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Bible in 90 Days Reading Plan Comparison

While I’ve been reading the Bible in 90 Days, I noticed several disadvantages of their reading plan:

  1. The daily passages are not delimited on chapter boundaries. For example, Day 2’s passage ends in the middle of Genesis 28 instead of at the end of the chapter. This makes it difficult to remember where the passage ends and it interrupts the flow of the scripture.
  2. The daily passages are very unevenly distributed. For example, using word counts from the NETBible, Day 8 (Lev 1:1 – Lev 14:32) is 11,604 words, whereas Day 68 (Zec 11:1 – Matt 4:25) is 5,767 words. The standard deviation for the word count over all the passages is 1,438.

I wanted to fix both of these issues by creating a new reading plan [docx] for the Bible in 90 Days program. To do so, I wrote a Java package to model the Bible, then wrote an algorithm that minimizes the standard deviation for the word count over 90 days by adjusting each day’s passage.

Here’s a word count comparison between my reading plan and the original reading plan:

As you can see, my new Bible reading plan is much more consistent in passage size while respecting chapter boundaries:

  • The original standard deviation of word count was 1,438 while mine is 328
  • The original maximum was 11,604 while mine is 8,420
  • The original minimum was 3,190 (the last day, day 88) while mine is 6,707

[Download my Bible in 90 Days reading plan in PDF] [Download my Bible in 90 Days reading plan in DOCX]

Bible Book Chapter, Verse, and Word Counts

I did some word counts on the Bible because I was trying to construct a Bible in 90 Days plan that is more evenly distributed per day than the original one. I came up with this improved Bible in 90 Days reading plan. The standard deviation of the number of words in each day’s reading is much lower in my improved version. I also published a DOCX version of my new reading plan so you can change the dates accordingly. Here’s a high-level snapshot of the data I gathered. The translation I used was the NET Bible since it has a very open copyright.

Book Chapters Verses Words
2 John 1 13 315
3 John 1 14 335
Philemon 1 25 486
Jude 1 25 661
Obadiah 1 21 667
Titus 3 46 972
Haggai 2 38 1041
2 Thessalonians 3 47 1084
Jonah 4 48 1263
Nahum 3 47 1275
Habakkuk 3 56 1513
Zephaniah 3 53 1620
2 Peter 3 61 1640
2 Timothy 4 83 1709
Malachi 4 55 1795
1 Thessalonians 5 89 1929
Joel 3 73 1989
Colossians 4 95 2057
Philippians 4 104 2293
1 Timothy 6 113 2360
James 5 108 2367
1 Peter 5 105 2395
Ruth 4 85 2543
1 John 5 105 2658
Song of Songs 8 117 2960
Micah 7 105 3106
Ephesians 6 155 3136
Galatians 6 149 3290
Lamentations 5 154 3443
Amos 9 146 4181
Hosea 14 197 5302
Ecclesiastes 12 222 5518
Esther 10 167 5651
Zechariah 14 211 6122
2 Corinthians 13 257 6547
Ezra 10 280 6843
Hebrews 13 303 6939
1 Corinthians 16 437 9528
Romans 16 433 9603
Nehemiah 13 406 10000
Daniel 12 357 11192
Revelation 22 404 12128
Mark 16 678 14160
Proverbs 31 915 15272
Joshua 24 658 15746
Judges 21 618 16862
Job 42 1070 18165
1 Chronicles 29 942 18256
2 Samuel 24 695 19379
John 21 879 19648
2 Kings 25 719 21284
1 Kings 22 816 21557
Matthew 28 1071 22755
2 Chronicles 36 822 22968
1 Samuel 31 810 23765
Acts 28 1007 24029
Leviticus 27 859 24130
Luke 24 1151 25132
Deuteronomy 34 959 25717
Numbers 36 1288 30752
Exodus 40 1213 31464
Isaiah 66 1292 35348
Genesis 50 1533 36381
Ezekiel 48 1273 36584
Psalms 150 2461 42167
Jeremiah 52 1364 46359

The Fruit of Immaturity

Here’s a great article on indecisiveness and inconsistency–what this writer believes are the hallmarks of immaturity. Several quotes:

Regardless of the context, to make a decision is to intentionally limit oneself from other, potentially good options. As a single guy, it was a challenge to think of marrying the woman God had clearly given me, since I would no longer have the option to pursue the women I might meet someday. An indecisive man is recognizable by a perpetual inability to make and keep commitments — a failure to “swear to his own hurt and not change” (Ps. 15:4). A decisive person, by contrast, can choose what he loves, and later (when the going gets tough) nurture the love he previously chose.

Assuming responsibility means embracing risk. Though we can distinguish between “good”, “better” and “best,” there is no perfect job. Or perfect church. Or perfect marriage. Each will require us to roll up our sleeves and give of our time and energy to make it better.

I think there’s a lot more that can be said about maturity versus immaturity, but I like the author’s thoughts.

http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0001498.cfm

From Melody

Funny Christian-Themed Story

There was an old lady who would come out every morning on the steps of her front porch, raise her arms to the sky, and shout, “Praise the Lord!”

One day an atheist moved into the house next door. Over time, he became irritated at the little old lady. So every morning he would step out onto his front porch and yell after her, “There is no Lord!”

Time passed with the two of them carrying on the way every day.

Then one morning in the middle of winter, the little old lady stepped onto her front porch and shouted, “Praise the Lord! Lord, I have no food and I am starving. Please provide for me, oh Lord!” The next morning, she stepped onto her porch and there were two huge bags of groceries sitting there.

“Praise the Lord!” she cried out. “He has provided groceries for me!” The atheist jumped out of the hedges and shouted, “There is no Lord. I bought those groceries!”

The little old lady threw her arms into the air and shouted, “Praise the Lord! He has provided me with groceries and He made the devil pay for them!”

Ownd.

Christians and the Law

I’ve had a lot of great conversations with a variety of people because of my stance on obeying the law: I believe that I, as a Christian, should obey every law that my nation legislates, as long as that law does not require me to disobey the law of God. For example, I try my very best not to speed, not to jaywalk, not to have MP3s illegally, etc. I’m pretty good at it, but having a sinful nature, I sometimes fail.

The several non-Christians I’ve talked to about this respect my decision but think it’s not necessary. The many Christians I’ve talked to about this frequently rationalize it away somehow and end up continuing to break the law. I’ve convinced a good amount of brothers and sisters, but I’m batting like .200.

This article that Carol sent me addresses the issue in a way that I haven’t been able to do. The author presents a very compelling personal experience to support the idea that obeying the law as a Christian is definitely beneficial.

“You’re are very strange, man,” said a voice behind me. It was Kevin, one of the guys on my dorm floor. “No one else—and I mean no one—waits for the light to change before they walk.” I responded candidly, telling him that I was trying to obey God about something that probably seemed pretty unimportant for most people, but not for me. I told him about the ticket, showed him my scars and explained that I was trying to figure out what God had to say about obeying mundane laws. Thus started a series of conversations that finally led to his becoming a follower of Jesus. You can read more about it here.

http://www.intervarsity.org/studentsoul/item/dont-walk

Can’t we all agree that obeying the law is at least a good idea? Please comment me your thoughts. Let’s talk.