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In The Bible in a Year podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way.
Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins. For each period in the timeline, Jeff will join Fr. Mike for a special episode that will help you understand the context of each reading.
With this podcast, you won’t just read the Bible in a year … you’ll finally understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!
Listen and…
Read the ENTIRE Bible
Feel more confident about your understanding of Scripture
Experience the transformative power of God’s Word in your daily life
Start seeing the world through the lens of Scripture
Each 20-25 minute episode includes:
Two to three scripture readings
A reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
A guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word
The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
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Today, we are introduced to the prophet Elijah, who again and again responds to God's invitations with faith. The readings are 1 Kings 17-18, 2 Chronicles 18-19, and Song of Solomon 5. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike connects today's reading from Songs to the teachings of St. John Paul's Theology of the Body. He also points out how helpful it is to track the timelines of the kings of Israel and Judah as we read from Kings and Chronicles simultaneously. The readings are 1 Kings 15-16, 2 Chronicles 16-17, and Song of Solomon 4. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike points out the results of what happened to the kings who built idols, and what happened to the kings who tore them down. He encourages us to tear down the idols we've built up in our own lives by trusting God with our first fruits. Today's readings are 1 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 14-15, and Song of Solomon 3. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike touches on the last acts of King Rehobo'am and the rise of his son, Abi′jah. He also explains how we can see the importance of faith over success through the mistakes of Israel's leaders. Today's readings are 1 Kings 13, 2 Chronicles 12-13, and Song of Solomon 2. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike explains why it's better to seek counsel from those who don't necessarily always agree with us, using the experience of Rehobo′am as an example. He also touches on the failed leadership of Jerobo′am as he leads his people into false places of worship and idolatry. Today's readings are 1 Kings 12, 2 Chronicles 10-11, and Song of Solomon 1. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Welcome to the Divided Kingdom period! Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike to explain the critical information needed to understand the rest of our biblical readings. They talk about Solomon's alliances with foreign nations, the growth of a civil war, and the incredible significance of 1 Kings 12:16. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike finishes the gospel of Mark by reflecting on the death and resurrection of Christ. He also encourages us to reflect on the redemption of our own sins every time we see a crucifix and to return that same sacrificial love to God every day. Today's readings are Mark 15-16 and Psalm 22. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike guides us through Jesus' warning of persecution to the people of Israel as we near the end of Mark's Gospel. He also touches on how Jesus' behavior in the Garden of Gethsemane should serve as an example to us, and explains why Judas' betrayal was so heartbreaking. Today's readings are Mark 13-14 and Psalm 68. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Day 159: Bearing Fruit

Day 159: Bearing Fruit

2021-06-0822:098

As we read about Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, Fr. Mike breaks down Jesus' interactions with his disciples and the sadducees, and his reaction to the widow's offering. We learn that a life rooted in Jesus, is a life that bears good fruit. Today we read Mark 11-12 and Psalm 67. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike highlights the reality of sin and our capacity to choose hell as we read about Jesus' teachings on temptations, divorce, and wealth. Jesus' teachings can be challenging, but following him is the path to true holiness. Today we read Mark 9-10 and Psalm 29. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Day 157: Following Jesus

Day 157: Following Jesus

2021-06-0628:4316

Fr. Mike emphasizes that following Jesus as his disciples requires remarkable humility, faith, purity of heart, and courage. Today's readings are Mark 7-8 and Psalm 23. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
As we continue to read about Jesus' ministry, Fr. Mike focuses today on Jesus' power to cast out demons and reminds us that there is an ongoing spiritual battle for our souls. Today's readings are Mark 5-6 and Psalm 21. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Day 155: Jesus is Lord

Day 155: Jesus is Lord

2021-06-0421:0016

Today we read about Jesus' teachings and miracles that confirm his identity as Lord. Fr. Mike emphasizes the divinity of Jesus revealed in his actions, and clarifies historical facts about his life. The readings are Mark 3-4 and Psalm 20. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
As we begin reading the Gospel of Mark, Fr. Mike points out several amazing details about the baptism of Jesus, as well as the significance of the healing of the paralytic. The readings are Mark 1-2 and Psalm 11. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Welcome to the second Messianic Checkpoint! Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike to introduce the Gospel of Mark and discuss how this short Gospel helps us understand both the identity and mission of Jesus. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Today, as we hear about the decline of Solomon, Fr. Mike points out how the consequences of our decisions can have ramifications far beyond ourselves. The readings are 1 Kings 11, Ecclesiastes 10-12, and Psalm 9. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Day 152: Being Forgotten

Day 152: Being Forgotten

2021-06-0118:3610

Fr. Mike reminds us that, eventually, all of us will be forgotten by the world. He encourages us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven, focusing on surrender and trust in God, rather than control. Today's readings are 1 Kings 10, Ecclesiastes 8-9, and Psalm 8. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Day 151: Wisdom and Folly

