Last week I started a program of which the title, “Through The Bible In 90 Days,” says it all. Yes, it is a bit daunting as it requires a little more than half an hour of reading a day, and some of the books of the Bible are less than gripping. On the other hand, some of the material is absolutely outstanding on the level of narrative, imagery, honesty, quirkiness, insight and a whole host of things that draw us to reading. Beyond, the reading experience, however, I have decided to embark on this project first, because it is what my Church is currently doing, and second, it is my conviction that the Bible, being God’s word, provides strength, wisdom and blessing. In saying this, I must clarify that the benefit of reading the Scriptures is not one that falls into a direct cause and effect sequence, nor can its influence be directly measured. It is more of a holistic reality, an influence at the deep roots of our being, which affects the flower of our becoming. Unfortunately for me, this is precisely the challenge of reading the Scriptures. The lack of cause-effect immediacy is de-motivating. Nonetheless, I see this as an opportunity to push through my crippling tendency to live by mood or inspiration, and to thereby discipline my life in such a way that I am open to hearing and receiving from God. Moreover, I see this as an opportunity to do what I have thought about for a lonnnnnnng time: read the Bible cover to cover.