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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!

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

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,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

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.

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.

It may be obvious, but my New Year's Resolution is to personally read and study the Bible every day.

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!

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

Thank you once again Mike for a fantastic journey through the Bible. This is my third year with you through the Bible and my fifth year as a born again believer.

To all of you who didn't finish...it's okay. If your heart is right God sees it. Start afresh. Never give up. God has not given up on you! Always start where you are because God will meet you where you are.

Much love to all of you this coming year as we go on the journey once more with new revelation and the wisdom to do that which we read. May we become that which we seek -- TRUE FOLLOWERS AND SERVANTS AND FRIENDS OF CHRIST.

Hi One Year Bible Readers!
It is great that we are in this spiritual Journey! I love it, I encourage more people to join.
In todays' readings this verse:(Rev 22:7) "Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book." Give me more energy of continuing to read the Word of God and continue to this journey! Because how can we "keep the words" if we are not reading and meditating on it! May God bless this ministry! Amen

Happy New Year to you Mike and to all of you who have accompanied Mike on the journey through the Scripture this year! I have just finished my third year taking this journey with you and will continue to journey with you as long as you have this ministry and the Lord grants me days to walk this path. May God bless you and continue to bless you for your dedication, loyalty and work you put forth each day to bring the Scripture into so many homes and may the Lord bless each of you that have set aside time each day to read His Word.

God Bless!
Patsy Ray

I am not a NY resolution maker generally, but this year I resolved to follow the one year Bible - and I amanged to keep it up - a first for me. thank youso much Mike for helping this process with daily encouragements and comments. i have really enjoyed the whole year, and am looking frorward to doing it all again. thanks too to all the fellow travellers. i dont contribute very often to comments, but enjoy reading those of others!!
every blessing to all . .

2009 will make my 4th year for the One Year Bible Blog. I love Biblegateway.com because it gives me the opportunity to read the Word in different translations. For 2008 I read it thru using The Message translation. I loved it. Eugene Peterson most often refers to the Lord as "God-of-the-Angel-Armies". I love that reference. I also asked my church to put Mike's "bulletin blurb" in our's with the hope of perhaps starting a Bible Study group using the suggestions he has given. I haven't decided what version of the Bible I'm going to use for 2009, but I'm expectant of what God has in store for me to learn thru it. Thanks again Mike for all you do on this blog.

i enjoyed using Malachi as a way to enter into the new year. Malachi calls upon the people to give God their absolute best in their devotion to Him by bringing the best of their flocks, not the worst or damaged.
He also touches on the life of one called to ministry in Malachi 2:15-16 "My covenant with Levi was one of 'life and peace'....And it was out of this relationship of revering God that he would go on to have a ministry of transformative teaching in the lives of others. He also gets into marriage, divorce, money, and much more.
Great book to end the year with and also to begin a new one.

I am certainly glad that I found your blog on New Year's day in 2008 as I was searching for a Bible study plan. It had been a few years since I had been through the Bible in a year. It has helped to restore my first Love with Jesus. I am so glad that you introduced me to Shane Claiborne and Mark Driscoll. Some days I would just cling to the memory verse. Some day, just the right song to bring my heart back to the one I love. I found Peace and I found answers and I found Jesus at this place. It has been a stream of healing to me. Thank you for your obedience.

thank you! Came late to the table, as I didn't find your site till about halfway through the year, but through the grace of God and dependable internet service, I made it to the end of the year. Along the way, several of my friends have joined on, and we are all looking forward to going deeper into God's word with you next year. Don't know if folks realise just how much work you put into each and every day on this site, but I do and I'm very grateful for your ministry! God bless you and all the others who travel the Bible every day with you, hope to be right here at the end of next year and be able to finally say that I have been all the way through the Bible!
Hugs and blessings to all

Resolutions are good. I've made many throughout the years...and even kept a few!

Let me make a suggestion to resolution-makers. I encourage your resolutions because I know your devotion, your dedication, and your work ethic. You will keep any resolution that you dearly want to keep. But save one resolution like this...make a resolution that you couldn't possibly keep through your own effort. Put that resolution strictly into the hands of God. Keep it before you during the year. Ask God about it through prayer. By year's end, God willing, your resolution will be accomplished.

May God bless you all and bring you Peace in the coming year through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Everybody loves the Culmination Day Ole John has us in Revelation around GOD's throne... With the river of life and JESUS ... Glory What a Mighty GOD we serve!

Well this is about my 4th time thru with Mike... and before Mike I had a RED NIV ONE YEAR BIBLE given to me by a freind... When he gave it to me he stated something like it is my pleasure to give this to you for the purpose of evangelism and with my smug attitude I thought what in the world is he thinking? I am wanting to read thru the Bible not be an evangelist... Little did I know that the little RED NIV ONE YEAR BIBLE was the greatest thing for evangelism that could be given... Friends if u wanna see change in your families... and change in your churches give them the Word of GOD... Get them on a plan... any plan that gets them regularly in GOD's Word.... That is the best tool for evangelism that my wise old friend knew before I knew...

Mike, Thank you for the time you take each day to do this blog. You have help me so much in a time in my life I didn't know or what to do when my daughter was going through a divorce. I was able to pray for her and get her back on track. I have also been in a endless payday loan trap that 2009 I will no longer be in. I will use my money for the lord. I want to change my life, and help others. Thank you so much. I will keep reading in 2009. God bless you!

2009 wl be my 4th time reading the whole bible. I use a Dake which has so much commentary that is just wonderful. Reading the whole bible changed my life as a Christian. I had never read the Old Testament, just bits & pieces, & for it all to come together gives you the whole picture of God's plan for mankind. I encourage every Christian to read the entire bible this year! It will change your life! Your wisdom wl increase like you can't imagine. The Word is Life & Health to Your Flesh. It will make you whole. Nothing is more important that this. We must seek FIRST His kingdom & His righteousness, & then all things will be added to us as well.

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