One of my life goals is to learn the bible so well that my cells vibrate with its truth. Applying God’s word is the gateway to a life rich in the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. So on New Years Day, I started Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System.
I found this system because I was looking for a plan to read the bible through twice a year. I’ve done ‘bible-in-a-year’ plans before but after I finished one last year, I was hungry for more.
However when I first read about the Horner system, I doubted that I could do it. He divides the bible books into 10 lists and the goal is to read one chapter from each list daily. That’s 10 chapters a day! With my previous plan, I was reading 3-4 chapters a day, so this is quite a stretch for me.
And yet…I felt led to do it. I know how much bible reading has changed me for the better. I’m still a work in progress and know that the more I allow God’s word to work in my life, the more fruit I will bear for others to taste and see that the Lord is good!
True, it will take more time out of my day. And while I can’t get more time (we all get 24 hours), I do choose how to spend it. I will take time from unproductive daily activities and spend it on this one – which will impact my life and others for a lifetime. An excellent trade!
To make the system practical for my life though, I am modifying a couple of things:
- Rather than reading all 10 chapters at once, I am reading 5 chapters in the morning and 5 chapters in the evening daily. If I have to attend an evening event, then I will read those 5 chapters at lunch.
- Professor Horner provides 10 bookmarks you can print to keep track of your locations in the bible, but I’m using a checklist instead.
With my bible-in-a-year plan, I was accustomed to using a checklist and it was really helpful. Plus, I felt a sense of accomplishment when I checked off chapters I read. You can download a copy of my checklist to use if you like (it is Adobe PDF form).
It is designed to print double-sided, so you can fold it as a booklet and stick it in your bible:
I wrote about my goal on this blog to keep myself accountable for following through. It really does help you to stay on track when you know other people are watching.
I decided to call my personal challenge Operation Gateway Bible just to remind me of the reasons why I am doing this. I hope that you decide to make this year one of increased bible study too, either the Horner system or another one. And I know that the benefits you gain will be worth for more than the investment you put into it.
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?
I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald
The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.
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