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365 Devotional Entries

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Mercy for Me, Judgment for You

The One Year® Chronology Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 14 The Bible is an unsanitized story about a real God, who has a real relationship with real people, who have real problems. Had the Author of the Bible sanitized its story, no man would have hope. Every people group has a story of origins, but no story compares to the Bible's narrative. It begins with God's creative goodness, bringing all creation, including mankind, into being, His great wisdom in giving man a... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 14
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Using Your Position to Honor God

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 13 Early in his reign, David understands that his position as Israel's king comes with great responsibility. Psalm 101 reflects David's desire to honor the LORD in his new position, "I will behave wisely in a perfect way" (101:2a). "I will set nothing wicked before my eyes" (101:3a). "I will not know wickedness" (101:4b). "Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 13
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Blessing and the Revelation of His Ways

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 12 "God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations" (Ps. 67:1-2). Adam and Eve's rebellion alienates their descendants from God. Every person is born with a sin nature and needs to be born again, spiritually. God promises the first couple redemption through a coming Seed of a woman, who will crush the serpent's... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 12
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Life Got You Bogged Down?

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 11 David's psalms open a window to his heart and mental anguish as he navigates a life peppered with challenges and failure. David failed Israel and his own family when he committed adultery and murder. Imagine having to live with the emotional fallout of such failure! Past failures take joy captive and replace it with despair. Psalm 40:1-4 reveals several truths that cast light on how David turned the desolation of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 11
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Heartache and Worship

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 10 Seventy-five of the Psalms are attributed to David (seventy-three have his signature; Jesus attributes Psalm 2 to him, while the author of Hebrews attributes Psalm 95 to him). One-third of these flow from the days of his conflict with his son Absalom. David's greatest worship flows out of a heart broken by the grief of betrayal and loss. Betrayal and loss cause deep pain, and out of the cocoon of pain either... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 10
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The Life that Prays

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 9 Throughout the Psalms, David exemplifies "casting your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). David is a man of prayer. The psalms reveals why he is a man of prayer: David cared deeply about righteousness (unrighteousness frustrated him), David prayed against evil and evildoers, "Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 9
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The Shepherd Heart of God

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 8 David has spent his youth tending sheep (one of the oldest professions of man-Gen. 4:2). His knowledge of the needs of sheep and the importance of good shepherding are therefore foundational to his leadership as Israel's king and to his understanding of who God is for His people. David did for his flock on a small scale what he does for Israel as their king. He merely reflects who God is for His people-their Shepherd.... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 8
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God's Glory and His Story

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 7 Creation declares God's glory, while the Bible tells His Story. No man can miss God's glory. Both day and night communicate continuously the glory and majesty of God to every man in every tongue and language. The psalmist ascribes a voice to all of creation-"Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 7
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Summary of a Good Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 6 David was obviously introduced to the Bible's narrative as a teenager. He had no idea, however, that he would be part of that narrative, studied by millions. The Bible narratives chronicle God's dealings with David, while David's psalms provide insight into his spiritual formation. David's "last words" capture the essence of his life, "Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 6
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Positions of Power Attract Self-Seekers

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 5 David thoroughly prepares Israel for building a magnificent temple for the Name of the LORD. A significant glitch occurred toward the end of his life, however, that appears to jeopardize the smooth transition of leadership to Solomon. Adonijah, David's son by Haggith, seeks to seize the kingdom for himself. He "exalted himself and said, 'I will be king'" (1 Kings 1:5). Adonijah is the eldest son... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at May 5
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