Children’s Daily Bible Reading Plan

This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.

This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s the first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

And here are the daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books. Further explanation of that here.

Old Testament

New Testament

May God bless you and your children as you study the Word of life.


Bible Reading Plan for Kids (New Handouts)

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been inundated with various requests to provide different options for the Children’s Bible Reading plan for kids. Thanks to the help of my speedy cut-and-paste son, Angus, I’ve been able to produce something that I hope will meet most of the requests.

At the moment I publish two versions a week:

  1. Morning and Evening: These notes provide a reading from the Old Testament in the morning and one from the New Testament in the evening. In addition to each reading there is either a verse to write out or a simple question to answer.
  2. Single Use: These notes provide one New Testament reading a day, again with either a verse or a question.

These weekly notes will still be published every Saturday.

What Angus has done for me (see below) is to cut and paste all the entries from each book of the Bible we’ve covered into one document per book. So, for example, if you download the Exodus pdf, you’ll find the book of Exodus covered in that one document at the rate of one reading per day (together with the usual verse to write or question to answer).

If you want to have two readings a day, say a New Testament reading as well, then download one of the New Testament documents and use that as well.

Just few words of qualification. First, Genesis is not complete. We actually started the plan a couple of years ago with Exodus because I figured most people knew Genesis. We’ve only recently gone back to study Genesis and that’s now up to chapter 25. You could still start with Genesis and check back in a few weeks for the completed document.

Second, some of the books don’t start on the Sunday (some Thursday, or Tuesday, etc). That’s because when we were working our way through the books consecutively, they did not all finish conveniently on a Saturday! Instead of adding hugely to Angus’ cut-and-paste burden, we just kept it as it was. If you choose John, for example, just wait until Thursday to start.

Third, remember that I decided to focus mainly on narrative as the plan is for children. Hence, no Leviticus, Numbers starts at chapter 9, and some other chapters are also left out. It’s not that I deem these chapters any less important, but I simply wanted to maximize the interest and engagement of kids. I also omitted chapters that I thought best for parents to teach to their children at what they would deem an appropriate stage in their development.

Fourth, there are probably errors here and there in these documents. I’d be grateful if you could leave a note of any you discover in the comments box.

For further details on the thinking behind this plan, read this post.

Old Testament

New Testament

May God bless you and your children as you study the Word of life.


Check out

Can I plant a church in a deprived area if I don’t come from that background?
Mez McConnell answers with a resounding, “YES!”

Interview with Dr Carl Ellis
Professor at WTS and pioneer thinker in the areas of urban ministry and the development of African American men.

Why I changed my mind about the Millennium
Sam Storms’ journey from a pre-mill to an amill position.

Seven things that homeschoolers don’t always share
Some encouragement for all parents here – not just for homeschoolers.

Psalm-sung Galaxy?
Ian Campbell questions the increasing use of technology in worship services.

Gospel-centered Application of the Word
Think I’m going to print this out for all future sermons.


Choosing Checkouts

As I’ve often been asked how I choose the half dozen or so daily links I include in my Check out posts, I thought I’d give a quick summary of how I go about it. There are three basic steps: Search, Store, and Select.

Search

First of all, I read a lot of blogs, probably somewhere in the region of 120. No, I don’t visit 120 blogs every day; I use Google Reader and the Reeder app to bring these blogs to me. It usually takes me about 45-60 mins each evening to scan the daily postings and pick out what interests me and also what I think will interest you. Although this sounds laborious, I actually find it relaxing and edifying. It’s certainly a better way to spend an hour than reading the daily newspaper.

Another source of articles is my Twitter feed, where I’ve carefully chosen the people to follow that connect me with the best material on the web. I rarely look for anything from Facebook as there’s just too much junk to wade through. People also email me material that they think might be good for Check out.

Store

As I’m reading these blogs, I’m not only looking for Check out links; I’m also looking for resources that will be helpful for my ministry, my students, and my family.

