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Mike,

Thanks for leading us on this journey. May you continue to have anointing!

Molly

Yes, Mike thank you again for your daily contribution to my life's edification. May God richly bless you and this ministry.

Regarding Malachi and the whole tithe: I read this for so many years with a real sense of conviction from the Holy Spirit--and did nothing about it. Then I repented and followed what I believe to be the Lord's request on my life. New King James from James 4:17 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Now I can read this and other passages and know that I am not guilty of the sin of not doing what the Lord asks of me. I also don't judge others and their tithing habits because I know that His sheep hear His voice and will follow Him. It reminds me of when Jesus was restoring Peter in John 21:21 and Peter says "but Lord what about him?" Jesus's answer "...you must follow me". So if you read Malachi and feel a tug of conviction, don't turn away. It is the Lord calling you to the higher walk financially. So follow Him and don't get hung up on results. The blessings are truly innumerable and unquantifiable. If we hear His voice, listen and do what He asks, then He will continue to speak to us. If you turn away...well, that is what the nation of Israel did and we have read the results for months. Ouch. The poured out blessings: a life full of grace, forgiveness, mercy, direction and hope. Ultimately: "well done, you've been a good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master" Matt 25:14+

May God bless you all richly

Mike,

Your discipline and consistency has been a huge blessing to me! God is really using you with this blog. You provided the encouragement I needed over the past year to take on and complete this life changing journey. Thanks again and God bless you!

I remember the last time I wrote my new years resoultion;it was 3 years ago.My first resoultion was to get closer to God,the next year I gave my life to Christ and without my realising it until about 6months into the new year,all the other things I purposed to do,I did.Talking about seeking the Kingdom of God 1st and all other things will be added huh.
I had more study bibles than I could comfortably carry about.I wanted to have many versions of the bible so I could do an indepth study of the bible,so God provided a laptop then later on in January,2006,I found this site.A lot has happened on my journey,I finally got baptised,then God weaned me off commentaries so I could concentrate more on His word....all in all I've been truly blessed by everyone.By Mike when guests criticised him and he responded with so much patience and love...by stories of people prasing God inspite of sickness,death,etc...by the commentaries that gave me a lot of insights to my very many questions.I really look forward to seeing everyone I've met here and new folks on the blog.God bless you all and looking forward to seeing you all in the future and in heaven.
6"For I, the LORD, (Q)do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed."
This verse preceeds the tithing one...I guess many people believe that Jesus came to do away with the law and new convenant means out with the old....Well Jesus himself said (Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil)and (Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail)....during my journey this year,I found out that there's so much of the law christians decided to ignore...my prayer is that we all take off the denominational eye glasses and open up our hearts to hear what God has to say.....and apply it to our lives.
God bless you all

Mike
Thank-you for the awsome job you have done. I'm sure that God will bless you many times over for all the time you have spent on this great journey.

This is somewhat off topic based on the scripture readings but lately I have not posted and not for lack of doing the daily readings. I find myself focusing on year-end thoughts, what have I learned in this year’s reading through the Word; and more importantly, what thing or things from this discipline have I applied to my life. What have I taken away from the daily reading and then exercised in my life? I guess you cold say I’ve been doing an audit as well as an inventory.

Even though haven’t posted for a little over a week and since I am finishing up my 19th year of reading through the Bible, I realize it is not old, it is not futile and I’m still seeing things I’ve never seen before although I’ve read it before. God’s Word is ever pregnant with new, old things, which I either was not mature enough to handle when I first read the book or did not have enough foundation built to receive the message.

