December 31

Today’s reading: Revelation 19:6 – Chapter 22.

Highlights: Yesterday we read about the fall of Babylon, the harlot. Today we pick up in 19:6 where praise breaks out at the announcement that “the marriage of the Lamb has come” (7).

Jesus comes riding on a white horse and captures the beast and false prophet and they are cast into the lake of fire.  In chapter 20 Satan is bound for 1000 years and the martyrs who had been beheaded live and reign with Jesus.  Satan is released, makes another attempt to deceive mankind, he fails, and “the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (20:10).

The end of chapter 20 describes the judgment of mankind.  Any not found written in the Lamb’s book of life are also assigned to the Lake of fire.

For the saved, chapters 21 and 22 describe the new heavens and new earth and the holy city.  In addition to the gold and pearls and precious stones, we read about the water of life and tree of life which are ours if we are in God’s book of life.

So fitting that what was lost in Eden (we read this Jan 1, 2013) is now regained in heaven. The Bible story then is the story of all God has done to redeem man from the consequences of his sin.

So, our journey ends. “Come, come, come” (22:17) is one of the final admonitions. God wants us all to come to him. “Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely”.



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20 Responses to December 31

  1. Thanks, Jimmy, for doing this. I have to admit I did fall behind but hope to finish soon. Joy Lewis

  2. Thank you from me, too, jimmy! I learned a lot . Very thought provoking….

  3. Mary K

    Thanks, Jimmy. Outstanding job! And thanks to all who participated. It was a great year.

  4. Janie

    Thanks from me too. It’s the first time I’ve stuck with it for the whole year and finished. It has given me a new perspective on God’s word. I had always focused on the obedience part and neglected the love and service part. I realize now that Jesus’ word stresses it all.

  5. Jimmy

    Thank you guys! Your comments and just knowing people were visiting was the exciting part. Others contributed articles include Sandy and Kevin and they deserve a “thank you” as well. Also, Ed Painter, who designed the site and kept it running. I keep thanking Lakeshore for letting me do this. It was good for me.

    Going forward this space will be used to review some of the Sunday and Wednesday teachings at Lakeshore – a place for discussion of many topics. Everyone is welcome to join in. You can also remove your email from the list at anytime if you prefer.

    Happy New Year to everyone.

    • Karen

      How do I dispute the religion that teaches the literal 1000 year reign and the different degrees of heaven? Also satan will be bound and Christians will be able to teach more freely. In that same verse the dragon would have to be wrangled too,…they don’t mention that detail.

      Has anyone had to debate this subject? I would appreciate any help and input.

      I thank you all for being here! Your comments and insight into the scriptures have been helpful and enlightening. I feel I know you all a little better. Love through Jesus.

      • Jimmy Haynes

        On the 1000 years – the typical teaching is there will be a rapture (resurrection of saints and taking of saints currently living) followed by tribulation period on earth, followed by the return of Jesus, battle of Armegeddon, and then setting up His kingdom on earth for 1000 years. “Premillenialism” (the word means before the 1000 years – Jesus returned before a millenial reign), has many varieties so all may not express it just that way.

        Couple of things – Revelation is highly figurative. We know that. Numbers are symbolic. 1000 could refer to a long, complete period of time. Chapter 1:2 says the book was “signified” which can mean given in symbols and the word Revelation is from the greek word for apocalyptic which refers to highly figurative language used to describe times of crisis.

        A couple of other, I think easier to understand, NT scriptures which talk about the coming of Jesus and end of time are 2 Peter 3:1-14 and 1 Corinthians 15:20-25. Read these carefully and think about what Paul and Peter were telling the Christians to expect. These talk about how Christ is coming and when he does this world will be destroyed. My question would be how do you fit a millenial reign into 2 Peter 3? The Corinthians passage says when He comes back Christians will be raised (rapture?) and then comes the end when Christ will (not set up His kingdom) but deliver the Kingdom to the Father.

