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365 Devotional Entries

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 this? The tongue. The tongue is the heart's mouthpiece. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21). It communicates life or death. Proverbs has much to say about the power of the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 31
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The 1%-ers

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 30 Solomon is born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Succeeding his father to the throne brings him more wealth than he ever dreamed. Yet Solomon does not live unaware of the dangers that accompany wealth: The possession of wisdom trumps great wealth, "Happy is the man who finds wisdom . . . her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 30
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World of Contrasts

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 29 Cain and Abel demonstrate two ways of walking-the way of folly and the way of wisdom. Abel fears the Lord; Cain does not. Abel understands that God may only be approached through the substitutionary death of another, while Cain chooses his own way. The contrast continues in Abel's replacement, Seth, and his descendants, who begin to call upon the Lord. Cain's descendants, however, continue in the way of their... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 29
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God-awareness

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 28 "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He ponders all his paths" (Prov. 5:21). God-awareness brings sobriety to every situation and every relationship. God-awareness differentiates those who walk uprightly from those who walk in unrighteousness. God-aware people live out the initial truth that introduces the book of Proverbs, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge"... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 28
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Guard Your Heart

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 27 From childhood contemporary man is conditioned to follow his heart. For example, the elders in The Land Before Time told their dinosaur children, "Follow your heart." The heart, however, cannot be trusted! Jeremiah describes the heart as "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9). Solomon warns man to guard his heart, "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 27
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Wisdom Gone Viral

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 26 Solomon's wisdom went viral before the existence of social media, "And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon" (1 Kings 4:34). Solomon's wisdom, insight and understanding-his fame-spread to "all the surrounding nations" (4:31). No one else as wise as Solomon existed, and everyone desired to benefit from his wisdom. Some... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 26
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God's Role for Israel in the World

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 25 When God blessed Abram, He blessed the world, "And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 12:3). It is through the nation of Israel that God gives the promises regarding the coming Redeemer and the pictures of sacrifice that interpret His redemption of humanity. Israel's story is the world's story; therefore, when people hear who God is for Israel, some respond in faith. They... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 25
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A Building or a Haven?

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 24 A conditional promise accompanies the inauguration of Solomon's temple. Lest Solomon or Israel think that having a temple will ensure God's presence regardless of the people's behavior, the LORD warns, "But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 24
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Meeting Place Between God and His People

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 23 At its inauguration Israel's temple stands out from all other temples. Its Most Holy place, where the ark of the covenant dwells, is filled with God's glory, "And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD" (1 Kings... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 23
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Out with the Old, In with the New

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 22 The furnishings made for the Tent of Meeting by the craftsmen under Moses' leadership are nearly five hundred years old and probably a bit shabby when Solomon builds the temple. A new temple requires new furnishings. Therefore, Solomon commissions Huram of Tyre to construct and decorate new furnishings, plus a pillar to stand on each side of the Temple's entry. Each pillar is named: Jakin, the name of the south... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 22
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