In 2006 my goal was to “find out how God did things and fall into line.” This coming year, 2007 it think it will be looking at God’s Word separately as one word, in The Word, one verse, one chapter, one book and also as a whole. This past year I found myself in a purposeful exercise program to try to counter the effects of Type II diabetes and reverse the symptoms if I can. As one get older, there is a tendency to buy into the fallacy of inevitability and accept the limitations of aging: weight gain, limited flexibility, memory loss and those aches and pains of wear and tear. But in the middle of the year I saw an article about a woman, Morjorie Newlin, who at the age of 72 began lifting weights at a gym with the Big Boys. At the age of 86 she can bench press and dead lift 95 pounds (43 kilos) and squat 135 (61). My imagination ran wild. What did I believed about myself and others I took for gospel truth? I began reading everything I could about exercise/moving and it’s effect on the body and found out that what I thought was inevitable the effects of aging on the body was not true. What I was seeing and experiencing was the effects of not moving—I was slowing down because I thought 1) I was entitled and 2) I needed to fit into the “norms” of the population group I was in.

These last two weeks God has been speaking to me about paralleling what I was finding out about moving and not moving on the physical body with the spiritual. All thought out the Old and New the spiritual body, be it Israel, the Temple, the Church our own body has been compared to the spiritual.

Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:4-5 HCSB)

I have been thinking about the role of our “fat” cells looking at them as our “hope;” the muscles as our “faith” and what happens to our bodies when we fail to move/exercise them be it anaerobic (without air) or aerobic (with air). Fat cells are stored energy, fat cells are needed to keep the body functioning and to propel the body to move. But what happens to us when we fail to move and keep gaining fat? Spiritually how does this play out? To much hope (fat) and not enough faith (muscle) to move us into doing what we have been called to do makes us obese. Muscle (faith) only gains strength when pressure is put on it until it is tired out. We can always build muscle (faith) but fat never goes away, in fact, it always increases when we don’t move. Yet fat (hope) can multiply is such a way that it crushes our lungs, our life breathe and compress our heart, killing the very thing God created to keep us alive on the earth. What have I done with the knowledge I have received in reading through the Bible all these many years? Am I obese restricted by the amount of info I’ve received but not used in application, or am I lean and mean? Muscle has definition and form, fat has no form or definition it just takes up space. Am I a believer with purpose and form; or, am I one who takes up much needed space? Am I spreading out and limiting the available space that the mean and lean Christians need to operate?

Grace and peace for all the travelers going into the New Year with the Words of Life, The Bible—God’s Word.

Ramona


Mike I join with all the others and the voices to come, Thank You for your commitment to this Blog--truly this is God's work.

Mike, thanks for all the work you do on this blog and the questions you pose for us to think about. 2007 will be my second full year reading the Bible all the way through. I have learned so much from it and have learned how the Bible all fits together.

New Year Resolutions- have never been for me.
Sometime in 2006 (and thruout) I asked the Lord what
loving the Lord my God with my whole heart and mind and soul and strength involved.
Well He showed me some and for 2007 I would say that is a "generalized"
description of my New Year's resolution. Course there are real specifics that I'll not get into now.
Anyway, this is one reason I committed to this daily Bible reading. I am grateful and appreciative of the preparation you do for us! It is awesome and encouraging. I am not a new believer, but I've gotten out of touch with the daily, early communion with my Father. I do have a "well spring of life" in me, graced from Bible study. I have taken advantage and put other things ahead of my more precious personal relationship with my Saviour and I've repented.
So gotta scoot! I wrote you while on the blog copying the verses for today.
C.... did it again... put other things first before hearing what God says today!
I've read it before-- hehe---just funning--- He'll have something new in those same read lines, I betcha!
P.S. - (been studying Daniel) he made things known to his companions and told them....
"that they would desire the mercies of the God of heaven". That's going to be my prayer without ceasing, for those in our group, as they share thruout the coming year.

haha, Jesus is holy soap...honestly never thought of that. thats appropiate, I mean He cleanses us and washes us of our iniquities =)

I agree, we should not worship anyone but the Living Lord. People are all imperfect, pastors, teachers, they are just ordinary ppl God has used b'cos that is their calling. I greatly admire some ppl, but we are all born into a fallen nature except Christ.

I love that song....Come Lord Jesus, Come. we sing it at church...i really just pour out my soul to the Lord on that one. Kutless also has a great version of that. ("All who Are Thirsty").

