I was probably in my late 30's when I heard from somewhere
(I can't remember where this came from) that a good Sunday
School teacher needs a good filing system.  That's when I
started filing away everything I had worked on.

I acquired loose-leaf notebooks and filed according to Scripture
passage, from Genesis to Revelation.  I had another notebook
for anything that didn't fit right, and filed that according to subject.
Years later, armed with these notebooks, I embarked on my most
ambitious Sunday School teaching endeavor.  I decided to take my
class of adults through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in
one year's time. We would not read the whole Bible.  But I did
select the main parts of the Biblical narrative.  Each Sunday,
I introduced my class to the part of the Bible we were reading
that week and gave them the assigned daily readings.

Overall it was a wonderful year.  Of course there were some
Saturday nights when I wondered how I ever let myself get into
such a commitment.  But the picture I held in my mind of my
"students" (who were really my teachers) kept me going.
I prayed a lot and God provided the strength and inspiration
I needed to see the year through to the end.

Now coming into the turn of the century, my circumstances have
enabled me to type up my Bible Reading Guide.  I am employed
three seasons of the year--spring, summer and fall--which leaves
winter free.  Three winters ago I starting typing; now it is complete.

That is how it happened that you can read the Bible in this form;
not in its entirety, but an abbreviation of the New King James
Version.  I tried to omit repetitions, peripheral things, and all
confusing parts and stay focused on the main narrative that can be
clearly followed and understood.  I have divided the Bible, in order
from Genesis to Revelation, into 365 daily portions.  With each
passage is a page of guidance, comment or meditation that
hopefully will spark your interest in reading the Bible.


I also want to acknowledge and thank God for the following
persons who were necessary to me in the development of this
Bible Reading Guide.  To all of you listed here, I am supremely
grateful and am indebted to you for your love.

My parents, Ernest and Ruth Edris
, read their Bibles every day.
Their Bibles were centrally located in their home, always right
there on the coffee table.  The Word of God was the lamp that
guided them through life and I thank God for their shining
example of Bible reading.

My husband, Russell Stahley
, decided in his youth to work
for the Lord and has served thirty-eight years in the United
Methodist Church, pastoring local congregations.  I enjoyed
teaching Sunday School in those churches, usually adult or
youth classes.  To all of you in those classes, thank you for the
opportunities to discover and delightfully dig around those
wonderful treasures contained in our Bibles.

Throughout this work are pages which end with ---rus. These
were written by Russ, mostly for the worship service bulletins,
and were very helpful to me in this project.

Our children, Becky and Jon, were born to us in the late
1960's and now live on the opposite side on the continent.
Along with husband Fred and wife Mary, they provided the
motivation for me to gather up the fragments from my years
of Bible reading and study, and pass it along to the next
generation.

I thank God for equipping and enabling me to envision this 
project and see it through to its completion, for God's abiding
presence and inspiration through all the stages of the
development of this guide.

As I typed these pages I thought not only of our own children,
but of nieces and nephews, brothers and sister, friends near
and far, and the many people we have known over the years
who have impacted our lives.  We are all somebody's child.

My prayer is that this Bible Reading Guide will honor God and
bless you, the reader.   I pray it will help you to strengthen your
desire to read the Bible, or that you will discover for the first time
the value of daily, intentional, maybe even joyful, Bible reading.

                                                                  Kathleen S. Stahley
                                                                  Manheim, PA
                                                                  September, 2003

  

The Bible Condensed. From Genesis to Revelation (Old Testament and New Testament)
in 365 daily readings plus commentary. This Bible reading plan will help you read the Bible
from beginning end, as one continuous story.