When I was in junior high, my mother taught me to spend some time every day reading the Bible. (Thanks, Mom!) But it was not until I was a young adult that I began the practice of working through the whole of Scripture over the course of a year.  I have been doing this now for close to 30 years, and I have found it to be one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.

It takes only about 15 minutes a day to read through the entire Bible in 12 months. It helps to have a plan to follow. I have benefitted most from plans that assign a reading from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament every day. The practice of reading all of Scripture has forced me to interact with portions of the Bible that I otherwise might have avoided. This has not always been fun or easy, but it has broadened my understanding of Scripture and deepened my relationship with God.

This article by Kristen Wetherell lists “17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible”  I appreciate the points she raises, especially that reading through the entire Bible helps you to know God better and to understand yourself better.

For several years now, a group of ACC members has been following a reading plan that guides us through the entire Bible over the course of 12 months. This program starts every year on October 1. I encourage you to consider joining us this year. To get signed up for the Bible-reading program, contact me at