Devotionals

March 1, 2017

Memorials

Read Joshua 22:1 through 24:33

Etched on the wall above the Lincoln Memorial are the following words: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” The Lincoln Memorial and numerous other statues, monuments, and symbols across the country mark America’s heritage. These serve as reminders of what was given to secure the freedoms enjoyed today.

“That is why we said, ‘Let us get ready and build an altar—but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.’ … Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the Lord’” (Joshua 22:26–27).

Because of the location of their inherited land, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh were afraid their offspring would forget they were part of God’s people, or that their relatives across the river would forget. An altar was established to remind them. Our heritage in Christ can also be displayed as memorials of the past that point to the promises of the future.

Thought for Today: What spiritual markers are we leaving for the generations to come?

Quicklook: Joshua 22:21–28


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February 28, 2017

Fulfilled

Read Joshua 18:1 through 21:45

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled (Joshua 21:45).

From the time God first met with Moses until the people of Israel settled in the Promised Land, God kept every promise He made to that generation. He led them out of the bondage of Egypt, provided for them in the desert, and directed them to a land in which they could dwell.

At times the people grumbled and doubted God’s integrity, but they were proven wrong. He did not leave anything undone that He said He would do.

Just as Israel had to trek across the desert, the follower of Christ today occasionally must traverse seemingly dry and isolated places. During these times, it is necessary to stand on God’s Word. He is still fulfilling His Word today.

God declared to Israel His plans and intentions so they could understand His goodness of heart toward them. Many today doubt God, and some choose to slander Him, but they will be proven wrong.

One day Christ will return. It will be revealed that every good promise of God has been kept. His words do not fail.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, fulfill Your will in my life.

Quicklook: Joshua 21:43–45


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February 27, 2017

Remain

Read Joshua 13:1 through 17:18

The stress of college was too much. Jerry’s battle with time management and his short attention span worked against him. Jerry told his advisor he was withdrawing from school.

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Surprising himself, Jerry began confessing doubts and fears he had never talked about before. Jerry and Dr. Adkins talked through his feelings. Jerry finally realized his time there wasn’t over.

“I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then” (Joshua 14:11).

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When people give up too soon, when short-term commitment is the norm, and when endurance is a lost art, God still brings the power of endurance to His people.

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Just as He did for Joshua and for Jerry, God is giving His people the strength to remain.

Prayer Suggestion: Heavenly Father, please enable me to remain strong.

Quicklook: Joshua 14:6–15


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February 26, 2017

Ask God First

Read Joshua 9:1 through 12:24

Has deception ever led you to do something you later regretted? Sometimes, a situation appears simple and innocent when it really isn’t. Only in the aftermath is the error realized. Of course, who could be faulted in such a situation? Don’t be fooled. Using self-deception to soothe a guilty conscience will not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Confessing sin and seeking God after a poor choice will not necessarily eliminate the ramifications of a bad decision, but the experience might teach that seeking God first is always prudent.

The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord (Joshua 9:14).

Israel’s failure to seek God first cost the nation for decades. The believer need not experience such a disaster in life. Through regular communion with God and an understanding of His Word, the believer has opportunities to receive direction and, if necessary, correction. Relying on the wisdom of the Almighty is the best defense in an unscrupulous world.

Challenge for Today: When faced with an important decision, seek God’s counsel.

Quicklook: Joshua 9:9–17


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February 25, 2017

Community

Read Joshua 6:1 through 8:35

“Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions” (Joshua 7:11).

God set Israel free and led them through the desert toward the Promised Land. Once there, the people could labor for their own needs and support their families. This was because God had entered into a contract with them. The only stipulation: they were to obey His commands. Some chose to defy God. Even though their actions were done in secret, God withheld His protection from the entire community until the situation was dealt with. The sins one committed had repercussions for many.

Like Israel of old, the Church has many members but one Body. Things done in the privacy of home have ripple effects upon the body of Christ. When God is honored in the home, the Church benefits. When He is dishonored, the Church suffers. Obeying God is the best way to love those with whom we fellowship.

Thought for Today: Good or bad, my actions will affect my church family.

Quicklook: Joshua 7:8–13


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February 24, 2017

Fearless Flying

Read Joshua 1:1 through 5:15

“Uncle Ron.” Young Ian came bounding into the house. “How did you land your plane in this weather?”

“Since I couldn’t see the nose of the plane when I landed, I relied on the navigational system. It’s brought me down safely through weather worse than this.”

“Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before” (Joshua 3:4).

Pilots understand the importance of good navigational instruments. In visually limiting conditions, the life of every person on the plane depends on the reliability of those devices. Pilots have good reason to trust in their equipment. Experience. The same is true with God. With confidence, Joshua and the people followed God into a land they had never seen before.

Many talk about “blind faith,” but faith for a follower of Jesus is not blind, even though a situation might temporarily be blinding. True faith is based on a relationship with God that relies on His proven character. This kind of faith can carry us to any destination He desires.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to have faith in Your proven character.

Quicklook: Joshua 3:1–6


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February 23, 2017

Alone with God

Read Psalm 91:1–16

How can anyone escape fear when everything fearful streams into daily life through televisions, computers, and cell phones? Is there a voice that can quiet fear and calm the heart? Yes, but to hear His voice, other voices must be silenced.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:14–15).

Noise disquiets the soul. It masquerades as life and leaves in its wake fear. The psalmist discovered the secret of sheltering in God’s shadow. His peace was with God. To draw near to God, he stepped away from the noise of the world. God promised that the writer’s love and trust in Him would not be disappointed. “Call on Me and I will answer,” says the Lord. “I will be with you in your time of need.” Words like these quiet the chaos of the soul and give courage to conquer every fear.

Challenge for Today: Take time to shut out the world and be alone with God.

Quicklook: Psalm 91:9–16


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February 22, 2017

Trustworthy Words

Read Deuteronomy 31:1 through 34:12

“What is your name?” Joe asked through the shattered car window.

“Sherry . . . My name is Sherry. I’m scared.”

“Don’t be scared. I’ll stay with you. Trust me. You will be okay.” Joe’s words comforted her.

“They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess” (Deuteronomy 32:47).

Joe’s words calmed Sherry because of the truth they conveyed. As an emergency responder, he had the tools and experience to provide the help she needed.

Israel counted on the words of the Lord. Moses reminded them of all that God had said. God’s promises and warnings were not idle. If the people honored God, He would not leave them. His words were words of life.

Believers can live in the blessing of God’s presence. He does not change and neither do His promises. We are to cling to good and turn from evil. If we will abide in Jesus, His Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, please help me to study and heed Your Word.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 32:39–47


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February 21, 2017

The Big “If”

Read Deuteronomy 27:1 through 30:20

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13).

“If” is a small word that carried huge implications for the children of Israel. If they were careful to keep the Lord’s commands, God would look after all of their concerns. If they did not keep them, then the outlook was not so bright. God would remove His presence and the protection that accompanied Him. In His absence, destruction would surely follow.

Obedience and God’s presence go hand in hand. People walk in the grace of God and neglect to realize that to please Him, He must be obeyed. Some of God’s promises have that little, easy-to-miss word—“if.” The grace of God enables us to begin to live as the Father would desire. When that is done, God opens doors that otherwise are closed to us. He comes near. In God’s Word, even the little words carry big meaning.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me obey even in things that seem small.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 28:7–14


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February 20, 2017

Remember

Read Deuteronomy 19:1 through 26:19

Deuteronomy 24:22 isn’t the Bible verse many people post on social media. It isn’t often the memorized “verse for the day” highlighted on the refrigerator.

But for Israel, it served as a reminder. God wanted His work with the Israelites to remain highlighted and in bold. He wanted His work to be remembered.

There were reasons for His commands. God had brought the nation out of a season of painful slavery. To reinforce that historical miracle, God hoped His people would treat others the way He had treated them.

God instructed the Israelites to give, not just to Him in a comfortable, planned, expected offerings, but to leave gleanings in the vineyard for the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows:

“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this” (Deuteronomy 24:22).

God planned for His people to share. Giving to others is an act of remembering all that God has given.

Challenge for Today: Remember what God has guided you through. Allow it to inspire you to serve others.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 24:17–22


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February 19, 2017

Reverence

Read Deuteronomy 12:1 through 18:22

What does a person do in a society that lacks respect for the law and the rights of others? In years gone by, most people seemed to have a general respect for authority and their neighbors. “God, family, and country” was the order of the day. But what happens when long-standing social norms are tossed aside?

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 13:4).

For believers, two truths remain the same throughout time: God’s Word is unchanging, and respect of His authority is required. It is God who allows people to hold places of authority. Parents, teachers, law enforcement, and government officials are in positions of power and influence because God has ordained these roles. Honor is to be given to whomever honor is due and respect is to be given to whomever respect is due. Putting God first properly aligns everything else.

Thought for Today: Following God means honoring His ways.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 13:1–4


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February 18, 2017

He Listens

Read Deuteronomy 9:1 through 11:32

“Mom, it won’t do any good to talk to her. Besides, she’s right. I don’t deserve to be on the team anymore.” Emily lowered her head onto the table.

“I have to agree with Mrs. Houston. Your missing practices and poor performance have disappointed her and let the team down. But let me talk with her. If you will commit to change, maybe she will give you another chance. Everyone needs grace on occasion.”

I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the Lord listened to me (Deuteronomy 9:19).

Under the right circumstance, a person might change a course of action. Moses went before God to represent the people of Israel. God did listen to Moses and spared them.

Sometimes individual Christians come before God seeking personal forgiveness. At other times, they come before God and plead the cause of another.

In both situations, we can trust that God hears our prayers.

Prayer Suggestion: God, please help me to see Your grace at work in my life and help me show grace to others.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 10:12–19


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February 17, 2017

Today’s Promise

Read Deuteronomy 5:1 through 8:20

It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today (Deuteronomy 5:3).

It is easy to look around and wish to have lived in a different time and place. How wonderful it must have been to hear Jesus’ voice or to look into His eyes. What an amazing experience for the people of Israel to hear the words of the covenant and see the stone tablets. Much more recently, what an opportunity for those who heard George Whitefield preach, or for those who attended the church revivals of the early 1900s.

