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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

I have the main points and Scripture copied into the first page of my Bible from these 2 articles by John Piper.
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/four-prayers-for-bible-reading
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/read-the-bible-more-this-year

This is my third year of reading the Chronological Bible and I love it! Today when I read Gen. 1, I underlined the phrase, "Then God said," each time it appeared. He spoke the world into existence and holds it together! Amazing!

Never the read the Bible through even once. Trying again this year.

This will be my 15th cover to cover journey, but the first time chronologically. And it is also the first time my wife Kim has joined me. The questions in the.blog have prompted some deep and important discussions, even on this first day..

I’ve just recently started reading the Chronological Bible emails, of which I have totally enjoyed and have learned something new each time. I have read many chapters in the Bible but cannot say that I have actually read it all the way through completely. My goal, and prayer, is to do that thus year. My favorite chapter is Romans. The verse that stands out to me today is the Genesis 1:27.. I never really thought about what it means to be created in the image of God. Thanks for compiling the Chronological Bible reading emails.

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