Welcome to the E-100 Bible Challenge

E100_BiblePhotoAt Oakbrook Church, we want to help you develop a daily habit of Bible reading.  Why?  Because it’s through the reading and studying of God’s Word (the Bible) that we know Him more and grow in our relationship with Him.

The E-100 Challenge is based on 100 carefully selected short Bible passages — 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament — that help you get the big picture of the Bible without feeling bogged down.

Whether you take the challenge on your own, or you grab some friends and challenge each other, reading the Bible on a regular basis allows us to grow in our relationship with Jesus in amazing ways.  If we can encourage you in any way, or maybe get you connected to others who are already doing the challenge, give us a shout.

Week #20 – The Revelation

  • #96 – A Voice and a Vision  (Revelation 1:1-20)
  • #97 – Messages to the Churches  (Revelation 2:1 – 3:22)
  • #98 – The Throne of Heaven  (Revelation 4:1 – 7:17)
  • #99 – Hallelujah!  (Revelation 19:1 – 20:15)
  • #100 – The New Jerusalem  (Revelation 21:1 – 22:21)

Week #19 – The Apostles’ Teaching

  • #91 – The Most Excellent Way  (1Cor 13:1-13)
  • #92 – A New Creation in Christ  (2Cor 4:1 – 6:2)
  • #93 – A Living Hope  (1Peter 1:1 – 2:12)
  • #94 – Faith and Works  (James 1:1 – 2:26)
  • #95 – Love One Another  (1John 3:11 – 4:21)

We’ve talked about the obstacles and problems you’ll face in keeping your daily appointment with God in his Word. And we’ve offered advice on how to overcome them. Here’s one more suggestion that’s equally important: keep connected! Find others to support you.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” To put it simply: you’re better together than alone.

Having the support of others who share your goals is key to developing and maintaining a good habit. And that applies just as much to the habit of daily Bible reading as it does to a new exercise program or a new diet. So it’s important, after you’ve completed The E100 Challenge, to keep connected to others who are willing to support your daily Bible reading as partners. This might be your spouse, it might be a good friend, or it might be a new friend that you meet at Oakbrook.

Check in regularly with your supporters, perhaps weekly or monthly. Be accountable to them for keeping on track toward reaching your goals. And perhaps you can serve them in the same way.

If you’ve had a hard time keeping to your plan, ask for their prayers and suggestions. Let them support and encourage you, and again, you do the same for them. Regular Bible reading is a discipline, and any discipline is not easy to maintain. That’s why it’s important to keep connected to others who share your goals and to support each other along the way. You’re better together.

Week #18 – Paul to the Leaders

  • #86 – Elders and Deacons  (1Tim 3:1-16)
  • #87 – The Love of Money  (1Tim 6:3-21)
  • #88 – Good Soldiers in Christ  (2Tim 2:1-26)
  • #89 – All Scripture is God-breathed  (2Tim 3:10 – 4:8)
  • #90 – The Coming of the Lord  (1Thess 4:13 – 5:11)

English novelist Charles Reade (pronounced READ) first said, “Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

The key to a destiny-changing daily Bible reading time is the same as for any habit: sticking with it. Just keep reading each day. You keep at it, day in and day out; on the days it’s easy and the days it’s harder. You do it over and over until it becomes automatic, until it comes naturally, until it’s a habit.

Of course, everyone battles obstacles along the way. The discipline of a daily appointment with God can sometimes become just a dry and lifeless routine. That’s when it’s time to get creative and use another Bible translation, a different reading plan or even a different time and place! Or find a reading partner to challenge you to keep going. A little creativity can make a big difference and can help you keep going. Sow – reap, sow – reap, sow – reap!

Week #17 – Paul to the Churches

  • #81 – More Than Conquerors  (Romans 8:1-39)
  • #82 – The Fruit of the Spirit  (Gal 5:16 – 6:10)
  • #83 – The Armor of God  (Eph 6:10-20)
  • #84 – Rejoice int he Land  (Phil 4:2-9)
  • #85 – The Supremacy of Christ  (Col 1:1 – 2:3)

In any important endeavor, it’s important to plan ahead. In Luke 14:28-30, Jesus teaches about the cost of discipleship – the price we must pay to be disciples. He said, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

As disciples of Christ, we need to plan our Bible reading. And it’s now time to starting planning your next Bible reading adventure.