So how do I organize these resources for future reference? I use Diigo, a free bookmarking service that plugs into most browsers. Basically, when I see an article I like, I click the Diigo icon on my browser, which brings up the Diigo bookmark box. There I quickly add tags that will help me find these resources should I need them in the future.

BTW, if you join Diigo, you can follow me there and get access to all the links and tags I’ve saved up through the years! Just search for my name.

Select

Now comes the difficult part. Of the hundreds of daily links, how do I choose six or so for the daily Check out post. Thankfully, there’s usually no lack of material. I often have to leave out or delay some great links just because there’s so much good stuff around. So what are my criteria? Well, when I started this I didn’t think through or set out any formal criteria, but thinking about it now, there do seem to be some general guidelines (though not hard-and-fast rules) I follow:

1. Christian and non-Christian
While the balance of my links are from Christian authors, I usually include links to articles written by non-Christians too. These may be on subjects that I have a personal interest in or that reflect some current trends. I love seeing God’s common grace in the talents and skills of all His creatures. Most readers have the savvy to understand that I’m not endorsing everything I link to.

2. Positive more than negative
There’s a place for critiques of what’s going on in the church and in our culture, and I sometimes link to such pieces. But on the whole, I try to put Philippians 4:8 into practice and lean towards the true, the good, the pure, the lovely, the praiseworthy, etc. There are many other blogs that lean the other way if that’s your preference.

3. Small more than big
There are some great blogs that will keep you in touch with the well-known preachers, writers, bloggers, etc., and I’ll link to such pieces now and again. As there’s no point in duplicating what is being well done by others, I prefer linking to the less well-known (but sometimes more talented!) speakers, authors, etc. I also assume that everyone reads the mega-bloggers already.

4. Male and female
As the Christian blogosphere, especially the Reformed planet, is dominated by male voices, I like to link to some of the great female writers I’ve come across over the years.

5. Special interests
Obviously a lot of my picks reflect my own special interests, which include:

  • Christ in the Old Testament
  • Preaching
  • Counseling (especially in the area of depression/anxiety)
  • Technology
  • Education (especially the exciting changes in how College level education is being delivered)
  • Reading/Writing/Publishing
  • Productivity
  • Disability
  • Leadership (especially pastoral leadership)
  • Race (especially encouraging young African American Christians and more racially-integrated churches)
  • Family (raising children, marriage, etc)
  • I leave out the salmon fishing links as I think that’s probably a touch too specialized!

Some might look at this list of interests and think, “What a weirdo!” Maybe. Probably. But no point in pretending to be what I’m not. WYSIWYG.

At least, having written this post, I’m relieved to see that there does appear to be some method to my madness.

And finally, a huge HUGE “Hat-tip” to Tim Challies who’s not only the first I saw doing this kind of thing, but who’s also my model and mentor in all things digital.


Check out

Christ in the Old Testament
From Calvin’s preface to the New Testament. And here’s another quotation on the same subject.

It’s time to speak
On male/female roles and relationships: “Here’s the deal: Father, Son and Spirit have different roles and they are still equal.  Their worth is not defined by their tasks.  It’s our worldview – not God’s – that assigns value based on role.  As long as we find our worth in our to-do list, we will confuse equality and sameness.”

Performing Experiments on Ourselves
Kim talks about attention spans and concludes with an experiment I was considering myself the last couple of days.

Mental Illness: What is the church’s role?
“In general, the church tends to handle mental illness in one of three ways: ignore it, treat it exclusively as a spiritual problem, or refer people to professionals and wash our hands of their trouble.”

Give your pastor a break
One for elders and deacons.

“6-year-old with spina bifida does a stunt”
A rightly proud father sent me this amazing video of his adopted son, Nathan, who has spina bifida and has no feeling or movement in his legs. Suddenly, today doesn’t seem so bad, does it!?