        Other considerations are that the New Testament teaches the Kingdom is already established and that Christ is our King, now reigning. I believe the Kingdom is found in the Church – it is a spiritual kingdom (thats what Jesus said! John 18:36). 1 Corinthians 15:25 says Jesus is now reigning.

        Daniel 2:44 (Nebuchadnezzar’s dream) is also related to this. He talked about the 4 successive world empires (His (Babylonian), Persian, Greek, and Roman) and says concerning the 4th – “in the days of these Kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed”. Compare that to Mark 1:14-15, when Jesus began preaching He said “the time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel”. Other scriptures like Mark 9:1 where Jesus said some living then would see the kingdom. I believe it happened just as Jesus said.

        Premillenialism is a very popular view of the end times and some of the texts can be challenging – especially in Revelation. Hope this helps! Thanks for the question and for following the Daily Bible Review!

        • Karen

          Thank you Jimmy! This does help clarify my understanding as I have always believed. I will study these scriptures that you have provided so I can stand firm in the truth when discussing this with someone!

        • Jimmy, thanks so much for your thoughts on Karen’s questions. I have been looking at verses you gave and have some further questions, too. Let’s see if I can gather my thoughts…….
          2 Peter is Peter addressing Jews. 1 Cor is Paul speaking to Gentiles. Is this message perhaps dealing with the two different groups of Jews and Gentiles and what to expect?
          Why doesn’t 2 Peter fit with a millennial reign? I can’t see that it doesn’t , either.
          Next that Christ is now reigning I took to mean at the right hand of God after His ascension, in heaven, until all His enemies are under His feet. Future. I thought satan was the ruler of this world until Christ returns…. I think the word ‘kingdom’ is what I’m not sure on……..which kingdom? Kingdom of God, kingdom of heaven, Kimgdom on earth for Jews and heaven for us? Does kingdom of God refer to whole sphere of God and kingdom of heaven to believers? Or is it one kingdom? Spiritual kingdom? Don’t quite understand how the Kingdom. Is found in the church. As the Body of Christ being the spiritual Kingdom?
          I did get confused on dream interpretation except that Gods’s rule will be the final rule?
          When Jesus speaks in Mark….He came as the Jew’s Messiah and King if they would repent and believe. This was at hand, available. If the qualifier? Since they rejected Him (final time at Stephen’s stoning), this offer was rescinded for a future time perhaps?
          The verse in Mark about this ‘generation’, confused me to meaning at that time. Could it be the 11 would see His glory in the Transfiguration? Or does generation deal with era or age? How did they see the kingdom if the Jews as a whole rejected Him?

          The more I read and try to study these areas, the more questions and thoughts I have each time. This did get long winded and I understand too long to deal with perhaps. Can you recommend more verses or perhaps a book or commentary you like? Actually I could study some books dealing with prem..amill, etc, if this is too long to deal with.
          Ok. I will stop now! Thanks for insights!

          • Jimmy Haynes

            WARNING – THIS IS LONG, but I want to try to answer your questions…

            First, I know we have different points of view on this and I want to say I appreciate your faith and great love for God’s word. I see this discussion as us studying together seeking truth, not, “Im right, your wrong!” You know me and I think you know that’s where I’m coming from. (You know I am stubborn about what I believe too, but I try to be open minded!)

            First, You mentioned the idea of 2 Peter (Peter’s writings) was to Jews and 1 Corinthians (and Paul’s writings) was to Gentiles. Peter and Paul may have had different audiences to some extent but not exclusively. For example, Paul did convert Jews at Corinth. Acts 18:8 says one of his first converts there was Crispus, ruler of the synagogue and his household! Also in 1 Peter 2:10 and 4:3 it appears Peter was writing to Gentiles as well as Jews.

