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365 Devotional Entries

His Story, Our Story

The One Year Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 24 Hundreds of years have passed since the LORD revealed to his servant Moses that Israel would one day be blessed with a permanent place of worship (Deuteronomy 12). It would be a place chosen by God "to put His Name" (Deut. 12:5,21). Israel would go "there" to make sacrifices, offer their offerings, and show their gratitude to God (12:6-7, 11, 14, 18, 26-27). After years of warfare, King David... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 24
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Private and Public Worship

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 23 The psalm recorded in 1 Chronicles 16 grants a look into David's happy heart. Joy bubbles up when he recalls the promises of God to Abraham regarding a land, descendants, and a people. A thousand years later David himself has become a part of that fulfillment! Who would have thought it? David's personal identity is enmeshed in the promises of God regarding a land and a people. David acknowledges: ... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 23
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The Chase: Pursuing God's Heart

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 22 The early days of David's reign reveal his heart after God. David seeks the LORD when attacked by the Philistines. On two occasions the Philistines pursue David in the Valley of Rephaim. Both times, David seeks the LORD, and the LORD makes him victorious (2 Sam. 5:17-25). He doesn't assume that God's direction for the first conflict is the same for the second conflict. In fact, God instructs him... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 22
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Twists and Turns in David's Story

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 21 From the Patriarchal Era comes a promise that won't begin its fulfillment for almost a thousand years. Jacob blesses his son Judah on his deathbed, "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people" (Genesis 49:10). Following the "Judah" thread throughout the metanarrative captures a truth about... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 21
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Premier Leadership Team

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 20 David learns much about leadership by the negative example of his predecessor, King Saul. David was a blessing to King Saul and his army, but because of paranoia and pride, Saul sought to assassinate his greatest asset. Saul reigned by fear and drove away those who might challenge his leadership. David, on the other hand, surrounds himself with mighty men, "who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 20
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The Backlash of Disobedience

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 19 Hundreds of years before the Kingdom Era, Moses records God's promise regarding the Amalekites, who had fought against Israel during the early days of their departure from Egypt: "Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven"" (Ex. 17:14). Moses repeats this... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 19
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Scrambled Thoughts and Where They Take Us

The One Year Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 18 Beware of the thoughts that you entertain. It won"t be long before you fulfill them. David has been on the run from Saul for over a decade. He still has about two years to go (though he is unaware that the end of running is in sight) before the tribe of Judah crowns him king. Fearful, negative, and suspicious thoughts have a way of laying their eggs in our minds until they hatch. That's what happens with David,... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 18
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Psychopathic Leaders

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 17  "So it was, when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, 'Is this your voice, my son David?" And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. Then he said to David: 'You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil'" (1 Sam. 24:16-17). Sometimes little men live in big bodies. King Saul is such a man. He stands... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 17
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The Caves of Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 16  David is a God-centered man, reduced to living in caves. David spends more than a decade of his life fleeing the assassination attempts of King Saul. Many of those days and weeks are spent hiding in caves. That must have been excruciating for this former shepherd boy, used to the open sky! How did he make that transition so joyfully? Psalm 57:1 offers a clue, "Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 16
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Interpreting Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 15  David's quiet, private life as a shepherd changes forever when the prophet Samuel shows up at his house and anoints him future king of Israel. More than a decade will pass before David actually takes the throne of Judah. David spends the gap between the anointing and the inauguration running for his life. Like looking through a keyhole to see what's in a room, Psalm 34 and other psalms reveal the inner... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 15
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