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365 Devotional Entries

Shacking Up With The Devil

The ONE YEAR® Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 7 Paul transitions from doctrinal teaching to practical application in Ephesians 4:1-3: "I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." A few sentences later Paul gives another command:... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Dec 7
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Their Story, Our Story

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 6 Early in the Bible's metanarrative, in Genesis 3:15, God promised Adam and Eve (the originators of all humanity) a coming Redeemer. Many generations later, He isolated Abraham from all the men upon the earth and promised him, "And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 12:3). Abraham's descendants possessed the covenants of promise in the Law of Moses, and the prophets' foretelling of Christ. In... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Dec 6
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God Speaks

The ONE YEAR® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 5 Paul doesn't have a hope-so faith but a know-so faith. He has a word from God: "Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you" (Acts 27:24). God will have to keep him alive during the storm for this to happen. Dead men don't testify before kings. The same thing happened with Noah when God spoke to him regarding the coming flood.... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Dec 5
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Evangelism That Makes Men Tremble

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 4 The apostle Paul's preaching and witness to the Jews eventually bring him to be arrested by the Jews and imprisoned by the Romans. His opponents seek to kill him, so the Roman soldiers charged with his welfare send him from Jerusalem to Caesarea, to the Roman governor Felix, a particularly inept bureaucrat who has kept himself in power by sheer brute force (like many bureaucrats). His cruelty is exceeded only by his... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Dec 4
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The Unruly Gospel

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 3 Religious disputes are as old as the human race. Often those seeking to defuse a dispute only increase its intensity. That's what happens when Paul arrives in Jerusalem. Jewish-background believers are disputing with Gentile-background believers over the role of circumcision and the Law. The Jews believe that, because Christianity flowed out of Judaism, Gentile believers should embrace Judaism as a completion of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Dec 3
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Warning to Pastors

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 2 Paul is a pastor to pastors. He bypasses Ephesus as he hurries to arrive in Jerusalem in time for Pentecost, but he requests that the elders of the Ephesian church meet him at Miletus. He who has “kept back nothing that was helpful” (Acts 20:20) addresses the elders for the last time: “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Dec 2
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A Gospel-happy Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 1 Paul's encounter with the resurrected Christ has changed him forever. The former self-righteous and religious Jew has become a passionate servant of Jesus Christ. No distance is too far to travel or cost too great to pay to take the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, Paul describes his depth of service to Christ, "I have:" Worked much harder ... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Dec 1
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Mental Warfare

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), November 30 The Apostle Paul teaches that spiritual warfare begins in our minds--with our view of God: "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:4-5). Every man acts out of his view of God. If... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Nov 30
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Living Fragrant Lives

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), November 29 Women have been known to send their lovers perfume-scented letters which leave the recipients with no doubt whatsoever regarding the contents of the letter. The fragrance communicates love and affection. Paul uses the analogy of a fragrance or an aroma to describe the witness or message of the Corinthian believers to those around them: "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Nov 29
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Bible Literacy and Correct Ideas About God

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), November 28 "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Rom. 15:4). The stories of Noah, Abraham, Hannah, Josiah, and many other individuals who walked with God in the Old Testament infuse hope into those who study their lives. How so? They were ordinary people with ordinary problems who experienced... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Nov 28
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