TLSB Read through the Bible in Two Years, by Norm Fisher

Pastor Henrickson’s post on Reading through the Bible in Two years caused me to realize that since I had a one-year reading plan on one of the sites I manage, it wouldn’t be that difficult to add the TLSB (The Lutheran Study Bible) reading plan as well.

We at BJS  strongly encourage everyone to make 2010  the year you read through  the Bible,  the Book of Concord or both,  on your own or as part of a reading  group at your church. The way the TLSB reading guide is set up it starts January 4th, so it starts tomorrow!

The TLSB plan takes you through the bible in two years, a more manageable plan with less reading than the one-year plan that I’ve had on the site for several years. The TLSB plan starts at Genesis and reads through to Revelation sequentially. The purpose of having the reading plans online is to remind you each day by email or twitter .. it’s just another reminder in your hectic day to set aside time for the Word to impact your life.

From page LIX of TLSB:

A life goal for every mature Christian should be to read the entire Holy Bible. To read The Lutheran Study Bible devotionally, bookmark this page and adopt the steps below.

  1. Recite the “Prayer to Abide by God’s Revealed Will” or another prayer about God’s Word (see the inside front and back covers).
  2. Read the assigned Bible passage in the reading plan below.
  3. Read the Law and Gospel Application Note(s) for the assigned passage
  4. Add your daily prayer concerns, beginning with the brief prayer(s) in the application notes.


  • Supplement your readings with a psalm as described on page 845.
  • Read the Bible passages in conjuction with other devotional resources.
  • Journal your insights and prayer concerns.

Using this devotional plan will guide you through the entire Bible in two years.

The TLSB plan is organized by week then day — week 1, Monday through Saturday. This leaves Sunday for church and catchup. For this on-line system that delivers these readings to your email inbox or by twitter, I’m starting with the first week of 2010 – Jan 4th, 2010 – and will read weeks 1-52 in the even numbered years and weeks 53-104 in the odd numbered years. If you want to start at week 1 at a point other than the calendar year, purchase a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible and use the table starting on page LIX.

To subscribe to either of these plans go to: for the One-Year plan or for the Two-Year plan.

We at BJS would strongly recommend you purchase a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible if you don’t already have one.  Reading the Lutheran-Based Application Notes on each page of the bible will add to your understanding of the passages.

Also available is a daily reading of the Book of Concord available online at This also can deliver links to the readings each Monday through Friday to your email, or to web-enabled phone by Twitter.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


TLSB Read through the Bible in Two Years, by Norm Fisher — 6 Comments

  1. I’m ambitious….I have a 5 month plan to finish the Bible (about 1/3 way through), then a 7 month plan to read it once, then I begin a one-year cycle in 2011. And a 12-month plan to read the BOC again as well.

  2. Wow, that’s great! I know from my own experience as well as from talking with many people that that is not the norm for many people — getting a regular reminder, OR being involved in a reading group, gives you accountability so that it gives you a higher probability of actually accomplishing it.

    For those who do need a little extra help, go to the site and subscribe now, so you can start the readings tomorrow morning!

  3. Dear Norm,

    Thank you for this excellent tool, utilizing the best of ancient information technology (the Bible) and the most recent info tech (Google groups and email lists)!

    It would be great if all the folks who read this site could pass on your post here to young folks who do a lot of reading and research with their laptops, smartphones, etc. I have noticed that young folks (pretty much anyone under 50, and many older) are getting their news, their entertainment, their communications, and doing much of their business with whatever “smart tool” they have become accustomed to. When I used to have lunch at the Saint Louis seminary cafeteria (2002-08), most of the students were doing stuff on their laptop while having lunch and conversing with their lunch pals.

    I recommend that all the readers of the BJS site pass on the information Norm has given above about the “” reading plans to their pastors, for inclusion in the Sunday bulletin, monthly newsletter, and bulletin boards. They should also personally (i.e., face-to-face at church) encourage young folks with laptops and smartphones to try it out. The Lutheran Study Bible is also an excellent tool; CPH outdid itself on this one!

    I know that my own spiritual development started with regular readings of entire biblical books, and eventually the entire Bible, while I was in high school and college. You get an entirely different understanding of the faith when you read the Bible on your own, in a plenary way (i.e., whole books at a time), than when you only get “spoon fed” by sermons, which are “pre-digested” Word of God. You also develop an independent sense of judgment on theological matters, which is vital for your vocation as a member of the Priesthood of All Believers.

    A number of people over the years have asked me why I have such a high regard for the theological competence of laymen in our church. I think it is because of three things: 1) my own father’s ability in these matters; 2) some brilliant laymen who were Bible teachers in my youth; and 3) my own development as a lay theologian, just by reading the Bible in the way you prescribed, prior to taking any course in theology or going to seminary.

    Thanks for all your great work on this, Norm!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  4. Thanks for posting this – I hadn’t read page LIX of TLSB and it might have been years before stumbling upon the two-year reading plan had it not been pointed out.

  5. Is there going to be another group reading through the Confessions this year? I see there was one last year and I’d be interested.

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