READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
You can read through the Bible in one year with your family by spending just 15 or 20 minutes a day.
Carefully and prayerfully reading the Bible through every year will do more to keep one correct in his interpretation of the Bible's various parts than anything else one could possibly do.
If we compare the time we spend in God's Word with the worldly influences that come into our family's lives, 15 to 20 minutes a day seems small indeed!
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2).
There are audio recordings of the Bible that you can listen to with or without following along in your own Bibles. This is especially helpful to get through the names in the Old Testament and to keep the pace from getting bogged down.
The following websites have schedules and/or text for Bible reading.
Choose from five ways to read through the Bible: chronologically, historically, Old and New Testatments together, beginning to end, or blended: www.backtothebible.org/devotions/journey
Four categories of readings for each day: historical, devotional, prophetic, and doctrinal: www.rejoicing.com/bread.html
Charts progress; choice of translation if reading online: bible.crosswalk.com/BibleInAYear/
Unique 6-day week, 4-week month readings allow for Sunday evening church, start in any month, and catch-up days. Psalms and Proverbs are read throughout year with daily Bible reading of complete Bible. Optional second reading of New Testament also included: www.TeachingHome.com
THE THIRD COMMANDMENT
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain (Ex. 20:7 KJV).
An important application of this commandment needs to be taught to our children.
Many people do not realize that they are using God's name in vain when they use common forms of His name.
People who would never use God or Jesus Christ as swear words may not realize that Gosh, Golly, Gad, Gee, Geez, or Jiminy Cricket are forms of His names and are called minced oaths.
Even exclamations like goodness, gracious, or holy mackeral can be a misuse of God's character qualities in order to add emphasis to our own speech.
Similarly, darn, tarnation, and heck are substitutions for curses like damn and hell.
James 5:12 says, Swear not, neither by heaven, neither by earth, neither by any other oath (Matt. 5:34-37).
Jesus warned, Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matt. 12:36 KJV).
We should also avoid telling jokes that use the person of God as a character within a joke. Even if it does not directly attack or mock His being, it does use Him in a light or disrespectful way.
Eph. 5:4 says, There must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.