Let me suggest you now choose a Bible reading plan to guide your future daily reading. Also plan when and where you’ll have your daily appointment with God. And you can even plan the Bible translation you’ll use.

It may help to write down your plan like this: “I plan to read ___________ over_____________ (period of time). I’ll use ____________ to guide me. This plan is intended to help me reach my goal of ____________________________________.”

If you want to continue with resources from the people behind the E100, you can use Discovery to guide you in your Bible reading. Discovery covers major portions of the entire Bible in a 5 year period and you can sign up at the Scripture Union website ScriptureUnion.org to receive it either as a printed copy or daily email.

Week #16 – The Travels of Paul

  • #76 – The Road to Damascus  (Acts 9:1-31)
  • #77 – The First Missionary Journey  (Acts 13:1 – 14:28)
  • #78 – The Council at Jerusalem  (15:1-41)
  • #79 – More Missionary Journeys  (Acts 16:1 – 20:38)
  • #80 – The Trip to Rome  (Acts 25:1 – 28:31)

In just a few weeks, you’ll have successfully completed The Essential 100 Challenge. You’ll have discovered the many rewards of meeting God every day in the Bible and prayer. So then what?

When you’ve completed The Challenge, you’ll have met one goal. But if you’re to continue your new Bible reading discipline, you’ll need new goals to work toward.

Do you want to read through the Bible in a year? Or two or five years? Do you want daily readings that take you through the major parts of the Bible over a specific period of time? Whatever you decide, set a goal and make a plan to achieve it.

Of course, deciding on a daily Bible reading plan can be a real chore! Feel free to send me an email and I’d be happy to help you. Or, check out “Discovery” or “Encounter with God” (I use this one) at ScriptureUnon.org.

There are many other good Bible reading plans available, too. So begin now to set your goals for continuing after The Challenge.

Most important, remember that the goal of continuing a regular Bible reading discipline is just a means to an even greater goal: transforming your Bible reading time into a daily appointment with God!

Week #15 – The Church is Born

  • #71 – The Day of Pentecost  (Acts 2:1-47)
  • #72 – Growth & Persecution  (Acts 3:1 – 4:37)
  • #73 – The First Martyr  (Acts 6:8 – 8:8)
  • #74 – Sharing the Word  (Acts 8:26-40)
  • #75 – Good News for All  (Acts 10:1 – 11:18)

We’ve come now to the 5th and final step in the Pray-Read-Reflect-Apply-Pray approach to Bible study. Wait – what? Didn’t we already pray? Why are we doing it again?

It’s not always easy to apply God’s Word to our lives. It may require courage, some sacrifice or moving out of our comfort zone. If so, ask God for his help with the application part. God will hear your prayer and guide you as you apply His Word to your life.

So whatever it is that you discover in God’s Word that day, pray that discovery back to God in gratitude. Thank God for what He has led you to discover. Make your discovery the basis for your conversation with Him. Your discovery may be something about God Himself, His love for you, His son Jesus, or something God wants you to do. Perhaps you will need His strength to do it, so ask. Then, thank God for meeting you and sharing his Word with you. End your time as you began it, in prayer.

As you practice the Pray-Read-Reflect-Apply-Pray approach daily, it will become a welcome and familiar tool. May you meet God in His Word every day and may your life be transformed as a result.

Week #14 – The Cross of Christ

  • #66 – The Last Supper  (Luke 22:1-46)
  • #67 – Arrest and Trial  (John 18:1-40)
  • #68 – The Crucifixion  (John 19:1-42)
  • #69 – The Resurrection  (John 20:1 – 21:25)
  • #70 – The Ascension  (Acts 1:1-11)

The fourth step in Pray-Read-Reflect-Apply-Pray approach to Bible study is also the most difficult. Applying what you’ve learned from God’s Word is not easy.

Reading the Bible and gaining Bible knowledge is good, of course, but God gave us his Word not primarily to increase our knowledge and information but so that we could know him and live in the right relationship to him and to others. In other words, what we know only has value if it is reflected in the way we live. Although application can be difficult, it’s absolutely vital to our growth.

If you are willing, I know the Holy Spirit will use God’s Word to help you grow in godliness. How do I know? Because I’ve grown this way.

