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The Legacy of Leaders Who Abandon God

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 23 King Jeroboam leaves a legacy of idolatry which all nineteen kings of Israel follow and which destroys them as a nation. King David, however, is the standard-bearer for Judah. Each of Judah’s kings is...

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Spiritual Famine

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 22 “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11-12). Imagine...

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God, Prophets, and Hard-hearted People

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 21 Many people struggle with an erroneous picture of the God of the Old Testament as they consider the judgment stories of the Bible. They fail to consider the stubborn and rebellious heart of man—the...

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Long of Nostril

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 20 Jonah preaches. Nineveh repents. God relents. Jonah pouts. “I knew it!” “I knew that You respond graciously to repentant people!” said an angry Jonah to the LORD. Actually Jonah responds with these...

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Grace and Gratitude

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 19 You are the result of the investment of others. Grandparents, parents, mentors and teachers, and so on. Joash forgets this truth. His story demonstrates what happens when grace is forgotten and...

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A Man of Influence

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 18 Athaliah’s ambition becomes reality when her son Ahaziah dies. She kills all the male heirs to the kingdom (so she thinks), seizes the throne of Judah, and reigns for six years. Idolatry thrives under...

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Marriage Relationships Matter

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 17 Elijah writes Jehoram a letter to rebuke him for his evil influence as Judah’s king, “You have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in...

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The Power of a Testimony

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 16 Today’s reading covers a story set in motion by a testimony that impacts a general’s wife, a general, two kings, a prophet, and the prophet’s servant. The participants: The testifier, an “unnamed”...

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The God of Left-overs

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 15 Elisha could be called, the prophet of leftovers! "She came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest” (2 Kings 4:7). To resolve the...

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Practical Atheists

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 14 When God promises Abraham a son, a land, and descendants, He obligates Himself to protect him (Gen. 12:1-2); yet Abraham struggles to appropriate His protection when he flees first to Egypt and later to...

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A Failed Disguise

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 13 Ahab finds himself in a sticky situation with the Syrians and appeals to Jehoshaphat king of Judah to join him in battle against Ben Hadad, whom he had previously failed to kill, and the Syrian army....

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A Pouting King and a Scheming Queen

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 12 "Jezebel his wife said, ‘You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite” (1 Kings 21:7). Have you ever...

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Spiritual Showdown

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 11 The LORD sends Elijah to live east of the Jordan during the early part of the prophesied famine/drought. After the water from the brook Kerith dries up, the LORD hides Elijah from Ahab and Jezebel among...

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Idolatry and Bible Literacy

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 10 All of the kings of Northern Israel disregard God’s commands, after the pattern of their first king, Jeroboam. The lack of Bible literacy creates a vacuum in which idolatry thrives. God raises up...

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In God We Trust

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 9 King Asa has determined to walk in the ways of the Lord. He removes the foreign altars and experiences peace for ten years. But in the tenth year of his reign, Zerah the Ethiopian marches against him with...

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The Development of a New Religion

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 8 Rehoboam’s foolish decision regarding Israel’s request for a tax break costs him the kingdom. Ten tribes of Israel rebel against his leadership and turn to Jeroboam, Solomon’s former officer, and make him...

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Mourning Trumps Pleasure

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 7 “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth” (Ecc. 7:4). Many theologians believe that Solomon wrote the Song of Songs in his early years, the book...

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Life Beyond the Sun

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 6 “Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 4:7).Solomon uses the phrase "under the sun" at least twenty-nine times throughout the book of Ecclesiastes to describe life "down under"...

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A Divided Kingdom

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 5 “Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance” (Ps. 89:15). Neither Jeroboam (Solomon's former administrator) or Rehoboam (Solomon’s son)...

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Love Hunger

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 4 People are hungry—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Their brokenness forces them to express this hunger by seeking temporal satisfaction in every realm of their existence. Someone...

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Mine!

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 3 Toddlers are social terrorists. They understand, “Mine!” and quickly react selfishly toward anyone who threatens their possessions. Selfishness is a part of the sin-DNA download from Adam and Eve; it must...

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Laziness and Poverty

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 2 The sluggard first appears in the Proverbs with a warning, “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise” (6:6). “How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A...

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Mirror To The Heart

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 1 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Prov. 18:10). The unrighteous, however, run everywhere else for security (sex, sleep, laziness, food, gossip, lying,...

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Freedom of Speech

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 31 The most powerful weapon for evil or instrument for good weighs between 2-3 ounces and takes up 3-4 inches of a person’s entire body mass. Its impact far belies its tiny size. What instrument/weapon is...

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