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365 Devotional Entries

Bad Things Happen to Bad People

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 17 A common belief, both in the ancient world and in contemporary society, is that bad things happen to bad people. If someone is a "good person," generally things will work out well both in this life and in the next. The Jews of Jesus" day accept this axiom as part of life; those who have lost houses or jobs, or especially those who have died prematurely, must have brought disaster on themselves. This... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 17
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Don't Worry, Be Peaceful

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 16 "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing" (Lk. 12:22-23). Advertising exists to entice people to "live to eat" and to "dress up to play" to accumulate more and better. The message is as ancient as the serpent's in the Garden of Eden. There Satan deceived Eve into... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 16
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Kingdom Dwellers

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 15 When Adam and Eve sin, they forfeit the dominion given to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth" (Genesis 1:28). The serpent seizes their dominion and has dominated man with his deception ever since. Adam and Eve think that eating the forbidden fruit will free them... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 15
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Legalists Play "Gotcha!"

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 14 "Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery" (Jn. 8:3). Legalists play "gotcha" at the expense of others. Imagine being the woman caught in adultery by Pharisees at the break of dawn. They "set her in the midst" of the early morning crowd and seem thrilled with their early morning catch (8:3). No doubt she is ashamed, humiliated, and only half-dressed.... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 14
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God Fishing

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 13 Jesus teaches His disciples to honor governing officials by paying their taxes, "Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you" (Mt. 17:27). Peter was probably a fairly successful fisherman before Jesus called him to leave his nets, follow... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 13
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Connecting the Old Testament to the New Testament

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 12 Jesus" authoritative teaching and miracles cause such a stir among the people that they question his identity. Some think He might be John the Baptist, while others think He might be Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets (Mt. 16:14). Peter declares, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God," when Jesus questions him regarding His identity (Mt. 16:16). In response to Peter's questions, Jesus... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 12
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Feeling Rebuffed By Jesus?

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 11 “As Jesus and His disciples seek some rest in the region of Tyre and Sidon, a woman from the region confronts them with a request that her daughter be healed: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed” (Mt.15:22). Usually compassionate toward such requests, Jesus responds with a seeming callousness that is almost surprising. Matthew (the evangelist writing to... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 11
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Born That Way

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 10 Babies are naturally self-centered. They cry when they are hungry, wet, and bored. Their entire world revolves around them. And it doesn"t get any better as they continue to grow-they simply become better at hiding it! A determined person may present him- or herself in a caring and compassionate image, but forget to show him gratitude and consideration, or cut in front of her at a red light, and the selfish person... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 10
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Nursing a Grudge

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 9 John the Baptist confronts Herod for taking his brother's wife as his own--"It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife" (Mk. 6:18). His wife Herodias takes offense and begins to seek his death (6:19). Herodias plots her revenge. She watches and waits for an opportune moment to have John the Baptist killed. This scene challenges the reader to stop and ask, "What is a grudge?",... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 9
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Laborers of Christ

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 8 Jesus describes crowds as harvest fields, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" (Mt. 9:38). Jesus also describes the lives of those who follow Him and labor in those fields: Laborers are vulnerable, like "sheep among wolves;" therefore Jesus cautions His followers to be "as wise as serpents... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Oct 8
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