Here’s how I’ve grown: after you’ve read and reflected on the passage, ask yourself, “What does this passage require of me in thought, word and action?” Try to determine how God’s word applies to your life today; at home, at work, in school, in the community, or at church.

If you come up blank, pray for direction. Then see what happens. God will direct your application. Your part is to commit to the application.

The best applications start within a day or two of your reading. An application could be as simple as reaching out to someone or correcting an attitude. On the other hand, applications can be as challenging as changing a habit or forgiving someone.

Your goal in any application should be to use what you’ve learned by prayer, reading and reflection to become more the person God wants you to be – to become more like Jesus.

Week #13 – The Miracles of Jesus

  • #61 – Feeding the Five Thousand  (Luke 9:1-36)
  • #62 – Walking on Water  (Matthew 14:22-36)
  • #63 – Healing a Blind Man  (John 9:1-41)
  • #64 – Healing a Demon-Possessed Man  (Mark 5:1-20)
  • #65 – Raising Lazarus from the Dead  (John 11:1-57)

Millions of people start each day reading a passage from the Bible and praying. They speak in different languages and live in different countries around the world, but they all have one thing in common: they read the Bible using a simple method.

One simple, five-step method (pray-read-reflect-apply-pray) has been used by people around the world for many generations. It’s a time-tested, practical and effective way to get the most out of your daily Bible reading time.

This week, and for each of the next four weeks that follow, I’ll look at each of the five steps. The first of the five steps is to pray.

Prayer is the starting point. Remember that you’re beginning a dialog, a conversation with God. Before you read the day’s passage, ask God to help you understand it. It is, after all, his Word to us. He’s given us the Bible to communicate vital, eternal truth. So ask God to speak to you as you read his Word and to show you what he wants you to learn that day. That’s how to begin: pray.

Week #12 – The Teachings of Jesus

  • #56 – Sermon on the Mount – Part 1  (Matthew 5:1 – 6:4)
  • #57 – Sermon on the Mount – Part 2  (Matthew 6:5 – 7:29)
  • #58 – The Kingdom of Heaven  (Matthew 13:1-58)
  • #59 – The Good Samaritan  (Luke 10:25-37)
  • #60 – Lost and Found  (Luke 15:1-32)

Last week, we began looking at the pray-read-reflect-apply-pray Bible reading method. A simple method with five steps to enable you to get the most out of your time in God’s Word.

The first step we discussed was to pray as you begin and ask God to help you understand what you’ll be reading. The second step (no surprise!) is to read the passage for the day, thoughtfully and carefully.

Remember to have a Bible translation that is clear and easy for you to read and understand. That may be the English Standard Version (ESV), the New International Version (NIV), or another one with which you’re familiar.

Read the passage slowly. You may even want to read it more than once or out loud, especially if it is unfamiliar or difficult to understand. Sometimes, it’ll be helpful to read the passages that precede or follow it so you can study the passage in its context.

And don’t hurry. Take the time to read the Bible passage as thoroughly as you can. As you do that, you can trust God to answer your prayer for understanding.

Week #11 – The Living Word

  • #51 – The Word Became  Flesh (John 1:1-18)
  • #52 – Gabriel’s Message  (Luke 1:1-80)
  • #53 – The Birth of Jesus  (Luke 2:1-40)
  • #54 – John the Baptist  (Luke 3:1-20)
  • #55 – Baptism and Temptation  (Matthew 3:13 – 4:17)

Millions of people start each day reading a passage from the Bible and praying. They speak in different languages and live in different countries around the world, but they all have one thing in common: they read the Bible using a simple method.

One simple, five-step method (pray-read-reflect-apply-pray) has been used by people around the world for many generations. It’s a time-tested, practical and effective way to get the most out of your daily Bible reading time.

This week, and for each of the next four weeks that follow, I’ll look at each of the five steps. The first of the five steps is to pray.

Prayer is the starting point. Remember that you’re beginning a dialog, a conversation with God. Before you read the day’s passage, ask God to help you understand it. It is, after all, his Word to us. He’s given us the Bible to communicate vital, eternal truth. So ask God to speak to you as you read his Word and to show you what he wants you to learn that day. That’s how to begin: pray.

