January 1 Bible reading

31 12 2019

January 1 – Psalm 1,  Matthew 1,  Genesis 1; 2:1-17

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

January 1 – Psalm 1,  Matthew 1,  Genesis 1; 2:1-17

Psalm 1 – The Psalms are a collection of songs exalting God. It serves as a book of prayer and praise. They are grouped into five “books” within the book. Psalm 1 starts us with an understanding that we can be healthy and fruitful in any season of life as we choose to be God-focused taking joy in God’s word. Today we can apply Psalm 1 by saying, “As we follow Jesus God will watch over us.”

Matthew 1 – In Matthew 1 the genealogy of Jesus shows us that God redeems our mistakes and injustices. The miracle birth of Jesus was precisely predicted and witnessed by people who recorded the details. Jesus Christ was born with the purpose to “save his people from their sins” and to be “God with us”. The purpose of Jesus includes our freedom from disorder and self-destruction.

Genesis 1; 2:1-17  In Genesis we read the jaw-dropping account of the creation of all that we see in our natural world. God, our Creator, is the giver of life. God created people by design with purpose. God shaped our personal identity so that we can be like Him. God has given all of us purpose. God has given us many functions including the stewardship of natural resources. We are allowed an opportunity to take care of our natural world and live out our God-given purpose from our identity as God’s children. God has shown love for us in who he is, in his work, and in his rest. In the rhythm of life, the timing of work and rest, the balance of being and doing, God has designed life for our benefit. We find personal identity in the fact that we are created in his image, and purpose in loving others in the same way God loved us.





January Bible reading

31 12 2019

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider the Scripture, ask yourself these questions, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

Here’s a sample of my daily posts, which can be found each day at BenMalmin.com

January 1 – Psalm 1,  Matthew 1,  Genesis 1; 2:1-17

Psalm 1 – The Psalms are a collection of songs exalting God. It serves as a book of prayer and praise. They are grouped into five “books” within the book. Psalm 1 starts us with an understanding that we can be healthy and fruitful in any season of life as we choose to be God-focused taking joy in God’s word. Today we can apply Psalm 1 by saying, “As we follow Jesus God will watch over us.”

Matthew 1 – In Matthew 1 the genealogy of Jesus shows us that God redeems our mistakes and injustices. The miracle birth of Jesus was precisely predicted and witnessed by people who recorded the details. Jesus Christ was born with the purpose to “save his people from their sins” and to be “God with us”. The purpose of Jesus includes our freedom from disorder and self-destruction.

Genesis 1; 2:1-17  In Genesis we read the jaw-dropping account of the creation of all that we see in our natural world. God, our Creator, is the giver of life. God created people by design with purpose. God shaped our personal identity so that we can be like Him. God has given all of us purpose. God has given us many functions including the stewardship of natural resources. We are allowed the opportunity to take care of our natural world and live out our God-given purpose from our identity as God’s children. God has shown love for us in who he is, in his work, and in his rest. In the rhythm of life, the timing of work and rest, the balance of being and doing, God has designed life for our benefit. We find personal identity in the fact that we are created in his image, and purpose in loving others in the same way God loved us.

January reading:

