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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.

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz‪)‬ Ascension - The Leader in Catholic Faith Formation

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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.

    Day 332: Barnabas and Paul's Mission

    Day 332: Barnabas and Paul's Mission

    Fr. Mike begins by explaining the confusion experienced by the early Christians as they struggle to integrate the Gentiles into the Church. We also hear more about Barnabas, missionary companion of St. Paul, who was named by God as the "Son of Encouragement." Lastly, Fr. Mike delves into the history surrounding paganism and hedonism in pre-Christian Corinth and the need to encourage the Greeks to leave their old ways of worship. Today's readings are Acts 11, 1 Corinthians 3-4, Proverbs 27:23-27.


    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.

    • 24 min
    Day 331: Peter Preaches to the Gentiles

    Day 331: Peter Preaches to the Gentiles

    In today’s reading from Acts, the Holy Spirit guides Peter to initiate ministry to the Gentiles, beginning with the family of Cornelius, a Roman centurion. Upon hearing Peter preach, Cornelius’ entire household receive the Holy Spirit and are baptized. Commenting on today's second reading from 1 Corinthians, Fr. Mike reminds us to pursue Christian unity and avoid the dissension and infighting we see in the Church of Corinth. Today's readings are Acts 10, 1 Corinthians 1-2, Proverbs 27:21-22.


    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.

    • 22 min
    Day 330: Saul's Conversion

    Day 330: Saul's Conversion

    Fr. Mike breaks down Saul's miraculous conversion, explaining the significance of Jesus sending Ananias to heal Saul, and how it reveals that Jesus works through his Church just as powerfully as he worked through the incarnation. Fr. Mike also reminds us that if we belong to the Lord, we will have to participate in his suffering. Lastly, as we conclude St. Paul's letter to the Romans, Fr. Mike leaves us with the exhortation that the Gospel advances primarily through family and friendship. Today's readings are Acts 9, Romans 15-16, and Proverbs 27:18-20.


    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.

    • 20 min
    Day 329: The Ethiopian Eunuch

    Day 329: The Ethiopian Eunuch

    Fr. Mike focuses on the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch and how it demonstrates the importance of having guidance when reading Scripture. Although God's Word is infallible, we can easily misunderstand it without proper interpretation, which is why we have the Magisterium of the Church. Lastly, Fr. Mike also touches on the role of persecution in the life of the Church, and St. Paul's encouragement to abide by the law of love. Today we read Acts 8, Romans 13-14, and Proverbs 27:15-17.


    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.

    • 20 min
    Day 328: Stephen Is Martyred

    Day 328: Stephen Is Martyred

    Fr. Mike reflects on Stephen's heroic martyrdom and points out how those around him refused to hear him and hardened their hearts, something we too can do with the Word of God. In the book of Romans, Fr. Mike also highlights the importance of offering our bodies as a living sacrifice, responding to the call to love and to not be conformed to this world, and remembering that Christians have been grafted onto the tree of Israel. Today we read Acts 7, Romans 11-12, and Proverbs 27:13-14.


    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.

    • 23 min
    Day 327: Origin of the Diaconate

    Day 327: Origin of the Diaconate

    Fr. Mike draws our attention to the cultural division present in the early Church and the origin of the ordination to the diaconate. He also discusses Paul’s frustration with those who didn’t recognize Jesus as the Christ and offers consolation to those who experience this in the hearts and minds of those close to them, as Paul did. Today’s readings are Acts 6, Romans 9-10, and Proverbs 27:10-12.


    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.

    • 23 min

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150 Ratings

150 Ratings

Saansei ,

What EVERYONE needed

We had catechesis during grade school in the Philippines. I just thank the volunteers like them and I thank Ascension Press for all their hard work and perseverance in pursuing this sea of people who needs God’s grace and mercy.

Fr. Mike would always say “please pray for me”. But I would always forget to do it. I’m sorry. But now, I’m praying that you and your team may live long and virtuous lives and that may you live by example. Millstones. :) It’s a lot of pressure, I know. But that is why I am praying for you. Thank you for your existence. 🥺

May God give you grace and wisdom on what to do for next year because I don’t know if it’s just me but I keep on thinking what will happen to my mornings next year. Coz you know, before Bible In A Year, my mornings and/or afternoons are filled with Ascension Press’ 5-10 min videos. Should I start playing the podcasts of Jeff from the beginning? I mean, I’m listening now but I haven’t listened all yet. Should I just repeat from Day 1? That’s the least I can think of. 😅

More power!

Fipie Dad ,

Awesome year with the Bible

Thank you fr Mike, Jeff Cavins and Ascension Presents staff. Will be going through the BIAY again come new year.

von jove ,

Bed of Roces

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