            Even if Peter was primarily to Jews, Paul to Gentiles, I believe they preached the same gospel and would teach the same thing about the end times. Peter in fact referred to Paul’s teaching in 2 Peter 3:16 (2 Peter 3 talks about the end), and said his writings were hard to understand, but did not suggest there was any difference. His instruction wasn’t that Paul’s teachings don’t apply to you but that you need to study carefully.

            Jews and Gentiles are all saved the same way – through the gospel. In fact, Peter himself stated in Acts 15:11 “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we (Jews) shall be saved in the same manner as they (the Gentiles).” And Paul wrote in Galatians 3: 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

            Peter and Paul had different audiences to an extent: Peter worked primarily with Jews (though there were some exceptions – remember he preached the gospel to the 1st Gentile convert, Cornelius). Paul worked primarily with Gentiles (though there were some exceptions – remember he always went to the Jews 1st, usually went to the synagogues, and again Crispus the ruler of the synagogue in Corinth was one of the 1st converts in Corinth. Lydia is another Jew converted by Paul.

            Likewise, Jesus didn’t make any distinction. Remember the great commission he gave: Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Matthew’s account said Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” He is talking to the 11 apostles here, who were Jews, and says preach the gospel to all nations. He didn’t say there is one gospel for Jews and one for Gentiles.

            So I believe there is one gospel, as Paul wrote: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

            You asked: “Why doesn’t 2 Peter fit with a millennial reign? I can’t see that it doesn’t”

            As I look at 2 Peter 3, Peter is writing to Christians in the 1st century who are having doubts about Jesus’ promise that He will return. Peter says to them, “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night”, in other words He is coming back. Peter then tells us what will happen: “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved…..”. So Jesus is coming back, and when He does it will be the end of the physical universe! I am not sure where you could fit a millennial reign in there. Christ returns / the universe is destroyed – that’s what Peter says.

            He does use the expression later that “we look for a new heavens and new earth” but that is after this present universe is destroyed. In Revelation 21:1 the expression “new heavens and new earth is used to describe heaven.

            Paul basically says the same thing in 1 Corinthians 15:

            The subject in 1 Corinthians 15 is Christ’s resurrection and ours. Verses 22 says, For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. The next question is when? When will we be made alive? When will be be raised? Verse 23 tells us: “But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” Jesus was raised from the dead first. We will be raised at Christ’s coming. So, Christians will be raised from the dead when Christ comes.

            Now, the Premillenial view is that this would be the rapture. Premillenialism says when Jesus comes the dead will be raised and all living saints will be instantly taken to heaven. The the earth goes through 7 years of tribulation. Then Jesus will return and fights the battle of Armeggeddon and sets up His kingdom on earth for 1000 years.

            But look at how 1 Corinthians puts it – again, Christ was raised first, “then those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes ……[WHAT?] …..then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death”.

            So, those who belong to Christ will be raised when Jesus returns…then comes the END! Jesus will deliver the Kingdom (not set it up!) to the Father.
            It says Jesus must reign till all enemies are destroyed – the last one is death. (that means He is reigning now and will until the last enemy, death, is destroyed. Death is destroyed when the dead are raised at Christ’s coming. See also 15:50-56.

            Compare these two:

            —Premillenialism says Christ will come back and set up a kingdom and reign for 1000 years.

            —This passage says Christ is reigning and when he comes back it will be the end and he will deliver the Kingdom to the father!

            Probably the biggest difference in our views is the nature of the kingdom….

            Premillenialist look for God to set up a kingdom on earth.

            My understanding is that it is a spiritual kingdom and it is now in existence. Christ is reigning as King and all Christians are a part of it.

            Consider these two statements:

            In John 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

            In Luke 17 Jesus was asked when the Kingdom of God would come and Jesus said “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (verses 20-21).

            Christs kingdom is not of this world, does not come with observation, it is within you.

            Concerning the kingdom:

            Jesus began His ministry by saying “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand,” (Mark 1:14-15)

            Later He said, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power” (Mark 9:1).

