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365 Devotional Entries

None Left Behind

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 31 Ezekiel's deportation to Babylon precedes the destruction of Jerusalem and her temple by eleven years. Ezekiel's fear of God does not prevent his being carried off with 3,000 others to Babylon. His captivity is therefore providential--God has sovereignly positioned him in a refuge camp at the banks of the the river Kebar. There God shares His perspective with his refugee priest. It is there, also, that Ezekiel... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 31
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Out with the Old, In with the New

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 30 Jeremiah and Ezekiel both introduce New Covenant components in their messages: "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people" (Jer. 31:33). "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 30
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Gender-neutral Rebellion, Idolatry, and Judgment

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 29 Both the men and women of Judah rebel completely against God, "Then all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to other gods" (Jer. 44:15, emphasis added). They presented a unified front in their rebellion: " all the women who stood by, a great multitude, and all the people who dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying: 'As for the word that you have spoken to ... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 29
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God Responds to Apathy and Exploitation

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 28 Judah is to be blamed for her own destruction. Judah has been warned repeatedly that her continued rebellion and idolatry will bring about her destruction. She refuses to repent; therefore God raises up the Babylonians to destroy the temple and take Judah into captivity. The Edomites, Judah's distant cousins, are not responsible for Judah's spiritual infidelity, but they are responsible for exploiting... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 28
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Knowing God and Ministry "Failure"

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 27 Jeremiah wouldn't have made it behind the "celebrity" pulpits of today's churches. Nor would he have been invited on anyone's talk show. His was not a message for itching ears; no publisher would have been interested in publishing his writings. Nope. Jeremiah was God's man during the darkest period of Israel's history. It wasn't popular. And it wasn't easy! Jeremiah is incarcerated... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 27
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God's Undercover Agent

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 26 Just as governments place operatives undercover, so the Lord places His operatives undercover to work on His behalf. Ebed-Melech is an unlikely candidate, from man's point of view, but not from God's. The king's irate officials had thrown Jeremiah into a deep well that was mostly mud because they had rejected God's word through him. He was rescued by Ebed-Melech. Ebed-Melech is a Cushite, a North... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 26
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The King Behind the Puppet Ruler

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 25 The tiny nation of Tyre touched the world through its shipping yards, "Tarshish was your merchant because of your many luxury goods. They gave you silver, iron, tin, and lead for your goods. Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders . . . those from the house of Togarmah traded for your wares . . . the men of Dedan were your traders . . . Syria was your merchant . . . Judah and the land of Israel were your... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 25
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God's Stubborn Love

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 24 God's stubborn love for His people continues in spite of Israel's chronic rebellion. As they face their final deportation, the LORD promises only good toward Israel once their seventy years of exile are complete. In Jeremiah 32:36-44 and 33:1-26, God makes at least twenty-three "I will" statements of determined goodwill toward His people: He promises to "gather them out of all countries"... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 24
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Ruler of the Nations

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 23 In 586 BC, the king of Babylon invades Jerusalem, the capital of the kingdom of Judah, and takes many of the Jews captive to his capitol city in Babylon. In the midst of this turmoil, God raises up and speaks through prophets to lead His people. Among the captives of Babylon, Ezekiel prophesies about God's return to His people. In the royal courts of Babylon and, later, Persia, Daniel prophesies about the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 23
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Pride and Idolatry

  The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 22 In the beginning, God creates man in His image, gives him dominion over the world, and walks with him in the cool of the day. Sadly, Adam and Eve choose the fruit of the forbidden tree over union with God. Since that day all humanity struggles with unfaithfulness to God—spiritual adultery. One commentator even describes this behavior as spiritual nymphomania—uncontrollable and excessive... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 22
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