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Wisdom or money can get you almost anything, but it's important to know that only wisdom can save your life. Notice the way God does things; then fall into line. Don't fight the ways of God, for who can straighten out what he has made crooked?
Enjoy prosperity while you can. But when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. That way you will realize that nothing is certain in this life. (Ecclesiastes 7:12-14)

A New Year that brings with it a New Beginning. Today we set out to begin the daunting task of reading through the entire Bible. For some this will be the first time and will bring with it tons of questions and probably comments like, “What does this all mean?” Some stories will be exciting and better than the entire series of The Godfather or more spectacular than Star Wars. There will also be plenty when you will think of giving up with a statement saying, “God, this is boring and besides, this makes no sense.”

From a veteran Read through the Bible Reader, may I encourage you to stay focused and read even when it seems like you are chewing wood. I began reading through the Word in 1987 and some of the “What in the world does this mean?” have just begun to be answered. Each and every time I go through I get a deeper understanding of the things I grasped at first and at each succeeding reading though and an a simple understanding of things I just had no clue about.

Genesis is the Book of Beginnings so let us come to this book leaving behind our preconceived understandings and ideas, our denominational glasses suspending our disbelief and unbelief believing that God’s Word will explain itself to us in the daylight of His Word.

Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”
For with stammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people
(Isaiah 28:9-11-NKJV)

In the Beginning is our chance to study God’s Principals and Patterns so that we can apply those patterns and principals to our lives.

Notice the way God does things; then fall into line. Don't fight the ways of God

Grace and peace to all in the New Year,
Ramona

Mike!
May God shower many blessings on you in this New Year! I am excited to start one of the reading schedule/studies, I have not decided on which one yet. I am involved in Jail Ministry, in your opinion is there one that would work better with a group of people who is changing out often? And do you update them both with new content or only the one you are doing that year? Sounds like a busy project either way. I was looking for the small group material for 2012, and am having trouble locating it I did find the material for 2011, shall I go ahead and use that? I appreciate if you can reply! Looking forward to a New Year filled with all the Wonders of the Lord!
Best Reguards,
Elizabeth

1. I had only read bits and pieces of the bible before.

2. ...hopefully I can manage to really read the whole bible

3. Umm... proverbs

4. Coffee addict. I would collapse without coffe for a day.

5. I live in Singapore

6. Nope.

i want to begin 2012 with God,i want to dedicate my 2012 to God, your blog has helped me in ways to better understand the Bible, it helped me focus my life through Jesus Christ. thank you mike for One Year Bible Blog, i now have reason to spend more my time wisely for God and lots of reasons to go with it as well,here's to another 365 days of our journey with God through Christ Jesus...and more and more 365 days. :) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

1. yes, I did the 90 day read thru once. I wanna take it slow this time. 2. Learning more about His word 3. That's hard. I love the book of Isaiah and the Colossians 4. I am still alive by the grace of God. I have a type of Cancer in which I should be gone but God is in Control 5. North Carolina, USA 6. www.foreverfitinmy40s.blogspot.com

1. I started your one year bible reading last year and really enjoyed it, but I got behind and never could get caught up, so here I am again this year to fulfill my challenge.

2. I'm looking forward to getting closer to my Savior God.

3. My favorite book is Psalms.

4. I have two wonderful grandchildren that I adore greatly and I also have an 88 year old Mother-in-law that is absolutely amazing in her faith and will power. She fell back in November and hadn't been able to get out of bed or walk and I'm very happy to say that due to her hard work and the Lord's help she is doing both and will be getting to go back to her home soon. Praise the Lord!!!

5. Lawton, United States

Thank you so much for this! I am truly blessed by reading God's Word with you all. I have one question, you stated that in Genesis it was the beginning of arts and crafts... can you expand on that for me? Maybe I missed something along the lines while reading.

We pray for God's blessings in 2012 and continuation of this blog by Mike, a blessing to all.

1. This is my third year
2. I am praying for more understanding of God's word.
3. Psalm 23 - recites the verses in my heart when I am lost, scared, angry or uplifted.
4. I am still working on that.
5. USA
6. None

1. I read thru Bible with OYB in 2010; regretfully skipped last year
2. Looking forward to keeping God's word in my daily life
3. Book of Acts
4. I will be reading the OYB on my Kindle! :)
5. Northeast Ohio
6. None

I also thank you, Mike for this blog - it was key to my learning and completion of the Bible in 2010. I appreciate your dedication, time and effort!

1. Have you read the entire Bible before? I have tried but somehow fell behind in the readings...would like to be more committed this year

2. What are you looking forward to about reading the entire Bible in 2012? the Prophets, Revelations

3. What's your favorite book or verse in the Bible? Psalms

4. What's a fun or interesting fact about yourself? Today is my birthday

5. City and country you live in? Barbados

6. Do you have a blog or website link that you want to share with everyone? no

I am starting my second time for OYB
I am looking forward to deeper understanding of the Bible.
Favorite books: Isaiah and Psalms 139
Retired travel nurse, worked in many states.
Live in Northeast Ohio
No blog or website

I had never noticed how often Joseph had dreams of angels. Quite a revelation to me! As a a Christian of jewish background I have always been aware of the importance of angels. Nevertheless, Joseph must have had quite an experience
Also,it interesting to note that it is the man who should leave his father and his mother and become one flesh. Usually it is the woman who tries to become one flesh to keep the man! Maybe it would be wiser to do things God's way

Hi my name is Maggie,
I have only read parts of the Bible.
I want to learn more and become the person I was meant to be.
Proverbs
I'm a wife, mother of two girls, I work full time and I also go to school full time, I will be the only one of six children that will have a college degree. I want my daughters to know that it is never to late to succeed in life. I'm 41 lol.
St Cloud Fl
no website sorry.

