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.”

September 21: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Colossians 2. It is all about Christ, not philosophy but Christ, not legalism but Christ.

Jeremiah 4. God made one final call for Israel to repent, but, and this was the prophecy, there would be an imminent invasion and the nation was to be doomed.

Jeremiah 5. Good men were hard to find when not one was upright. God’s judgement was coming.

September 20: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Colossians 1. The Apostle Paul began with his customary greeting, continued with a prayer  emphasizing faith in Christ and the preeminence of Christ. He told the Colossians to be reconciled in Christ, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”  and to perform sacrificial service in Christ.

Jeremiah 1, the call of Jeremiah. The key word in Jeremiah’s call is “before“. Here God confirmed His call with two visions, the branch of an almond tree and a boiling pot tilting away from the north. These were promises of the fulfillment of God’s word and of an impending disaster. God finally assured Jeremiah He will be with him, so don’t worry.

Jeremiah 2. Israel had forsaken the LORD, and God presented His case against Israel.

Jeremiah 3. Israel was shamelessly unfaithful, yet God was merciful and called Israel to repent and return to the LORD.

September 19: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Philippians 4. The Apostle Paul’s theme is joy “dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” and “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” and this gem “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” and this one “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This letter of joy and encouragement ends with a greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Proverbs 14. These Proverbs of King Solomon mark the contrast between the foolish and the wise.

Proverbs 15, Proverbs of Solomon. Solomon speaks of the value of following the LORD and the pursuit of righteousness and virtue as opposed to folly, pride and wickedness, all of which God hates.

Psalm 82, of Asaph. Jesus quotes this Psalm and confounds the people accusing him of blasphemy.

Psalm 83, of Asaph. An urgent prayer for God to help when war is threatening.

September 18: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Philippians 3. The Apostle Paul had reason to brag about his perfect Jewish credentials, but he did not, he would glory only in Christ, and his resurrection. Let us press on towards the goal, after all, our citizenship is in heaven.

Isaiah 65 is rich. It tells of judgment and salvation, the new creation and the new Jerusalem.

Isaiah 66 speaks of judgement and hope, and true and false worship. Yet, the LORD will vindicate Zion; “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream“. Finally, God via Isaiah wraps up the scroll with a description of the Day of the LORD and its sobering aftermath.

Denmark ends COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots for people under 50 except for high risk people as determined by their doctors.

Denmark has a very good medical system for all. It is universal and medication needs are met as determined by the medical professionals and government. This is their official message:

And it is about time. The data all over the world is showing that the COVID vaccines do more harm than good for people under 50. In U.K. the February COVID-19 deaths were 90% from vaccinated people, making the vaccinated death rate at least twice as high as from the un-vaccinated, see results here. This was clear a year ago in U.S. as well, see here. Since then it has been clear that only very vulnerable people under the age of 45-60 should be boosted or even vaccinated.

September 17: Reading the Holy Bible in a year.

Philippians 2:12-29. The Apostle Paul urged the believers to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. Yes, salvation is past tense (for by grace have you been saved), present tense (work out your own salvation) and future tense (you will be saved). God is independent of time (He existed before time and space. Time and.. space only has meaning after creation of matter). Paul ended the chapter talking about Timothy and Epaphroditus.

Isaiah 63. The day of the Lord’s vengeance is coming where “the grapes of wrath are trod” and there was no one to help. Then God will show His mercy and provide salvation, but will people listen?

Isaiah 64. A prayer of petition and penance: “All our righteousness are as filthy rags”

Psalm 81, of Asaph. A Psalm for the Feast of Tabernacles.