“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
–2 Peter 3:18
Now is the season that always seems to spark new plans for personal study and family life. As the end of 2014 draws near and we look back at our devotional life over the past year, we may be prompted to begin looking forward to deeper devotions with the Lord and growing in the grace and knowledge of our God (2 Peter 3:18). A great place to start is with a fresh Bible reading plan.
Below are a number of excellent plans and tools that can supplement a rich rewarding devotional life in the year ahead.
Bible Reading/Plan Websites
For those who like to go and stay online, Bible Gateway is a great online resource with many tools and a large assortment of reading plans to satisfy any interest of focus.
If you’re not currently reading the Bible, start with 5 minutes a day. This reading plan will take you through all 260 chapters of the New Testament, one chapter per day. The gospels are read throughout the year to keep the story of Jesus
fresh all year.
The ESV Bible is a wonderful translation, and the folks at Crossway have matched it with an assortment of online tools and training that will bless the new believer as well as the seminary student looking to unpack the texts Greek structure.
There are too many great things to list here about Ligonier Ministries, but we will say that in addition to a seemingly limitless amount of wonderful biblical resources for your Christian walk, they put out a great assortment of helpful reading plans.
If you are looking for a no frills straightforward plan to guide your reading of that trusted well-worn personal Bible, this is the source.
The Navigators are a trusted resource offering several Bible reading plans to print off and carry along with your favorite Bible translation or Bible reading app.
Bible Study Apps for Your Mobile Device
The following apps are free to download and install, and provide free Bible translations to read and use. All apps also offer in-app purchases if you wish to utilize specific translations or Bible study tools and commentaries and upgrade the resources available in the mobile app.
Olive Tree Bible App *Staff Favorite
This app has been a favorite for years. The free download will give you a well designed interface and free Bible translation and the foundation for building a great biblical digital resource library from numerous additional free resources or in-app purchases available through the folks at Olive Tree.
ESV Bible App *Staff Favorite
Not only have the folks at Crossway produced one of the best translations in the last decade along with robust online tools to compliment the ESV, they’ve produced an app worthy of the translation. One great touch to the app is the ability to play audio directly from the app; a terrific resource while mowing the lawn or washing the dishes.
Bible is another great free app for Bible reading with lots of in-app opportunities for building a Bible study resource library.
Bible Gateway has provided a good tool that integrates well with their web resources.
Faithlife is another well integrated app/web resource tool that has a growing user base.
Bible Study for those with visual disabilities
BibleVerses.com has set their objective on providing an accessible source to the Bible online. There are over 285 million people around the world visually impaired (of whom 39 million are blind), according to the World Health Organization. BibleVerses.com offers a free version of the Bible created specifically for users with vision disabilities. The site is optimized for screen readers and braille displays, and tailored to individuals with low vision, color blindness, and any other sight impairment.