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365 Devotional Entries

God's Work and Workers Attract Opposition

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 18 "Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it . . . that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, 'Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono." But they thought to do me harm" (Neh. 6:1-2). God's work always attracts opposition, as do God's... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 18
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Nehemiah, A Career Changer

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 17 As a cupbearer, Nehemiah holds one of the most trusted positions in the king's household. The cupbearer is required to taste the king's wine, to make certain that it has not been poisoned by politically ambitious traitors. News from Jerusalem prompts Nehemiah to consider giving up this important position-to make a career change. His brother who has just returned from Jerusalem informs him about the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 17
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A Restored People

  The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 16 Seventy years in captivity have taught God's people two difficult lessons: There is no God but the Creator God and Sovereign Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Captivity cures Israel of idolatry. Bible literacy and obedience are crucial to spiritual vitality. Captivity heightens the need for Bible literacy. Ezra, who can trace his lineage to Phinehas, Eleazar, and Aaron, is well... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 16
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Small Men in High Places

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 15 The book of Esther provides a peek into the lives of the exiles nearly one hundred years after they go into captivity under the Babylonians. Esther's story demonstrates God's care for those who remain in captivity instead of returning to Judah. The Jews in captivity are subject to the culture and laws of the land. Because of her beauty, Esther is taken into the harem of King Ahasuerus, and her guardian,... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 15
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God's Covert Activity

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 14 God works below the radar. Behind enemy lines. According to His time table. For His glory. He spoke to Adam and Eve regarding a Seed who would crush the head of the serpent. Who knew that Cain's murder of his brother Abel would not prevent the advent of the promised Seed? He spoke to Noah and instructed him to build an ark for the saving of His household. Who knew that through Shem would come the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 14
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A Night of Vision, A Ray of Hope

  The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 13 Zechariah is a Levite, born to captives in Babylon. He was part of the first wave of Jews who returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. His name means "Yahweh remembers." It is to Zechariah that God gives eight visions in one night: The vision of the riders among the myrtles (1:7-17) The vision of the four horns and the four craftsmen (1:18-21) The vision of the surveyor with the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 13
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When Work Attends Church

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale), September 12 A rebuilt altar, temple, and city require a rebuilt people. Zechariah reminds the exiles of the behavior of their forefathers, "But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 12
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Connecting the Dots

The One Year Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 11 More than eighteen years have passed since Zerubbabel had led the first wave of returnees to Jerusalem. They have built an altar to the Lord and have begun rebuilding the temple. After some months of opposition, they cease building the temple and concentrate on building their own houses and establishing their lives. Sixteen or so years later, the prophet Haggai enters the picture and addresses the incomplete temple-and it... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 11
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Seeing the End of the Story

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 10 No one knows how time will end except the One who lives outside of time. He sees the beginning and ending of time. Genesis 1 and 2 record the beginning of time, and the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ records the end of time. During the Captivity Era, the Lord brings Daniel into His confidence regarding the end of time. Daniel describes the invasion of Israel and earth's final wars: "At the time of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 10
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Decision-making During Dark Days

The One Year Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 9 Apparently, some of the exiles who return to Israel, including the sons of three priests (Habaiah, Koz and Barzillai - Ezra 2:61), cannot verify their lineage, so they are excluded from the priesthood and prohibited from eating "the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim" (Ezra 2:63). Captivity has taught the people hard lessons about doing things their own way. Serving as priests... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 9
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