Malachi 3:16 stood out for me:" Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name."
How awesome....God listens to our conversations. Did u know when God overhears believers talking about HIm and giving Him glory and just talking about what He done in our lives it blesses His heart?! aww, thats such a blessing for me!

That old saying, there only certainties in life are death and taxes, well I disagree and say the only certainty in life is found throughout God's word; eg. Rev. v13 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." amen to that!

Ps 150..think david is telling us to praise God? ;) I had just an awful night at work...i was in tears and had to leave early and I was listening to kwave 107.9 on my way home. i was very upset and a beautiful song came on which i am reminded of:
"Blessed be Your name, when the sun's shining down on me.
When the world's 'all as it should be'. Blessed be Your name.
Blessed be Your name, On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering, Blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord. Blessed be Your name. Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your glorious name! You give and take away, you give and take away...my heart will chose to say, Lord blessed be Your name!!"

I broke out into praise through the tears and the pain. this life is temporary...He is eternal.
Let's praise Him in the good and the bad!!!
haha...had to end this year with a very long comment. I was thoroughly blessed by God's word this year!! I will not be writing any more comments til next year ;) see ya tomorrw =).

I am so glad to have found this site! I have found the One Year Bible life changing. I resolve to read it again this year with my son.

I agree with you on the tithing. Ten years ago I was in a very dark season of my life. My children and I were homeless, jobless, carless, husband/fatherless etc. Fortunately my folks came to our rescue regarding shelter. As God provided, we were able to get a $6/hr job, a junk car, a 500 sq ft single wide, and public assistance (medicaid and food stamps). At that point I "tested" God and tithed. I tithed food stamps by donating 10% of what I received to a food bank in the form of groceries. I tithed my gross wages by giving to my new church home (and the occasional non-profit).

I didn't do it because I expected great things in return. I wasn't awaiting the storehouses of heaven to pour down wealth I didn't do it to manipulate the Creator of all we see and know into giving me a nice car and a big house. I did it because I believed that if I loved God and wanted to please Him, I should do the things He likes. Get Him something from His wish list instead of a suprise-Me gift. I still believe that's the way to go.

Ten years later I am still a believer in tithing. I do presently live in the biggest house I've ever lived in and have greater vehicle assets than ever before. I have a way better job. But the improved financial picture is not why I still tithe. I do so because it is the way things are designed to work. That's just how He rolls....

Again great readings today! A couple of verses really stood out for me today ...

Malachi 3:17-18 ) "They will be mine," says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. ~ Wonderful to hear the powerfull words "I will spare them"! I love the idea that God will spare us, because we love Him, we serve Him, we praise Him and have faith in Him. We live throughout His word and we know He is thankfull for that. This morning in church I prayed for wisdom, I really want to have the wisdom to do the right thing. I know and realize I'm still a baby in this and I still need to be fed with milk, it just takes time before I can have regular food ... I just have to be patient.

Revelation 22:16 ) "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." ~ Strongly spoken ... 'the bright morning star'. This really spoke to me when I read it.

Proverbs 31:30 ) Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Okay, there's nothing much to add here, eh?

Wishing all of you a Happy Newyear! Be safe and have a wonderful evening & night! My bells are ringing way before midnight hits all of you ... how weird is that, eh?

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen.
Mae

Each week I send a verse from my readings to my son in Iraq. Although he has his bible with him, I don't know how much time he has to read God's word, but I know he reads our letters to him. Last week the verses I chose were from Psalm 31:14-16 "But I trust in you, O Lord, I say You are my God. My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant. Save me in your steadfast love". Yesterday I attended the funeral of a great-aunt. The pastor read several psalms that he said my great-aunt had marked in her own bible. These verses were among those he read. Truly there are no coincidences with God. He is wonderful and to be praised forever and ever. I look forward to continuing to read with all of you in 2007. This site has been a blessing to me.

