. Rather, what are you planning to do in the coming year to grow, by God’s grace, in your devotion and discipline before the Lord? Whether it’s a devotional, commentary, Bible reading plan, journal, etc., there are a vast number of resources available to help you get into the Bible more regularly in the coming year.
Below are the tools and resources I’m using in the coming year to continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Whether you’re familiar with them or not, I hope that they’ll be of help in some way as you encourage others to grow in their understanding of God’s Word in the coming year.
YEAR LONG BIBLE READING PLAN|
There are scores of posts featuring the various plans to read through your Bible in a year. One of the best I’ve seen is Nathan Bingham’s lineup. Personally I am going to use the Read the Bible For Life plan (HT: Trevin Wax). The video below explains what it’s all about…
CLICK HERE to download the full reading plan in PDF format.
I’ve been using Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk Magazine for a couple years now, and I appreciate not only the depth of daily devotional writings, but the great articles by excellent and well-respected pastors/scholars in each issue (some include: R.C. Sproul, Tom Schreiner, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, Donald Whitney, Sinclair Ferguson, and more). Chris Donato has a post on what’s ahead for the first six issues of 2011. Subscriptions are $23/year. You can get a FREE 3-month trial here.
Tim Brister has developed a plan, called Partnering to Remember, that helps you memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter. It may seem a bit daunting at first, but I think he’s laid it out in such a way that it really can be done!
The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers, and one of the most helpful and refreshing resources on prayer I have found. It’s one of two or three books on prayer that I regularly recommend to people who want to grow in the discipline. I have benefitted from reading and praying through the book so much over the years I wanted to find a way to maximize its usefulness, and get the most out of it for my own spiritual growth. So, a couple years ago I developed a schedule and rhythm for my personal use of the Valley of Vision.
I rearranged the prayers into 3 daily readings, five days a week, and scheduled them to be read/prayed at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm Monday through Friday. This method took me through the entire Valley of Vision in 13 weeks, only repeating two prayers one time.
To continue reading and get a free download of the plan CLICK HERE.