But what about today? This generation is included in God’s great plan. The Lord is presently at work. His abilities and plans do not diminish with time. Salvation, healing, provision, protection, direction, and heaven are still available. Jesus came and fulfilled the covenant God guaranteed to Israel, and established a new covenant. Through His life, death, and resurrection, the promise of salvation is for everyone today. This generation is not excluded from His presence or His promises.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to embrace Your Word for today.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 5:3–11


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February 16, 2017

Breaking Out

Read Deuteronomy 1:1 through 4:49

Does life ever feel like an endless circle, always returning back to where the journey started? The traveler might question if a wrong road was taken, if God was punishing some failure, or if life was meant to be boring. Instead of seeking God for direction, the traveler plods on and nothing changes.

The repetitiveness of fixed behaviors can push the soul into a rut. Even prayers can become rote requests without expectation of answers. The ultimate danger is that the vitality of relationship with God is lost.

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain” (Deuteronomy 1:6).

It takes courage to break out of a lifeless routine. Israel had stayed at Horeb for a long time, but the day to move on finally came. Obedience to God can open new possibilities. It takes fortitude and faith to follow God’s leading and not stay in comfort. Like Israel, to travel in God’s grace Christians must move when He says move.

Challenge for Today: Move toward God and seek His direction.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 1:6–8


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February 15, 2017

Found Out

Read Numbers 32:1 through 36:13

Michael was busily destroying zombies in his favorite video game when his cell phone flashed a text message: “Did you finish the book yet? Remember our report is due tomorrow.” His fingers swiftly replied, “Nah, I’m good. I grabbed the CliffsNotes.” He ignored the disapproving emoticon that popped up. He figured he could stay up late to write a quick report.

“But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

Just as Michael was doing only enough to get by in school, the people of God are often tempted to give less than their best efforts to Him. Even worse, some try to live with the outward appearance of godliness while secretly playing games with sin.

God’s plans are good. Those who want to live in His blessing must maintain their relationship with Jesus. Faithfulness is an important part of that. When Christians are unfaithful, life can degrade to less than God desire’s for them. Sooner or later, everyone notices.

Thought for Today: God is watching.

Quicklook: Numbers 32:20–27


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February 14, 2017

Thoughtful Obligations

Read Numbers 28:1 through 31:54

“When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said” (Numbers 30:2).

It is easy to get caught up in the moment and commit to something, only to realize later that the agreement should never have been made. What do you do when that happens? Do you follow through or withdraw from the arrangement? It might be easy to break a promise, but it takes fortitude to keep one. Sometimes it even costs something. When God was teaching the Israelites to be holy, He told them to keep their vows. They were to do what they said they would do. Jesus taught the crowds a similar truth: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’” (Matthew 5:37).

God keeps His Word. As we imitate Him, we will do the same. He is pleased when His children show His faithfulness in the world. He is trustworthy and He enjoys when we honor Him with our truthfulness. Contemplation and commitment must go together.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, please help me think before I commit.

Quicklook: Numbers 30:2–7


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February 13, 2017

A Calling to Lead

Read Numbers 25:1 through 27:23

How could anyone follow Moses as a leader of the people? How could Joshua assume the role of leading a nation? Leadership is not a new trend. The topic is popular. People purchase books and attend conferences because they struggle with the belief that they are the ones able to lead. The calling to lead can begin with questions of uncertainty. Receiving the blessing from God—His approval, His anointing, His confirmation—can bring peace to that doubt,

“Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence” (Numbers 27:19).

That verse from Numbers reveals God giving His blessings on the calling of Joshua to lead the nation. Joshua wasn’t Moses. God knew that. God wanted Joshua to lead a nation, but not to lead just like Moses.

Not all leaders lead alike. Each person called by God to lead can function just as He guides, empowers, and instructs them.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to give you the courage to trust the calling He has placed in your life.

Quicklook: Numbers 27:18–23


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February 12, 2017

Unrighteous Indignation

Read Numbers 20:1 through 24:25

People sometimes become angry on God’s behalf, possibly because they have seen a person do evil while professing to act on God’s instructions. We call this righteous indignation, but sometimes it is not very righteous.

Perhaps that’s part of what Moses felt in this chapter. The Israelites had risen up yet again in complaint to Moses and Aaron because they had no water. A lack of water was a valid concern, and when Moses and Aaron turned to God about the problem, He responded.

“Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink” (Numbers 20:8).

Perhaps Moses was having a bad day. Instead of obeying, Moses yelled at the people, took his staff, and smacked the rock. Moses’ actions focused on drama, anger, and abilities that revolved around himself. He sinned and had to pay a high price for his error.

That is a pattern of behavior God’s people should avoid.

Thought for Today: We don’t have to act for God. He is fully able to defend himself.

Quicklook: Numbers 20:1–12


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February 11, 2017

The Grass Is Greener

Read Numbers 16:1 through 19:22

Korah, Dathan, and Abiram were all Levites. They were set aside to do God’s work—they did physical labor, such as taking down and transporting the tabernacle when the Israelites were on the move. However, somewhere along the way, these leaders apparently decided that the role God had given them was not enough. They wanted to be the spiritual leaders—they began to feel that they deserved the leadership role that Aaron had.

“He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too” (Numbers 16:10).

We each have jobs to do in God’s community. Some jobs look more glamorous or interesting than others—the grass is always greener on the other side of the spiritual fence. It is sad when pride and envy enter the community of God because it never ends well. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram ended up being swallowed by the earth for their rebellion against God’s purpose in their lives.

Challenge for Today: Keep your eyes focused on God and what He has for you.

Quicklook: Numbers 16:1–12


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February 10, 2017

God Provides

Read Numbers 11:1 through 15:41

December was a hard month. Kat’s husband had unexpected open-heart surgery. She was struggling to get one car to pass inspection, and the other was in the shop for weeks. Because of some missed bills, she was dealing with creditors and trying to figure out how to pay the tax and insurance bills due. Her teens weren’t getting to school on time, and she faced a threat of losing her job. She was worried, scared, and overwhelmed.

As Kat encountered difficulties, she was like the Israelites. Instead of focusing on how God had provided, she focused on the problems and panicked.

Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused (Numbers 11:1).

Arousing God to anger is a dangerous thing. He can and will keep His promises, including those that involve punishment. When you face difficulties, instead of complaining about God, seek His help.

Thought for Today: Where is your focus? Are you looking at the hardships you face or how God has faithfully provided?

Quicklook: Numbers 11:1–11


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February 9, 2017

The Ever-Present Lord

Read Numbers 8:1 through 10:36

Alone? Discouraged? Not sure of which way to go? Perhaps that’s how the Israelites felt. After all, slavery in Egypt may not have been an ideal life, but it was the only life they had ever known.

Now they were wandering. They were moving in faith, trusting that they were following God, but it must have been difficult at times. Then the Israelites built the tabernacle in obedience to God’s instructions. And an interesting thing happened.

On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire (Numbers 9:15–16).

God sent a visual reminder to the people that He was with them—the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. It was also a visual guide. When it moved, they were to move; when it came to a stop, so did they.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, show me Your presence and clearly guide me.

Quicklook: Numbers 9:15–23


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February 8, 2017

The Other Side of Sacrifice

Read Numbers 5:1 through 7:89

The Lord said to Moses, “Accept these from them, that they may be used in the work at the tent of meeting” (Numbers 7:4–5).

In today’s Scripture, the men at the top were the first to lead the way in bringing offerings and sacrifices. Moses was told to accept their offerings so these things could be used in the work of the tabernacle.

When we make sacrifices and offerings to the Lord today through our tithes and other charitable donations, we do so as an act of worship.

At times the gifts we give are indeed a sacrifice. It’s easy to focus on the reason why we’re giving or the sacrifice we’re making. But we need to make sure we always remember that we’re not only giving, but God is receiving, and His representatives are using the gifts for the Lord’s work. We’re actively participating in God’s purpose on earth being fulfilled. So even sacrifices can be joyful.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me be generous in giving, knowing that my gifts and sacrifices will be used to further Your work.

Quicklook: Numbers 7:1–6


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February 7, 2017

Like Dallas on the Move!

Read Numbers 1:1 through 4:49

All the Israelites twenty years old or more who were able to serve in Israel’s army were counted according to their families. The total number was 603,550 (Numbers 1:45–46).

You probably know the story of the Exodus. God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery. When the Israelites were cornered at the Red Sea by angry Egyptians who pursued them, God split the waters to provide escape. And as they wandered the desert, God provided manna, quail, and water.

The Israelites weren’t just a little tribe. According to the census, the group included 603,550 men over the age of twenty. Add the women and children in the group, and the Israelites probably numbered well over a million people.

That’s larger than the population of Dallas, Texas. Can you imagine all the inhabitants of Dallas on the move at the same time?

Just think. Providing food and everything else for a million people is quite significant—even more of a miracle than perhaps we realized.

Challenge for Today: Think about the enormity of God’s provision and consider what that shows us.

Quicklook: Numbers 1:44–48


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February 6, 2017

A Festival

Read Leviticus 23:1 through 27:34

The house was filled with the noise of laughter. The rooms carried the aroma of food. Great-grandparents held their great-grandchildren. A father finally saw his son after months in another country. A grandmother carried her grandson for the first time. Everyone was taking pictures and telling stories. This family celebration was an experience they would never forget.

“Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month” (Leviticus 23:41).

Festivals are unique in each culture, but they are important for everyone. God wanted Israel to celebrate and make that observation a tradition. The continuing process of remembering God and His works, of highlighting God for seven days in the seventh month, was like a family reunion. They recalled history. They celebrated provision. God hopes His family members today will also choose to celebrate.

Thought for Today: Celebration is more possible for those who notice God’s wonder in various situations.

Quicklook: Leviticus 23:33–44


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February 5, 2017

Following the House Rules

Read Leviticus 17:1 through 22:33

“Everybody else wears strapless dresses. I don’t see why I can’t!”

Mallory felt like smacking her head as she tried to explain the family’s modesty beliefs to her daughter once again. When she grew up, Mallory’s daughter understood and became even stricter with her own children. But as a teenager she wanted to follow the rules dictated by others who didn’t necessarily have God’s ideals in mind.

“You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices” (Leviticus 18:3).

Perhaps the Israelites faced the temptation of “everyone does it.” But God had different “house rules” for His people. It is good for us to remember that those of us in the Christian family have a certain set of house rules God has given us in the Bible. Even though we are adults, we still face the “everyone is doing it” syndrome. But that still doesn’t mean it’s right—or acceptable.

Thought for Today: The Israelites were not to give in to peer pressure—and neither are we.

