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365 Devotional Entries

Looking for Faith

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 30 Everywhere Jesus goes He looks for faith. He doesn't find it where it should abound; instead, He finds it in the most unlikely of people. And He wrecks the theology of the religious crowd in the process. He finds faith: In a packed room (Mt. 9:1-8) Crowds pack around Jesus to hear Him and nearly prevent those with faith from having access to Him. People of faith find ways to get to Jesus. The four... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 30
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Missing the Messiah

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 29 Isaiah sees the scope of the Messiah's ministry five hundred years before He walks upon the earth and begins His earthly ministry: "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,   Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound, To proclaim the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 29
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Two Guilty Verdicts

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 28 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (Jn. 3:19). Some parade their evil deeds publicly by embracing and even applauding sin, while others cloak their evil deeds under the guise of respectability and religion. Jesus reveals the sinfulness of both categories. Nicodemus comes to Jesus under the cover of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 28
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The Last Adam

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 27 The first Adam was created in the image of God from the dust of the earth. Once formed by God, he was filled by God, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (Gen. 2:7). Adam was placed in a perfect environment (the garden) and given a prohibition and a wife by God. His faith in God was tested when the serpent... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 27
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Assessing Faith, Evaluating Ministry

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 26   John the Baptist was a fireball of a preacher with an unusual ministry. The Gospels provide a number of details regarding John and his ministry: John the Baptist was rough around the edges , "Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey" (Mk. 1:6). John the Baptist baptized Jesus and witnessed the opening of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 26
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God and Government

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 25 "And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up . . . to be registered with Mary" (Lk. 2:1-5a). God's strategy becomes apparent in the movement of the empire, as He moves His people into... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 25
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Two Announcements That Shape History

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 24 God breaks four hundred years of silence when the angel Gabriel appears to an old priest named Zacharias. The angel informs Zacharias that his prayer-that his barren wife would bear a son-prayed many years earlier, has been heard, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John . . . He will also go before Him in the spirit and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 24
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Un-sanitized Book, Unvarnished Truth

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 23 Biographers and historians often sanitize the lives of those whom they write about, leaving out salient details that mar a person or people's legacy. God does not. The Bible chronicles the nations of Israel and Judah, and the picture isn't pretty. Rebellion, idolatry, gross sexual immorality, oppression, and family and communal brokenness are revealed in all their ugliness. Israel and Judah function as a... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 23
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Final Words

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 22 Malachi, the last of the Old Testament minor prophets, proclaims a final message--and it isn't pretty! Malachi addresses the remnant that has returned from Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem and her temple. Though they have accomplished their goal, over time their hearts have drifted away from the LORD. Malachi thus calls them out for their failure to return to Him. The book of Malachi may be divided into seven... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 22
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Leaders and Their Advisory Council

  The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 21 "Now these are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seriah, Jeremiah, Ezra" (Neh. 12:1). Zerubbabel, the grandson of Jehoiachin, Israel's king taken into captivity and jailed for 37 years, leads Judah during the time of the return from the Babylonian exile. He leads the first group of captives back to Jerusalem in 538 BC and begins... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Sep 21
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