Week #10 – The Prophets

  • #46 – The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 51:1 – 53:12)
  • #47 – Jeremiah’s Call & Message (Jeremiah 1:1 – 3:5)
  • #48 – Daniel and the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6:1-28)
  • #49 – The Story of Jonah (Jonah 1:1 – 4:11)
  • #50 – The Day of Judgment (Malachi 1:1 – 4:6)

If you’ve been reading as we suggested the first week – five passages each week for 20 weeks – you’re now half-way through The E100 Challenge. You’ve completed the first 50 passages, covering the Old Testament, and are ready to begin the home stretch, reading the 50 New Testament Passages.

By now, you’ve also begun to gain deeper insight into God’s Word, and most importantly, you’ve begun to experience the rich rewards of a daily appointment with God. You’ve accomplished quite a lot already! I’m really pleased with how our congregation has responded to this challenge. Congratulations!

But there’s more in store! The next 50 passages will take you through the culmination of greatest story ever told. You will read the story of the earthly ministry of Jesus and the spread of the new church in those early years after His resurrection. You won’t want to miss a day!

Again, congratulations on arriving at the half-way point, keep up the great work! And may God bless you every day.

Week #9 – Psalms & Proverbs

  • #41 – The Lord is My Shepherd   (Psalm 23:1-6)
  • #42 – Have Mercy on Me   (Psalm 51:1-19)
  • #43 – Praise the Lord   (Psalm 103:1-22)
  • #44 – Godly Wisdom  (Proverbs 1:1 – 4:27)
  • #45 – Proverbs of Solomon   (Proverbs 16:1 – 18:24)

Perhaps you know someone in your family or church who has maintained the habit of daily Bible reading consistently for many years. They never seem to get tired of it. They look forward to it day after day, year after year. How do they do it? What is their secret?

Certainly, anything we do repeatedly can become dull and routine. Reading a Bible passage and reflecting on it each day can lose some of its excitement over time.

But the secret of success in maintaining your daily Bible reading time isn’t just the excitement of gaining more Bible knowledge. It’s not even the satisfaction of developing a valuable spiritual discipline. Rather, it’s having a quiet passion for meeting God every day.

And that’s why I’m so eager to have everyone develop that same passion. God meets me and satisfies my daily passion, and I want the same for you.

God’s word is a very special gift. Meeting God every day in his Word and prayer is a very special privilege. If you feel your commitment to that daily meeting ebbing, don’t give up. Don’t let that defeat you. Just pray for the passion – the passion to keep on meeting with the living God every day for the rest of your life.

Week #8 – The Fall of Israel

  • #36 – David & Bathsheba   (2Samuel 11:1 – 12:25)
  • #37 – King Solomon   (1Kings 2:1 – 3:28)
  • #38 – Solomon’s Temple   (1Kings 8:1 – 9:9)
  • #39 – Elijah & the Prophets of Baal   (1Kings 16:29 – 19:18)
  • #40 – The Fall of Jerusalem   (2Kings 25:1-30)

Why do you read the Bible? To gain greater knowledge about God? For practical help with the pressures of life? To grow spiritually? Those are probably just some of the reasons people read the Bible and they are all good. But, as good as they are, there is one reason that is even better.

Think about a special letter from a friend or loved one. What made it so special? Probably not the number of pages or the style of writing; perhaps not even the events it described. What made it special was the person who wrote it! And that is a good way to think about Bible reading, too.

Of course, it is valuable to gain Bible knowledge and learn biblical truth. But the most exciting thing about reading the Bible is that it enables us to gain a deeper relationship with the Person behind it. You might call it relational Bible reading. Remember: your goal is not just to study a book but to develop a lifetime relationship with God. To make your Bible reading really come alive, approach it as if you were reading a letter from God – the One who loves you more than you can ever imagine!

Week #7 – The Rise of Israel

  • #31 – Samuel Listens to God   (1Samuel 1:1 – 3:21)
  • #32 – King Saul   (1Samuel 8:1 – 10:27)
  • #33 – David & Goliath   (1Samuel 16:1 – 18:16)
  • #34 – David & Saul   (1Samuel 23:7 – 24:22)
  • #35 – King David   (2Samuel 5:1 – 7:29)

Good friends know it. Happily married couples work at it. Wise parents focus on it. Listening is essential to any close, healthy relationship.

The same is true in developing a deep relationship with God. Prayer is a two way communication. It isn’t just reciting our list of requests to God. It also means listening to God.

If that’s a new idea for you, here’s how to get started.

