What Bible version and devotional are you planning to use in 2020?

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Dec 30 2019 7:30 AM

Many of us on the forums read the Bible through in a year and use a devotional calendar/book. Would anyone be willing to share what you are planning to read for 2020? I'd also be interested in hearing your evaluation of the devotionals I'm considering below.

Here are Bible versions that I'm considering for 2020

  1. Holman Christian Standard Bible - https://www.logos.com/product/2083/holman-christian-standard-bible
  2. New Revised Standard Bible - https://www.logos.com/product/323/the-new-revised-standard-version-bible
  3. New American Bible:Revised Edition - https://www.logos.com/product/9355/new-american-bible-rev-ed (I'm not Catholic but I'm curious what might be different in this catholic version other than the obvious, that it included the apocrypha)

Here are devotionals I'm considering for 2020

  1. For the Love of God - D. A. Carson - https://www.logos.com/product/3433/for-the-love-of-god-vol-1-a-daily-companion-for-discovering-the-riches-of-gods-word
  2. 365 Days with Calvin - https://www.logos.com/product/16805/365-days-with-calvin
  3. Ancient Christian Devotional - https://www.logos.com/product/162595/ancient-christian-devotional-a-year-of-weekly-readings-lectionary-cycle-a 
  4. 365 Days with Spurgeon - https://www.logos.com/product/16793/365-days-with-spurgeon-vol-1

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 7:47 AM

Regarding to the devotionals, I've started with this, actually rereading after some years:

https://www.logos.com/product/41555/devotions-on-the-greek-new-testament-52-reflections-to-inspire-and-instruct 

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John C Connell Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 8:45 AM

"New Living Translation" (First time with NLT)  https://www.logos.com/product/594/the-new-living-translation

"For the Love of God", both volumes simultaneously, (Third time through these two volumes)

https://www.logos.com/product/3433/for-the-love-of-god-vol-1-a-daily-companion-for-discovering-the-riches-of-gods-word

https://www.logos.com/product/3434/for-the-love-of-god-vol-2-a-daily-companion-for-discovering-the-treasures-of-gods-word

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 9:28 AM

The-Charles-F-Stanley-Life-Principles-Bible

I will be reading a paper copy in the NASB

I wanted a thru the bible in a year with some devotional notes.

This is the first time I have read anything by Charles Stanley and the first time I would have read the whole of the NASB

https://www.logos.com/product/3527/the-charles-f-stanley-life-principles-bible 

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 9:33 AM

In the paper copy it is divided 4 daily readings  . Not sure how it works in Logos (digital) copy.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 9:59 AM

I'm looking forward to the New Jerusalem and notes (Wansbrough). I've enjoyed NABRE and its notes for a few years now.

https://www.logos.com/product/53053/the-new-jerusalem-bible-the-complete-text-of-the-ancient-canon-of-the-scriptures 

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 2:46 PM

Reading CSB, ESV, and NRSV.

I have not picked a devotional yet. I have two days to figure it out still. If I don't pick one in 2 days I will use Lexham Connect the Testaments.

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Charles | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 3:51 PM

CSB and NIV

"PATHWAY To VICTORY Daily Devotional"

by Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor, First Baptist of Dallas

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Glenn Crouch | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 10:05 PM

I'm continuing with my read through the ESV - but this morning after finishing off my 2019 devotionals I chose the following 2 for 2020:

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 30 2019 11:54 PM

I'm going with Young's Literal Translation  & 365 days with Spurgeon vol 1

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Liam & Abi Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 31 2019 6:52 AM

Great thread.

Im going to be using the Celtic Daily Prayer devotional (Non-Logos) for 2020, having picked it up in November on the recommendation of a friend. Daily readings are from the NRSV so I guess I’ll be using that too! :-) I always want to get my nose into the Clementine Vulgate some more this year as I try and expand my command of Latin. 

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 31 2019 2:44 PM

It will either be Amazing Grace - 366 Inspiriting Hymn Stories or 365 Days with Calvin.

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 31 2019 4:17 PM

I am reading the Peshitta New Testament (https://www.logos.com/product/1805/the-peshitta) in combination with the Greek Audio New Testament (https://www.logos.com/product/184688/the-greek-audio-new-testament).

I have just finished The Loins Girded by J.J. Knap (https://www.logos.com/product/804/the-loins-girded) and this year I will be using a similar daily devotional written by several Netherlands Reformed ministers (in paper form). In Logos I am also reading Ratzinger's Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year (https://www.logos.com/product/25023/co-workers-of-the-truth-meditations-for-every-day-of-the-year)

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 31 2019 7:17 PM

John C Connell Jr.:

Wow, that says something. I've always appreciated Carson's combination of solid exegesis alongside a tender pastoral approach so this tipped my decision to read this in 2020. John, while I was tempted to read both volumes simultaneously I decided against it since I'm also trying to incorporate reading in Greek and Hebrew and there is only so much time. Instead I plan to do this over two years.

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 31 2019 7:41 PM

This year I plan on reading the Lexham English Septuagint.  I'm really looking forward to it.  I actually bought the hard copy so I could experience the feel of a "real book" again. 

https://lexhampress.com/product/36588/the-lexham-english-septuagint

I'm also going through the Ancient Christian Devotional.  I read cycle A a couple years ago and am reading cycle B this year.

https://www.logos.com/product/162596/ancient-christian-devotional-a-year-of-weekly-readings-lectionary-cycle-b

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 31 2019 7:45 PM

Thank you for everyone who responded. I've reflected on my choices for 2020 and here is a summary for those who might be interested.

  • For the Love of God - Volume 1 (Carson) - This is half of the M’Cheyne reading plan that was originally designed to read the OT through one time and Psalms and the NT twice. I've decided to go at a slower pace over two years to incorporate other readings.
  • NRSV - I'll read this over the next 2 years
  • Lexham Hebrew Bible - I'm not great at Hebrew but plug away a verse at a time
  • Lexham LXX - I'm hoping to casually compare most of the OT but to fully read Psalms during that part of the M’Cheyne plan so I can read Greek daily
  • NA28 Greek NT - Last year I enjoyed trying to translated this while listened to the audio of John Schwandt at .75 speed which actually worked quite well for me. Over the year I found my ability to do this improved so I plan to do it again.
  • Tyndale House Greek NT - I'm planning to compare this new 2017 edition to see how it differs from the NA28
  • To help with translation I keep the Information Panel in the middle

Of course all of this is Lord willing as our days are in his hands!

In case you may be interested, here is what my layout looks like as I start the year.

I'd be quite interested in hearing what decisions others made, even if you didn't post above. Anyone care to share?

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