Essential 100 (E100) Bible Reading Challenge

What to start a journey? Develop a new habit? A habit that will give you insight on life from the very Creator of it?
There are many great Bible reading plans out there. Some read straight through in manageable bites while others mix a passage of the Old Testament with a passage from the New Testament. Still more divide scriptures into various themes or topics.

Enjoy a walk through the Bible with Scripture Union's Essential 100 plan. The E100 Challenge is a great way to go through the bible picking up the big picture of God's plan.
"The E100 is a carefully selected list of short Bible passages--50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. The passages are usually one to two chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less."

"The Bible Reading Plan People Love to Complete!"
(from the Essential 100 website)
I have to admit much of my life I have struggled with relating to the accounts recorded in the Bible. They have often seemed distant and confusing. Don't get me wrong certain passages have hit me hard, even convicted me and made me think seriously about my life and actions, but on the whole especially in the Old testament I just felt like I was missing something.

Biblephoto creditThe Old Testament has always been difficult for me to relate to and as a result, in the past, I have tended to ignore it. I am discovering that the more I examine it, test it, and put it into the context of God's love the more I can relate to it and understand it. With the help of the E100 Bible Reading Challenge I have felt more like I am getting "it" - the big picture of God's plan. It has helped me plug the details into the overall will of God.

Join me on this journey. A journey that can open our eyes wide and understand life from the Creator's perspective. Join me on this journey in developing or refreshing a daily Bible reading habit.

Here are the posts corresponding to each of the 100 passage readings I have completed to date.

brad @ sound of a soft breath

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  1. I really enjoyed looking through this site. It is very thought provoking and in a different way which is good. Being a Christian since 1981, it is good to be nudged in a different direction. I'll be back.

    Oh, how did you get the small music player for the one song?

  2. Thank you for the compliment!

    The small music player is from

    let me know if you need any help on deezer ....

  3. just a ? when you did this, did you get the pack you can order on the E100 website? and the book that you can order with it with commentary in it? i'm thinking about doing it with my college women's small group but i wanted to know more about what comes with the pack? if you can help... great!

  4. I only purchased the 25 pack of the E100 planner cards to hand out to folks. The small group kit contains 1 book, 10 discussion guides and planner cards. here is link to kit descriptions

    Also you can download the planners and discussion guide for free from the website.

    It is a great way for a small group to go through the Bible.

    Keep in touch. I would love to have your small group comment on my E100 journal posts as they work through it. Perhaps this could be a place they could share their thoughts on each of the 100 passage readings.

  5. Brad -

    I really like this E100. I'm going to check out the website and see about going through this.

    I might make this our next SS lesson plan, once I get the class through Genesis.


  6. I am not surprised that 8 out of 10 people never read through the Bible.

    But most people don't read period, much less the Bible.

    Churchgoers in general are content with their Sunday sermon and being spoonfed by their local pastor.

  7. That 8 out of 10 claim really depends on what church you go to. For instance, a reformed, multi-generational, family-integrated Baptist church is more likely to have a larger number of members who have read the entirely of the Bible through, with their children.

    A united methodist church on the other hand is closer to that 8 of 10 number you mention...

  8. I am sure the stat is an average across all church affiliations. No question the numbers will vary from congregation to congregation.

    To me it is more of a personal challenge issue that helps separate the cultural Christians from those who desire a deeper relationship with God. If you desire that relationship you will want to read every word God has written. The more you read and consider the words in the Bible the more you will desire a deeper relationship with the author.

    Thanks for taking the time to stop and comment.

  9. This is a wonderful article. I have been finding it hard to scan through the Bible for I don't raelly know where to start thus I ended up with the book of Revelations. This Bible reading plan is an excellent idea! Good job!

    God bless...

    Thank you Wenko. The above link is where you can learn more about the E100 Bible Reading program. I encourage you to give it a try.


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