The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

276 episodes of The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) since the first episode, which aired on November 9th, 2020.

  • Day 92: Jephthah's Vow

    April 2nd, 2021  |  28 mins 18 secs
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    Today's readings are Judges 9-11, Ruth 4, and Psalm 137. In the reading from Judges, we hear about the rise and fall of Abimelech, as well as the misguided and heartbreaking vow Jephthah makes to God in return for victory over the Ammonites. We also conclude the book of Ruth with the marriage of Boaz and Ruth. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

  • Day 91: Gideon's Story

    April 1st, 2021  |  28 mins 15 secs
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    In today's reading from Judges, Fr. Mike talk about Gideon's story, and points out how the people began to worship the object Gideon had created to glorify God, instead of worshipping the living God. In Ruth, he highlights the role of kinsman-redeemer and how Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of that role. Today's readings are Judges 6-8, Ruth 3, and Psalm 135.

  • Day 90: Ruth and Boaz

    March 31st, 2021  |  20 mins 6 secs
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    Fr. Mike highlights the life of Ruth, and what seems to be the first day of hope she's had in a long time. Sometimes it takes a long time to catch a glimmer of hope in the darkness of our lives, but Ruth reminds us that no matter what we've been through, God is always with us. Today's readings are Judges 4-5, Ruth 2, and Psalm 134.

  • Day 89: Israel's Cycle of Disobedience

    March 30th, 2021  |  26 mins 44 secs
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    Welcome to the book of Judges! Fr. Mike foreshadows the events of Judges, and the cycle of disobedience we'll continue to see Israel go through. He also gives some context on the book of Ruth, and how we can find grace within the frustrating moments of Scripture. Today's readings are Judges 1-3, Ruth 1, and Psalm 133.

  • Day 88: Joshua's Last Words to Israel

    March 29th, 2021  |  21 mins 46 secs
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    Fr. Mike focuses on the last words Joshua speaks to the people of Israel, and how he calls them to choose the Lord above all other things. We all have idols in our lives that take us away from God; how are we choosing to love Christ above these idols today? Today's readings are Joshua 22-24, and Psalm 132.

  • Day 87: God Keeps His Promises

    March 28th, 2021  |  19 mins 5 secs
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    Fr. Mike reminds us that God keeps his promises, even if it takes a little longer than we thought. Just like the people of Israel received everything the Lord had promised them, we too will receive everything the Lord has promised us, even in the midst of hardship and temptation. Today's readings are Joshua 19-21, and Psalm 131.

  • Day 86: The Real Presence of God

    March 27th, 2021  |  20 mins 35 secs
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    Fr. Mike reminds us that God is present with us in every step of our journey, even the seemingly mundane aspects. He also encourages us to not be discouraged on this journey but to focus on relating to the historic stories of our biblical brothers and sisters. Today's readings are Joshua 15-18, and Psalm 130.

  • Day 85: Fighting for Each Other

    March 26th, 2021  |  18 mins 52 secs
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    As we read about Joshua leading Israel into battle, Fr. Mike helps us comprehend the meaning behind all the destruction God commands. He emphasizes that God ultimately wants us to fight for each other and not against each other. Today's readings are Joshua 12-14, and Psalm 129.

  • Day 84: The Sun Stands Still

    March 25th, 2021  |  21 mins 51 secs
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    Fr. Mike offers us different ways we can interpret the miracle of the sun standing still in Joshua 10, and also reminds us that God always desires unity for us even though we often face war and division in this world. Today's readings are Joshua 10-11, and Psalm 128.

  • Day 83: The Gibeonite Trickery

    March 24th, 2021  |  17 mins 50 secs
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    Fr. Mike expands on the significance of establishing a covenant relationship, and how the trickery of the Gibeonites can represent the desire to enter into a relationship with God out of fear rather than out of love. Today's readings are Joshua 8-9, and Psalm 126.

  • Day 82: The Valley of Achor

    March 23rd, 2021  |  23 mins 10 secs
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    Fr. Mike explains the meaning of circumcision for Israel's relationship with God. He also underscore the gravity of Achan's sin, and how the Valley of Achor symbolizes shame that is painful but not hopeless. Today we read Joshua 5-7 and Psalm 125.

  • Day 81: Israel Crosses the Jordan

    March 22nd, 2021  |  21 mins 40 secs
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    As we begin our reading of the book Joshua, Fr. Mike draws our attention to God's power as he parts the waters of the Jordan river allowing the Israelites to walk across dry land. We learn that following God often requires great courage and trust. Today's readings are Joshua 1-4, and Psalm 123.

  • Introduction to Conquest & Judges (with Jeff Cavins)

    March 22nd, 2021  |  29 mins 44 secs
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    Congratulations on completing the Desert Wanderings period! Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike to introduce the fifth biblical period, Conquest and Judges. They discuss the trials the Israelites face as they enter the Promised Land. We learn that the book of Joshua and the book of Judges are characterized by Israel's unfaithfulness, destruction, and repentance.

  • Day 80: Cities of Refuge

    March 21st, 2021  |  19 mins 37 secs
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    As we finish our journey through the Desert Wanderings, Fr. Mike zeroes in on the purpose of cities of refuge for the Israelites and the strong bond of community that they shared and maintained as the tribes grew. Today's readings are Numbers 35-36, Deuteronomy 34, and Psalm 121.

  • Day 79: Psalms of Ascent

    March 20th, 2021  |  19 mins 13 secs
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    Today, Fr. Mike points out how the boundaries of the land of Canaan in Numbers remind us that the Promised Land is not a nice idea, but a real tangible place. He also reveals that Psalm 120 begins the Psalms of Ascent, or the Psalms that people would pray as they went up to the Temple to worship. The readings are Numbers 34, Deuteronomy 33, and Psalm 120.

  • Day 78: The Song of Moses

    March 19th, 2021  |  22 mins 16 secs
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    In today's readings, we trace the route of the Israelites in Numbers and hear the song of Moses in Deuteronomy. Fr. Mike reflects on a hard lesson from these passages; that God will allow us to choose something other than him, even though it hurts us. The readings are Numbers 33, Deuteronomy 32, and Psalm 118.