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Hi everyone! Happy New Year to one and all!

Just a quick self-introduction here to begin: the year 2006 is an important one for me, as I'm turning twenty one this year. I was brought up in a non-religious family, but for the past few years I've been thinking quite of religion, especially God. I think too much of the human experience is related to God (our ethics, our aims in this life, our afterlife, even our relation to one another), as such it's paramount for each of us to think carefully on the subject. I joined OYB with the intention to know the Bible better, and hopefully know God better as well.

Mike, with regards to your comments about the one day of rest. I think it was my interaction with the Bible at childhood (I had a pictorial version) that ever since I could remember, Sundays has been rest days for me. As I grew up, Sundays became the day I sit quietly at home, reflecting and thinking and writing in my diary. I think for this year, I will devote Sundays to the OYB (as I don't think my university schedule would permit me to participate daily, as much as I would want to). Hope you and the others will find the wonderful opportunity to incoporate the day of rest into your week - I personally find it paramount to maintaining a balanced life, and especially keeping Monday blues at bay! :)

best,
Kristy

Happy new year everyone! I am looking forward to taking this journey with all of you. I was looking for a good one year reading plan when I stumbled upon this one. It is exactly what I have been looking for, and I am thrilled to be able to experience God's word with a large group of other believers. This will be my first time in reading the entire bible. I am very excited to hear insight from all of you as well. Good luck to all of you!

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)


2006, 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

Happy New Year to All!

One of our pastors challenged us as a congregation to join and participate in this OYBB. A big shout-out to all my brothers and sisters from GSUMC. I'm sure the Lord has sooo many things planned for each of us this year, and my study of the Word has been one of His favorite ways of revealing His path for me. I praise Him as so many of us have heard His invitation to open our minds and hearts to His Word. I pray for amazing and huge things to be revealed to each of us through this study. Thank you Mike for your faithfulness!

My plan is to read Old Testament in the mornings and New Testament at night. I also plan to read a chapter each day of Proverbs to my children. Please pray that I can make the entire year with this plan. Thank you!!!

Thanks to OYB, I now know that the book of Genesis was written by Moses. I have a further question, though - how did Moses know what to write?

My guess is that God put images in Moses' head, perhaps through dreams, and allowed Moses to write what he saw. This is so that the account of creation would be understood by us finite beings. If God had dictated to Moses in His own words, we would not be able to understand them. This is because it was in His act of creating that the words to describe his creations were created as well - the words 'night' and 'day' did not mean anything until God had created them and named them.

Any thoughts?

best,
Kristy

I'm looking forward to the journey. For those of us with our own blogs, I suggest the following as a way to link and track our readings and reflections thru the year: Whenever you post about your OYB Blog readings...

1. Add the following Technocrati tag: "One Year Bible"; and
2. Title your post: "One Year Bible: DATE"

Most blog apps make it easy to insert Technocrati tags, and the common Title format should help search engines and aggregators.

God's best to all in 2006!

Hello! Happy New Year!

First up, thanks to God for the opportunity to read through the Bible once again. I did it last year and have been looking forward to starting again. I think I would miss it if I didn't have something so structured to follow every day. It can sometimes be tough going, but stick with it!

I'm planning to memorise one verse a day this time round, from the readings for that particular day. We'll see if I still remember January 1st on December 31st!

Thanks also to Mike, you do a great job keeping the site running and the e-mails coming. God bless you, man.

So I look forward to sharing 'round 2' with you all; to all the new readers you are in for a treat! May God reveal Himself to us yet more, may we allow His Word to speak in the year to come.

All the best,

Thomas

The Word Itself is a true miracle; think about how very very very long ago it was written & it is still going on into Eternity. The Word of God is living & breathing, even to the dividing of marrow of bone (healing in all its ways). When you think about all the different languages the Word of God has gone through & still the Word of God is with us. Always remember, if you want to know God's will for you/us...GOD'S WILL IS GOD'S WORD, a fact that never changes, just like Him!

Thanks for all the work you do on this site.

