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Ridiculously Easy (and Complicated) Bible Reading Plan

As we approached the end of 2016 I realized that I wanted to do a read through the Bible in a year plan for 2017. I looked at several and stumbled across one published by Mark Roberts on Bible Class that looked really good. It is a five day a week plan, which I like, and it goes through the Old Testament in roughly chronological order while going through the New Testament one Gospel per quarter paired with associated letters. Also three Psalms per week.


Here is the link to the PDF, which you can print out and tuck in your Bible: Five Day Bible Reading Plan (!Ridiculously Easy!)

Here is a sample of what it looks like:


The question was how best to use it? My first impulse was to go to YouVersion and see if it was one of the available plans. But it wasn’t. My next impulse was to see if I could add it to the list of YouVersion reading plans. I contacted the author, Mark Roberts, and he indicated that they had submitted the plan to YouVersion but had not yet been approved. Apparently it’s a pretty selective process and takes a while.

But I really wanted to be able to read or listen on my phone, and I wanted to be able to keep track, day by day. So I looked up little further and found a reading plan manager called Reading Plan in the App Store (iOS). This is kind of a neat app because it has a number of reading plans, or you can create your own, and you can link it to any of several popular Bible apps. Which means it will open that Bible, even YouVersion, for you to read or listen.

So the ridiculously easy part of this is the plan itself. It’s really well done and simple. The complicated part is getting the reading plan set up for your iPhone or iPad. I’d like to use the rest of this post to walk you through that process, screen by screen.