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365 Devotional Entries

Repairing Relationships

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 30 It takes three years of drought before David prays about the cause of the drought. The LORD connects the dots between the lack of rain and Saul's breaking covenant with the Gibeonites, "It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites" (2 Sam. 21:1). Afraid of the Israelites as they began conquering the land of Canaan the Gibeonites deceived Joshua and Israel by... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 30
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Mid-air Crisis

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 29 Some men go through mid-life crisis; Absalom's life, however, ends in a mid-air crisis. While on the battlefield Absalom's head gets caught in a tree. He is "left hanging between heaven and earth"-literally and figuratively (2 Sam. 18:9). Earlier in the story, the Scriptures describe Absalom's appearance, "Now in all Israel there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 29
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Three Men and a Crisis

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 28 "When David was a little past the top of the mountain, there was Ziba . . ." (2 Sam 16:1). 2 Samuel 16 describes David's encounter with two men (Ziba and Shimei) while he is on the run from Absalom. They represent three kinds of men that appear during a crisis. Ziba , an opportunist, misleads David concerning Mephibosheth to steal Mephibosheth's property/inheritance. David ,... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 28
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Fleshly Lust and Wicked Counsel

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 27 Amnon is obsessed with the beauty of his half-sister, Tamar. His desire becomes a sickness that goes viral. Jonadab, his cousin, devises a plan for Amnon to get what he wants. Amnon pretends to be ill and requests that his father grant him access to Tamar's culinary skills. David grants his wish. Tamar bakes Amnon the bread that he requests. He refuses to eat in front of the servants, sending them away. Taking... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 27
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Exposed

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 26 "And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD" (2 Sam. 11:27). It seems today that celebrities can't do anything in secret; the paparazzi post themselves around their homes, tail their cars, and even tap their phones to uncover juicy celebrity tidbits. Rulers, however, seem to get... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 26
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When Kindness Backfires

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 25 Sometimes kindness backfires. It has nothing to do with the one expressing the kindness, but with the one receiving the kindness. This person may have a kindness-receptor flawed by suspicion-ascribing ulterior motives to the benefactor. That's exactly what happened with King David and Hanun, "It happened after this that the king of the people of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. Then David... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 25
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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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