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September 8 – Read Jonah 2 Jonah had fallen deeply into sin by rejecting the command God gave him to preach at Nineveh, but in this chapter we see his spiritual strength. Even as he was in the fish’s belly, Jonah praised God with the words of the Psalms. He begins verse 2 similarly to […]

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August 8 Read 1 Kings 20 After defeating the Syrians, Ahab ignores God’s decree to kill Ben-Hadad and instead makes a treaty with him. We do not know the exact motive of Ahab here. Perhaps he thought that a friendship with Ben-Hadad would secure an alliance with Syria against common enemies, such as Assyria. But […]

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July 8- Read Ecclesiastes 3 What do you think about the idea of youth pastors? Can they be helpful for connecting with the young people in the congregation? Should we think about having something similar in our churches? We recently had a presentation done for our school by a youth pastor. Someone I was talking […]

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June 8 – July 7 (30 days); due April 20:   Jun 8—What’s Your Motive? Read Proverbs 21 Proverbs 21:1 teaches that the hearts of the rulers of this world are under the sovereign control of our God. What comfort! Not only are the hearts of kings open to him, however: “Every way of a […]

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May 8- Read 1 Kings 4 I remember talking about the immense amount of food Solomon’s court required when we read this in class. Verses 22 and 23 state, “And Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the […]

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Devotional April 8—May 7   April 8—“I am Prayer” Read Psalm 109 How do we reconcile Scripture’s command to love our enemies with Psalm 109’s seemingly vindictive tone? Notice, David does love these wicked, but they return evil for his good and hatred for his love (vv. 4–5). Likewise, our enemies must not be people […]

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March 8- Read Psalm 13 At first glance, the beginning and end of this chapter don’t really seem to go together.  David is crying out to God asking when he will be delivered.  Verse 3 especially stands out, where he says, “Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep […]

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February 8—March 7 (28 days)   February 8—From Communion to Conquer Read 2 Samuel 8 We read in 2 Samuel 7 that the Lord gave David “rest round about from all his enemies.” During that time of rest, the prophet Nathan brought David Jehovah’s word, and David spent time in prayer. Now chapter 8 begins, […]

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January 8- Read I Chronicles 11 I have a couple quick observations regarding David’s mighty men listed in this chapter.  First, I find it interesting that Joab isn’t mentioned, although his brothers, Abishai and Asahel, are.  Joab was the leader of David’s army, a man feared by many, yet it appears that his wickedness keeps […]

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Dec. 8 – Hear! Hear! Hear! Read Psalm 81 Psalm 81 seems more familiar when one calls to mind the first stanzas of its only versification in our Psalter: #222.  “Now to God, our Strength and Savior, render praise and loudly sing,” and, “Let the trumpet, far resounding, this our festal day proclaim…”  This psalm […]

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