January 1  Psalm 1  Matthew 1  Genesis 1; 2:1-17

January 2  Psalm 2  Matthew 2:1-18  Genesis 2:18-25; 3; 4:1-16

January 3  Psalm 3  Matthew 2:19-23; 3  Genesis 4:17-26; 5; 6

January 4  Proverbs 1:1-7  Matthew 4:1-22  Genesis 7; 8; 9:1-17

January 5  Psalm 4  Matthew 4:23-25; 5:1-20  Genesis 9:18-29; 10; 11:1-9

January 6  Psalm 5  Matthew 5:21-42  Genesis 11:10-32; 12; 13

January 7  Psalm 6  Matthew 5:43-48; 6:1-24  Genesis 14; 15; 16

January 8  Proverbs 1:8-19  Matthew 6:25-34; 7:1-23  Genesis 17; 18

January 9  Psalm 7:1-9  Matthew 7:24-29; 8:1-22  Genesis 19; 20

January 10  Psalm 7:10-17  Matthew 8:23-34; 9:1-13  Genesis 21; 22; 23

January 11  Psalm 8  Matthew 9:14-38  Genesis 24

January 12  Proverbs 1:20-33  Matthew 10:1-31  Genesis 25; 26

January 13  Psalm 9:1-6  Matthew 10:32-42; 11:1-15  Genesis 27; 28

January 14  Psalm 9:7-12  Matthew 11:16-30  Genesis 29; 30

January 15  Psalm 9:13-20  Matthew 12:1-21  Genesis 31

January 16  Proverbs 2:1-11  Matthew 12:22-45  Genesis 32; 33

January 17  Psalm 10:1-11  Matthew 12:46-50; 13:1-17  Genesis 34; 35

January 18  Psalm 10:12-18  Matthew 13:18-35  Genesis 36; 37

January 19  Psalm 11  Matthew 13:36-58  Genesis 38; 39

January 20  Proverbs 2:12-22  Matthew 14:1-21  Genesis 40; 41:1-40

January 21  Psalm 12  Matthew 14:22-36; 15:1-9  Genesis 41:41-57; 42

January 22  Psalm 13  Matthew 15:10-39  Genesis 43; 44

January 23  Psalm 14  Matthew 16:1-20  Genesis 45; 46; 47:1-12

January 24  Proverbs 3:1-10  Matthew 16:21-28; 17:1-13  Genesis 47:13-31; 48

January 25  Psalm 15  Matthew 17:14-27; 18:1-9  Genesis 49; 50

January 26  Psalm 16  Matthew 18:10-35  Job 1; 2; 3

January 27  Psalm 17:1-5  Matthew 19:1-15  Job 4; 5; 6; 7

January 28  Proverbs 3:11-20  Matthew 19:16-30  Job 8; 9; 10

January 29  Psalm 17:6-12  Matthew 20:1-19  Job 11; 12; 13; 14

January 30  Psalm 17:13-15  Matthew 20:20-34  Job 15; 16; 17; 18

January 31  Psalm 18:1-6  Matthew 21:1-17  Job 19; 20; 21

Thank you for considering this. Daily I am grateful for the opportunity to share life with you!

Ben Malmin, Pastor

City Harbor Church





December 31 Bible reading

30 12 2019

December 31  Psalm 150  Revelation 22  Nehemiah 13

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 31  Psalm 150  Revelation 22  Nehemiah 13

Psalm 150

Let us gather to praise God for the highest quality of who He is and all that He has done. “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!” We should sing and make music to show our appreciation for God. Let us describe the goodness of God. Let us sing about the greatness of God.

Revelation 22

John sees a future end to the curse of sin and the final victory of Jesus Christ over all. John sees a river of life flowing from the throne. John sees eternal worship in the presence of God. John is reassured of the veracity of these visions and his given purpose to instruct people to be prepared for the victorious return of Jesus Christ. Everyone who “lives a lie” will be left outside of God’s presence. We must turn away from sin and turn toward wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ. God the Holy Spirit calls us in this Way.

Nehemiah 13

Nehemiah and Ezra sought out each of the instructions God had given in years past. They were passionate about following God, according to God’s plan. They ensured that each person would be offered teaching to explain the Scripture. Without Nehemiah’s constant supervision people drifted away from worshipping God, and their financial giving. They directly disobeyed God’s specific commands. Nehemiah confronted them, calling for change. Nehemiah ensured the regular worship of God by his organization of people and resources.

 

 

 





December 30 Bible reading

29 12 2019

December 30  Proverbs 31:21-31  Revelation 21  Nehemiah 11:22-36; 12

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 30  Proverbs 31:21-31  Revelation 21  Nehemiah 11:22-36; 12

Proverbs 31:21-31

The mother of King Lemuel offers us truth about a wife of noble character. She exercises good stewardship, self-control, and wisdom. A home full of mutual love and respect is blessed. When a spouse lives out the purpose found in a relationship with God everyone receives benefit. A loving husband should honor his wife and bless her.

Revelation 21

God shows John a vision of a new heaven and a new earth upon the ultimate victory of Jesus Christ. John sees the new eternal City of our God, where God will live among His people forever, with perfect peace. The ancient ways of worship through animal sacrifice are no longer practiced. Through Jesus Christ, the presence of God is forever available to all who were found in the Book of Life.

