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This month the devotional contains the books of Jonah and Philemon. Although these two books might not seem to be similar—one about an Old Testament prophet, the other about a New Testament slave—they actually share a common theme. Both Jonah and Onesimus (Philemon’s servant) abandoned their callings. Jonah was called by God to preach to […]

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Popular culture is heavily influenced by New Age ideas. Is the word “vibes” a regular word in your everyday speech? One might use that word to describe a certain “energy” they feel coming from a person. “He had good vibes” generally means that an individual perceived friendliness and a level of ethical and moral goodness […]

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Empty…useless…pointless…futile…hopeless…this is how Solomon describes life on this earth in the book of Ecclesiastes. He speaks with the experience of an old man who had lived a full life “under the sun” (1:3). These are not the words of a monk who separated himself from earthly experiences and luxuries. They are the words of one […]

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Biblical womanhood is under attack. Recent cultural events have shown that the world would like to erase true, biblical womanhood. Anyone can be a woman, yet no one knows what a woman is. This paradox came about because the world has rejected objective truth. Without an objective standard, truth is always changing and evolving. This […]

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Devotionals Apr 8 – May 7, 2023: God’s Word

Every day we are bombarded with information. We read news headlines, scroll social media, and research topics for school or for our own personal interest. Quite frequently this information is changing, conflicting, or confusing. This is why we take the time to cross-reference and check multiple sources to confirm the accuracy of what we are […]

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A practical guide to personal devotions

If there is one area of our spiritual lives that can use some growth and development, it is likely in the practice of personal devotions. And although this probably has been true of God’s people throughout history, the pace of life and incredible variety of distractions in our modern world have made the practice of […]

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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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Financial Stewardship

Few moral issues receive more attention in the New Testament than the use of personal possessions, which is perhaps surprising given the breadth of other sins that are addressed by Scripture. We might have expected that Christ and his apostles would be less concerned about the danger of materialism than sins committed against the first […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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