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365 Devotional Entries

The Domino Effect of a Testimony

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 16 Today's reading covers a story set in motion by a testimony that impacts a general's wife, a general, two kings, a prophet, and the prophet's servant. The participants: The Testifier, an "unnamed" servant girl, expresses faith in the God of Israel to her mistress even in captivity. A mistress who acts on a servant girl's testimony and expresses hope of healing to her leprous husband. ... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 16
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The God of Left-overs

The One Year Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 15 Elisha could be called, the prophet of leftovers! "She came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest" (2 Kings 4:7). To resolve the woman's financial crisis, Elisha instructs her to collect empty containers from all of her neighbors. He blesses the little oil that she has, and she begins filling the jars from her meager supply until... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 15
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Practical Atheists

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 14 When God promises Abraham a son, a land, and descendants, He obligates Himself to protect him (Gen. 12:1-2); yet Abraham struggles to appropriate His protection when he flees first to Egypt and later to Gerar. The LORD identifies Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Who He is for the patriarchs, He is for their descendants. As a young nation Israel struggles to appropriate God's provision and protection... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 14
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A Failed Disguise

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 13 Ahab finds himself in a sticky situation with the Syrians and appeals to Jehoshaphat king of Judah to join him in the battle against Ben Hadad, whom he had previously failed to kill, and the Syrian army. Jehoshaphat urges Ahab to seek the counsel of the LORD, the true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Ahab instead seeks counsel from 400 false prophets who prophesy that the Arameans will fall before Ahab and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 13
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A Pouty King and a Scheming Queen

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 12 "Jezebel his wife said, 'You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite'" (1 Kings 21:7). Have you ever wanted something so badly that your obsession led to a loss of appetite? Ahab makes himself sick over his neighbor's property. Naboth's property is just a symptom of a deeper problem. The previous... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 12
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Spiritual Showdown

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 11 The LORD sends Elijah to live east of the Jordan during the early part of the prophesied famine/drought. After the water from the brook Kerith dries up, the LORD hides Elijah from Ahab and Jezebel among Jezebel's own people in Sidon (1 Kings 16:31; 17:9). Elijah summons Ahab, the prophets of Baal and Asherah, and Israel to a showdown on Mount Carmel. The prophets of Baal build an altar to Baal and call upon him to... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 11
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Idolatry and Bible Literacy

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 10 All of the kings of Northern Israel disregard God's commands, after the pattern of their first king, Jeroboam. The lack of Bible literacy creates a vacuum in which idolatry thrives. God raises up prophets to confront Israel's kings, yet they refuse to listen. The historian contrasts Israel's king, Ahab, with Judah's king, Jehoshaphat. After mentioning that Ahab has done evil in the eyes of the LORD, the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 10
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In God We Trust

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 9 King Asa has determined to walk in the ways of the Lord. He removes the foreign altars and experiences peace for ten years. But in the tenth year of his reign, Zerah the Ethiopian marches against him with a million men-an overwhelming force. Asa calls upon the Lord and says, "LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 9
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The Development of a New Religion

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 8 Rehoboam's foolish decision regarding Israel's request for a tax break costs him the kingdom. Ten tribes of Israel rebel against his leadership and turn to Jeroboam, Solomon's former officer, and make him their king. Jeroboam breaks all ties with Jerusalem, "If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn back to their lord, Rehoboam... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 8
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Mourning Trumps Pleasure

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 7 "The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth" (Ecc. 7:4). Many theologians believe that Solomon wrote the Song of Songs in his early years, the book of Proverbs in his middle years, and Ecclesiastes in his later years. Ecclesiastes builds upon the theme of the wise and the foolish introduced in Proverbs and offers 20/20 hindsight. A moment of mourning... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jun 7
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