Thank you so much for your diligence. This year I've learned the importance of women in God's world. I've been standing in the gap for my husband and daughters and my family for about 20 years. I've seen God's wonderful fulfillment of His promises so many times. I find great peace in His Word. I encourage women to trust Him and be assured that He always does what He says He will do. His Word makes my journey easier to travel. I praise God for His faithfulness. I am determined to continue to learn more about His ways through His Word, so I will continue to read it in 2007. Thank you for affording me this opportunity. Alice

It is with a sense of great accomplishment and gratefulness that I comment today. A year ago I started reading the One Year Bible blog without much hope of finishing, because of the times I'd failed before. Although I skipped out most of Ezekiel because I got really behind at one stage, I got through the rest. YAY!

Knowing that there was a community of readers doing this with me, and being able to interact with you all through comments was a key ingredient for me. Thank you to all who posted.

Mike, thank you so much. Your commitment to this blog is admirable, and your humility is inspiring. I think you must be one of Jesus' heros when I see how many lives you are touching daily through your obedience to Him.

Having read the whole Bible now, I have a much better idea of God as the beginning and the end, God working through history, God unravelling His love-plan and God reaching out to us. I have a much better understanding of Israel and the Jewish nation, and how they are a precious part of the fact that I am a Christian today. Praise You, Lord for drawing near to us. Praise You for The Message.

When I was in high school i made resolutions...but now that I have a family I don't...just because its tough enough to make it through the day remembering when to take Ethan every two hours to the bathroom or watch him making sure he hasn't .2 in his underwear..so no we don't make resolutions..hehe...:)

I am glad that the Lord doesn't change..have you ever heard that song by Montgomery Gentry Some people change...there are people that don't change as well...:(

I don't make resolutions, but I do try to set at least 5 goals for the coming year. I'll write down some realistic goals that I can try to achieve in the next year, then I put away the list till the end of that year and do it again the following New Year's Eve. I'm surprised and very pleased each time--I usually end up accomplishing at least 3 of the goals I set for myself, without even realizing it until I look at the list! It's a great way to see how far you've come, and how you can strive towards new goals. I've found that writing things down helps motivate me to actually follow through on things I've planned.
Anyway, have a happy and blessed New Year!

My pastor made a good point this morning...he was laughing at the whole resolutions deal. This is why its silly, its stuff we are resolving to do by own will. No wonder they fail! I'm sure we all made attempts to start doing this this or stop doing that, but if its own accord we will most likely fail. But if we do things thru His strength and might, He will not fail.

Thank you Mike for this wonderful ministry you perform for the benefit of us who read the Scripture with you each day. I know it takes a lot of devotion, time, work and dedication not only to keep it going but also to do it as well as you do. This is truly a gift of the Spirit you have been blessed with! I look forward to traveling through 2007 with you as we study the Word of God.

To all of you, may the Lord hold you in His arms, may He fill each day of 2007 with blessings, and may you grow closer to Christ Jesus each day.

Happy New Year and God Bless!

Pat

Thank you Mike for your insights and comments. I have gained so much from you as I read the New Testament in 2006 and will read the Old Testament in 2007. You have put a lot of effort for the daily readings. Thank you again.
Bless you

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to say that the One Year Bible has been such a huge blessing to me this last year - to anyone thinking about doing it, I would say DO IT! It has kept me rooted in God's Word, even at times when I was tired and didn't feel like it, becuase I knew I was on this journey with thousands of other people from around the world :-)The weekly comments have been amazing, and have continually made me think and reflect. I have decided to spend this year on a different Bible plan, but hope to come back to this one next year perhaps?!

Will continue praying for Mike - you've done such a great job!!

Blessings to you all,
love Emma xx

I thank you Mike for the wonderful readings you sent me all through the year. Of coz, I missed reading some and I honestly confess but nevertheless, my resolution would be to read all of them this year 2007.

I highly appreciate your determination, dedication and discipline and it is wonderful that I could find your Blog. Though I am not a christian but a Hindu by birth, thoroughly convent educated, I do believe in the faith and for me, it's one religion called 'Humanity' I follow.

Thanks again, Mike for your diligence and giving me the opportunity to read on web.

- Blossomsmile

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