Take Up “The 90 Days Challenge”

Derek Ouellette —  December 29, 2009 — 25 Comments

I have joined my pastor and a small band of individuals in taking up The Bible In 90 Days Challenge.

The NIV Bible in 90 Days is formatted in such a way that if you were to read only twelve pages a day you would cover the whole bible from Genesis to Revelation in only 88 days – leaving 2 days grace.

I have attempted this before and can testify that it has been the most rewarding bible reading experience of my life. The benefit of reading the bible straight through in only 90 days as opposed to reading a One Year bible that breaks up the scriptures into an O.T. passage, a N.T. passage, a Psalm and a Proverb a day are twofold:

  1. Continuity! The scriptures are telling a story that begs to be read as a story! Imagine trying to read a novel by jumping back and forth and all over the place instead of reading straight through. The story would make no sense, you’d have to do a whole lot of inferring to try and make heads or tails out what you’ve read. The same is true (and all the more so) when reading the Story that God is telling!
  2. Comprehension! When you read the bible through in 90 days, it will come to life like never before. What you read back in Exodus will have immediate relevance to what you are reading in Deuteronomy because you’ve read from the one to the other in only 7 days. I always say, the best way to understand and interpret the scriptures is Context, Context, Context! And that is exactly what this technique offers.

Join me in reading the bible in 90 days. We’ll begin Jan 1 and end around March 25. (You can begin any time. If you join this Challenge late that is okay, we are not reading a One Year Bible, we are taking the 90 Day Challenge!)

The best way to do this if you do not own the NIV Bible in 90 Days is to find a bible without study notes and divide the number of pages from Genesis to Revelation into 90 days. This should work out to about 12 pages a day depending on your bible.

Let us grow in the Lord together!

Take up “The Bible in 90 Days Challenge”!

Leave a comment below to let me know you are on board!

(Spread the Word!)

  • Schedule: You may find this resource helpful in keeping on track. Print off this schedule and keep it next to your favorite reading place. Check off each square after you’ve read your 12 pages then should out “AMEN!”: 90 Day Schedule
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  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    Day 1: Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 16:16 = only 12 pages!

  • http:/debisramblingon.blogspot.com Debi

    I am definitely on board!!!

    • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

      That’s awesome Debi! You have to comment here from time to time to let me know how you’re doing, how reading the bible in 90 Days is impacting your spiritual walk and what you are “seeing” that you have never “seen” before in God’s Word!

  • http://wearethestories.org Eric Gregory

    I’d suggest not going with the NIV as the translation is a bit iffy. Try the NRSV or, if you must, the ESV.

    If you’re interested in STORY, though, check the New Testament by Richard Lattimore, a world-renowned Old Greek scholar and translator:

    I’d also remind you that the way the Protestant Bible is set up, it actually does NOT beg to be read like a story. The differentiation between the Pentateuch, the Prophets (major and minor), and the Wisdom books in the Old Testament can actually be MORE confusing if read front to back. It might be easier to simply follow the Church calendar (either from the East or the West) in order to best experience the fullness of Scripture, prayer and fasting (more disciplines exist than simple reading).

    • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

      Hi Eric,

      Thank you for your thoughts, but I fear you misunderstand me.

      I partly answer your criticism – that reading the Bible through front to back can be more confusing – Here

      Hope those thoughts help.

  • http://sharethesavior.org Scott “CoachMc” McIntyre

    I’m on board! It’s good bye to the sports page in the morning for the next 90 days.

    • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

      Hey “CoachMc”! What a sacrifice! Way intense… I’m positive it will produce tremendous benefits. Let me know how it goes.

  • Kris Pagan

    Good stuff, I’ll start it with my students in February… intense!

    • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

      Brother Kris, always good to hear from you. Please let me know how it goes with your students. I’m very interested.

  • http://www.drewchapados.net Drew Chapados

    Yeah–I’ll join the challenge–I’m going to challenge the church as well–good idea–I’ve done something like this before

    • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

      Hi Drew,

      Thats awesome! I think I might do the 90 Challenge again starting April… so let me know how it goes with your church. Some feed back might help to encourage others to get on board!

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  • http://josecolucci.net Jose HC

    I am going to try it as well … but will probably start somewhere closer to February due to travel. The more of God’s Word that we can get in us … the better!

    Press on,
    Jose

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  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    Hey Everyone… here’s a resource to help you stay on track:

    http://www.havenministries.com/schedule.pdf

    This way you can check off each day as you go along!

    Day 1 joyfully accomplished. Thoughts?

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  • http://www.heartofgodinternational.org Jan

    On board here and determined to complete the challenge. I’ve printed out my daily reading plan for the 90 days and am up to date so far. It’s a commitment, but a worthwhile one for sure! The focus of our ministry is the Word of God and while we’re committed to it, setting a challenging schedule like this will only deepen our commitment. I’ve encouraged my Board of Directors to accept the challenge as well.

  • http://wendyhedrick@gmail.com Wendy Hedrick

    Hello Son: Your Mom is going to do the challenge as well! I’m very proud of you and all you are doing to further the Kingdom of God. Love Always, Mom

  • http://www.drewchapados.net Drew Chapados

    hey–really enjoy it so far–now into Leviticus–one of the hopes I have for this exercise is the reading of entire New Testament books in one setting-getting the meaning of each verse from the context of the entire book is something that is lacking in many studies today

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    MORE RESOURCES!!!

    Hey Everyone, just want to let you know that I am working on another resource we can use to help keep each other accountable, to help build community and – frankly – to help each other as the body of Christ was intended to do!

    At the top of the page you’ll see a tab called “Take the Challenge”. Click on the tab and follow the link to the new 90 Days Challenge website.

    Find the day that you are on… leave a comment on your reflections of what you’ve read… This is a new site, to be the first to leave a comment! Others will do the same, reading each others reflections on their particular days bible reading and adding their own!

    Pressing on…

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  • christy

    just come across this challenge today and im intrested in it. i will start 2morrow being march 19 2010. thanks

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