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Bible + 90 Days = Whew!

Dusty Bible

Over the past 90 days my wife and I have been pouring all our energy into completely reading the Bible through.   I’m talking Genesis to Revelations in 90 days.   Cover to cover!   In actuality, we crunched the numbers and think it was more like 92 days.   So sue me!

It was quite the experience and not something I made big news of while I was actually reading it.   Didn’t want to NOT do it, then have to look stupid.   By the way, that’s wisdom right there! (If you follow me on twitter @jonathancliff then you might have seen a few cryptic “35 of 90” tweets here and there.   Make sense, now?)

I’ve read the Bible through a few times in my life, most recently in bible school; but never in 90+ days.   Let me sum up my expereince by saying, “Whew!”

Here are my takeaways, having finished last Friday:

  • I’ve never spent so much time doing a project over 90 days.   It’s exhausting to do the same 45 minutes of reading every single day for so long.   I wish I could say it’s a habit I could keep up, but it’s not.   I just don’t normally have the attention span to do this.
  • Doing it with my wife was key.   I can’t tell fully explain in this paragraph how cool it was to walk this journey through the bible with Starr.   Not to mention being accountable to each other each and every day.
  • I learned that my wife is a slow reader, who knew?
  • I also learned that I’m hyper-competitive.   Even when reading the Bible.   I could never stand to be finished after Starr, I just had to win my daily Bible reading contest.   Even if it was only in my head.
  • Reading the entire Bible through in such a short time frame is comparative to flying over a forest.   I didn’t get to spend much time looking at any one tree, instead seeing the boundaries of the entire forest in one fell swoop!
  • Reading through Leviticus was hard.   Crazy hard!
  • What were my favorite books to read?   Easy.   Genesis and Acts.
  • When you spend 70+ days reading the Old Testament, the Gospels come as a ray of sunshine.   It helped me see the beauty of Jesus’ arrival on the scene.   He came just in time, and redeemed everything that was wrong with creation.
  • The word I’ve really taken away from this experience is, “Story.”   The story of the Bible is such a powerful story of Sin.   How Sin ruined God’s original story, and the story of how Sin was defeated in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   The story is powerful.

If you ever want to do something to help gain a healthy perspective on this Story of life, I can’t more highly recommend taking the 90 day challenge.   Go find a friend, and start today!

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

9 Comments

  1. Matt McKee · November 18, 2009

    Great job my friend. Very impressive.
    .-= Matt McKee ´s last blog ..2 Minute Tuesday: The Christmas Village =-.

  2. chill pastor · November 18, 2009

    Dude: thanks for sharing. I like what you said about after spending 70 days in the OT how refreshing the gospels were. Good thoughts and a good challenge.

    chillpastor

  3. Bryan · November 19, 2009

    That’s fascinating. I would love to hear what your plan was for completing it. Did you read straight through or did you follow prescribed plan like you can find for reading in 6 months or a year?

  4. David Bryant · November 19, 2009

    I did this last winter. I had tried to do the ‘read it in a year’ programs and always got distracted. By putting it in shorter window I was able to stay motivated to finish. I also like that it gave me a broader picture of the story rather than tied me up in the details (details are important, I just wanted a different perspective).

    My next goal is to do the 90 day approach in Chronological order. I haven’t found a pre-defined plan for that yet, but I have been looking.
    .-= David Bryant ´s last blog ..Don’t Feed The Animals =-.

  5. Sam · December 8, 2009

    Let me say.

    1. awesome
    2. You could have done it in 90 days if you weren’t reading a Chinese bible.
    3. We are doing this in the spring with our whole church kids too. A organization gives audio bibles to your whole church to do a 90day audio bible to everyone in your church. Should be fun.