Free Todoist Project Template: M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan

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Some men from our church recently committed to read Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies as a supplement to our ongoing discipleship group curriculum. We studied this book in order to identify the areas of our lives where we were prone to waste time or procrastinate in our duties or simply not get our life tasks done effectively or consistently. It was an enlightening and convicting experience.  Though brief, Challies’ book is packed with good material and serves as a solid “theology of productivity” that is ideal for personal edification and group study.  After reading it, it became clear that we all needed to improve our productivity for the glory of God.  I recommend it for anyone wishing to honor God in their lives through more intentional and disciplined stewardship of the time they have been given. At some point I may write a full review of the book, but that is not the point of this post.

“Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.” – Tim Challies

Example of Todoist Project Tasks
Example of a Todoist Project Task List

One of the tools that Mr. Challies recommends in his book is Todoist, a powerful online tool that is used to create projects (a group of tasks) and manage the sub-tasks within those projects.  Todoist features a very clean & intuitive “check box” (actually check circle) interface that also features task tagging, fast search and customizable view filters that makes finding and organizing your many tasks a breeze. Todist stores all your projects and task data “in the cloud” and syncs this data in real-time across your desktop or mobile devices. I could go and on about the great feature and benefits of this tool, but I’ll refrain for now.

I was initially skeptical of my need for a tool like Todoist.  However, after further reflection and discussion with my peers, I decided to give it a try.  I started with the free version and I was hooked after only a few days.  I found that I was becoming noticably more productive!  I quickly signed up for the inexpensive premium edition ($29 per year). With Todoist Premium, I now track and manage my tasks for work & home projects, various shopping errands, bill paying, personal fitness and even spiritual disciplines. Our family even started using it with our kids to monitor their daily chores!  It is a really great tool.  Another blogger using Todoist stated that Todoist was completely life changing for him. I’m inclined to agree with this assessment.

I mentioned earlier that I started using Todoist to track and monitor some of the spirtual aspects of my life.  I realized that I needed a better way to hold myself accountable for engaging in regular prayer and Bible reading. Adding a simple daily “Pray & Read” task to my “Personal” project in Todoist helped me since I was now being reminded of it as I went about my day.  Prior to using Todoist, I had been working through the reading of the entire Bible with the M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan using the YouVersion Bible app.  While that app was somewhat helpful to keep me on track with it’s daily reminder notification option, I found that I would miss days if I was busy at the time of the reminder and if I wasn’t repeatedly reminded throughout the day.  Even so, I am about 50 days away from completing that reading plan (it took me much longer than a year) and I hope to start it again as soon as I’m finished.  This time, however, I plan to use Todoist to an ever greater degree to keep me on track.

Todoist has a cool option to export and import frequently used project templates.  When I learned of this feature, I immediately realized that with a extra little work, I could create a daily Bible reading project based upon the M’Cheyne Plan.  Now that I’ve created it, I want to share it with anyone who desires to use it.

buttonIf you are an existing Todoist user, click here or the button above for a link to automatically load the template into your Todoist account.  If all goes as expected, you should have a new “M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan” in the Todoist project list.

If you would prefer to download the csv data source file to your local computer and manipulate it before importing it, click here for a compressed (.zip) version of the same file.

Todoist M'Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan Project
Todoist M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan Project

I hope that you find this information useful.  Please leave a comment below if you have questions or concerns.  We’d also love to hear if this Todoist project template helped you to read the Scriptures daily.

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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105 ESV

Did You Know?

  • The M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan is named after Robert Murray M’Cheyne, missionary and Presbyterian minister in the church of Scotland.  He died at the age of 29.
  • If you follow the reading schedule that bears his name, this plan will have you reading the New Testament and the Psalms through twice a year, and the Old Testament through once.

Watching Movies Christianly

Does your family watch movies? If so, do you watch these movies “Christianly”? That is, do you watch these movies with true Biblical discernment? Contrary to the opinions of some, this does not simply mean that you check for a “G” rating and tthen rush to the local cinema.

Girl watching movie with discernment, of courseDoes your family watch movies?  If so, do you watch them “Christianly”?  That is, do you watch films using Biblical discernment? Contrary to the practices of some, this does not simply mean that you check for a “G” rating and then head on over to the local cinema. I am asking if you dig a little deeper (even beyond the clearly obvious checklist of “no strong language, no nudity, no sex”) and view even the so-called “safe”, family-friendly movies with a discerning and engaged mind – thinking actively, deeply and prayerfully about the worldviews you and your children may be ingesting along with your popcorn as you enjoy a family movie night.

Do you know how to do this?  Sadly, many do not and others just don’t care to.  Neither is a valid excuse.  The Bible calls Christians to be wise and constantly discerning, as seen here:

But solid food is forthe mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.  Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)

The embedded video below featuring guest host Michael Minkoff is a great introduction to the concept of Biblical discernment as it relates to movies.  This video was created and produced by a couple of guys who started the Christian movie review site Movieology, a video blog affiliated with American Vision that is dedicated to “engaging the spectacular world of movies from a bedrock of biblical truth”.  I think this is a much needed service to the Christian community and they are doing a fantastic job.

I throughly enjoyed watching and hearing Michael’s comments below and I hope you do as well.  I pray that as we homeschool our children, we will not only teach them raw facts (which is important), but also the ability to study the Scriptures, learn true wisdom and apply this Godly wisdom in a discerning fashion to not only movies, but to all of life.

oscarWant to see more movie reviews done from a Christian perspective?  You should check out Movieology today!  See also:  Movieguide, Brian Godawa’s Movie Blog here and here, as well as World Magazine.

(By the way, if you enjoyed what Michael Minkoff had to say in this episode, you may want to view a prior Movielogy episode where he argues that in order to engage culture for Christ, Christians should be watching secular films!  Whether you agree or disagree, it is worth watching.)


Sunday Thoughts

This weekend I was reading The Dark Side of Islamby R.C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb. I came across a statement by Dr. Sproul that poignantly reminds us of our fallen tendency to have a low view of God’s holiness and a misplaced view of own.  It is a quote worth sharing:

“As long as we can keep the character of God in eclipse and can conceal from our vision who He is, we can continue to flatter ourselves that we can balance the scales of justice or earn our way into the kingdom of God. This is the greatest human delusion there is.”

I pray that you have a wonderful Sunday of worship and rest.

Happy Reformation Day!

I saw this video on another site today and thought my readers would enjoy it. Though it is a bit silly, this “Reformation Polka” video can be used as a great way to introduce young children to the history and key issues that gave rise to the Protestant Reformation. Of course, this means that you’re going to have to know and explain the meaning of transubstantiation, indulgences and Papal Bulls, but you’re up to the challenge, right?

2010 UPDATE:  Even though I haven’t watched this video for nearly 2 years, it still makes me smile to see it. I also appreciate the work that went into it.  If you’re studying the Protestant Reformation with your children, this is a winsome way to introduce them to some of the history and key theological disputes that Martin Luther combatted in his day. Highly recommended!

I saw this video on another site today and thought my readers would enjoy it. This fun cartoon video of the “Reformation Polka” can be used as a great way to introduce young children to the history and key issues that gave rise to the Protestant Reformation. Of course, this means that you’re going to have to know and explain the meaning of transubstantiation, indulgences and papal bulls, but you’re up to the challenge, right?

I apologize in advance to anyone who can’t get the chorus out of their heads after viewing this. Enjoy!

If you’ve never read Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, this is a good day to do so.