Begin by taking time to quiet yourself in God’s presence. As best, you can put aside all those concerns, worries and frustrations that can be so distracting. You might imagine that your cares and problems are packages that you are handing over to God. Then, recall how you’ve seen God at work in and around you recently (some call those instances “God sightings”). When you feel your spirit is still and peaceful, slowly read the day’s passage from the Bible.

After you’ve read, silently listen by reflecting on the verse or a phrase that jumps out at you. What is God saying to you from his Word? How does it apply to the situations you face now?

When you want to get to know someone, you listen to them. Practice the art of listening to God.

Week #6 – The Judges

  • #26 – Israel’s Disobedience   (Judges 2:6 – 3:6)
  • #27 – Deborah Leads Israel   (Judges 4:1 – 5:31)
  • #28 – Gideon Defeats the Midianites   (Judges 6:1 – 7:25)
  • #29 – Samson Defeats the Philistines   (Judges 13:1 – 16:31)
  • #30 – The Story of Ruth   (Ruth 1:1 – 4:22)

It’s such a noisy world. Try as you might to stay focused on meeting with God each day, you’ll still face plenty of unwelcome distractions: unexpected phone calls, children who need your attention, illnesses, car problems, early morning meetings, and emergencies of all sorts. In addition to those distractions, you’ve still got those everyday fears, frustrations, temptations and worries lurking in the back of your mind.

Unfortunately, these distractions are just part of life. You can’t always avoid them. So when they come, use them for good! Instead of letting them distract and discourage you, incorporate them into your time with God. If your young children want your attention, invite them up on your lap to read the Bible with you. If the phone rings, pray for the caller after you hang up.

Consider this. What if, when you are unexpectedly distracted from your meeting with God, it’s actually God? Is it possible that God is teaching or showing you something? Sometimes God distracts us from our routines.

When distractions happen, don’t be discouraged. It’s not a failure; it’s an opportunity to seek Him. You can give those frustrations to the Lord in prayer. You can tell Him about your problems and let Him help. You may learn from them. Don’t get frustrated by distractions. Seek God in them!

Week #5 – The Law and the Land

  • #21 – The Ten Commandments   (Exodus 19:1 – 20:21)
  • #22 – The Golden Calf   (Exodus 32:1 – 34:35)
  • #23 – Joshua Succeeds Moses   (Joshua 1:1 – 18)
  • #24 – Crossing the Jordan   (Joshua 3:1 – 4:24)
  • #25 – The Fall of Jericho   (Joshua 5:13 – 6:27)

We’ve all experienced it. Good things can become routine over time, even your daily meeting with God in his Word. That’s normal. No one sees spiritual fireworks every time they open the Bible! But if your daily time with God is losing some of its spark, try something new. Add some variety!

Sometimes, it helps to read the day’s Bible passage in a different translation than usual. You can find alternative translations easily at biblegateway.com.

Or, you may find it helpful to keep a journal of your reflections and insights as you read the Bible. You probably won’t write in your journal every day, only when something really stands out.

Another idea is to try reading about the day’s passage in a Bible commentary. This will help you get the context of the passage.

Sometimes, I like to simply change up where or when I do my Bible reading. It’s amazing what a different setting will do.

All of these ideas might provide some variety that just may give you some new insights into what God is saying to you through His Word. So don’t be afraid to be creative and try new things occasionally as you go through The Challenge. A little variety may be just the “spice” you need to help keep your time with God fresh and exciting.

Week #4 – Moses and the Exodus

  • #16- Birth of Moses   (Exodus 1:1 – 2:25)
  • #17 – The Burning Bush   (Exodus 3:1 – 4:17)
  • #18 – The Ten Plagues   (Exodus 6:28 – 11:10)
  • #19 – Passover and Exodus   (Exodus 12:1 -42)
  • #20 – Crossing the Red Sea   (Exodus 13:17 – 14:31)

By now you’ve probably discovered why we call this The Essential 100 Challenge! You really want to have a regular appointment with God in the Bible and prayer. But there are so many distractions, so many things competing for your time.

Maybe you’ve fallen behind schedule and are feeling guilty about not “keeping up” or worse “failing God.” Guilt and shame are threatening to scuttle your plans and your commitment to finish the E100 Challenge. Don’t give in to guilt and shame! Don’t assume that God is watching and waiting to ZAP you if you fall behind schedule or fail to read the Bible for a few days.