I was able, with God's grace, to read through the Bible two years ago. It was the first time, and I read the NIV Bible.

2006 has placed The Message before me, and I look forward to reading this version, daily, for the entire year.

I am a quadriplegic due to multiple sclerosis. I cannot hold the Bible in my hands, so I was thrilled to find the One Year Bible online. Actually, I found it last September and have been reading every day since then I loved starting day this way. This is my first time starting in January and going through the whole year. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's comments. Good luck to everyone!

I'm not sure if this is the place to post this question, but I can't find anyplace else so I'm guessing this is the spot. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, I'm new around here = ) So I was wondering... In Matthew 1, when it lists the Geneology of Christ, it culminates as "Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah." It seems to me that Jesus isn't related to Joseph by blood at all. Mary was His biological mother, but Joseph was not His biological father... He didn't have a biological father, He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. So wouldn't it make more sense for the geneology to end up in someone being the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus? Because the way it is it almost seems like David and all those people who were promised to be in the "line of Christ" aren't even related to Jesus by blood at all. Of course my whole argument doesn't hold water if Mary isn't considered Jesus' biological mother because it was a "virgin birth" or if the whole point is family-related, not blood-related. Maybe I'm just making a mountain out of a mole hill... could someone straighten me out?

Thanks Jacob, the same question occurred to me. Anyone any answers?

Jacob - great question! Yep, this is the place to post questions.

Zondervan's NIV Study Bible says this about Matthew 1:16 - "Matthew does not say that Joseph was the father of Jesus but only that he was the husband of Mary and that Jesus was born of her. In this genealogy Matthew shows that although Jesus is not the physical son of Joseph, he is the legal son and therefore a descendant of David."

More on this point is online at this link - http://bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.showResource/CT/BQA/k/184

And then a ton more great info from Bob Deffinbaugh at bible.org on this genealogy in Matthew chapter 1 is at this link - http://www.bible.org/page.asp?page_id=1034

Hope this helps!

Thank you to everyone for all of the Comments & Posts today! This is the most Comments this blog has ever seen on 1 day. Please keep posting up in future days! Ramona, Vance & I enjoy having company on this blog. :)

Mike

I read the bible in 2005 and I plan on doing it again. For those who are new, Welcome.
Hello to all the members of The Shepherd's House Church in San Jacinto who are doing this. We should email encouragement to each other :)

I've never read the bible from cover to cover before and I am really looking forward to this journey! Thanks.

I found this commentary in my Bible today: LIKE JOSEPH/I know God's ways are right & true. Matthew 1:24

Have you ever been credited-or blamed-for something you didn't do? Have you ever wished you could change your reputation?

Only after Jesus Christ's death & resurrection did people come to think of Jesus Christ as "the son of the virgin Mary." For more than thirty years Jesus was commonly referred to as "Jesus, the son of Joseph" (Luke 3:23; John 1:45). The assumption was obvious & the social stigma great.

In all probability, for many years only Mary's elderly relatives Elizabeth
& Zechariah, & Mary & Joseph themselves, knew (beyond question) that Joseph wasn't Jesus' real father. After all, no one else had received a divine revelation announcing this spectacular miracle. Not surprisingly, many chose to believe the rumors whispered about Joseph, Mary, & Jesus (see John 8:41).

To his credit, Joseph believed what the Lord revealed to him in a series of dreams-no matter how incredible those revelations were. Each time, Joseph quickly translated his belief into action-at great personal cost.

Consider what Joseph lost by following God's instruction:
His reputation as a godly individual
His extended family relationships
His home & country
His security

Not once, however, does Scripture record that Joseph hesitated to instantly follow God's leading. He took to heart the reality that "just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my [the Lord's] ways higher than your ways & my thoughts higher than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9).

Like Joseph, you & I have a choice to make. Each day, will we choose God's will & ways no matter what the cost? Or today will we decide to go our own way?

I'm glad to join the YOB family. Let me start by a self introduction. I got to know the Lord about 8 year ago, but never been pursuing a closer relationship. I most of the time feel that there must be a God, but not confident. So I'm seeking for faith by reading through Bible. Please pray for strength and time for me to complete the one year reading.