Nehemiah 11:22-36; 12

Nehemiah and Ezra lead an accounting of each person moving back into Jerusalem and Judah for the purpose of faithful restoration. Every person has purpose. Every priest was called for the dedication of the wall around Jerusalem. Each of them brought praise by singing and making music with instruments. They organized shared responsibility of financial stewardship of the offerings and rotation of people who would ensure the continuation of worship.

 

 

 





December 29 Bible reading

28 12 2019

December 29  Psalm 149  Revelation 20  Nehemiah 9:38; 10; 11:1-21

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 29  Psalm 149  Revelation 20  Nehemiah 9:38; 10; 11:1-21

Psalm 149

The Israelite people would gather regularly, for the public reading of Scripture and singing the Psalms, in the worship of God. They had many songs they shared in common. Psalm 149 calls them to enjoy praising God with a brand new song. They came to understand that God enjoyed their time together.

Revelation 20
John sees a vision of the future punishment of the devil. He sees people who had been martyred for Christ given spiritual authority, with Jesus Christ. For a period of time, the devil is allowed an opportunity to deceive people in opposition to Jesus. John sees a final day when Jesus will reign victorious over all and bring judgment to all who ever lived. .Jesus will make known who is in His Book of Life. John saw everyone who was not found in the Book of Life thrown into the lake of fire. John saw Jesus bring a final end to death and the grave.

Nehemiah 9:38; 10; 11:1-21

Nehemiah and Ezra lead the people in a confession of sin, seeking God’s forgiveness, and a public promise to adhere to God’s covenant agreement. They promise to support the financial needs of the Temple worship. They arrange a rotation of service to ensure someone will always care for the needs of worship. They commit to bringing first-fruit offerings of their annual harvest. They promise to never again neglect the regular public worship of God. They move back into Jerusalem.

 

 

 





December 28 Bible reading

27 12 2019

December 28  Psalm 148:7-14  Revelation 19:11-21  Nehemiah 9:1-37

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 28  Psalm 148:7-14  Revelation 19:11-21  Nehemiah 9:1-37

Psalm 148:7-14

We should throw our praise to God our Creator. The Almighty living God is worthy of our best praise. The day will come when every living thing will praise our God. Our weather conditions are at the command of our God. From the depths of the oceans to the height of the mountains, every living creature lives for God’s glory. Let us praise our God!

Revelation 19:11-21

John sees an amazing vision of Jesus Christ in all His jaw-dropping glory at the time of His ultimate victory. Our Savior Jesus Christ is revealed as the “King of all kings and Lord of all lords”. Who is like Jesus Christ? There is none! In our future, Jesus Christ will bring defeat to the proud and grace to the humble. Jesus Christ our King will see ultimate victory over every opposing force.

Nehemiah 9:1-37

Ezra and Nehemiah lead people in a return to their history and learning all that God had spoken to them. They are reminded of many miracles over hundreds of years, proving the faithful love of God. All the people came together for a solemn assembly of confession of sins and repentance. All together they praised God. They prayed, listing the many times throughout their history that God had been proven faithful despite their sins. They recalled the covenant agreements God had made with them and renewed their own promise to follow them.

 

 

 





December 27 Bible reading

26 12 2019

December 27  Psalm 148:1-6  Revelation 18:17-24; 19:1-10  Nehemiah 7:4-73; 8

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 27  Psalm 148:1-6  Revelation 18:17-24; 19:1-10  Nehemiah 7:4-73; 8

Psalm 148:1-6

Yahweh God our Creator spoke all that we see into existence. It is our reasonable response to call every living thing to praise God. One day it will come to pass. All the wonders in our galaxy will praise God. Let us praise our God!

Revelation 18:17-24; 19:1-10

Those who refuse to repent of sin and pursue wealth instead will be disappointed. This system will come to an end. The Almighty God will bring an ultimate determination, separating those who worship God from those who do not. The unrepentant will see the punishment for their actions. John heard a song of victory in Heaven, praising the Almighty God. John saw a vision of 24 elders praising God. He heard a call for everyone who serves God to worship our Creator. John heard the invitation to the great eternal celebration between Jesus Christ and His followers.