Quicklook: Leviticus 18:1–5


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February 4, 2017

The Scapegoat

Read Leviticus 15:1 through 16:34

Have you ever taken the blame—and even the punishment—for something someone else has done? A person who takes the blame for someone else is called a “scapegoat.” A lot of people don’t realize that the scapegoat concept and word come from the Bible and refer to a literal goat.

“The scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat” (Leviticus 16:10).

On the Day of Atonement, Aaron was to offer sacrifices to atone, or make amends for, the sins of the people. Several animals were to die for the sins of the people, but the scapegoat was spared. After Aaron laid his hands on this goat’s head and enumerated the sins of the people, the goat was sent away to symbolically remove their sins. This is a foreshadowing example of Christ. Christ is the scapegoat for us. He took on our sins to remove them from us; He took the blame and punishment for what we have done.

Prayer Suggestion: God, thank You for providing Jesus to pay the price for my sins.

Quicklook: Leviticus 16:6–22


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February 3, 2017

The God Who Provides

Read Leviticus 11:1 through 14:57

“You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean” (Leviticus 11:47).

Rules, rules, rules! Leviticus seems so full of rules, specific procedures, and regulations that we can’t even begin to relate to today. And that’s the key. When reading Old Testament passages such as Leviticus, it’s crucial to remember the cultural context.

The Israelites were in the wilderness. They didn’t have hospitals or modern medicines. They had to take special precautions for health. For instance, some of the “unclean” animals were scavengers and more likely to carry diseases that would sicken people.

By banning people from eating certain foods or telling them to follow certain precautions, God’s rules were for the Israelites’ benefit. Christian apologist Josh McDowell says God gives rules for two reasons: for our protection and our provision. That’s what makes Leviticus a fascinating book as we keep in mind that God was very practical in teaching His people how to have successful lives.

Thought for Today: Society and situations may have changed, but that same practical, provisional God still protects and guides us with His directives.

Quicklook: Leviticus 11:41–47


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February 2, 2017

The Holy Honor of Service

Read Leviticus 8:1 through 10:20

“Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored” (Leviticus 10:3).

Though Moses led God’s people overall, God chose Aaron and his family to be the spiritual leaders. They had to go through many specific actions, directions, and symbolism to prepare for this honored duty. But something went wrong. Two of Aaron’s sons deviated from God’s directions. They paid for this decision with their lives.

We may not all be the main spiritual leaders in our churches, but if we know Christ, we’re spiritual leaders. Like the priests, we are to lead others in our sphere of influence into knowledge and worship of God.

Do we take this honor seriously? How often do we truly seek God to prepare us to be His leaders among our families, coworkers, communities, and churches?

Prayer Suggestion: God, please give me a fresh realization of the joy and responsibility of Your calling on my life.

Quicklook: Leviticus 10:1–11


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February 1, 2017

Accidental Sin

Read Leviticus 1:1 through 7:38

Jenna was just obeying her boss’s instructions. Then she realized the directives were hurting another person. She was in the middle of one of those rare situations when someone was using her power to harm another’s reputation. And Jenna had been helping her. Jenna hadn’t set out to intentionally sin against her sister in Christ. But, by trusting the wrong person, she had done so.

“If any member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, when they realize their guilt and the sin they have committed becomes known, they must bring as their offering for the sin they committed” (Leviticus 4:27–28).

What difference does it make if a person didn’t mean to sin? Well, sin still has consequences. When you realize what you’ve done, you still carry a burden.

Thankfully, even in the Old Testament times, God made allowance for the forgiveness of unintentional sin. Today, as 1 John 1:9 says, we can receive forgiveness of that sin and seek reconciliation.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, please help me to see my unintentional sins and help me to reconcile with those I’ve hurt.

Quicklook: Leviticus 4:22–31


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January 31, 2017

The Legacy

Read Psalm 90:1–17

When Sylvia Reed died, the packed-out funeral home became a sanctuary. She had a legacy of faith from her parents and passed that legacy on to her seven children, eighteen grandchildren, and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. Most of them are living out that legacy and passing it along to more generations.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations (Psalm 90:1).

Not all Christians come from homes with a strong faith in God.

But we still have that legacy. We are part of a string of people through thousands of years who have known and lived in the goodness and protection of God throughout generations. We have that legacy of faith behind us—God did not fail those before us. He guided them and took care of them. Besides clinging to the assurance that what God did for other generations, He will do for us, we can instill that faith in those who follow us.

Challenge for Today: Remember your legacy of grace and hope as you face life’s challenges today.

Quicklook: Psalm 90:1–4


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January 30, 2017

Art

Read Exodus 35:1 through 40:38

Sharon didn’t think she could make a difference in her culture. She hoped to obey God and influence others to believe in His love. But she had no desire to preach, nor the talent to do so. Sharon, thinking that was what those “called by God” had to do, assumed she couldn’t make much of a difference. Sharon’s talent was drawing.

Then, during a small-group Bible study in New York City, Sharon heard the teacher talk about this verse:

“He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills” (Exodus 35:31).

She suddenly realized she had a skill. Not from a pulpit, but with paint in her hands and creative thoughts in her mind. Five years later, she began leading an art show displaying Christ’s love and biblical truth to a culture interested because of the arts.

God calls His people to use their skills. The world is watching and waiting for that to happen.

Prayer Suggestion: Dear God, Help me realize again Your calling in my life. Help me be the artist You’re designing me to be.

Quicklook: Exodus 53:30–35


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January 29, 2017

Friends

Read Exodus 32:1 through 34:35

When Teresa was a third grader, her teacher encouraged her class to write to French children. Teresa was excited to receive a response from Louise. They wrote to each other regularly. By the time they were fifteen, they were exchanging weekly messages. They learned to speak each other’s language and planned meet face-to-face someday. When they were nineteen, Louise visited the United States. She and Teresa spent three fabulous weeks together. Forty years later, they are still best friends. Through the wonders of technology, they can now “see” each other every day.

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:11).

Jesus called His disciples friends (John 15:14–16). We too are called to be His friends and to share our hopes, joys, fears, and sorrows with Him “as one speaks to a friend.”

Are you willing to respond to His invitation to friendship and make efforts to communicate with Him on a regular basis?

Prayer Suggestion: Holy Spirit, help me to develop my friendship with Jesus.

Quicklook: Exodus 33:7–11


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January 28, 2017

Time for Rest

Read Exodus 29:1 through 31:18

Jack and Susan had two young children and responsible jobs. They volunteered at church and various civic committees. The children participated in many extracurricular activities. The family rarely ate together; everything was “on the go.” Eventually, nerves frayed.

Driving home from church one Sunday, Jack’s attention wandered. He didn’t see an oncoming vehicle cross the center line. Miraculously, they survived, but the children sustained life-threatening injuries. Jack and Susan were forced to reexamine their priorities.

“Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so that you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy’” (Exodus 31:13).

God created the Sabbath so people could rest and take time to remember what He has done. Taking Sabbaths (times of rest) can be challenging, but without them people forget the purpose of their activities and lose the balance crucial for leading a faithful life.

Challenge for Today: Take time to rest in God and spend meaningful time with your family.

Quicklook: Exodus 31:12–18


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January 27, 2017

Building for God

Read Exodus 25:1 through 28:43

Architect Sir Christopher Wren visited St. Paul’s Cathedral many times during its construction. It is said he asked workers what they were doing.

A carpenter said: “I’m carving a magnificent door.” A blacksmith explained he was creating wonderful wrought ironwork to surround the altar. At the exit, Wren met a laborer, pushing a wheelbarrow of cement.

“What are you doing?” asked Wren.

With pride in his voice, the man replied: “I am building a magnificent cathedral for God’s glory.”

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you” (Exodus 25:8–9).

Creating the tabernacle or a cathedral requires many people, not just architects and skilled artisans. Building God’s kingdom is no different. God has given each person talents to make meaningful contributions.

Do you know your God-given gifts? Are you using them for His glory?

Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to use your gifts.

Quicklook: Exodus 25:1–9


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January 26, 2017

Forgive Murderers?

Read Exodus 19:1 through 24:18

In October 2006, events in a small Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, shocked the United States. A gunman burst into a little schoolhouse, lined up ten girls, and shot them. Five died. The world was stunned when, within a few hours of the shooting, Amish community members visited the murderer’s wife and later attended his funeral. A tiny community reminded the world of Jesus’ call to forgive our enemies.

The Israelites were flabbergasted when God first introduced the concept of treating enemies well.

“If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it” (Exodus 23:4).

The thought of being kind to enemies was mind-blowing in a world where revenge was common. God not only introduced the idea to the Israelites, He made it a law for them. Jesus confirmed this in His teaching (Luke 10:30–37). When Christians follow Jesus and show love to their enemies, they tell the world they live by different standards.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you truly forgive others.

Quicklook: Exodus 23:1–9


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January 25, 2017

Did You Catch It?

Read Exodus 16:1 through 18:27

Negativity is contagious. People can develop it themselves or catch it from others. Once it starts spreading, it can contaminate a community. It affects people’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

The Israelites suffered many bad outbreaks en route to the Promised Land.

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exodus: 17:3).

Is negativity curable? Yes. The antidote is prayer and trusting God. When negativity hovers, try to quiet your thoughts and turn to God. Prayer takes attention away from yourself and directs your focus to the Holy Spirit. He may direct you to practical ways to solve the problems you face. He may guide you to seek wise counsel or professional help. Trust Him; your life and outlook will be changed.

Prayer Suggestion: God, help me to always trust You, and please help me not to absorb or spread negativity.

Quicklook: Exodus 17:1–7


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January 24, 2017

Black Cats

Read Exodus 12:1 through 15:27

Hundreds of years ago, a stray black cat wandered into a monastery and snuggled under the abbot’s chair. The cat became part of monastery life and always attended church services. The abbot died, and his replacement kept the cat. When the cat died, it was replaced by another. Years passed. Many abbots and cats died and were replaced. Eventually the monks would not begin prayer until the abbot’s cat was present. As time passes, behaviors can lose their meaning.

Moses, at God’s instruction, said to the people:

“When your children ask you: ‘What does this ceremony mean to you, then tell them’” (Exodus 12:26).

It is easy to forget the real meaning of worship and celebration of holy days. Think back to how Christmas was for you. Was it a celebration of Jesus’ birthday or more about presents and stress? Will your celebration of Easter be about an egg hunt, or will you ponder the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? What religious meaning will you pass to younger generations?

