January 24: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

John 16:1-16. Jesus continued his instructions to his disciples, telling why it is good he leaves and sends the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 48 describes how Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh. He blessed Ephraim ahead of Manasseh, even though Manasseh was the older of Joseph’s sons.

In Genesis 49 Jacob blessed all his sons with a different blessing for each of them.

And finally, Genesis 50 tells how Jacob was buried back in Canaan near Mamre where Sarah also was buried. Joseph forgave his brothers; “Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good”. Finally even Joseph dies, and he wills that his bones will be carried out when they depart  and enter into the promised land.

January 17, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

The three chapters chosen for today are all different. John 16 is full of promise and trouble, more promise and trouble in Genesis 35, followed by a chapter on genealogy.

January 17: John 16, Genesis 35, Genesis 36 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In John 16 Jesus continued his instructions to his disciples, beginning with explaining why it is good he leaves and sends the Holy Spirit. He ends with this encouragement: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Genesis 35. Jacob returned to Bethel, got rid of all the idols and built an altar. Moving on from Bethel, Rachel gave birth to Benjamin, a birth so hard Rachel died in childbirth.  Finally it tells of the death of Isaac.

In Genesis 36 is recorded the genealogy of Esau and the rulers of Edom.

Matthew 10, Jesus sends out the twelve, not peace, but a sword.

The hairs on your head are all numbered. God knows which hairs you just lost in the shower this morning!

There will be many martyrs. There are now more Christians martyred every year than there ever was in history.

Follow me, by Ira Stamphill.

John 7, Jesus teaching at the feast of tabernacles.

Technically it was Jesus’ half brothers, since Jesus was adopted by Joseph.

From Leviticus 12:And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. It was an absolute command, and had to be performed on the eighth day, even if that was a Sabbath.