Posted by: Ed | January 1, 2009


I have one piece of practical advice for 09. Before I get to it, I AM planning to post something tomorrow on the CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE and I plan to write something a little more profound on the whole 08 to 09 thing.

That being said, here’s one practical piece of advice for 09 that can’t wait:


If you are planning to follow Jesus in the year 2009, then you will want His Words to live in you. You will want to love God’s Torah like He did. You will want to soak in the gospel stories. You will want to let the prophets correct your life. There is no substitute for it; you need to read the Scriptures. There are lots of ways of doing this. But we need to do it & we are WAY MORE likely to do it if we have a plan.

I use a plan put out by a ministry called “Navigators” – it is called the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan (click here for a PDF version of it).

I’ve also used the One Year Bible. When I first came to Journey, Mike Burns & lots of other people were (and still are) big fans of the One Year. I did it a couple of years. Then I used Butch Whitely’s bookmarks that correspond to the 1 Year. I’ll mail those to any of you who would like them who aren’t SD people. The last 5 years I’m back to the DJ Plan. It’s 98% the same – main difference: it divides New Testament readings into Gospels & other so that you stay reading about Jesus all year. Both plans are great. Just pick one.



  1. I clicked on your link for Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan… I got an error message. I hope it’s an oops on my part. Thanks

  2. Yeah, the link is just a little messed up. Here it is. I don’t know if you can click on it or will have to copy and paste into your browser. Thanks Ed, I’m going to use the guide this year. I need something to keep me focused.

  3. I also used this plan last year and loved the way
    the passages from four different areas of the Bible
    were woven together in such a beautiful way. It was
    doable, giving several “grace days” where you
    can catch up if you get behind. (I need all the grace
    I can get!) So, I, too, encourage you guys to give it a try-even for a month-time well spent.

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