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Take under 15 minutes each day to cover the whole Bible in 365 days, with selected passages of scripture and a full commentary from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Drawing out a theme for each day from the designated Bible readings, Nicky and Pippa’s thoughts on the Proverbs, Psalms and New and Old Testament excerpts are full of insight, wisdom and application.
 
In The Bible in a Year podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way. Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins. For each period in the timeline, Jeff will join Fr. Mike for a special episo ...
 
John Calvin was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. Calvin's writing and preachings provided the seeds for the branch of theology that bears his name. Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530. After religious tensions provoked a violent uprising against Protestants in France, Calvin fled to Switzerland. Calvin developed his theology in his biblical commentaries as well as in his sermons and treatis ...
 
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Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Romans 7-8. Two of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible. I’ll share some comments, and we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts on Romans 7 and 8 Do you like baseball? I love baseball. Probably because my grandpa loved it. I remember sitting on my grandpa’s lap as he sat in his rec…
 
Fr. Mike encourages us not to be discouraged about the small things happening in our lives, because just as we see through Zechariah's visions, God takes small things and turns them into great triumphs. He also touches on the dedication of Israel to rebuild the temple, and the connection between the crowing of Joshua and the crowning of Christ the …
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Matt 8-10. After that I’ll have some comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment, and we’ll have a short time of prayer. Thoughts on Matthew 10 32Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. 33But whoever denies me before …
 
Fr. Mike continues to take us through the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, and the importance of moving on from the past to see what God is doing in our lives right now. He also gives some context on the Samaritans and what was happening across Jerusalem, post return. Today's readings are Ezra 3-4, Zechariah 1-3, and Proverbs 20:4-7. For the …
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Isa 18.22: Open Doors, Closed Doors. After that I’ll have some comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment, and we’ll have a short time of prayer. Thoughts on Isaiah 22 Jerusalem As I said on the last Isaiah episode, Isaiah chapters 13-23 are prophesies against nations that have atta…
 
Welcome to the Return period! Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike to introduce the ninth biblical period, which covers the Israelites' return to Jerusalem, the rise of the Pharisees, and the establishment of common household practices. They explain the pattern of exiles and returns throughout the Bible, starting with Exodus and leading all the way to Jesus'…
 
Fr. Mike introduces us to the books of Ezra and Haggai, explaining the Israelites' return to the promised land. He also warns us against apathy and indifference in our relationship with God, as we see Israel display towards the temple. Today's readings are Ezra 1-2, Haggai 1-2, and Proverbs 20:1-3. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpres…
 
As we continue through this year-long journey Fr. Mike and Jeff Cavins offer some words of encouragement for those who might be struggling. No matter if you're listening consistently or if you're "behind", the Lord will meet you where you're at in scripture. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bibl…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Job 7-8. After that I’ll have some comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment, and we’ll have a short time of prayer. Thoughts On Job 8 My goodness gracious! What a terrible way to begin, when your “friend” is sitting there covered in ashes, with sores all over his body, having lost…
 
As we finish the Gospel of Matthew, Fr. Mike takes us through Christ's passion, explaining the meaning of "Barabbas", the importance of saints, and temptation towards false truth. He also explains the context of the gospels, and how we fit into them in the new and eternal covenant. Today's readings are Matthew 27-28 and Proverbs 19:25-29. For the c…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Psalms 9-11: Fear Not. After that I’ll have some comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment and we’ll pray for some needs in the Lifespring Family. Thoughts on Psalms 11 Thoughts on Psalm 11 There was a time, before he was king, when David was being pursued by King Saul. And David’s…
 
Fr. Mike explains sins of omission, and how these are some of the biggest deciding factors of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell: whether or not we did good works God called us to. He also reminds us that not all of the New Testament parables are universally relevant, recalling the parable of the talents and the parable of the wise and foolish…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Joshua 11-15. We’ll see the Promised Land delivered to the tribes of Israel. After that I’ll have some comments, and I’ll share some Family comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts on Chapter 11 Here in Joshua 11 there are three things I wanted to focus on for just a mom…
 
Fr. Mike continues to explain the parables Christ recites in Jerusalem, specifically focusing on the dangers of preaching God's Word without practicing it in our lives. Jesus goes on to speak against the Scribes and Pharisees, reminding us that he's not only the Prince of Peace, but the Way and the Truth. Today's readings are Matthew 22-24 and Prov…
 
Psalm 109:1–4, Isaiah 48:17–18, 49:7, Galatians 5:7–14,16–17,22–25. We may also experience conflict when we stand up for the truth within the church, or when we engage with the prevailing culture Even in the UK, a country that has traditionally been seen as ‘Christian’, the culture is becoming increasingly hostile towards the Christian faith…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Genesis 8-11. After that I’ll have some comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts on Genesis 8-11: After the Flood Genesis 8 Noah, his family and all the creatures were on the ark for about a year before the earth was ready for them to come out. When the time was right, G…
 
Fr. Mike takes us through various parables in Matthew such as the parable of the lost sheep, the merciful servant, and the laborers in the vineyard. He invites us not to be envious when others are blessed, but to allow the Father to be generous. Today's readings are Matthew 18-21, and Proverbs 19:13-16. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensio…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Romans. After that I’ll have some comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment, and we have a couple prayer requests. Comments On Romans 5 and 6 Where to begin? Entire books have been written in mining all the truths found in Romans. Whenever I sit down to try to come up with comments…
 
As we read about the many miracles Jesus performs in today's readings from Matthew, Fr. Mike asserts the objective reality of those miracles and reinforces that Jesus is truly the Son of God who has power over matter. We learn that in Jesus, we too can do things that we could never do on our own. Today's readings are Matthew 14-17, and Proverbs 19:…
 