            But the Premillenial view is that this did not happen because the Jews rejected him.

            Was Jesus wrong? I mean he said… Assuredly I say to you (some of you will see it)!

            I don’t believe the Jews messed up God’s plan by rejecting Jesus! Rather, it was God’s plan all along to let His son die on the cross for our sins so He could accomplish His ultimate goal of saving us and making us His people. His people are citizens in His kingdom. Peter said “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9, 10).

            I ask you just to consider the possibility that the kingdom was established just as Jesus said – it is a spiritual kingdom (as he said in John 18:36). Colossians 1:13 describes the blessings of being a Christian by saying that God has “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” – it sounds to me like Christians are in the Kingdom.

            Concerning Christ reigning you wrote: “That Christ is now reigning I took to mean at the right hand of God after His ascension, in heaven, until all His enemies are under His feet.”

            I think I would agree with that. We know He is at the right hand of God, Acts 2:30 says concerning the resurrection of Christ that God “would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne” – so He is on a throne which implies reigning. Other statements that indicate His present reign are Acts 2:36 which says that God made Jesus “both Lord and Christ,” and in Matthew 28:18 Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

            I agree the word Kingdom can be tricky – sometimes it is talking about the Kingdom on earth – that is the people of God (Matthew 13:24, Colossians 1:13) sometimes about the final kingdom in heaven. Sometimes Kingdom of God or Kingdom of heaven are used interchangeably it appears (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 compared with Matthew 7:21).

            I like how you said it…. “the whole sphere of God’s rule”. I wouldn’t limit it to “the church”. It is present now on earth in the hearts of people who have made Christ their King (the church in other words), but the King is in heaven reigning from heaven, where God the Father is and I suppose other spiritual beings (angels). The final residence of all who belong to God will be in heaven of course and many times this is what is meant by “kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 25:24).

            You asked how the Body of Christ could be the Kingdom.

            I think all of these are all just descriptive terms: the church is a body, a family, a kingdom, its an army, etc.

            You wrote concerning Mark 9:1 – that’s the verse that says Mark 9:1 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”

            You remarked: The verse in Mark about this ‘generation’, confused me to meaning at that time. Could it be the 11 would see His glory in the Transfiguration? Or does generation deal with era or age? How did they see the kingdom if the Jews as a whole rejected Him?

            That is a good question. Here is what I would say. This verse is a problem if we are thinking Jesus is setting up an earthly kingdom (because it did not happen in their lifetime).

            I hope you can see from my point of view Mark 9:1 makes perfect sense. In fact, that is exactly what happened. Jesus died according to God’s will and purchased salvation through the gospel and all who believe it are a part of the (spiritual) kingdom. There were some standing there who saw it happen. They were there when it began when the apostles went out preaching the gospel.

            One last thing you mentioned that you said was confusing – the dream from Daniel 2.

            I really think Nebuchanezzar’s dream is pretty straightforward. Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about a great image which represented 4 future kingdoms (starting with Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon).

            The four kingdoms are the Babylonians (Head of God), Persians (Chest arms of silver), Greek (chest and arms of bronze) and Roman (legs of iron and feet of iron and clay). This is exactly how human history unfolded.

            The fourth kingdom is Rome. Verses 40 – 43 talk about the nature of this 4th kingdom (Rome). Some suggest the feet and toes are a later, modern day version of Rome and the toes represent 10 kings, but the text does not say that! Reading throughout 40-43 he is still talking about the 4th kingdom.

            Concerning the 4th empire (Rome) verse 44 says in the days of those kings God would set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed.
            Again, I believe that is exactly what happened. In the days of Rome, God set up His kingdom. Jesus died under the Roman empire. God’s kingdom will never be destroyed and when Christ returns the kingdom will be taken to heaven for eternity. Remember how Jesus said “on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). It is an everlasting Kingdom that will never be destroyed.

