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365 Devotional Entries

The Slippery Slope of Sin

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 31  Before his death Joshua warns Israel that they are one generation away from degeneracy. And that day is not far off. After Joshua's death another generation arises, "who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel" (Judges 2:10). Israel begins the slippery slope of sin by enslaving the Canaanites instead of driving them out of the land, by intermarrying with the Canaanites, and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 31
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Summary of a Life Well-lived

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 30  Joshua had a tri-cultural experience. He spent his childhood in Egypt, lived in the wilderness where he moved forty or more times, and entered Canaan, where he camped in a number of places before he and his family finally moved into their tribal territory. Joshua was hungry for God and lived in Moses' shadow throughout the wilderness travels. The leadership baton could not have been passed to a better... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 30
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Bible Literacy, Justice, and Spiritual Health

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 29  The heads of the Levite families approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the families of the Israelite tribes. At Shiloh in the land of Canaan, they told them, "The LORD commanded through Moses that we be given cities to live in, with their pasturelands for our livestock" (Josh. 21:1-2). Cities and pasture lands throughout Israel's twelve territories were set aside for... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 29
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God On the Go, God at Home

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 28 "Now the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of meeting there" (Josh. 18:1). Tent dwellers are typically nomadic people. God had promised to dwell in Israel's midst-"My Presence will go with you" (Ex. 33:14); therefore He commanded Moses to construct a Tent of Meeting for His Presence. This portable tent has traveled with Israel... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 28
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Whining is a Symptom

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 27   The people of the tribe of Joseph (representing both of Joseph's sons) whine about their allocation of land, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us now?" (Josh. 17:14). Joshua responds to their complaint by urging them to appropriate the forested areas of their territory. The people of Joseph ratchet up their... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 27
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Something for Everyone

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 26   Before his death Joshua distributes the land of Canaan among the nine and a half tribes west of the Jordan and the two and half tribes east of the Jordan. Each territory contains enemies, challenges, and benefits. No one tribe is disadvantaged by the division of land-each receives grace gifts based on the promise of God to Abraham. Each tribe is blessed beyond measure with land freely given by God. All the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 26
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Got Enemies?

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 25    Five kings of the Amorites join together to fight against the people of Gibeon because they have made peace with Israel. The Gibeonites cry out to Israel for help. Sounds like terrible odds-5 to 1-until God is factored into the equation-"And the LORD said to Joshua, 'Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand;  not a man of them shall stand before you'" (Josh. 10:8).... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 25
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Avoiding Deception

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 24  Joshua and the people of Israel no sooner recover from Achan's deception than they fall for another deception. The Gibeonites hear about the defeat of the people of Jericho and Ai and devise a plan to save themselves from the same destruction by deceiving Israel into making a treaty with them. This story alerts the reader to seven conditions that make a person vulnerable to deception: Exhaustion... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 24
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Time for Renewal

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 23  When God opens up a new phase of your life, how should you begin? Joshua had warned the people, "You have not passed this way before" (Josh. 3:4). They are about to enter a new phase of life. What will God require of Israel as they camp at Gilgal and prepare to enter Canaan? Chapters four and five reveal five clear truths for making the transition to a new phase of life. A new phase of life... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 23
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The Law, the Land, and the Leader

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), March 22  As Israel prepares to leave the wilderness behind and enter the land of Canaan, God grants Moses three forward-looking glimpses into the Conquest Era before he dies: the Levites made responsible for Bible literacy, a panoramic view of Canaan, and the transfer of leadership to Joshua. The Law Moses pronounces a blessing on each of Israel's tribes before he dies. He appoints the Levites as responsible... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Mar 22
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