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Refugee Ministry

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 15 Ezekiel, whose name means "God strengthens," has been trained in Jerusalem for the priesthood, but he ends up in captivity before he can begin serving. God uses him to prophesy, instead, to those in exile. His is a refugee ministry. Ezekiel faithfully serves as God's refugee minister and watchman for more than twenty years. Over the course of those years, the LORD has him do some strange things. Before... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 15
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God's Battle Ax

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 14 No man or nation is completely free to do as he or it wills. The fall of man has so short-circuited the wiring of individuals (and thus cultures) that every person or nation-left to him- or itself-will choose evil over good. Men choose evil out of the evil of their hearts, and those same men, elevated to positions of power, use their power for evil on a national scale. Over the centuries, Hittites, Assyrians, and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 14
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The Latent Power of Jealousy

The One Year Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 13 God judges nations in relation to their treatment of Israel, "For the Day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; as you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head" (Obadiah 15). The final chapters of Jeremiah describe God's judgment of the Ammonites, the Edomites, the nation of Damascus (Arameans/Syrians), the Elamites, and the Babylonians. The Ammonites descend... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 13
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Jeremiah 29:11 in Context

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 12 Context always dictates interpretation, and interpretation determines application. Therefore, to correctly apply Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you," says the LORD, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope'", one must know the verse's context. A few years earlier, 10,000 people from Jerusalem were taken captive to Babylon.... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Aug 12
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A Nation Running Out of Time

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 11 Judah's days as a nation are numbered. King Jehoiachin, his family, and 10,000 of his people have been "hurled out" of the land and taken prisoner to Babylon. While the remnant under Zedekiah think that they have experienced a reprieve, in truth the nation has less than a decade to live. The LORD foretells of a coming Seed in the Creation Era . He promises Abraham a great nation in the Patriarchal... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 11
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The Heart: A Defective Gauge of Right and Wrong

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 10 Contemporary wisdom asserts that the best option in decision-making is to "trust your heart" or "let your heart be your guide." This viewpoint is as incorrect as it is pervasive. Why? Because the heart and its thoughts are defective. The heart is like sundown, unable to dispel darkness as the sun sinks below the horizon. Truth is like the rising sun at daybreak that dispels the darkness of night. The... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 10
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The Answer to THE Age-old Question

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 9 Jeremiah presents a question asked by the righteous in every generation: "Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?" (Jeremiah 12:1b) The wicked often appear happier than those who remain faithful to the LORD. Their happiness, however, is temporal. It is founded on appearances, earthly positions, and the abundance of possessions. And it is based only on today.... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 9
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Distorted Worship

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 8 You may not have a "god" on a shelf, but you still may be trusting in the fraudulent claims of an idol. An idol is anything a person trusts in, other than God, for health, safety, protection, security, etc. Idolatry is distorted worship. God proved his abundant provision in the garden of Eden. He met Israel's every need in the wilderness. He gave Israel the land of Canaan, with developed fields and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 8
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The Golden Image of Intolerance

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 7 Daniel and his friends live in a nation of intolerance. Nebuchadnezzar constructs a big, shiny, and expensive image and makes worship of this image public policy, "To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages . . . whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace" (Dan. 3:4,6). The plain of Dura in the province of Babylon is a zone of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 7
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The Hardship of Ministry

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 6 Jeremiah has just delivered one of his strongest messages to date. He promises disaster, while the false prophets tell the people that God will not act against Israel, for the sake of His temple. He preaches repentance while the priests and prophets condone idol worship. Since they cannot shut Jeremiah up, they go on the offensive by attacking him verbally. Jeremiah doesn't engage in verbal warfare, however, but... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Aug 6
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