Psalm 108:2–3a,4–5, Isaiah 43:1–4,11,19, Galatians 3:26–29, 4:1–7. In the passages for today, we see how much more than just ‘nice’ God is – his goodness, amazing love and faithfulness We also see that not only does he ‘like’ you, he loves you – you are his ‘precious and honoured’ child (Isaiah 43:4)…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Matthew 5-7: The Sermon on the Mount. After that I’ll have some comments. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment, and we have a couple prayer requests. Comments Jesus had begun drawing large crowds by now. He taught in synagogues, he preaching the gospel of the kingdom of Heaven, and he h…
 
Fr. Mike explains the many parables we hear today in Matthew, including the return of the unclean spirit, and the danger of ornate souls. He emphasizes that when God sweeps the sin out of our souls, we must replace it with virtue, otherwise our souls remain empty without a relationship with God. Today's readings are Matthew 11-13 and Proverbs 19:5-…
 
Proverbs 22:29, Isaiah 42:1–4a,6–8a, Galatians 3:10–14,23–25. Furthermore, it is God’s plan that the church, through the victory of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, can and will succeed So, the St Andrew’s cross broadens out again as the members of the church of Jesus Christ become the servants of God with a mission to call all humanity bac…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Isaiah 12-17. After that I’ll talk about a message of hope. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts Isaiah chapters 13-23 are prophesies against nations that have attacked and otherwise been troublesome for Israel and Judah. As I write this in mid-September 2021, the United State…
 
Fr. Mike reinforces Jesus' divinity as we read about how Jesus heals people physically, mentally, and spiritually and frees them from the enemy's kingdom of darkness. Fr. Mike also encourages us to not be afraid when we experience persecution and division for the sake of Christ, but to rather courageously carry the Cross. ersecutions. Today's readi…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Job 5-6. After that I’ll have some comments on chapter six. I’ve been a bit long-winded on the last couple episodes, so today’s comments are shorter. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment, after which we have some prayer requests and praises. Thoughts on Job 5 Last week we read the begin…
 
Fr. Mike reads the Sermon on the Mount and explains how Jesus' teachings powerfully fulfill the old testament law, and identify the broken human heart as the source of our sinful actions. We learn that Jesus himself is the remedy to our sins, and that the secret to holiness is living in the perfect will of God. Today's readings are Matthew 5-7, and…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Psalms 6-8. After that I’ll have some comments on chapter six. I’ve been a bit long-winded on the last couple episodes, so today’s comments are shorter. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts This is the first of the seven Psalms of Confession: Psalms 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, an…
 
Fr. Mike introduces us to the Gospel of Matthew, including his genealogy, nativity, and the first days of his ministry. He pulls it all together to show that not only is Jesus reconstituting the kingdom in his ministry, but he's inviting us to join him in this kingdom. Today’s readings are Matthew 1-4, and Proverbs 18:17-20. For the complete readin…
 
Welcome to the third Messianic Checkpoint! Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike to introduce the Gospel of Matthew and explain what makes this gospel unique, particularly its emphasis on Jesus' call to discipleship, which continues to apply to all of us today. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contai…
 
Psalm 107:13–14,20–21, Isaiah 33:2,6, 35:1–2a,3–4a,8,10, Galatians 1:3–7,11–18,21–24. It means ‘freedom’ As the Bishop pointed out, there are three tenses of salvation: you *have been* set free from the *penalty* of sin, you *are being* set free from the *power* of sin and you *will be* set free from the *presence* of sin…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Genesis 4-7. After that I’ll address what some people see as difficulties in those chapters. We’ll do Our reading today is Joshua 6-10. After that I’ll have some comments on those chapters.. Then we’ll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts Thoughts on Joshua 5 and 6 When God tells you to …
 
Fr. Mike finishes the book of Jeremiah and highlights the final moment of hope at the conclusion. We also read the book of Obadiah and Fr. Mike challenges us to see who the Lord is asking us to choose to love, noting that it might may be someone who is closer to us than we think. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 52, Obadiah 1, and Proverbs 18:13-16. F…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Genesis 4-7. After that I’ll address what some people see as difficulties in those chapters. We’ll do a top ten. The reading is a bit long, and my comments on the top ten difficulties are longer than usual. So after that, we’ll go directly to our “On This Day In Church History” segment,, and then we’ll be f…
 
Fr. Mike encourages us to never stop talking to God, even in the hardest seasons of our lives. Much like yesterday's readings, we're seeing a lot of pain and suffering the lives of our brothers and sisters, but we still have so much to hope for. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 51, Lamentations 4-5, and Proverbs 18:9-12. For the complete reading plan,…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Romans 3-4. After that I’ll have a comment or two about the chapters we’ve read. And I’ll tell you about my favorite spot. A place where I am both relaxed and invigorated, and how that feeling relates to today’s scripture. And then, there’s the “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts on Romans 3-4…
 
Fr. Mike guides us through another chapter of Jeremiah and connects it to the sorrow and pain we hear in Lamentations. He reminds us that, even with such evil and desperation filing the world these days, God is still good, and we still have reason to hope in him. Today's readings are Jeremiah 49-50, Lamentations 3, and Proverbs 18:5-8. For the comp…
 
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Matthew 3-4, after which I’ll have a gripe about something in one of our chapters, and then a close examination of a verse in another chapter. After than, there’s the “On This Day In Church History” segment, and we don’t have any prayer requests today, but given that today is 9/11, I think we should pray fo…
 
Fr. Mike continues reading from the book of Jeremiah and emphasizes God’s judgment against the nations surrounding Israel. Fr. Mike also invites us to meditate on the words of the prophets and repent for our own failures and shortcomings. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 47-48, Lamentations 2, and Proverbs 18:1-4. For the complete reading plan, visit …
 
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