Perhaps you can use some weekend days to catch up! Failure isn’t final! Make a plan to get back on track!

Remember what we said last week: God loves you and wants to meet with you. Don’t let guilt and shame over what you haven’t done in the past rob you of the joy of meeting God in the present. Use whatever time you do have to focus on enjoying God and his Word today. If you do that, you’ll find yourself feeling less guilty and shameful and more excited about meeting God in his Word each day!

Week #3 – The Story of Joseph

  • #11- Sold into Slavery   (Genesis 37:1 -36)
  • #12 – Prison and a Promotion   (Genesis 39:1 – 41:57)
  • #13 – Ten Brothers Go to Egypt   (Genesis 42:1 – 38)
  • #14 – The Brothers Return   (Genesis 43:1 – 44:34)
  • #15 – Joseph Reveals His Identity   (Genesis 45:1 – 46:7)

You have probably already discovered that reading through these 100 passages won’t always be easy. It will take some discipline. There will be days when you will be tempted to see it as just one more chore. So it may be helpful to keep this in mind as you begin your readings each day: your goal is not just to read the Bible, it is to meet with the living God in his Word.

Don’t get me wrong. Reading the Bible is of very great value. After all, it is God’s Word and over the centuries, Christians have discovered that there are many, great rewards to be gained from reading it. But if your only goal is to complete a reading plan, you will miss out on the greatest reward of all: meeting regularly with your Creator, the eternal God who loves you and wants to meet with you.

Think of your daily Bible reading time as not just a discipline but as a daily appointment with God. If you do, your Bible reading and prayer will take on a whole new meaning and will become something to really look forward to!

Week #2 – Abraham, Isaac & Jacob

  • #6 – The Call of Abram   (Genesis 12:1 – 20)
  • #7 – God’s Covenant with Abram   (Genesis 15:1 – 21)
  • #8 – Isaac’s Birth & “Sacrifice”   (Genesis 21:1 – 22:19)
  • #9 – Jacob & Easu Compete   (Genesis 27:1 – 28:22)
  • #10 – Jacob & Esau Reconcile   (Genesis 32:1 – 33:20)

As you read through the passages of The Essential 100 Challenge, we hope you’ll discover the many benefits of regular Bible reading and prayer. Last week we promised some tips and principles to help you. So here’s the first one: Begin with The Basics.

Of course, your basic tool is the Bible. So find a translation with which you’re comfortable. Many folks who are taking The E100 Challenge use the English Standard Version (ESV). The ESV is a very reliable, stable, and well-supported translation. It is used by many churches for pew Bibles. In fact, the blue Bibles at Oakbrook are the ESV translation.

Many other people enjoy using the popular New International Version (NIV). Still others enjoy the ease of reading the New Living Translation (NLT) or the rich tradition of the New King James Version (NKJV). For a sampling of what passages might sound like in another translation, check out biblegateway.com. If you have any questions at all about Bible translations, please let me know.

Again, make sure you have a translation that you are comfortable reading and then get on with the important task of enjoying your daily E100 selection.

Week #1 – In The Beginning

  • #1 – Creation    (Genesis 1:1 – 2:25)
  • #2 -The Fall   (Genesis 3:1 – 24)
  • #3 -The Flood   (Genesis 6:5 – 7:24)
  • #4 -God’s Covenant with Noah   (Genesis 8:1 – 9:17)
  • #5 -Tower of Babel   (Genesis 11:1 – 9)

Welcome! You’re about to begin an exciting adventure-taking The Essential 100 Challenge. These 100 passages, listed on your Daily Planner (punch card) were carefully chosen to give you the “big picture” of the most important book in the world: the Bible. As you begin, be sure to fill out your Personal Action Plan (on the second page of the Daily Planner) and set your goals for completing “The Challenge.”

Our church-wide goal is to have you all read through the 100 passages five each week for 20 weeks. Because life is so busy and full of distractions, it’s not always easy to “keep on track.” Each week for these 20 weeks, you’ll receive an email with tips and advice on how to complete “The Challenge” successfully. But most importantly, these emails will share proven methods and principles for getting the most out of your time with God in His Word.

You may also want to ask a friend too take “The Challenge” with you or take it as part of a small group. Being accountable to others is a great way to keep going successfully. You can do it; thousands already have. And there are some real rewards awaiting you!