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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,

1. Have you read the entire Bible before? - Yes
2. What are you looking forward to about reading the entire Bible in 2023? - Changing up my reading plan and having a fresh encounter.
3. What's your favorite book or verse in the Bible? - so many good one's to choose from. Today, I would say favorite book would be Genesis. So much good information and really sets the stage for the rest of the books. For a verse, I often say Psalm 118:24 "this is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Yet, Luke 4:25-27 I like as well with all that is packaged in it. So much depth.

You mentioned ' a book that did help open my eyes in a big way to existence of evil in our world today is Frank Peretti's "This Present Darkness".'
You want some real eye openers around the spiritual world and evil, you should check out the book "The Unseen Realm" by Dr. Michael Heiser and any of the books and information from Brian Godawa.

1. I have not read the whole bible in a year. 10+ years ago I was in a 2 year bible study at church in which we read the whole bible.
2. I want to read the bible chronologically - and my plan is to read these daily devotionals along with Chronological Bible Teaching devotional. Together these two daily emails help me to understand the bible better.
3. Favorite verse - I have several - some verses that applied to current situations. Currently I like Joshua 1:9, going through a divorce many years ago was Isaiah 40:31. From childhood have always liked Ps 51:10. This was part of our liturgy in the Lutheran Church back in the 1960s.
I am retired now - and I have the time to read the bible, really read and understand what the daily bible reading speaks to me. Every year I start reading the bible in January - this year my goal is read through the whole bible.

I haven’t read through the Bible even once!
I hope i will this year!
I love Psalms.

I am currently reading through the Bible, and I am in Proverbs. I decided on the chronological study because it pieces everything together. I've noticed through reading different areas that I was like, didn't I read this before?
I have so many verses and passages that are so good!! I have had a lot of aha moments. But one that is written on my heart is John 21. God's reminder that we are new in Christ, and though we may stumble or fall, we can't go back to the old. We must do what God has called us to do. Go out to the world and spread the good news.

I am looking forward to reading through the Bible for the first time. I have tried many times in the past and failed. Already, I am behind the eight ball. More than anything though I want not only just read God's Word but to understand it and feel the presence and love of God all year long. I have trouble with memory and organization so I am praying for God-s help in this.

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