Faith Comes by Hearing

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by Andy Scheer

When January arrives, you have a fresh opportunity to fulfill your resolution to read the entire Bible in a year. Taking it one day at a time, it’s easier than you may suspect.


Establish a routine. I’ve done my daily reading on a Chicago Transit Authority El train, during lunch, at my desk during breaks … the key is finding a time and place that fits your schedule.

Be flexible. If you miss a few days, keep going. Catch up if you can, but don’t quit. Last year after finishing John’s gospel, I decided to take another run through the Gospels. This past year I began with the Gospels, then finished the year with the minor prophets.

Follow a plan. Google “Bible reading plan” and you’ll find multiple guides. After a few years using plans that specified daily Old Testament and New Testament readings, I took an approach I find easier. Starting in Genesis, I read straight through. Just three chapters daily and five on Sunday gets you there. You don’t need a schedule, just a bookmark.

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Listen as you read. Several years ago I received an MP3 audio version of the entire Bible. It’s revolutionized my daily reading. Even when the narrator gets to the “boring parts,” he never misses a beat. Same with those hard-to-pronounce names. As I listen, I follow in a text version—sometimes the same translation, sometimes not.

Listen online. Besides text versions, offers audio of six English translations. Whether you listen online or with a gadget, the audio doubles the input you receive and helps keep you on task.

Tell a friend. Especially if you’re new to this, find a friend to read through the Scriptures with you. If you don’t need the accountability, perhaps your friend will.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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