September 30: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

2 Thessalonians 1. After the customary greeting and prayer of thanksgiving, the Apostle Paul dealt with God’s final judgment and God’s glory.

Jeremiah 27. The prophecies continue; Babylon will put nations under a yoke , Judah will serve Nebuchadnezzar.

Jeremiah 28. The prophet Hananiah was proven false by events. Rather than defeating Babylon, Judah would go into captivity.

Jeremiah 29. Jeremiah sent a letter to the exiles, a letter of hope, and a promise of return “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord“. Then follows a message to Shemaiah, a not so promising message.

Psalm 85, of the Sons of Korah. A prayer of thankfulness.

September 29: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

1 Thessalonians 5 speaks of the Day of the Lord, no one knows the day or time. Then the Apostle Paul gave final exhortations, among them are “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Jeremiah 25. God gave Jeremiah this big prophesy: Seventy years of captivity and judgment on the nations.

Jeremiah 26. For giving bad news Jeremiah received death threats, but the priests managed to hold off the mob with pointing out what was prophesied is consistent with earlier prophecies, so he was let free (for a while).

September 28: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

1 Thessalonians 4. Believers live to please God and were called to purity and godliness, brotherly love and orderly life. There is comfort in knowing Christ is coming for his own.

Jeremiah 23. God will eventually raise up from the house of David the righteous branch, but until then there will be lying prophets, false prophets and empty oracles.

Jeremiah 24. Jeremiah had a vision of two baskets of figs. God gives an object lesson.

September 27: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

1 Thessalonians 3 tells of the Apostle Paul’s concern for the Thessalonians’ faith, he was encouraged by the report from Timothy. The chapter ends with a prayer that their love may increase.

Jeremiah 20. The chief priest Pashhur heard of Jeremiah prophesy and its bad outcomes, so he punished Jeremiah, which led to the word of God given to Pashhur. Jeremiah gave yet another complaint to God, this time even to the point of complaining he was born.

Jeremiah 21. Jerusalem was doomed, and God delivered this message to the house of David.

Jeremiah 22 continues God’s messages to the House of David, the sons of Josiah and proclaimed the end of the Davidic line with Jehoiachin. This is one reason Jesus had to be adopted by Joseph to restore the Davidic line according to the gospel of Matthew.

September 26: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

1 Thessalonians 2. The Apostle Paul defended his motives and his conduct, they were all pure. Then he gave thanks to God for the conversion of the Thessalonians and mentioned his longing to see them.

Jeremiah 17. Judah’s sin was deep and worthy of punishment. Jeremiah gave a profound confession and delivered a beautiful prayer for deliverance. Then he reminded the people to keep the sabbath holy.

Jeremiah 18. Jeremiah went to the potter’s house and learned the importance of the potter and the clay. God’s warning was rejected by the people and Jeremiah was persecuted.

Jeremiah 19. Jeremiah bought a clay jar, went to the valley of Hinnon, later called Gehenna, proclaimed disaster over Judah and Jerusalem over their offerings to Baal or Molech and broke the clay jar to signify how big the disaster was going to be.

September 25: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

1 Thessalonians 1. After the customary greetings the Apostle Paul gave thanks for the Thessalonians’ good example.”Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.”

Jeremiah 14. There was to come drought, sword, famine and pestilence. The people pleaded for mercy.

Jeremiah 15. More calamities awaited the people, for the LORD will not relent. Jeremiah felt dejected, but the Lord reassured Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 16 tells of the Day of Disaster and ends with the promise that God will restore Israel.

September 24: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Colossians 4. The Apostle Paul gave final instructions, final greetings and exhortations as he bade the Colossians (and the Laodiceans) God’s grace.

Jeremiah 11. The covenant God made with the Israelis was conditional; God promised to be with them as long as they obeyed the commands, but they did not, so the covenant was broken. The chapter also describes a plot against Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 12. Jeremiah poured out his complaint. The LORD gave His answer.

Jeremiah 13. Jeremiah bought a linen belt, it got ruined. Then God told about wineskins. Both were object lessons for what was to befall Jerusalem, for pride precedes captivity.

The EU published their excess mortality data for July 2022.

Excess mortality in the EU climbed to +16% in July 2022 from +7% in both June and May. This was the highest value on record so far in 2022, amounting to around 53 000 additional deaths in July this year compared with the monthly averages for 2016-2019.

This information comes from data on excess mortality published by Eurostat September 16 based on a weekly deaths data collection. The article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained articles on excess mortality and weekly deaths.

Excess mortality continued to vary across the EU Member States, with eight Member States recording values above the EU average. The highest rates in July 2022, more than double the EU average, were recorded in

1. 🇮🇸 Iceland, + 55.8% 2. 🇪🇸 Spain +36.9% 3. 🇱🇮 Lichtenstein +35.8%

4. 🇨🇾 Cyprus +32.9% 5. 🇬🇷 Greece +31.2% 6. 🇵🇹 Portugal +28.8%7. 🇲🇹 Malta +26.4%

8. 🇨🇭 Switzerland +25.9% 9. 🇮🇹 Italy +24.9% 10. 🇦🇹 Austria +17.5%

11. 🇸🇮 Slovenia +16.5% 12. 🇮🇪 Ireland +16.3% 13. 🇩🇪 Germany +15.2%

14. 🇳🇴 Norway +14.8% 15. 🇳🇱 Netherlands +14.7% 16. 🇭🇷 Croatia +14.6%

17. 🇫🇷 France +14.1% 18. 🇪🇪 Estonia +12.3%19. 🇱🇺 Luxemburg +11.5%

20. 🇩🇰 Denmark +10.3% 21. 🇫🇮 Finland +9.4 22. 🇸🇰 Slovakia +7.7%

23. 🇵🇱 Poland +5.8% 24. 🇭🇺 Hungary +4.5% 25. 🇨🇿 Czechia +4.4%

26. 🇧🇪 Belgium +4.3% 27. 🇸🇪 Sweden +2.7% 28. 🇷🇴 Romania +2.4%

29. 🇧🇬 Bulgaria +1.4% 30. 🇱🇹 Lithuania +0.9% 31. 🇱🇻 Latvia -0.5%

Denmark last week announced that it would discontinue offering COVID vaccines and boosters for all under 50 years of age except for immuno-compromized persons. Meanwhile, only Latvia (-0.5%) registered no excess deaths, staying below the monthly averages for 2016-2019.

September 23: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Colossians 3:18-25. The Apostle Paul listed the rules for holy living; proper relationships in the christian home and rules for the workplace.

Jeremiah 8 tells of the valley of slaughter, of sin and punishment and ends up with the question : “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?

Jeremiah 9. “The weeping prophet” Jeremiah mourned for the people and the people mourned as they received judgment.

Jeremiah 10. The fight is spiritual: God versus idols. Yet, Jeremiah prophesied about the coming captivity of Judah, which led to Jeremiah’s prayer.

September 22: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Colossians 3:1-17. The Apostle Paul listed the rules for holy living; not carnality but Christ, the character of the New Man and proper relationships in the christian home.

Jeremiah 6. Bad news: Jerusalem will be under siege.

Jeremiah 7. The prophet reminded the reader that false religion is worthless, and proclaimed judgment on perverted religion.

Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah.  The famous 19th century English preacher Charles Spurgeon said Psalm 84 was “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3: “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.”