Challenge for Today: Plan a meaningful and faith-focused celebration for your family.

Quicklook: Exodus 12:24–28


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January 23, 2017

Listening Well

Read Exodus 5:1 through 11:10

The conversations between God and Moses were deep, honest, and frightening. Moses asked questions—something many people are afraid to do. God responded, emphasizing what He had done in the past, what He would do in the future, and what He had heard. God revealed that He had heard the groaning of His people.

God also remembered His covenant. He informed Moses that it was time for action.

“Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant” (Exodus 6:5).

God was listening, and He had heard enough.

Though it might sometimes seem like God doesn’t hear the cries of His people, this story reminds God’s children that He listens. He hears their cries.

God continues listening. He longs to hear His people call on Him for action. He has promised to hear and to answer those cries.

Challenge for Today: Listen to the hurts of others. Care for them, cry with them, and pray for them. Believe God will hear your prayers.

Quicklook: Exodus 6:1–9


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January 22, 2017

Feel Free

Read Exodus 1:1 through 4:31

As tragic world events unfold, people may feel deep hopelessness. They may wish God would miraculously intervene and stop human suffering. That’s exactly what happened in Exodus.

Reading the Book of Exodus can help renew hope and trust in God. Exodus records more miracles than any other Old Testament book. It reveals God’s power in action and His participation in the life of His people.

The Lord said: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hands of the Egyptians” (Exodus 3:7–8).

Jesus freed us from the slavery of sin and promised He and the Holy Spirit would be with His people. We must believe His promises and respond to His call to make a difference while trusting Him to take care of us as we do His work.

Prayer Suggestion: Holy Spirit, free me from my fears and sins; empower me to live a fuller life.

Quicklook: Exodus 3:1–12


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January 21, 2017

Never Too Old

Read Genesis 46:1 through 50:26

Betty’s only daughter Joan lived near London. When Betty was widowed in her mid-seventies, Joan asked her to move to England. Betty was terrified.

“I’m much too old to move to a foreign country,” she told friends. They agreed. Some tried to discourage her.

Betty did what she usually did; she prayed for God’s guidance. Despite her fears, she trusted God’s promises to take care of her, and made the move.

“I am the God of your Father” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there” (Genesis 46:3).

Betty blossomed in England. She enjoyed a renewed relationship with her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She made a wide circle of friends and married a widower from her new church. They traveled the world together, volunteered regularly at church, and held regular Bible studies in their new home.

God’s people are never too old or too young to embark on an adventure if He directs it.

Challenge for Today: Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your path and take away your fears and excuses.

Quicklook: Genesis 46:1–5


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January 20, 2017

Good Overcomes Evil

Read Genesis 42:1 through 45:28

Slavery is a heinous crime, still being perpetuated today. Escapees tell unbelievable horror stories. Despite professional help to overcome their experiences, they rarely reach the top rungs on the leadership ladder.

Joseph was an exception. He was seventeen when his brothers sold him for twenty shekels of silver. They believed they would never see him again and therefore compounded their crime by telling their father he died.

With God’s help, Joseph survived and thrived. Can you imagine his brothers’ feelings when they encountered him years later? They feared for their lives. In human terms they were right to. But Joseph’s relationship with God was strong. He actually encouraged them.

“Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives God sent me ahead of you” (Genesis 45:5).

With God’s help, any situation, including evil ones, can be used for good.

Challenge for Today: Research Christian organizations that work to end slavery; ask the Holy Spirit to guide your response.

Quicklook: Genesis 45:1–11


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January 19, 2017

Painful Experiences

Read Genesis: 37:1 through 41:57

Have you met wonderful Christian people who have been through horrific, repeated adversity and wonder how they maintain their faith? Have you ever asked why bad things happen to good people?

Joseph is a perfect example of this. He was betrayed, abandoned by his family, and sold into slavery. He was exposed to sexual temptations, falsely accused of sexual abuse, and imprisoned. People he helped deserted him.

Joseph didn’t waste time asking, “Why?” He didn’t go into a “woe is me” spiral. He trusted God completely. He came through horrendous situations because he relied on God’s power. His deep faith was evident to others.

Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:38).

Unlike Joseph, we know about Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. As we face trials we should always remember that we are God’s children.

Prayer Suggestion: Jesus, strengthen me. Holy Spirit, give me courage and faith to endure my present trials.

Quicklook: Genesis 41:37–40


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January 18, 2017

What’s in a Name?

Read Genesis 34:1 through 36:43

Teddy hated his name. He was teased by friends, taunted by bullies, and even laughed at by strangers.

“What on earth were my parents thinking?” he asked. “If only my surname wasn’t Bear.”

As soon as Teddy turned eighteen, he changed his name legally and became known as James Benn. He was amazed at the difference it made. He walked straighter, looked people in the eye when he talked, and acted more confidently.

“Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel” (Genesis 35:10).

God sometimes changed people’s names to something that reflected their new calling and character. Jacob’s new name reflected his character change. He went from being an ambitious, driven deceiver, to becoming a faithful man of God, the leader of God’s chosen nation.

Does being called a Christian make a difference in your life?

Thought for Today: If your name reflected your character, what would you be called?

Quicklook: Genesis 35:9–15


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January 17, 2017

Love Challenges

Read Genesis 29:1 through 33:20

Mass media leads us to believe love needs immediate gratification. Many showbiz relationships are short-term and disposable. In today’s world, Jacob might be considered a laughingstock.

So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her (Genesis 29:20).

In Jacob’s time, it was customary for the male to give the family a dowry to compensate for the loss of the daughter. When Jacob fell in love with Rachel, he had no dowry. Instead, he agreed to work for Laban, who failed to mention another custom: his older daughter had to marry first. Jacob was tricked into accepting the older daughter in exchange for his first seven years of work. For Rachel, he would be required to work another seven years. Jacob considered his love for Rachel and did the work.

Instant gratification and disposable relationships are worldly values. God’s standards are different. Jesus offers people His unconditional love. Are His people willing to love as He loves, and love others as He commanded?

Prayer Suggestion: Jesus, help me to love like You and not to count the cost.

Quicklook: Genesis 29:20–28


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January 16, 2017

Unaware

Read Genesis 26:1 through 28:22

What often wakes people during the night? Joyful sounds? Frightening sounds? Worry? Delight? If God was speaking to people while they slept, would they struggle to believe it was God?

Most people are unaware of God’s presence. Even as Jacob—a key leader of the Old Testament—bedded down for the night, he did not assume God was present.

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it” (Genesis 28:16).

God can remind His people of His love during the nights of doubt and sadness. He can speak of new hope during questionable seasons of disappointment and failure. Anyone can wake up and realize God is instructing, calling, inviting.

Becoming more aware of God’s presence in the nights of life is a choice. Notice what God has made, give Him thanks for things He has done, and listen for His voice.

Thought for Today: God’s wonder is nearby. Don’t miss it.

Quicklook: Genesis 28:10–22


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January 15, 2017

Led by the Holy Spirit

Read Genesis 23:1 through 25:34

Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, was assigned the task of choosing a wife for Isaac. He traveled to town of Nahor, waited by a well, and prayed.

“Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham” (Genesis 24:12).

When Rebekah came to the well, she gave Eliezer a drink. She also watered his camels. Her generosity was a sign to Eliezer. Rebekah was the wife for Isaac.

Life is full of choices. How can a person know critical choices such as marriage and a career are right? How can a person know daily choices about finances and parenting are correct?

God understands the decisions His people face, and He has given them the Holy Spirit as their guide.

How does the Holy Spirit guide God’s people? His direction may be a deep impression in their spirit. Or, a Bible verse may confirm the right way to go. At other times, God will shut or open a door.

Thought for Today: Right decisions always begin with prayer.

Quicklook: Genesis 24:10–14


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January 14, 2017

Nature Obeys God

Read Job 38:1 through 42:17

Trees, barren of leaves in winter, suddenly begin to sprout green buds in spring. This is an annual event, accepted as part of the cycle of nature.

After Job’s friends had their say, God spoke to Job out of a storm. He asked Job a number of questions about the universe that Job could not answer.

“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south?” (Job 39:26).

Nature is at God’s command. It is predicable and structured. Trees shed their leaves in autumn. Birds migrate at prescribed times of the year. All of creation functions according to a plan set by God.

If God has a good plan for every plant, bird, and animal how much more does He have good plans for those who are made in His image? Why God allows trials for His people isn’t something for us to know. It is enough to know Almighty God has a plan, and He never abandons His children.

Challenge for Today: Find evidence of God in His creation.

Quicklook: Job 39:26–30


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January 13, 2017

Benefits of Suffering

Read Job 32:1 through 37:24

Annie Johnson Flint was in her second year of teaching when she began to suffer symptoms of arthritis. Soon she struggled to walk. Then her parents died, and she and her frail sister were left penniless. Annie began to write poetry. With throbbing joints, she composed poems echoing her faith in the face of suffering. When “What God Hath Promised” and other poems were published, letters arrived telling how readers were comforted. Something good come from her tragedy.

After Job recovered from his skin disease and his possessions were restored, he saw God in a new light.

“How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out” (Job 36:26).

Good can come from negative happenings. In suffering a person may come to know God in new ways. Suffering also makes a person more sensitive to the hurts of others.

If you have experienced tragedy, seek out those who are bewildered by dire circumstances. Come alongside them with comforting words.

Though for Today: Suffering prepares us to be used by God.

Quicklook Job 36:22–26


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January 12, 2017

God’s Triumphant Plan

Read Job 23:1 through 31:40

One of the most comforting truths in the Bible is that God has a plan for every life. Even more amazing is that He will guide each person in fulfilling that plan.

God’s plan for Job included a season of testing. He lost family members, possessions, and his health. Instead of plunging into the depths of despair, Job had confidence God’s hand was directing his life.

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).

In its natural state, gold contains impurities. To obtain a pure product, the gold must go through a process. Job’s suffering was the process of removing impurities from his life, forming him more perfectly into God’s image.

If you find yourself feeling tested and stressed, remember Jesus was also tested, and He did not yield. And you do not have to yield either. Your testing time will end. It will climax in triumph as you keep trusting God.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to know that Your plans for me are only good.