Kristy -

To your question in your 2nd post (probably 6th post overall above I think) about how did Moses know what to write? This is a great question! And one I want to study a bit more. But my quick thoughts are that Moses was very close to God - as we'll see when we read Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy. Moses spent a lot of one-on-one time with God on Mount Sinai! So, I do think it's possible / likely that God basically told Moses what to write when it came to Genesis. We do see other examples of God telling Moses what to write when it came to the Ten Commandments and other Laws. Exodus 17:14 is an example of God telling Moses to write something down - "Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven." Exodus 24:4 is another good example - "Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel." And Numbers 33:1-2 one final example - "Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. At the LORD's command Moses recorded the stages in their journey."

Hope this helps some. I'll try to study this more as we proceed and if I come up with any more details / thoughts, I'll let you and all know.

Mike

Thoughts on pondering Gen 1:28; Mat 2:12; Ps 1:2; and Pr 1:2--
Humanity--male and female--was given dominion. That's a tall order. There is no way we will pull this off without wisdom. The Tanakh (the OT) begins with this expectation. The magi heard God's voice and listened. Their wise choice to hear and obey gave Joseph and Mary the time they needed to escape to Egypt and save Jesus' life. The Book of Psalms begins the third section of the Tanakh. The Book of Joshua--which we'll get to April 10--is the first book of the second section of the Tanakh. Both sections begin with the command to meditate day and night. Meditating on the Word is the source of the wisdom needed to exercise our dominion and obey when we hear God's voice. Proverbs is a sort of distillation of wisdom.

I have a feeling it's going to be an awesome ride (and I use the term 'awesome' advisedly).

BTW, many think that the genealogy in Luke is Mary's. It is possible that Joseph's is listed in Matthew because the right to the Davidic throne came through the father. Just a thought.

This has been a blessing for me. I am looking forward to this study. I do have one question: In the genealogy of Jesus, there are 14 Generations From Abraham to David (counting Abraham and David) and 14 From David to Jeconiah (Not counting David as he was counted earlier, exile to Babylon), but to get 14 to Jesus you have to count Jeconiah again. Am I missing something or was this done on purpose?

Mike - my quick thought is to add Mary into the count between Jeconiah and Jesus. I think that gets to 14. I haven't studied this though, so I could stand to be corrected. :)

Mike

I've been a Christian for many years and have not yet read the Bible all the way through. I am looking forward to this adventure. This structure and format is exactly the tool that I need to assist me on my journey through the Bible. God Bless and lets make this an awesome year!!!

Just wanted to say I am truly excited...where I come from today is the second day of 2006. I tried and failed last year, but I am excited to get through this year's bible reading and study. God Bless you in the great work you are doing - you are blessing many people and encouraging many to want to read Our Father's love letters to us! Continue to bless others!

I stumbled across this site but I know it was no accident. I have been wanting to do a Bible study and was thrilled to find this. I was also looking for a new church as my old church was in another city and it was difficult to be as involved as I wanted to be. Anyway to make a long story short, I found a new church in my city today, and started to read the Bible with all of you and it is still the first day of 2006. Looks like this is going to be a great year! Now I am going to quick post this before I run into January 2nd!

God Bless!

I am reminded of something I read recently by your comment, Jan:

"The difficulty is not with the idea of obeying what is genuinely known to be a divine command: how could anyone who knew that a command was genuinely divine want to disobey it? The difficulty lies in the fact that history has taught us that... an injunction [that] comes with a divine label attached is no guarantee of divine origin."
-Godless Morality, by Richard Holloway

Thanks for sharing the information regarding Joseph, too.

