Here is a Bible Reading Plan that I have come up with for the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You will read some of Jesus' most prophetic teaching, the book of Ephesians, some of the stories in the Hebrew Scriptures that foretell the birth of Jesus, two of the great chapters in the Bible: Psalm 23 and Hebrews 12, and the Christmas story. I have some Bible study helps at the bottom to help us apply these Scriptures to our lives and connect us to God during the upcoming season of Advent. I encourage you to spend about 15 minutes a day for personal / family devotion.
Thursday, November 26 - Philippians 4
Friday, November 27 - Matthew 5
Saturday, November 28 - Matthew 6
Sunday, November 29 - Matthew 7
Monday, November 30 - Ephesians 1
Tuesday, December 1 - Ephesians 2
Wednesday, December 2 - Ephesians 3
Thursday, December 3 - Ephesians 4
Friday, December 4 - Ephesians 5
Saturday, December 5 - Ephesians 6
Sunday, December 6 - Psalm 23
Monday, December 7 - Matthew 21
Tuesday, December 8 - Matthew 22
Wednesday, December 9 - Matthew 23
Thursday, December 10 - Matthew 24
Friday, December 11 - Matthew 25
Saturday, December 12 - Isaiah 9
Sunday, December 13 - Isaiah 10
Monday, December 14 - Isaiah 11
Tuesday, December 15 - Zephaniah 1
Wednesday, December 16 - Zephaniah 2
Thursday, December 17 - Zephaniah 3
Friday, December 18 - Matthew 1
Saturday, December 19 - Matthew 2
Sunday, December 20 - Hebrews 12
Monday, December 21 - 2 Pater 1
Tuesday, December 22 - 2 Peter 2
Wednesday, December 23 - Luke 1
Thursday, December 24 - Luke 2
Friday, December 25 - John 1
Consider using the SOAP Method of Bible reading for the next month.
Complete the “S” by reading the scripture. Don’t just skim through it, but really think about what it means. Imagine what the people involved were experiencing. Write down a verse or two that really stood out to you in your journal.
Complete the “O” by writing down observations about the scripture you just read. You may want to write your own summary of the passage, but more importantly, think about what God has to say to you through this part of his word.
Complete the “A” by writing down how this Bible passage applies to you right now, in your daily life. For example, in the parable about the prodigal son, which character do you identify with most: the loving and merciful father, the son who squanders his life and then repents or the resentful older brother? Do you see similar situations in your life right now? How can you respond in the way Jesus taught?
Complete the “P” by writing down a prayer. This is a personal message from you to God, so don’t worry about getting the perfect words down. Just make it honest and heartfelt. Remember that God always listens, and already knows your needs. He just wants to hear from you.