Daily Encouragement

January 1 – Welcome to the Challenge!

January 1
Genesis 1:1-2:25
Matthew 1:1-2:12
Psalm 1:1-6
Proverbs 1:1-6

Welcome to the 2019 Bible Reading Challenge! We’re glad you’re joining with us in 2019 to read thru the Bible. The first day of year is a new day – we can move past the failures of the past and start the year right – and what better place to start the year than in God’s Word as we begin 2018!

Genesis 1:1 talks about where the world began. If you’ve been to the Creation Museum, you’ve seen an incredible exhibit on the amazing work of God. If you were in the planetarium and saw the Created Cosmos presentation, you saw how amazingly immense the universe is – and yet the universe is so insignificant to God He just says he “created the heaven.”

Genesis 1:3 – If you’re wondering how you can have light before the sun – ICR’s Defender Study Bible notes:

The existence of visible light prior to the establishment of the sun, moon and stars (Genesis 1:16) emphasizes the fact that light (energy) is more fundamental than light givers. God could just as easily (perhaps more easily) have created waves of light energy as He could construct material bodies in which processes function which generate light energy. The first is direct (since God is light!), the second indirect. For the creation of such light generators, see note on Genesis 1:14.

https://www.icr.org/bible/Genesis/1/3

Matthew 1 – Congrats on making it thru your first set of genealogies! While many skim thru the genealogies – there’s some interesting names you can catch – 1:3 – Tamar, 1:5 – Ruth,  1:6 – Uriah; these three people would not be found in an elitist pedigree (each brings up a embarassing story), but God in His mercy allowed them to be part of the family tree of His Son!

By the way – did you catch the blessing God has for you in Psalm 1? If you delight in His law – God has a blessing for you! (And if you want to memorize Psalm 1 – Patch the Pirate has a great song to help you!)

And if you need wisdom, Proverbs 1 reminds you that’s what this book is about.

Welcome to the 2019 Bible Reading Challenge – I’m excited to travel with you!

-Randy

Share how reading thru the Bible has been a blessing to you! E-mail us at 2018bible@vcyamerica.org or call and leave a message at 414-885-5370.

2 thoughts on “January 1 – Welcome to the Challenge!”

  1. I am very excited to have access to this challenge. I have been wanting to read through the bible for a long time but haven’t been successful. I fall behind and then give up. Do you have any suggestions if this happens to me again? Thank you for your help. Blessings!

    1. Hi Julie, Sign up for our emails – we’re sending out daily reminders and encouragement to people to keep them engaged! We will also send out accountability checks – sometimes it’s just knowing someone is checking in on you!

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