Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Archive for the month “December, 2011”

A Note from Scott

Welcome to our Vineyard Life Journal Blog!

I will be posting my journal here using the S.O.A.P. method. This blog is a public forum for us to share and connect with one another as we read through the daily readings. Feel free to comment  in like manner, or simply share a thought or an insight.

I will also be moderating this blog along the way. This is not a forum to critique other’s thoughts or opinions, but to share your own.

If you have any questions or concerns you may email me at

Please see the “How Does This Work?” link in the righthand column for more information.

I look forward to journaling with you!

Starts Sunday, January 1, 2012!


Sample from Scott’s 2011 Journal

Here is a sample from my 2011 Life Journal.

The first thing you might notice is that it isn’t a particularly long post. Some are much longer, but for a sample, I thought this would do. It isn’t always easy to boil three chapters down to the ONE verse or passage that stood out… But it is a fairly typical S.O.A.P. for me. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.) I don’t like to hand write, so I did my journal in a Word document. This is how it looks…

The key to this whole process is consistency. If you fall into the trap of, “I’ll catch up tomorrow” it’s very easy to fall behind and get discouraged. I found it is best to do it every day, first thing. That way nothing else could squeeze it out of my schedule. Often times today’s reading would be referenced in conversation or in a meeting. I didn’t want to be the one who hadn’t read it yet!

I also found that LISTENING to the passage was helpful… at times. Sometimes the reader goes painfully slow for me. But when going through books of the Bible that are particularly tedious (Leviticus or Numbers, for instance) it helped me to listen as I read. Also, those LONG lists of “begats” with all those names… Genesis 4:18, “And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.” (King James Version)

In the New International Version it reads, “To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.” I primarily use the NIV or the New Living Translation (NLT) for my Life Journal.

Click here to listen to Genesis chapter 4. When you select, “Play audio” a window opens. In that window there is a menu to select various version of the audio. I prefer the NIV by Dramatized. It has music, different voices and background sounds.

I hope this helps you as you start your Life Journal!


Download the Life Journal app!

If you have one of the following devices…

BlackBerry (with card)
PC Windows 7 Desktop (coming soon)
Symbian Series 60 v5

… You can download the Life Journal app!

You will first be required to set up a free account on Once you have download the free Olive Tree Bible app, THEN you can get the free Life Journal app add-on by going to the Library menu —> Store menu. (It is basically just the reading plan with links to the Olive Tree Bible app… No S.O.A.P. option within the app itself.) And it’s King James Version. New International Version (NIV) is $18.99.

I did it on my iPhone. Simply went to the app store! (There is also a $.99 version of the Olive Tree app, but it’s not required.)

One option is (The one I use on my iPhone.) A free app/download with a Life Journal 0ption, with LOTS of free versions of the Bible!


How does this work?

Welcome to our LifeJournal blog! We will be posting each day based upon the 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan beginning January 1, 2012. As you follow along using your own Life Journal, feel free to comment to this blog, sharing your own insights!

As we read God’s word, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms our mind. Then when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.

 Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the ‘gems’ that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.

What is S.O.A.P.?

for Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of our Daily Reading Plan. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

for Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.

for Application 

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

for Prayer 

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

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2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan

Life Journal Reading Plan for 2012

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Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge and print out the 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan. (6 months per page for better readability.)

January - June 2012 Life Journal Bible Reading Plan

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