            To me, the most unfortunate aspect of Premillenialism is that it really doesn’t recognize that God’s plan was fulfilled in the church. The church is all of the saved people, Jew and Gentile. This was God’s plan all along – to saved mankind (Jew or Gentile) through Jesus death on the cross, and to make them a part of his body. When the world ends, to take his people home to heaven.

            This is the mystery according to the Apostle Paul. Read Ephesians 3 in which Paul says God made known to Paul “the mystery” (3) which is “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel” (6). He calls this the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (8) and he says the church makes known “ the manifold wisdom of God” (10) and that this was “according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord (11).

            The church wasn’t a “temporary plan B” set up by God because the Jews rejected their king which exists until Jesus comes to set up a kingdom on earth!!! The church (Jew and Gentile in the body of Christ) was the eternal plan of God.

            Id like to keep this discussion going if you like.

          • Jimmy, thank you so much for your detailed response! I would really like to continue it. So enlightening for me. Of course we, I, know you present unbiased teaching, no right or wrong! Now, I will need a day probably to digest this of course. I surely understand and many cases I agree and it gives me lots more to study!
            Thanks again

          • Well, now over a few days, I have tried to focus my thots! I guess I was all over without focus on several topics. First, there are many paragraphs where I don’t reply because I understand and ‘agree’ , question answered .
            Your chapter and verse, comparing Scripture with Scripture excellent. I have dug out my Strong’s for sure. You really made me think and study and learn. Thank you!!
            I studied your notes, Scripture, works and thots of Grundem, Walvoord, some Homer Hailey, McGee. This was a lot to think I could scratch the surface in a day or two….
            I believe Peter and Paul preach the same Gospel, the one Gospel with some different perspectives, if that is this correct word. I see Peter coming from standpoint of legalism with repent and be baptized and Paul saying from grace standpoint (which grace is the element of all salvation) saying we are saved by faith, faith alone. Legalism tha works as part of it while Paul is faith plus nothing. (To me anyway, my thot.)
            Includes Jews and Gentiles, al peoples.
            Now back to 2Peter3…..Christ returns as a ‘thief in the night, in which the….’ Does suggest perhaps one continuous, instant happening, but I think more dscrriptive of how He comes and what will ultimately happen, not necessarily right that moment. The ‘end’ being the end of what? Perhaps the tribulation, Millennium, or destruction and new heavens and earth?
            I see ‘then as a time word meaning thereafter. Other Scriptures have many more details about what happens in between and what will ultimately happen with heaven and earth, etc.
            ‘Everyone in their own order’ and then comes the end. Also the resurrection order in other scripture shows:
            Christ first. 1Cor 15.23
            Church age saints (rapture theory that I do believe). 1Thess 4.16
            Tribulation saints Rev 20.3-5 and OT saints Dan 12.2, Isaiah 26.19
            Unsaved, dead. Judgement. Great White Throne. At the end of the Millennium. Rev 20.5, 11-14
            If one believes Christ’s second advent is literal, why shouldn’t the
            Millennium be? As in:
            Coming Himself as He left at Mt. Of Olives. Zechariah 14.4, Acts 1.11
            Stand on the earth Job 19.25
            That His saints will come with Him. 1Thess 3:13, Jude 14
            Destruction or disposal of Antichrist. 2Thess 2.8
            Will have the throne of. David on the earth Jer 23.5-6. Also Luke 1.32, Isai 9.6-7
            Throne in Jerusalem Jer 3.17 , Isai 33.20-21
            Temple rebuilt Eze 40-48.