Speaking of Joseph, I vaguely remember seeing a book written on him while I was doing my book-shopping over Christmas. If I remember correctly, it was a new title released within the past month. Does anyone know the title? Thank you.

best,
Kristy

While this is not my first time to read the Bible cover to cover, it is my first time with the One Year Bible. I began early Sunday morning by reading the passages for the day aloud as I walked around the sanctuary during my time to finish preparing for the morning worship service. I'm really excited about what God holds for us in this new year and am glad to be on this journey with so many people from so many countries around the world. I also promoted use of the One Year Bible reading plan through the last month of 2005 in our bulletin and from the pulpit. I think we have somewhere between 6 to 10 people in a congregation of around 75 participating in the daily readings. I'm pumped!

A couple of thoughts to some comments above:
In regards to Moses and his authorship: In addition to being inspired by God and the Holy Spirit as to what to write, history was passed down by word of mouth from Father to Son Father to Son and so on.

In regards to the genealogy and Mary, The Society at the time looked at ancestory as from the Father so Matthew traced Jesus through Joseph. Luke thought blood was more important and his genalogical trace is through Mary, both of whom are direct decendants of David.

Well, I first want to say how excited I am to be a part of this community. My prayer is that each of us will see these readings not as an end in themselves, but as a means by which we approach our creator.

Mike-thanks for the post on my blog about meta-narratives. I will definitely check out the bible.org site you are recommending.

Just some thoughts on the passages -
Gen. 2:18 - God amazes me that he created me and someone else with the intent to compliment each other. I am so thankful that my wife is my helpmate.
Matt. 2:3 - Why was all of Jerusalem "deeply disturbed" upon hearing the mission of the magi, declaring their search for the king of the Jews? If Jerusalem was looking for a messiah (as some scholars have said), why did this claim bother them?
Ps. 1:6 - Prayer: God, watch over our way as we all make our path through your word. Guide us into the way of the righteous through the "washing with water through the word (Eph. 5:26)."

I just joined the "club". Feeling pretty good about it. I'm really looking forward to reading the whole thing through. My previous attempts have failed but I'm feeling confident. I'm using TNIV and 'How to Read the Bible Book by Book', so far the book has been very helpful so I recommend it to anyone looking for some guidance along the way. Also you can now add another country to the list. Finland is now represented :)

thanks for this site. i can be organized in reading the bible. i read your comments and i am hoping i can contribute some but maybe in other days. thanks for this online community too. i know that i can ask the things that bothers me. hope we can all finish this "marathon". ha, ha. =)

Re. the memorization of scripture:

I once heard Bible study author Cynthia Heald comment to a group that the scriptures we should memorize are "the ones we need, and the ones we love." I thought that was a pretty good guide.

As far as methods for memorizing, I'm fairly old-fashioned in my approach: utilizing flash cards until I have learned them and then writing them out from memory to test how well I'm actually doing.

Here are 8 points I read recently in the book "Becoming a Vessel God Can Use" by Donna Partow. They were from a sermon she heard given by Chuck Swindoll:

1. Set aside 15 min. per day for scripture memorization.
2. Choose verses that address your weaknesses. That way you'll have a vested interest in remembering them.
3. Read the passage aloud over and over.
4. Break the verse down into logical parts. Learn one phrase, then two, until you've memorized the entire passage.
5. Repeat the reference (book, chapter, and verse) often.
6. It's better to learn a few verses really well, than many, poorly.
7. Underline difficult terms or key words. Look them up in the dictionary, a concordance, or Bible reference book.
8. Write out the verse from memory. This is a critical step. Something about putting pen to paper makes the words more permanent.

By the way, I only recently found this site and was eager to start 2006 in concert with the rest of this group. I have asked a group from my congregation to join me and we're blogging together about our progress to spur one another on to good works! Thanks for the excellent support for this God-honoring goal. I had made Matthew 4:4 our rallying cry before we embarked, and was quite blessed to read today's comments about living by His every word.

Hi Im new here..I stumbled uppon your site in my favorites folder..I have no idea how it got there but Iam glad I found it! Its already into the New Year and Im behind on the days but I would love to join in reading the bible in a year..Its something I always wanted to do but am not much of a reader..I think this is the perfect time for me to start...I hope its ok to join in now...I love the site and its wonderful to find sites like this online..I plan on visiting everyday..Thank you so much and God Bless..Katiemfrmtx

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