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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 has been such a blessing this past year to have this blog to keep me motivated and focused. Many days I have read thru the daily verses then, when I read your blog Mike, I would realize I did not really read it, just skimmed over it, and your comments have caused me to go back and re-read noticing things you pointed out. The first time for me at 67 I have read the entire bible. Thank you!!

This time last year Pastor Jack Hibbs suggested reading through the One Year Bible. Instead of using a book, my wife and I found the One Year Bible Online. We’ve both read the entire Bible before, but this format was especially useful. We started the year listening to the melodic voice of Tom Dooley read each day while locked down. Then as life became busier, being a fast reader I turned to reading the daily instead. At one point we fell behind, like a few weeks behind. A pastor friend with good intentions told me to just pick up with today’s reading, fearing I would become defeated and give up. Instead, God gave us the time and wisdom to catch up. So I can say that today, we both complete reading the entire Bible this year. A huge blessing, and being an analytic, using my iPad it has been so simple to drill down into other translations and commentaries. This was especially helpful when we got into the minor prophets recently. Reading Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s notes and outlines helped me see each prophet in context. Today is actually the first day I looked at this blog, wanting to spread the word as suggested in the notes for today’s reading. I will plan to look here regularly in 2022.

We are starting the entire Bible again tomorrow, just using a different translation. I encourage anyone who starts to persevere. It has been tremendous for our spiritual growth. The Word of God is alive and accessible for those with eyes to see and ears to hear! God bless.

My Small View.

A few years ago I did this blog and found it enriched my life. Again this year it helped me in my relationship with Father, Jesus and the Spirit. Typically I would read something and realize those words came true and were meant for me that day. Mike’s comments, his links and especially people that would comment would really help in understanding the deeper meaning that God was wanting me to have. People you don’t know how important it is to “comment” because it’s your testimony and we are at war with evil that is trying very hard to destroy that! I hope you realize that it’s not a law or obligation but a right and freedom we have received through Jesus. Kelly Hayes says, “There is no shame in admitting that you were previously speaking from a less informed place.”

This book, The Bible is soooooooo good. It is for all ages and all times. It is such a blessing that reading one word to a whole chapter can be life changing. This year I picked up a word thanks to Ramona that I apply to everything now. The word blessing. It means to be happy, fortunate and envied. (James 1:25). That is Kingdom living. The book of Revelation was cool too. I remember a group of 5 men sitting around one evening 5 years ago and reading the entire thing. 3 guys fell asleep, another guy and myself finished by singing and praying. That came to mind finishing Revelation today.

Here are a few notes, I scribbled in my Bible:

Purpose: Go to the Bible for your protection, correction and direction.

God: The WORD is God’s revelation of his heart, values, will, mission, eternal Kingdom, agenda. Reading it will give you appreciation of who He is and who’s you truly are.

Remember: Too often we try to use God to change our circumstances, when God is trying to use our circumstances to change us. Nicky Gumble

Mark Twain: “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

Mahatma Gandhi: “I will say to the Hindus that your lives will be incomplete unless you reverently study the teachings of Jesus.”

Goal: In humility one is touched with the conviction that every good thing comes from God. St. Teresa of Avila.

Prayer: If we need inspiration or forgot how to pray, remember the “9”s: Daniel 9, Ezra 9
Nehemiah 9.

BLESSINGS.

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