Quicklook: Job 23:8–12


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January 11, 2017

Hope in Your Heart

Read Job 15:1 through 22:30

Christians have not always had easy access to the Scriptures. In 1943, Corrie ten Boom found herself in a Nazi concentration camp. Before she was arrested, she had managed to place a small Bible in a cloth bag and tie it around her neck. As guards searched the prisoners, Corrie prayed that God would shield the Bible. The women ahead of her and behind her were all searched, but the guard did not look at Corrie. She was able to share the Scriptures with women in her barracks until it became known as the place where they have hope.

Like Corrie, Eliphaz pointed a suffering person to God’s Word.

“Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart” (Job 22:22).

Memorizing verses of Scripture is a good practice to develop. If you hide God’s Word in your heart, the Holy Spirit will bring verses to your mind when you need comfort or guidance. You can also share Bible words with discouraged friends.

Challenge for Today: Memorize at least two verses.

Quicklook: Job 22:18–26


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January 10, 2017

A Person of Integrity

Read Job 8:1 through 14:22

Jane was in an abusive relationship. No matter what she did, the verbal abuse would not stop. When she was finally released from the situation, it would have been easy for her to become bitter. But, instead, she maintained her integrity and flourished.

A person with integrity is upright, decent, sincere, and has moral soundness and self-respect.

When Job lost his family, possessions, and health, he could have shaken his fist at God. As he sat on an ash pile covered with a painful skin disease, Job kept his integrity and his trust in God.

“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15).

People of integrity can take a bad situation and flow with it. They do not blame God or others. The situation may get them down for a time, but they will not stay there. If you are battling a circumstance that threatens your integrity, avail yourself of God’s provisions: prayer, Bible promises, good counselors, and supportive family members and friends.

Challenge for Today: Trust God regardless of what you face.

Quicklook: Job 13:7–16


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January 9, 2017

Silence

Read Job 1:1 through 7:21

Job had a nice reputation. God considered him blameless and upright. When attacked by the enemy, Job’s life drastically changed. He kept his love for God, but struggled through the loss of his family and possessions. None of the problems could be easily explained or quickly solved. Throughout Job’s story, his friends spoke incorrectly. Job fought to understand why it was all happening. But at the beginning, there was silence. Job and his friends said nothing:

Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was (Job 2:13).

Some people offer simple—and incorrect—solutions and suggestions after hearing a friend’s painful story. Often, it is best to say nothing and remain in the presence of a caring God. He knows all and can help with the pain. Embrace the silence.

Challenge for Today: Realize that sometimes it is best to say nothing.

Quicklook: Job 2:11–13


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January 8, 2017

God Tests His People

Read Genesis 21:1 through 22:24

Before Philip married, he had saved up a sum of money to help him and his bride through the first months of marriage. Then he felt God prompting him to give the money to a missions cause. He argued with the Lord, but the urge remained strong. Philip finally surrendered his money to God. Promptly, the answer came, “You may keep your money.” God was testing him.

God also tested Abraham, asking him to sacrifice the person dearest to him, his son. Isaac was bound to the altar, and his father had raised the knife to sacrifice his son, when God intervened.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:12).

Why did God test Abraham? Why does He test anyone? He tests His people to develop their character and deepen their commitment to Him. In testing times, God’s people also learn to know God in a new way—as their Provider.

Challenge for Today: I am blessed that God considers my faith worthy of testing.

Quicklook: Genesis 22:9–14


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January 7, 2017

Expect a Miracle

Read Genesis 18:1 through 20:18

“Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:14).

When Sarah heard the stranger say she would have a son, she laughed. How was it possible? She was past the age for bearing children. Abraham, too, was too old to father a child. For Sarah to have a child would require a miracle. A miracle is an expression of God’s love and His power over natural laws.

No addiction is too difficult for God to cure. No child’s rebellion has gone too far for the Lord to redeem. No illness is beyond divine intervention. God created the world from nothing, so nothing is beyond His capability.

The question asked by Abraham’s visitor says much about God. He is personally involved in human affairs, and you can look to Him for help.

Pray and commit any needs you have into His capable hands. Now the situation is no longer yours, but His.

Prayer Suggestion: God, I cast my cares upon You knowing they are not too difficult for You to solve.

Quicklook: Genesis 18:10–14


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January 6, 2017

Right with God

Read Genesis 15:1 through 17:27

How does a person become right in God’s sight? This question has concerned people since the beginning of time. In some cultures people make animal sacrifices, burn incense, or turn prayer wheels in an effort to gain God’s favor. Others assume church attendance, doing good deeds, or saying prayers places them in good standing with the Almighty. Abram demonstrated faith in God by moving from Ur. But this action did not justify him before the Lord. Abram’s actions did not make him right in God’s eyes. Instead, it was Abram’s faith that mattered.

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6).

Before he had an outward sign, before he had one offspring, Abram believed God would make of his descendents a great nation.

The Bible is clear: nothing we do will put us in right relationship God. Human righteousness will not stand up to God’s standard. Only a belief in the sinless Son of God will make a person right before God.

Thought for Today: Biblical righteousness begins and ends with Jesus.

Quicklook: Genesis 15:1–7


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January 5, 2017

Say “Yes” to God

Read Genesis 12:1 through 14:24

Florence Nightingale was born into a wealthy British family. Her parents expected her to live a life of ease, but at sixteen her life changed. She said, “God called me to His service.” When she asked her parents to allow her to study nursing, they were horrified. Nursing at that time was not a respected profession.

At age thirty, the call came again, and Florence said “yes.” She and other nurses went to help victims of the Crimean War in 1854. Their efforts saved many lives. Florence said of nursing, “Christ is the author of our profession.” Because one person said “yes,” nursing became an honorable occupation. Like Florence, Abram received a call from God.

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).

Because Abram said “yes,” the nation Israel was founded. This nation gave the world the Savior.

Saying “yes” to God opens the door for Him to speak to us and to allow us to accomplish His purposes on earth—helping and healing needy people.

Thought for Today: Jesus empowers those He calls.

Quicklook: Genesis 12:1–7


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January 4, 2017

A Covenant-Keeping God

Read Genesis 9:1 through 11:32

The concept of a covenant between God and His people is one of the most important truths of the Bible. A covenant is a solemn agreement between two people. God made this type of pact with Abraham, promising to make his descendents into a great nation. He also made a covenant with King David. God promised that David’s heirs would sit on the throne of Israel forever. This was fulfilled when Jesus, a descendent of David, was born. After the Flood, God made a covenant with Noah.

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13).

God will never again destroy the earth with a flood. As long as the earth remains, seasons will unfold as expected. Every time a rainbow appears, it is a reminder that God has kept His part of this covenant.

Jesus offers humanity a covenant of grace. He kept His part of the covenant when He died on the cross. When an individual accepts Him, the individual’s part is fulfilled.

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Thought for Today: We can get to heaven without a lot of things, but not without Jesus.

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Quicklook: Genesis 9:12–17


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January 3, 2017

Walk with God

Read Genesis 5:1 through 8:22

John Newton’s mother prayed for her son and trained him in godly living. She died when he was six. His father, a sea captain, took John to sea at age eleven. The environment aboard ship was ungodly, and soon the boy forgot his earlier training. Later, as captain of his own ship, John transported Africans to be sold as slaves. During a violent storm, he cried out for God to spare his life. He went on to become a pastor and wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace.”

Noah, too, lived in an evil world where most people did not listen to God, but Noah still lived a life pleasing to God.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God (Genesis 6:9).

In Noah’s time, sin was openly expressed by violence and lust until God was grieved and repented of making people. In this environment, Noah excelled in godliness. To walk with God is to listen to Him and obey even if others label those actions foolish or extreme.

Prayer Suggestion: Jesus, may I live so near You that I hear Your voice above the roar of worldly voices.

Quicklook: Genesis 6:8–14


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January 2, 2017

Time for Rest

Read Genesis 1:1 through 4:26

Do the holidays have a reputation of rest? Do days off guarantee long nights of sleep? Can full schedules cause people to miss the importance of relaxation? Is rest a part of people’s plans for a new year?

Often, the holiday season is simply too busy for rest. The holidays become hurried days in which time and money are spent untamed.

Rest, though, is a choice. It isn’t forced by culture. It isn’t usually promoted through the ads, but it is needed.

Look what God decided to do after His creative work:

Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done (Genesis 2:3).

God called for a time of rest. He knew what He was doing. Many of His people work so hard for Him that they fail to follow His example. It’s better to begin this year with this new plan: rest well. Physical rest, emotional rest, and mental rest can guide people toward a life of regular Sabbath peace.

Prayer Suggestion: Creator God, help me learn from You and rest with You. Often.

Quicklook: Genesis 1:31 through 2:3


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January 1, 2017

Come, Come, Come

Read Revelation 19:1 through 22:21

In these last chapters of the Book of Revelation, John records the end of time. The beast, false prophet, and Satan are cast into the lake of fire. The New Jerusalem descends, and saints take up residence in their new home. But before John closes this book he records the final invitation.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life (Revelation 22:17).

From Genesis to Revelation the invitation of our faithful God is “Come.” God told Noah to come into the ark with his family (Genesis 7:1). Isaiah cried out, “Come, all you who are thirsty” (Isaiah 55:1); and Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened” (Matthew 11:28).

To the sinner, Jesus says, “Come.” To the backslider, Jesus says, “Come back.” To the Christian Jesus says, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown” (Revelation 2:10).

Challenge for Today: As we begin this new year, pray that there will be many who will respond to the invitation to “Come” presented by the gospel message.

Quicklook: Revelation 22:6–17


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December 31, 2016

A Defeated Enemy

Read: Revelation 15:1 through 18:24

You may have heard someone make the observation that we should not let Satan intimidate us today because we can go to the end of the Book and discover his doom.

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers (Revelation 17:14).

Since time began, Satan has been God’s archenemy. Several times throughout history he has tried to prevent God’s plan of salvation from coming to pass. He tried it in the Garden of Eden, and again in the Book of Esther. In the wilderness he tempted Jesus three times. Satan may have even been present in the Garden of Gethsemane in an attempt to deter Jesus from going to the Cross. At Calvary, Satan possibly thought he had finally won. Perhaps he went to bed happy, but woke up horrified. Jesus had risen from the dead. Fast forward, and we see the Lamb with His “called, chosen, and faithful followers” in final triumph over Satan.

Challenge for Today: This week and in the days ahead, let the song of Revelation 15:3–4, be yours.

