What Bible Reading Plan I’m Choosing for 2017 and for many years to come

For many years, I’ve made a choice to follow a Bible reading plan. I do this as an intentional and regular starting point to keep me in the Word on a daily basis. I do this reading digitally. I tried paper, but it doesn’t work out for me as well as having my Bible reading on all my devices, providing me greater flexibility throughout the day if need be.

I would use the Bible App (a part of You Version family) as my number-one go-to app but not this year.

Why I Choose To Read the Bible Chronologically Each Year

Because I choose to read the entire Bible in one year, I have used one of You Versions Chronological Bible Plans. I had always preferred to read the entire Bible based on when the events in the Bible occurred in sequence. This helps me understand better the flow of the Word based on a timeline.

Also, when I read books like 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings as well as the Gospels, it’s nice to read through them without having to flip back and forth, trying to figure out the sequence of events regarding who said what when or what took place first.

Knowing how events line up chronologically provides greater historical insight and new revelation. Things you’ve never seen before or thought of jump out at you as you read through the Bible chronologically.

This Year’s Choice [and probably the choice for many years to come]

The Daily Bible

The best Chronological Bible I’ve ever read is The Daily Bible, by F. LaGard Smith, published by Harvest House Publishers. The Daily Bible was first published in 1984 and has sold over one million copies!

Though I’ve read the hardback edition on many occasions, The Daily Bible has never been published electronically, until now! About a week ago, I did an Amazon search and discovered that it is now on Kindle. In addition, it is also on iBooks and Google Play, so it did not take me long to look at The Daily Bible on all these device platforms and make a choice. I did choose the iBooks version for the beauty and function of the layout.

Of course, if you prefer good ol’ paper, it is offered in both hardcover and paperback.

Yes, I’m bragging on The Daily Bible, and yes, I believe it’s worthy of it. If you are still thinking and praying about a Chronological Yearly Bible Reading Plan, especially if you enjoy having one on all your devices and platforms, I highly recommend giving The Daily Bible a try!

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  1. Wendi Jan 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Fully agree! Love this chronological bible. It really does help bring further understanding to when things took place and how it all flows and connects. I personally like reading the actual book, but am glad for the option of the digital. For me it’s a good back up, cuz my phone is always with me. It’s a win win! Here’s to eating THE WORD daily!!! ????????????????

    1. Greg Simas Jan 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Honestly, it didn’t even cross my mind that you can do both [ditital and paper], not just one or the other!

  2. Dedra Jan 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Glad you shared this! I’ve been looking for the right option for this year. I like this one. No fuss or complication.

    1. Greg Simas Jan 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Hi, Dedra. I think you’ll really enjoy it. I forgot to mention that the author does add historical context throughout the Bible which helps pull together events more clearly!

  3. KRISTINE WEST Jan 4, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Harvest House publishers – is that where you got the name? Incedentally, the first church I went to by choice was Harvest Christian Fellowship (Greg Laurie).

    1. Greg Simas Jan 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Hi, Kristine. No, I never really thought about the publisher but felt “Harvest” was for the lost coming to Jesus and “House” was the Fathers House, a house of love, compassion, and acceptance. 🙂

  4. Lisa Hilgeneck Jan 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Pastor Greg. I have never tried the Daily Bible in Chronological Order as a guide.
    Thank you for the recommendation. I will try it! I am a paper and journal girl myself. 🙂 I was just asking God how I should read His Word this year and remembered seeing a post somewhere that you had written about this.
    Thanks for all you and Wendi put out for the body at C hop, and for the house of prayer.
    You are both much appreciated!
    Lisa Hilgeneck

    1. Greg Simas Jan 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! I’m glad the Lord led you to jump on board with some of us in reading The Daily Bible this year. Ought to be fun. Let me know how you like it! Blessings and Favor.

  5. Jo Marriott Jan 8, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Hi Greg, I started to read the bible chronologically at the start of 2015, but ended up finishing by the end of Psalms/Proverbs. I really enjoy the old testement, but I also struggled staying within the Old and not being balanced with the New. My focus started to go towards sin, judgement and wrath and after 3 or 4 months I went to the New T and stayed there and then I just lost it and went back to reading all over the shop. What was your experience when you first started to read plans and have you always followed Chronologically or did you follow other plans? Thank you!

    1. Greg Simas Jan 8, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Hi, Jo. Thanks for the question. I totally understand what you’re saying here. For me, reading through the Bible is PART of my Bible reading and NOT ALL of it. In other words, I venture into other Bible passages but keep “reading through the Bible” as part of my foundational yearly plan. I don’t give up one for the other. As a Pastor, I’m also studying other passages as I’m moving through a series, teaching a class or working on a project. Mainly, what’s important is reading the Bible for the sheer love of knowing the Lord as the Holy Spirit leads you. So I would encourage you to stay with going through the Bible in a year as a foundation and then move into other New Testament passages and Bible Plans as you sense God’s leading. 🙂

      1. Jo Marriott Jan 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        Thank you for your reply! Its funny, because since my last comment I decided to go through other scripture while starting chronologically. Ive always wanted to read through the bible chronologically, but found JUST doing that effected my relationship with God. That is the key, reading His word is about being in relationship with our Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Not just a daily routine like my cup of coffee! Thanks for your help 🙂

        1. Greg Simas Jan 9, 2017 at 9:07 am


  6. Brian Jan 10, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for this post! I like your thought about reading the whole Bible for “historical insight and new revelation.” I’ll be honest, I’ve never read through the Bible chronologically, though I’ve studied, sometimes in depth, selected passages. The New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, along with selected OT passages have been my focus. You’ve challenged me! The Bible (meaning “book” … of course a compilation of 66 books) is infinitely supernatural. Over 40 diverse authors writing over a 1600-year period, and yet revelation tying it all together thematically. Nothing comes close in world literature. It’s changed the world!

    1. Greg Simas Jan 10, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Hi, Brian. Hope all is well. Thanks for jumping in. I’ve also read the Bible in a year via Psalms, Proverbs OT and NT passages and for me, I loose the flow and context of scripture with things sliced up so much. I’d say give it a shot as the Lord directs you. I think you’ll really enjoy The Daily Bible. Blessings!


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