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365 Devotional Entries

The Test of Friendship

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 22 "I am one mocked by his friends, who called on God, and He answered him, the just and blameless who is ridiculed" (Job 12:4). "But you forgers of lies, you are all worthless physicians. Oh, that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom!" (13:4-5). Ever been disappointed in friendship? The "good" seasons of life produce many friends, but companionship during... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 22
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Revelation Trumps Reason and Logic

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 21  Bildad interprets Job's suffering through tradition : "For inquire, please, of the former age, and consider the things discovered by their fathers; for we were born yesterday, and know nothing" (Job 8:8-9). Therefore, he challenges Job, saying that God does not "pervert justice" (8:3) and that Job's suffering is retributive for some wrong on his part. Zophar interprets Job's... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 21
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Pity Partiers

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 20 "Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering" (John Piper). Self-pity says, "I deserve better than this." Self-pity reeks from Job's pores as he processes suffering's deeply painful onset, "My eye will never again see good" (Job 7:7) and sees immediate death, "The eye of him who sees me will see me no more; while your eyes are upon me, I shall no longer be. As the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 20
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Heaven's Perspective and Human Experience

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 19 The book of Job opens with heaven's view of Job's suffering. Few stories have that advantage. Job grasps by faith what God reveals before the heavenly council. God describes Job as a "blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil" (1:8; 2:3). Though Job is unaware of this heavenly assessment, he lives by faith. Job understands that man's relationship with God is not based upon... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 19
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A Well-ended Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 18  "How old are you?" Women are often reputed to fudge the answer to that question. Jacob not only answers Pharaoh's question, but he also offers commentary, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life" (Gen. 47:9). Truly, Jacob's life has been one of difficulty: Jacob lived his boyhood... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 18
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Trumped Up Evidence and Truth

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 17  Joseph's brothers present Jacob with trumped up evidence of Joseph's death-his shredded coat, dried blood, and bewildered faces. Jacob views all three and concludes that Joseph is dead. Jacob believes a lie based on trumped-up evidence, and something within him dies. Twenty-two years later, his sons return from their second trip to Egypt bearing the good news that Joseph is indeed alive. At first... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 17
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Redeeming Failure

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), January 16  The last words Joseph hears before he is sold to a band of traders are from Leah's son, Judah. It was Judah's idea to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelite traders, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh" (Gen. 37:26-27). Mission accomplished. No brother, no... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 16
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Management Training

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 15 Joseph is the eleventh son in a large household, which must have taken some management to feed, clothe, and care for. Overseeing his father's extensive flock absorbed all of his and his brothers" time. Little does Joseph know that his boyhood experience forms the bedrock for a lifetime of management. Joseph makes the best of his circumstances when he is bought by Potiphar, the captain of the guard. He... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 15
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Family Dysfunction and Providence

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 14  Joseph never had a chance with his brothers. When Jacob prepares to meet Esau, he places the maidservants and their children in front of his delegation (the most dangerous position) followed by Leah and her brood. He places Rachel and Joseph closest to himself (Gen. 33:1-3). Wonder what this did to impact sibling rivalry? Jacob's designing a "tunic of many colors" (37:3) for Joseph to... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 14
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A Man of the World, A Man of His Appetites

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 13  Esau reflects the prosperous man of the world. He's a man of the land--a man of his appetities. Esau takes wives for himself from among the Canaanites and builds a prosperous nation, the Edomites. His prosperity demands separation from Jacob, "For their possession were too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were strangers could not support them because of their livestock. So... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 13
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