Quicklook: Revelation 17:12–14


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December 30, 2016

God Is in Control

Revelation 10:1 through 14:20

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1864 during the Civil War. With a heavy heart he wrote of “no peace on earth” because “hate is strong.” Yet even as he wrote, a glimpse of hope shone through as he continued to write: “God is not dead . . . the wrong shall fail, the right prevail.”

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down” (Revelation 12:10).

These verses speak of the final triumph of God and the Lamb. We look today upon a war-weary world and see that hate is strong and there is no lasting peace. But we can shout to the world, “God is not dead!” He is in control. The wrong will fail; the right will prevail.

Thought for Today: As Christians we can have the peace that passes understanding in our hearts as we trust our lives into the hands of the Prince of Peace.

Quicklook: Revelation 12:7–12


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December 29, 2016

The Beginning of the End

Revelation 5:1 through 9:21

In Greek mythology, Pandora’s box contained all manner of misery and evil. Though forbidden to do so, Pandora opened the box, and the evils spilled out over the whole earth.

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).

The opening of the seven seals marks the beginning of the end as God’s judgments are poured out. To a Christ-rejecting world it will seem like the opening of a Pandora’s box, only worse. Revelation’s readers see a world that refuses to repent and change its ways, despite the judgments.

Standing out in bold relief from the darkness of God’s judgments is Christ’s Church, now appearing in glory singing their new song. The contrast between an unrepentant world and a glorious Church is sobering. It reminds us to examine and test ourselves to be sure we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Challenge for Today: Begin the new year by setting aside time each day to pray for the lost world.

Quicklook: Revelation 5:6 through 6:1


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December 28, 2016

The Message of Revelation

Revelation 1:1 through 4:11

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near (Revelation 1:3).

To many the Book of Revelation is frightening. They open its pages and hear thunder and see lightening. They hear trumpets and see angels pouring out vials of wrath. They see cataclysmic happenings on earth and in the heavens. The book seems mysterious and hard to understand ,so they close its pages and it remains unread.

But there is more to this book. To those who read, hear, and take to heart what is written in it, several beautiful and encouraging truths emerge.

There is the everlasting Word still standing after years of abuse. We see a faithful God still saying “Come” to the sinner. We see a victorious Savior, a defeated enemy, a triumphant Church, and a coming King. What a wonderful message to share with a troubled world today.

Challenge for Today: Resolve to read the Book of Revelation this week and find these wonderful truths.

Quicklook: Revelation 1:1–8


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December 27, 2016

Watch Your Step

2 John 1:1 through Jude 25

In Book VI of Milton’s Paradise Lost we find these words:

“Servant of God, well done! Well hast thou fought

The better fight, who single hast maintained

Against revolted multitudes the Cause of Truth.”

These words could well have been spoken of those who have fought the good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us (2 John 4).

Two words stand out in this verse: walk and truth. The “truth” refers to the Christian teaching of the gospel. Then there are numerous Scriptures that tell us how we are to walk in this truth. Combining the meanings behind these two words, we find that our daily Christian walk should be characterized by firmness, faithfulness, adherence to the highest principles and ideals, and truth as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.

Challenge for Today: This week watch your step. Be sure you are walking in the truth.

Quicklook: 2 John 1–13


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December 26, 2016

What’s Available?

Read 1 John 1:1 through 5:21

Roger stared at the front desk, sure of his reservation. Wanda felt bad but had no proof and no rooms available for the night. Wanda spoke with her supervisor, returning with no good news. All rooms were taken. They had no record of his reservation. Roger again showed Wanda his confirmation number from his phone. Finally, Wanda’s computer caused her to smile. She looked a Roger and said, “Someone cancelled. We have a room for you.”

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them (Luke 2:7).

The Christmas story tells of Mary and Joseph being unable to find a room for Christ’s birth. He was born in a stable.

Many people allow no room for Christ in their lives. It doesn’t need to be that way. Welcoming Christ means accepting Him as the Messiah, as Lord and Savior.

Thought for Today: Christmas songs proclaim that Jesus brings salvation to the world.

Quicklook: Luke 2:1–7


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December 25, 2016

Right on Time

Read 2 Peter 1:1 through 3:18

When repairmen are called they usually give a time span in which they plan to arrive. Customers clear their schedules, but then usually wait, wait, and wait some more. The customer can hardly keep his or her eyes off the clock. But the repairman has a different view. He is at another customer’s home to make repairs. He will get to the next customer when he is done. He is focused on the job at hand.

Fortunately, God is not bound by space, time, or physical limitations. And He always arrives when He intends.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day (2 Peter 3:8).

The readers of Peter’s letter were anxiously awaiting Christ’s return and did not understand why it had not happened. But Peter reminded them that they need to change their perspective. Humans are finite. They see a beginning and an end, but God is infinite. He always was and always will be. Jesus will return, but the timing is in God’s hands. In fact, Peter reminded his readers that God wants all to come to repentance, and the longer He waits, the more opportunity people have to come to Him.

Challenge for Today: Look at this day with an eternal perspective.

Quicklook: 2 Peter 3:1–9


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December 24, 2016

Diverse Beauty

Read 1 Peter 1:1 through 5:14

Jenny, like many people, felt unattractive and was timid. She usually walked with her head down and rarely spoke. She loved God and wanted to serve Him, but wasn’t sure how to because she was an introvert. One Christmas, Erin Mobley, her Sunday School teacher, gave each student a modern-language Bible. The teacher personalized each Bible by underlining in red the verses she felt described each student. She hoped the verses would bring them encouragement. As Jenny thumbed through her Bible, she saw 1 Peter 3:4 in red. Jenny felt uplifted when she read that God created her quiet personality and He valued her.

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (1 Peter 3:4).

God created everyone with different personalities, mannerisms, and talents. Diverse as everyone is, each one has something that God can use for His glory. Whenever people feel they have no ability to serve God, they can pray to Him and He will show them their talents.

Prayer Suggestion: God, thank You for my uniqueness.

Quicklook: 1 Peter 3:3–5


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December 23, 2016

Just Ask

Read James 1:1 through 5:20

There are those who spend hours, even days in agony trying to make a decision, any decision. They can’t sleep and feel incapable of making the right decision. They feel alone and do not know where to turn; they doubt their choices. Unable to know what to do, sometimes they ignore the issue and walk away. Then they are angry at themselves because they couldn’t make a choice.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5).

James reminds believers that there is someone to turn to for help. It is to God that people can turn, and He is there to listen. His answer can come in a Scripture verse or through the words of advice from a friend. It may also be a word of insight from a pastor in a Sunday sermon. God’s desire is to not leave His children alone when faced with problems that demand a decision, but to answer out of His love for us.

Challenge for Today: Remember that wisdom is available.

Quicklook: James 1:5–8


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December 22, 2016

True Contentment

Read Hebrews 11:1 through 13:25

Keep your lives from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

The writer of Hebrews concludes his letter to the Jewish Christians with some words about money and contentment. It might be deduced that there could be some people of means in his audience.

Although money is helpful, the author reminds his readers that when people become obsessed with money they can become dependent on it for their contentment. And, in 1 Timothy 6, Paul warned that loving money can lead a person to abandon faith.

People who know Christ as their Savior are His children and recipients of His promise that they will never be alone and that they will be with Him forever. That should be enough to keep God’s people content.

Thought for Today: Contentment can be yours every day.

Quicklook: Hebrews 13:5–7


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December 21, 2016

Priorities

Read Hebrews 7:1 through 10:39

Many communities schedule youth athletic events on Sunday mornings. The time usually coincides with most churches’ worship services. This poses a dilemma for Christian parents who want their kids to participate in good organizations but also want to instill in them the value of church attendance. If the kids attend, they have the opportunity to meet unbelievers and be a witness. If they don’t attend, they may show the value they place on God and church attendance but lose the contact with unbelievers. However, the writer of Hebrews offers instruction regarding church attendance.

Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

God wants believers to make coming together a top priority. He will honor people for their choices to put Him and His Word first. Parents, guardians, and children may receive criticism for putting God first, but fellow Christians should stand with them to provide needed encouragement.

Challenge for Today: With God’s help, stand up to honor Him.

Quicklook: Hebrews 10:19–25


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December 20, 2016

Here I Am

Read Hebrews 1:1 through 6:20

Linda timidly approached the group of teachers standing in the hallway. One of those was Mrs. Langley, her art teacher. Mrs. Langley had told Linda to bring her sketches to her before class. Linda stood near Mrs. Langley and quietly said her name.

Mrs. Langley heard her, turned, and with a big smile greeted her. Linda was relieved when she saw the acceptance and was glad she had taken the step to approach her.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Intimidation and fear are common feelings everyone experiences. In times of need, believers should not be afraid to approach God. He is not waiting to pounce upon anyone’s failures and turn someone away. He waits and listens for people to come to Him, not just to petition Him or ask forgiveness, but to hear His children’s voices.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, I need You. Please help.

Quicklook: Hebrews 4:14–16


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December 19, 2016

Greeting Cards

Read Titus 1:1 through Philemon 25

Can someone open a Christmas card and feel sadness because of the distance between them and the person who sent the card? Can a greeting card, sent in hopes of joy and celebration, bring painful memories to mind? Can parents smile when receiving a card from their son who is away at war, but suddenly begin crying?

Cards and letters—their images, words, themes, meanings—bring a mixture of emotions. The goals might be to bring love and encouragement, but greetings can hit sensitive hearts.

Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all (Titus 3:15).

Through these three sentences to Titus, Paul wrote words displaying God’s love. Paul hoped to show God’s love through the letter.

God still longs for His people to see and hear His greetings of love. During a season when cards bring a variety of memories, God’s greeting endeavors to bring grace to all.

Challenge for Today: Send God’s love to someone.

Quicklook: Titus 3:4–15


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December 18, 2016

Eyes on the Prize

Read 2 Timothy 1:1 through 4:22

Evan wanted to win when he saw the shiny model sports car. It was the reward for the boy who sold the most magazines in his school’s annual magazine drive. He asked his relatives and those in his neighborhood to buy subscriptions. Not everyone bought, and Evan felt defeated. That discouragement lasted only a short time because he would remember the sleek sports car and he would soon regain his energy.

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing (2 Timothy 4:8).

When believers encounter discouragement they can focus on the assurance of their heavenly home in God’s presence. Christ has promised a life with Him for eternity. This promise should comfort Christians no matter what they experience in their lives.

Prayer Suggestion: God, help me to keep my eyes on my heavenly home.