Maggie, your life sounds lots like mine! I have read all parts of the bible, but like I am stating I have read in parts..its been a committment thing in past. Names DeeDee, and I am not new to the is site..have read off and on at different times with this blog site and Love it, love Mikes commentary..never straight through and daily at it..I want to constantly grow into the woman God wants and designs for me. I love Jer 29:11, but love Proverbs for all the wisdom!! I am a wife, mother of a boy and a girl, work full time and go to school full time, and I am the only one of my siblings to receive a college degree.-4 year..The same goes for me..I want my children to never give up on their dreams and keep the #1, number 1 which is our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ..Im 33..

My name is Mary. I made a late decision to do this study. But I did it.!

My name is Pam. Yes, I have read through the Bible, but I really want to make it more of a consistent priority this year. I enjoy reading this blog!

I love the Psalms and am looking forward the most to studying them again.

I am a teacher at a Christian school and my husband and I have 3 children.

I live in the USA.

Blessings to all!

1. Third yr, started half way thru last year using your blog...love the companionship!
2. I rarely remember the daily reading a day or more later, but its the bread I need for the day I'm living to sustain me and remind me of the right perspective!
3. The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me (psalm something something)
4. Been a Christian since 2000, thankful His mercies are new every morning. I also love cheetos even though I teach health to Jr highers.
5. Oregon, USA

1. I've never read straight thru before but have been reading/studying the Bible in some form since childhood
2. I started reading this blog in July, 2011. Looking forward to completing reading the whole Bible in July 2012
3. I'm finding the major and minor prophets REALLY interesting. God is so consistent with his mercy and grace and justice and fairness. It stands out for me in a world that is rarely any of these things.
4. Computer Programming geek (hehe) that plays piano and writes music. Married with no children but have 2 very active Jack Russell Terriers.
5. Minneapolis, USA

Mike, I like how you tied today's readings in with some of the readings we just completed in December. The common theme of God's involvement in our world starting with its creation is awe inspiring. I'm so thankful for His love and unending faithfulness and grace.

1. Have you read the entire Bible before? I am familiar with the entire bible, but have never read it through just to read it through.

2. What are you looking forward to about reading the entire Bible in 2012? Accomplishing it. Saying that I have read the entire Bible, cover to cover. Becoming real with God and with myself. Developing a closer walk with God, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

3. What's your favorite book or verse in the Bible? The Gospel of John.

4. What's a fun or interesting fact about yourself? I'm still single after all these years. My dream was to be a wife and mother of 3 children. I'm 56 and it hasn't happened yet. I keep believing. But maybe God called me to be single.

5. City and country you live in? Edmond, OK, USA.

6. Do you have a blog or website link that you want to share with everyone? I'm on Facebook

Mike,
I am beginning my 8th consecutive year of reading completely through the Bible and I have followed you and your calling here as well. God bless you and all of the 14000!

Michael in Katy, TX

1. Yes, I have read the Bible through a couple of times before. Just finished up my first time with this blog and am really looking forward to starting this new year!

2. It's exciting and new each time I read the Bible; God seems to bring verses into my life just when I need them most. I can always count on finding brand new treasures that I somehow missed before and am also often reunited with familiar verses that are like old friends.

3. My favorite book is probably Psalms, as I can always find something there for whatever is going on in my life at any given time. As for a favorite verse, I'd have to say Philippians 4:13 ("I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.").

4. I am married to a wonderful Christian man and have two children who are 17 years apart in age. My son was only 5 years old when he became an uncle to his sister's youngest child. When that grandchild started kindergarten, my son was a sixth-grader in the same school; this resulted in some very interesting - and awkward - moments!

5. My home is in the green rolling hills of the Piedmont area of North Carolina, midway between the scenic majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the windswept beauty of the Outer Banks.

Hello, my name is Barbara. This is my third year with one year Bible journey. In 2011 God blessed my husband and I with two beautiful grandbabies and a son-in-law.
My home is in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
As I read His word, God brings verses to my life. I woke up one morning with this verse on my lips so I would have to say it is one of my favourites. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your way acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) I have a special book of wonderful scriptures that speak to me and I'm forever greatful for this Bible study.

1. I have read the Bible entirely several times with Mike!
2. I always learn something new every year! I improve on doing God's will.
3. I especially love Psalms, Proverbs, Romans 8:28.
4. I just retired from 40 years of nursing.
5. I live in Albuquerque, NM USA
6. I get a daily encouragement from Believer's Remembrance.

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