Read the Bible …or listen to it!

Please read the Bible. We’ve been calling BPF out to simply make the practice of reading the Bible a daily habit. Why? Because this practice-discipline-custom-routine-pattern… whatever you want to call it, will do more to help you grow spiritually than anything else.

 When you grow spiritually the world makes more sense, relationships grow healthier, work and school become more purposeful, joy and fullness of life come into focus, and God becomes more real to you.

 You can read books, listen to podcasts, go to church/small group five times a week and none of that will reach deeper into your soul than will the personal time you spend with God reading, reviewing and meditating on His Word, the Bible.

 We’ve offered two plans for you at the Next Step Center

  • The One Year Bible in easy to read New Living Translation format
  • The E-100 Challenge – a 100 day plan using any translation you prefer

If those haven’t connected, here’s a different approach with several more ideas. My daughter-in-law Noelle commutes to work in the Fort Worth area. She listens to the Bible as she drives. Noelle told me about these reading plans offered by Crossway, publishers of the newer English Standard Version Bible (a very accurate and readable translation). Check them out.


And live bold,



 To podcast a plan in order to listen on your commute:

  • Go to this link: 10 Bible Reading Plans
  • Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) the “RSS” link of the feed you want.
  • Choose “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut.”
  • Start iTunes.
  • Choose Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast
  • Paste the URL from step three into the box.
  • Click OK.


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