Quicklook: 2 Timothy 4:6–8


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December 17, 2016

Train for Godliness

Read 1 Timothy 1:1 through 6:21

As a child, Jeremy loved to run. As a teen, he competed on the high school track team. Whenever his family went on trips, he took his running clothes and scheduled a time to run. He watched his diet and tried to get enough rest. His training paid off when he was awarded a college scholarship. After he left college and entered the workforce, training continued to be part of his life.

Writing to Timothy, Paul commented on the benefits of physical training.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8).

For believers to live lives that exemplify Christ, they also need to train. Daily time should be set aside to pray and read God’s Word. Community is also important because Christians will draw strength from each other as they face life’s challenges together. Living as God’s Word commands pays dividends in this life and in eternity.

Challenge for Today: Remember to schedule time for godly training.

Quicklook: 1 Timothy 4:6–10


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December 16, 2016

True to the Word

Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1 through 3:18

Brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

One of the reasons Paul wrote his second letter to the church at Thessalonica was to remind them of the true teachings about the return of Christ.

Some teachers began to claim that Paul and his associates believed that the Lord had already returned. But Paul emphasized to them that this was not true and to follow the teaching they had earlier received.

At some point, most Christians will hear teachings that may sound good but are contrary to the Word of God. When this happens, believers need to consult God’s Word thoroughly and yield to its authority. It may be difficult to stand up for beliefs and values, especially when people disagree, but Christians must make sure their beliefs and values align with Scripture.

Challenge for Today: Know and follow the teachings of the Bible.

Quicklook: 2 Thessalonians 2:13–16


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December 15, 2016

A Worthy Witness

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1 through 5:28

The common phrase, “Some people are so heavenly-minded they are no earthly good,” was coined in the 1800s by physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., referring to the inaction of some Christians on social issues. This phrase may describe some of the Thessalonians who—believing the return of Christ was imminent—had abandoned their professions and were not able to contribute financially or willing to lend a hand.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody (1 Thessalonians 4:11–12).

It is easy for believers today to have similar attitudes. While Christians should always be prepared for Jesus’ return, daily living should not be ignored. Indeed, daily living gives Christians an opportunity to model God-centered behavior to an unsaved world.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to reach out to unbelievers.

Quicklook: 1 Thessalonians 4:9–12


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December 14, 2016

Truth

Read Colossians 1:1 through 4:18

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ (Colossians 2:8).

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians to encourage them and to repudiate some false teachings in their fellowship. These teachings seem to have combined elements of paganism, gnosticism, and Judaism. Gnostic teaching denied the deity of Jesus and stressed the corruption of all matter, while the Jewish element required certain traditions to be observed.

Jesus provided salvation through His death on the Cross. A relationship with God is not based on a ceremony but on faith in what Jesus has done.

Look to Him for everything you need and put aside anything that draws attention from Him.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to always keep Jesus above everything else in my heart.

Quicklook: Colossians 2:8–12


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December 13, 2016

Lifetime Transformation

Read Philippians 1:1 through 4:23

Cathy and Bob Warner purchased a Victorian home to live in and restore. Local records were searched so the renovations would match the original structure and paint color. They hired experts to make sure the work was done according to code and authenticity. The couple knew it would take work to match the grandeur of the home when it was built in the nineteenth century, but it required more than anticipated. The couple eventually realized that home restoration is a long process.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

God begins the work of transformation in people when they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. Trials and joyful experiences help to mold and shape a believer’s life. Even though life is not always pleasant, the difficult times are necessary for maturity. No one will attain perfection in this life, but God never gives up on growth. He looks at His children through eyes of love and sees them as perfect vessels.

Thought for Today: Transformation is a lifetime process.

Quicklook: Philippians 1:1–6


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December 12, 2016

Noticing a Blessing

Read Ephesians 4:1 through 6:24

Beginning words can reveal much of a person’s mood, beliefs, or summary of their planned statements. Paul opened the epistle to the church in Ephesus with a traditional greeting, initiating that by offering praise to their Father.

Before the letter’s emphasis on correct doctrine and proper behavior, Paul addressed the readers by noticing the blessings of God.

Paul set the mood by declaring that God—the God that Paul clearly believed was the Father of Jesus Christ, who was Lord of all—had blessed them greatly. Paul used words like “heavenly realms” and “with every spiritual blessing in Christ” for a reason.

He continues the epistle by guiding the audience through various instructions on beliefs and behavior. He challenges, informs, encourages, and warns.

But notice how Paul ends:

Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love (Ephesians 6:24).

To those reading his words, those who loved Jesus with a living love, Paul declared God’s grace.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, I praise You for offering me Christ. Help me never ignore that blessing.

Quicklook: Ephesians 6:18–24


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December 11, 2016

Only through Jesus

Read Ephesians 1:1 through 3:21

When Virginia needed transportation to an appointment, Debby volunteered to take her. Through the years their friendship blossomed and eventually their conversations included spiritual concerns.

When Debby talked about heaven, Virginia’s comment was always the same: “I hope I’m good enough to go to heaven.” Debby explained that it was impossible to earn a place in heaven. It was only through Jesus’ death, resurrection, and offer of salvation that anyone could enter heaven.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8–9).

Virginia is now in her mid-nineties. When asked about going to heaven, she no longer says, “I hope I’m good enough to go,” because Virginia now has assurance that through her acceptance of Jesus Christ she can say with a certainty, “I know I will go to heaven.”

You, too, can have that assurance. If you have not accepted Jesus’ offer of salvation, do so today.

Thought for Today: With Jesus all things are possible.

Quicklook: Ephesians 2:4–10


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December 10, 2016

Part of a Forever Family

Read Galatians 4:1 through 6:18

In the late forties, Judy and her twelve brothers and sisters were taken from their parents and placed in an orphanage. Later, at the age of six, Judy was sent to a foster home, where she was mistreated. She slept on a pile of rags on an enclosed back porch. She was only allowed into the house to wash dishes or mop the floor. Eventually, a woman became aware of the situation, and she and her husband adopted Judy.

At first, the abuse Judy had experienced in the foster home made it difficult for her to believe this would be her permanent home and this loving couple would be her parents. But the love and faithful witness of Christian parents soon convinced Judy she was there to stay.

When Judy became older, she asked Jesus Christ to be her Lord and Savior. She found her forever family.

So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir (Galatians 4:7).

Membership in God’s family is available to all who will accept Jesus’ offer of salvation.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, thank You for adopting me and making me part of Your family.

Quicklook: Galatians 4:1–7


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December 9, 2016

A Change of Heart

Read Galatians 1:1 through 3:29

Robert opened the letter and read the words from George. They were hateful words intended to cause pain. Robert had tried to help a member of George’s family, but instead of receiving thanks, he was being criticized.

Years passed, and one day Robert received a surprise telephone call from George. “I am sorry for the letter I wrote to you, and I hope you’ll forgive me. I have become a Christian, and I realize you were right about many things.”

Like George, the apostle Paul wrote letters, but Paul’s typically included a blessing.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:3).

Paul’s life had changed when he experienced salvation. Instead of wanting to create pain for others, his heart was filled with love and a burning desire to share Jesus Christ’s love. The greetings in his letters were a way of conveying that love, even when he had to deliver a corrective message.

Thought for Today: Do your words express love even when you’re angry?

Quicklook: Galatians 1:1–5


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December 8, 2016

Through Every Trial

Read 2 Corinthians 10:1 through 13:14

Despite severe physical disabilities and heartaches, Mack maintained a strong faith in God. His mother had given him up for adoption. His adoptive parents were Christians, and Mack became a Christian at an early age. While in his twenties, he developed an illness that resulted in the amputation of his legs, blindness, and other major health problems. Part of Mack’s testimony was that, in spite of setbacks and disappointments, with God’s help he could find meaning and purpose for his life.

Paul suffered a physical affliction and prayed for God to remove it. However, that didn’t happen.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2Corinthians 12:9).

We know from reading Paul’s letters in the New Testament that, despite his affliction, he served God and endured trials far beyond what most people have faced.

Reading about Paul should give Christians the assurance that through every trial God remains faithful.

Thought for Today: God walks beside His children through the bad times as well as the good.

Quicklook: 2 Corinthians 12:1–10


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December 7, 2016

Giving Cheerfully

Read 2 Corinthians 5:1 through 9:15

Jeanne had given her two-year-old granddaughter money for the offering at church. Julia clutched the money tightly in her hand as she watched the usher coming toward her with the offering plate. Unhappily, she dropped her offering into the plate. Then she commented loudly: “People, I want my money back!”

We understand why a two-year-old might not want to be separated from her money, but do Christian adults sometimes react in a similar manner? Do they want to hold onto their money and return only a small portion to the God who blesses them abundantly?

Paul said believers should give this way:

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

We have two choices concerning our finances. We can clutch our money tightly and, like Julia, give with a grudging heart, or we can open our purse or wallet and be cheerful givers.

Challenge for Today: Will you give freely and cheerfully of the money God has given?

Quicklook: 2 Corinthians 9:6–10


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December 6, 2016

Passing It On

Read 2 Corinthians 1:1 through 4:18

Marlene had taken her friend, Carol, to the doctor for treatment after her latest surgery. They noticed a woman sitting in the waiting room. The woman’s breathing sounded loud and ragged. It was evident she was in pain. Marlene whispered to the receptionist that the woman appeared to need attention immediately.

Carol took a more direct approach. She went to the woman, offered words of comfort, and held the woman in her compassionate arms. Carol could empathize with the patient because she had experienced much pain and discomfort herself.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3–4).

These verses were more than words on a page to Carol. She applied them by passing along what she had received from God.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, please help me to be an encourager to those in need.

Quicklook: 2 Corinthians 1:3–7


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December 5, 2016

The Winter

Read 1 Corinthians 14:1 through 16:24

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Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go (1 Corinthians 16:6).

Paul wrote to the church in Corinth addressing many important topics: church conflict, doctrinal corrections, misuse of spiritual gifts, and the importance of keeping love at the center. Often, when addressing a church in conflict, people don’t want to visit. Not Paul. His desire, like Becky’s, was to come and stay a while. He hoped to spend the winter with his spiritual family.

Paul knew—whatever the weather relationally, doctrinally, or emotionally—love should be the center. Loving one another can guide people home.

Thought for Today: God places people in your life. Spend time with them.

Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 16:5–11


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December 4, 2016

Love

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1 through 13:13

Prophecy. Healing. Miracles. How often do Christians focus on these things? Authentic spiritual gifts are life-giving and powerful. Christians should hunger for them. But spiritual gifts like prophecy and healing are to be motivated by compassion.

Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31).

After Jesus returns, spiritual gifts will cease, but love will endure. Love is the culmination of Christ’s character. First John 4:8 says that God is love. Christians who reflect God’s love towards others mature in their faith.

It is proper to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, but Christians must place loving God and others as their highest priority.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, You are love. Help me love You more, and help me love others as You do.

Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 12:29 through 13:8


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December 3, 2016

Don’t Be Duped

Read 1 Corinthians 6:1 through 9:27

Flee from sexual immorality. . . . Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own (1Corinthians 6:18–19).

Sin defeats people because people lack understanding. They become engrossed in a sin, such as gossip, anger, pride, or even sexual immorality, because they see themselves bound to that particular sin.

But God’s Word declares transforming truths. The Scripture says believers are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ (Romans 6:11). The Bible even calls Christians righteous before God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

When we join with Christ and speak the truth of God’s Word over our lives, we can find victory over sin.

The Holy Spirit dwells in Christians, and He can provide the help we need to understand God’s Word and to live in way that pleases God. Self-control, being able to say “no” to sin is evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of a believer.

Challenge for Today: Seek God’s help to overcome any known sins or temptations.

Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 6:12–20


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December 2, 2016

Through Our Lord

Read 1 Corinthians 1:1 through 5:13

Young David stood before a nine-foot-tall muscle-bound man. The soldier taunted David for coming to him with only sticks. David replied, “You come against me with a sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45).

David ran to the battle, hurled a stone from his sling, and knocked the giant down dead.

David found triumph through confidence in the power of God not through his own strength.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27).

We, like David, are smaller than many of the enemies that confront us. The powers of darkness, sickness, and negative circumstances try to defeat us. But God will uphold His Word in His timing and in His way. With His hand on our lives, we can defeat any giant we face.

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Prayer Suggestion: Lord, give me the strength to look foolish for You.

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Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 1:26–31


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December 1, 2016

The Best Debt

Read Romans 13:1 through 16:27

Generally the Bible encourages believers to live a life free of debt. Obviously, the framework of modern American life offers distinctions between the kind of debt that is basically acceptable (such as a reasonable mortgage) and the debt that can be burdensome and corrosive (like payday loans, etc.). There is one debt we are encouraged to maintain at all times.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).

For believers, loving others isn’t a suggestion. It is an obligation, and one that is never paid off in this life. The choice to love is one every believer is commanded to make. Amazingly, while this debt cannot be paid in full, it can render significant benefits to the debtor. As we love others, we set an example for how people should treat one another; we feel the blessing of expressing love; and we show our obedience to God.

Thought for Today: Well-managed money is seldom borrowed, but a well-managed life is continually paying the debt of love.

Quicklook: Romans 13:8–10


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November 30, 2016

Burning Questions

Read Romans 9:1 through 12:21

As rhetorical devices go, questions are about as basic and essential as any. Writers are taught to write questions that lead a reader to implicitly understand the answer and proceed to the next thought, building to a conclusion the reader can clearly see and evaluate. Paul was a master of the rhetorical question.

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14–15).

Paul leads the Romans down a path to understanding the basic necessity of evangelism. It begins with a Sender. The one who is sent must preach. The preaching reaches the audience. The audience believes the message. Every step is laid out as part of God’s plan. God chose to use people to share His message with other people. It’s our job.

Thought for Today: God could do it without us, but He designed us to share His message with our neighbors.

Quicklook: Romans 10:9–15


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November 29, 2016

Right on Time

Read Romans 5:1 through 8:39

God is never late. Although it can feel to us that He is tardy, God knows exactly when to show up. Think about the number of variables that factor into the timing of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It had to happen at a specific time and place, when certain people were in power, and it had to be timed in order to fulfill prophecies made hundreds of years before.

Most importantly, Jesus had to die at the time that would fulfill God’s plan for saving His people.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6).

The events that came together to culminate the greatest moment in human history were carefully orchestrated by God and executed through the work of His Spirit. Jesus, at the center of it all, offered himself freely to bring salvation to those who would trust Him. Humanity was powerless, totally unable to change its status as condemned sinners. God’s plan of salvation was perfectly timed to bring hope, grace, and peace to the whole world.

Thought for Today: We honor God when we share His master plan of salvation with the world.

Quicklook: Acts 5:1–11


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November 28, 2016

Spiritual Synergy

Read Romans 1:1 through 4:25

Aristotle famously wrote in Metaphysics: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” (Leave it to a Greek philosopher to express a metaphysical concept in mathematical terms.) This is synergy, the idea that two people working together are more effective than the same two people working alone. And it is what drove Paul’s desire to finally reach Rome.

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith (Romans 1:11–12).

Paul was a networker. He fostered relationships. He packed his letters with names of those he and the church had in common. He wanted to do everything together with as many people as possible.

In a world of rushing to and fro, it is easy to slip into a cubicle without stopping to chat across the hedge or at the water cooler. But the body of Christ needs community, unity, and fellowship. That is why the writer of Hebrews advised readers not to give up meeting together.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, reveal to me today someone with whom I can form spiritual synergy.

Quicklook: Romans 1:11–17


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November 27, 2016

Postscript

Read Acts 27:1 through 28:31

The apostles were all normal human beings. It’s worth recalling this to understand that the great healings, miracles, and outpourings of the Spirit are woven within the stories of people. They were great people of God, but they were not perfect.

Paul persecuted followers of Christ before his conversion. Peter denied Christ and struggled with how to relate to Gentiles.

Look at the whole Book of Acts, and the clear message is that God chooses to work within humanity’s frailty of spirit. In fact, the greatest expressions of grace are rooted in the deepest failures.

He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! (Acts 28:31).

Believers today are intended to be part of this amazing story. The Acts of the Apostles didn’t end with Paul in Rome. Today’s Christians are meant to write the next chapters of the book as we proclaim the message of Christ to the world.

Thought for Today: How will your chapter of this book read?

Quicklook: Acts 28:23–31


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November 26, 2016

Before Kings

Read Acts 25:1 through 26:32

In Luke 21:12, Jesus told His followers that they would be brought to trial before kings and governors because of their faith. Although the mental image of such a spectacle is terrifying, it gives an opportunity to proclaim the gospel to those in authority.

Paul found himself before King Agrippa and Governor Festus, and he made the most of his opportunity. He told them of his personal encounter with Christ and of the goodness and power of God. He fearlessly proclaimed the message and nearly won his audience for Christ.

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” (Acts 26:28).

Every believer will face an opportunity to declare the gospel, and some will have the chance to influence world leaders. In those moments, the Spirit can empower and embolden believers to speak the greatest truth to the greatest powers in this world. Should you find yourself standing before a king, trust God to help you proclaim the gospel.

Thought for Today: The courage to declare the gospel comes only from a close relationship with Christ.

Quicklook: Acts 26:25–32


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November 25, 2016

Argumentative

Read Acts 22:1 through 24:27

Some people just love to argue. They court discord and are never happier than when they are debating some issue or giving their “hot take” on the issue of the day.

The Jewish leadership council in Paul’s day, known as the Sanhedrin, was far from removed from such foolishness. Since they were united in their hatred of Paul, he found a way to divide them via their own ideology. Knowing that Pharisees believed in miracles and resurrection, and that Sadducees did not, he claimed that his belief in resurrection was the reason for his arrest.

When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided (Acts 23:7).

The very Pharisees who wanted to stone Paul as a godless infidel suddenly took up his cause. This wasn’t because they believed he was innocent, but rather that their knee-jerk reaction to Sadducees was always an argument. Argument for its own sake is the tool of the immature.

Through for Today: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).

Quicklook: Acts 23:6–11


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November 24, 2016

More Blessed

Read Acts 20:1 through 21:40

As the season of giving approaches in earnest, there is a good chance that you’ll give someone a present and receive nothing from that person in return. Almost invariably, this will spark an amazingly out-of-context quotation of Jesus.

The famous quote in question comes from Paul’s heartfelt farewell to the elders of the Ephesian church.

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35).

While the truth of this quote is easy to understand within the economy of God, the context demands a more careful approach to its application. Paul wasn’t consoling himself for not receiving anything in return for his sacrificial giving. In fact, one could reasonably conclude that Paul was lamenting his inability to give more.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” isn’t a statement of consolation. It’s a lifestyle choice, based on the idea that giving is our primary purpose for being.

Thought for Today: Blessing is found in giving with no expectation of recompense.

Quicklook: Acts 20:25–35


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November 23, 2016

Who Are You?

Read Acts 17:1 through 19:41

Ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu coined the adage, “Know your enemy.” This is a wise idea, to be certain, and one that every nation on earth has adopted within their intelligence services. The Christian’s enemy, Satan, also takes this strategy to heart.

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In Acts 19, Paul is in Ephesus, and great miracles are driving large numbers of people to seek after Christ. When other people saw the power of God displayed so mightily, they made it their business to try to access this power. Sadly, they lacked the relationship with God to wield it, and the result was striking.

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One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15).

What does it take to get on the radar of the underworld? Jesus and Paul were clearly on the “avoid at all costs” list, but our would-be heroes hadn’t made the cut. Being on the front lines of spiritual warfare is hazardous, and entering the battle unprepared is a risky proposition.

Challenge for Today: Suit up with God’s armor; cover yourself with prayer and humility; and make sure the enemy will remember your name.

Quicklook: Acts 19:13–20


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November 22, 2016

Advance the Gospel

Read Acts 14:1 through 16:40

The last few verses of Acts 15 describe a disagreement between Paul and Barnabas over the inclusion of Mark on their second missionary journey. Apparently, it was a tense situation.

They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord (Acts 15:39–40).

This passage is used to discuss how even people of great faith can have disharmony. It is often used as an example when there is discord in churches today. While there is an example to be emulated here, it isn’t entirely correct to view it as a “church split” template.

Disagreements can be useful in the Church, but only if the end result advances the gospel. We don’t hear the end of Barnabas’s story, because Luke’s account in Acts follows the journeys of Paul. Nonetheless, we know that Barnabas and Mark went on to share the gospel. That is our great example.

Thought for Today: Disagreements are only good for the Church if they result in the gospel reaching more people, and in more people reaching heaven.

Quicklook: Acts 15:36–41


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