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Two months later than planned, I just wanted to say that … I finished reading the Bible in full on Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011!

Yes, the Grant Horner Bible Reading Systemavailable free of charge on Scribd — works.  It does take a year, if read as the plan instructs.  During the final month I dropped his suggested lists 5 and 7 (Job, Ecclesiastes, Book of Solomon, Proverbs) to focus more on the books beyond I and II Chronicles and the final few books of the Old Testament.  Other users — clergy and laity — have also modified as necessary according to their preferences.  Regardless, the system works, and I highly recommend it!

Since then, I ran across a comment on a forum which said that John MacArthur stated that knowing the New Testament well enough to recall specific chapter and verse quotations involves reading each chapter 30 times.  So, now you know how he has verses at his fingertips when giving sermons.

I’m now rereading the Bible, beginning with the New Testament, studying the Gospels — one book at a time.  After I read the New Testament, I’ll go back to the Old Testament and do the same.

We can never know the Bible too well — after all, many men through history have made it their life’s profession through study and scholarship.  And, like a good film which you’ve enjoyed time after time, Holy Scripture will show you something new in each reading.

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