I am an admirer of "beat-up Bibles"--Bibles that are well-read and are therefore well-worn.
How much use does your Bible get?
I challenge you to use it daily, and one way to do that is to read through the Bible in a year. It took me several years to make it through the Bible in a year. The first year I read through the Bible was a struggle but I made it. And then the next year I did it again. Each time I've read through the Bible it has gotten easier and more enjoyable. Now I can't imagine not doing it.
Let me give you a few things that have helped me and others in reading through the Bible in a year.
Find a plan you will stick with.
There's no plan that's perfect and easy all the time. I prefer one that has daily readings in both the Old Testament and New Testament. This is the plan we provide you with, but there are plenty others.
Find a translation that's easy for you to read.
I will never understand the whole Bible and neither will you, but some translations are easier to read than others. If you choose a paraphrase (like The Message or The Living Bible), keep in mind that sometimes accuracy is sacrificed for readability, but they can still be great ways to expose yourself to all the Word.
Read the Bible.
Don't let the great be the enemy of the good. The purpose of being in the Word daily is not to understand all of it but to expose yourself to all of it. All Scripture is profitable, but not all Scripture is profitable for every person at every moment. Deeper Bible study is good and important, but don't let the desire to understand get in the way of exposing yourself to all of it at a broad and consistent level.
I hope you'll join me in reading through the Bible in 2015. However it turns out for you, I'd love to hear about your experience.
Watch Dr. Lincoln's tips below