            Nature of the Kingdom…. Spiritual kingdom now, Body of Christ and the Church now but I believe a physical one is coming, too. John 18.36 ‘Now my kingdom is not frm here…’ Now being operative word. Now spiritual, in Body of Christ. Doesn’t preclude an earthly one here to me. Earthly or Millennial reign is when fulfillment of all OT covenants and promises to be fulfilled. I don’t think they are being fulfilled now in a spiritual kingdom because the world is getting worse, Satan still roams and rules, if you will, on the earth,there is no peace.
            I do not see how God’s plan is being fulfilled in the church now. Plan of salvation for all who believe, yes. But I don’t believe it is at all finished. His eternal plan seems to be unfolding in more detail as I read Scripture.
            Millennium, kingdom, earthly seem very detailed to me:
            The individual and national ‘fruit’ is peace on earth. Isaiah 2, 9, 11, 32. Ezekiel 28.26, 34.25. Hosea 2:18, Micah 4.2-3
            Holiness of land, city, temple and people on earth

          • Oops ran out of room there. Continued…. Too much , too many, areas! Lol.
            Confusing myself.
            Removal of curse on creation leads to more productivity on earth, animals change,, etc.
            Sickness and death removed.
            No more political, military or social repression
            Labor, economic system, industrial society, working.
            Language barrier removed.
            Government a theocracy.
            Satan loosed, crushed with unbelievers that have been born with sin nature and not accepted salvation during Millennium.
            So wide diversity of areas on earth to me
            Destruction of heaven and earth and new heaven and earth, which I think heavenly and all spiritual.

            Yes, I believe Jesus established a spiritual kingdom and we are in it like all believers are in the Body of Christ, the church is in the kingdom (but not the kingdom itself)
            This is great learning for me and I know I know very little really, I have nothing written in stone belief and am open to all thoughts, as you know. That’s how I will learn and expand studying the Word. I love food for thought so to speak. Again I’m getting ahead of myself and very scattered, but these are some thoughts so far.
            Every one of your thoughts and verses make absolute sense, of course, and expands my thought processes.

          • Jimmy Haynes

            Thanks Susan! Didnt want you to think I forgot you or bailed out on our discussion. After a busy weekend Ive just now finally read your comments. Ill try to respond soon.

            I suppose Troy was pretty happy about the Seminoles?

          • Of course Troy was happy!! Silly boy. A traitor to UF he is.

          • Jimmy, I’m not sure I am replying in the right spot………actually this is in addition to a previous discussion of Mark 9-1 which I went off on again.
            In both Mar 9-1 and Matt 16:28 there is the reference to ‘some standing here’ etc, ‘this generation’.
            I focused then on your interpretation of Mark’s comments as referring to the Cross….seeing His glory, power. This makes perfect sense to me, too.
            Then following up with my thots on the event referred to as being the Transfiguration, I looked at 2 Peter 1:16-18. They were eyewitnesses to the promised power and glory of the Lord and heard the Father saying ‘My beloved Son……’. This was their experience of seeing and hearing. Both thots or interpretations, to me, show the fulfillment of Christ’s words.
            Both of these descriptions lead me to wonder if both the Cross and Transfiguration can be referred to here?
            I am not , I hope, overlooking the big picture, so to speak, but studying these concepts does fascinate me. Also teaches me to compare more Scripture to Scripture and learn like the article of studying the fish shows. I have to look at more than just the ‘fish’, tho!
            No rush on any of this. I know you are very busy!

  6. Andrew

    It’s been a great year. Thanks to all that made this possible and participated. I know it has been beneficial for me.

    I like the ending. The Spirit invites people by saying “come”. Those that heard then say “come”. Those that are thirsting for knowledge then do come and the ones that are willing take the free gift given by Jesus. That sums up what we do as Christians. We have heard and came, we share the invitation with those around us, and those that are willing give themselves to Christ and go start inviting others. I think it is just one more example of what we should be doing as Christians. It leads us perfectly into our “Come and see” theme for 2014.

  7. Linda benson

    Thanks Jimmy! the Benson family appreciates you!

  8. Norma

    I would like to add my thanks, a bit belatedly, too. I got WAY behind in December but I have finally finished. I try to read the Bible through every year but this is the first time I did it with a group and I really enjoyed everyone’s comments. Thank you to everyone involved!!

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