Day 151: Wisdom and Folly

2021-05-3121:0210

Fr. Mike delves deeper into the lessons Ecclesiastes teaches us today about living wisely by keeping the end in mind, enjoying the present moment, and not worrying too much about other people's opinions of us. Today's readings are 1 Kings 9, Ecclesiastes 6-7, and Psalm 7. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike explains the details of Solomon's dedication of the Temple, and the power of God's presence dwelling in it. In Ecclesiastes, we continue to learn more nuggets of wisdom about friendship, prudence, and money. Today we read 1 Kings 8, Ecclesiastes 3-5, and Psalm 6. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Day 149: All Is Vanity

Day 149: All Is Vanity

2021-05-2927:0414

Today we begin reading the book of Ecclesiastes! Fr. Mike helps us understand the central theme of this book of wisdom literature- the meaning of life. What truly matters in this passing life? It's only because God exists that everything matters because our choices and lives will endure into eternity. Today's readings are 1 Kings 7, Ecclesiastes 1-2, and Psalm 5. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
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Comments (103)

Catherine McCrossen

Thank you Fr. Mike and Jeff for such a great Bible study! This has been a true blessing! God Bless you both and keep you safe.

Jun 8th
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Dominic Durant

this podcast is one of the things I take security in and look forward to day after day. Best podcast I've ever listened to!

Jun 7th
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Zu C

Fr. Mike, thank you.

Jun 5th
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Sarah Jones

Baptism notes

Jun 5th
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Shannon Compton

the first born get the shaft in the old testament

Jun 2nd
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Maria Pasquariello

The Bible in a year podcast is truly a Blessing. if I don't listen to it first thing in the morning, my day is no longer full of the blessings that would have been bestowed on to me and my family-i literally feel this way!!! I honestly feel, something is missing, when I don't listen. Sometimes I have early start days at work,😍 on those days I listen to the rosary and listen to my Bible in a year podcasts! I think I saw you in person once, Father Mike, at a Steubenville conference ( I was a chaperone, before covid) and I was to shy to say 'hi'. I appreciate and sincerely love all of your, 'ascension presents', 'talks and subjects. I will continue to pray for you as well as this group. thank-you so MUCH for blessing us with this Bible in a year podcast. sometimes I re-listen and read along with my Bible, sometimes I'm at home cleaning while I listen.... sometimes I'm on my way to work. as an aside, please continue to pray for your health care professionals, they need your prayers. sending love and prayers to this whole, Bible in a year community, Maria

May 31st
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Maria Pasquariello

love ❤️ this podcast!

May 28th
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Deann Feldt

Father in Heaven, I give you praise & Thanksgiving for leading me and all the others to this Bible in a year podcast. I thank you for Fr. Mike. Amen! What a gift!! I know that this repeats what Father says daily regarding the Word, but there really are no other words.

May 25th
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Flor Galdamez

Third time I'm listening ;) one by myself. 2nd to show my son, 3rd to listen with my husband and daughter my son is doing homework. slowly but surely. I love it. learning so much. starting late but we will do it. Thanks Fr. Mike

May 22nd
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Flor Galdamez

Hello Fr. Mike I always wanted to read the Bible in it's entirety. one question 🤔 how do we know Isaac was in his thirties? Jesus was in his thirties when he carried the wood up that same path as you mentioned. Thanks I always look forward to your explanations. And yes, I'm late into it, but I'll get through it. Thanks 😊and God bless! praying for you.

May 21st
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Bradlee Sargent

Nice

May 18th
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Dani Brown

Every day I say "It was really good today." Today's was really good and really important. I thank the Lord for the insight into the scriptures that you provide, and how I am able to see "the same old scriptures" with new eyes.

May 12th
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Susan Bordanaro

why did you speed up Fr. Mike's voice???

May 9th
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ID21896069

Why did Saul get to have two wives?

Apr 29th
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Brenda Teter

Father Mike. Thank you for your devotion to spreading the words of our Creator. May Jehovah continue to bless the work of your hands! He is the fountain of the living Word! Alleluia!

Apr 27th
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Stephen

"Saul was..Years old when he bacame king." where did the 30, go?

Apr 25th
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Alexander Petric ن

I'm not sure if others have made the point before, but it seems like there's a similarity between Saul/David and Cain/Abel.

Apr 22nd
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Irene

70,000 witnesses at Fatima

Apr 22nd
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Barbara Primiani

That reminded me of the twelve days of Christmas.

Apr 22nd
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Anne Kuklinski

Thank you Fr. Mike for this wonderful podcast. My husband and I started late and are on day 60. We would never have made it this far without your insightful explanations and positivity. We are in the midst of a heartbreaking family crisis, and your work has brought us closer to God, and brought us "some" peace. Thank you!! We pray for you every day.

Apr 21st
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