Nehemiah 7:4-73; 8

Nehemiah sought the wisdom of God. Nehemiah brought equal accountability for the care of every person in Judah, regardless of their wealth or standing. Each person matters to God and His servants. Nehemiah and Ezra ensured that each of the near 50,000 people would hear the reading of Scripture and receive an explanation of its meaning in regular public gatherings. They set about restoring the modes of worship God had instructed them to use. In this restoration Ezra, Nehemiah, and the spiritual leaders taught the people to receive God’s forgiveness and enjoy the prescribed feasts in God’s presence.

 

 

 





December 26 Bible reading

25 12 2019

December 26  Proverbs 31:10-20  Revelation 18:1-17  Nehemiah 5; 6; 7:1-3

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 26  Proverbs 31:10-20  Revelation 18:1-17  Nehemiah 5; 6; 7:1-3

Proverbs 31:10-20

A wife of noble character is worthy of love and respect at all times. She is more valuable than money or any other natural resource. Such a virtuous woman is a good steward and an example to many.

Revelation 18:1-17

John sees a vision of the final victory of Jesus. John hears a voice calling people to resist the temptation of temporary pleasures offered by deceptive dark spirits in our world. Many people will be shocked to find great destruction in this natural world, despite their best efforts, as a result of their refusal to worship the Almighty God. Perfect peace and love are available through Jesus Christ.

Nehemiah 5; 6; 7:1-3

Nehemiah learned that business people were taking advantage of poor people during the reconstruction. He put an end to this. Nehemiah was always a good example of stewardship. He was careful to use his position for the purpose of God’s will and never to his own personal advantage. Nehemiah remained focused on God’s plan. He did not get distracted by critics and manipulators. He defended the work of God, for the good of the people.

 

 

 





December 25 Bible reading

24 12 2019

December 25  Psalm 147:12-20  Revelation 17  Nehemiah 3; 4

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 25  Psalm 147:12-20  Revelation 17  Nehemiah 3; 4

Psalm 147:12-20

Our God revealed His faithful love to the people of ancient Zion. God’s quality of character was proven over and over. Our God brought peace. Our God orchestrates the seasons of nature. The elements are all at His command.

Revelation 17

John sees a vision of God’s final judgment coming upon dark spiritual forces that have controlled rulers who have oppressed people of all languages. Not a single evil action has escaped the notice of the living Almighty God. All who refuse to repent will fall under this judgment. There is no dark spiritual force that is able to stand defiant to the final judgment of our God. Their plans will only prove subject to the will of our God.

Nehemiah 3; 4

During the exile of the Israelite people, the city of Jerusalem lay in ruin with its walls torn down and the gates burned. Nehemiah led the effort to rebuild. He gave account for each family working toward restoration as they rebuilt the wall, section by section. They installed new gates and doors. They faced opposition to their efforts. Each worker was armed. The people carefully defended the restoration work. Nehemiah asked God for help. Calling on the faithful love of God, he asked for judgment on their unrepentant enemies.

 

 

 





December 24 Bible reading

23 12 2019

December 24  Psalm 147:1-11  Revelation 16  Nehemiah 1; 2

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

December 24  Psalm 147:1-11  Revelation 16  Nehemiah 1; 2

Psalm 147:1-11

When we put our hope in the unfailing love of the Lord, we will see God take joy. Let us thank God who gives life to every living thing. Our God brings healing to the brokenhearted.

Revelation 16

John sees a vision of the transition from human history’s end to the eternal reign of God before us. In that final day, God will bring punishment on all who refused to repent and upon our enemy the devil with his demons. Many people will be completely surprised by the return of Jesus. Anyone who lives in hope of Christ’s return will be blessed.

Nehemiah 1; 2

It is most likely that Ezra and Nehemiah worked as a team to write the history of the return of the remnant of Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity. This included the restoration of the city and the temple in fulfillment of the prophecies given by Isaiah and Jeremiah. We should learn many lessons from Nehemiah. Fasting and prayer may be the most valuable lesson. Asking God for guidance and favor was a repeated step taken by Nehemiah. He spoke the truth to the leaders of nations, while in pursuit of God’s will. Nehemiah sought the wise use of knowledge in the application of God’s plan.