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December 8 Read 2 Corinthians 1   Paul was not ashamed or discouraged by his sufferings, but rather he gloried in them. How could this be? He recognized that the various types of trials that we experience in this life are valuable lessons from God which serve to strengthen our faith. When we experience discomfort in […]

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October 8 Read John 18  In verse 4 of this chapter we read that Jesus, despite knowing what the future would hold for him, “went forth” when the band of soldiers sought him. Jesus went forth willingly. He was well aware of the depth of suffering that awaited him, and still he readily submitted to […]

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Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age 

  We are living in an age of spectacles. No, I’m not referring to the fact that people have started to wear eyeglasses for purely fashion purposes. I’m talking about things like YouTube celebrities, political scandals, Super Bowl ads, social media influencers, viral news stories, sports highlights, virtual reality video games, pornography, and the latest […]

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August 8 Read Luke 7  Jesus shows miraculous grace to several different people in this chapter, including a centurion’s servant, a widow’s only son, and an immoral woman. Notice especially the contrast between the sinful woman, whom the Pharisee did not think was even worthy to touch Jesus’ feet, and the centurion, whom the elders […]

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June 7 Read Zechariah 10 The first oracle of blessing that Zechariah began in chapter 9 continues in chapter 10 with the description of a coming king. The Lord of hosts cares for his flock, and he shows this care by promising them a better shepherd. This prophecy refers in part to the future leadership […]

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April 8 Read Ezekiel 21 When you think of Jehovah, what image comes to mind? After reading this chapter, it will probably be that of a warrior with glittering sword in hand, ready for battle. The Lord does not only sit on a throne in heaven governing all things; he is also the commander of […]

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February 8 Read Jeremiah 27 In this chapter, we read that the kings of the surrounding nations sent ambassadors to meet with King Zedekiah to form an alliance against Nebuchadnezzar. But God sent Jeremiah to them with a sobering message to squash out the false confidence that this potential alliance brought. No army could save […]

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December 8 Read 2 Kings 19 Even though Rabshakeh was no longer in Jerusalem, he continued to attack the nation of Judah by sending a threatening letter to King Hezekiah (vv. 8–13). Hezekiah’s proper response to this intimidation was to bring the matter before the Lord. Take another look at Hezekiah’s prayer in verses 15–19. […]

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November 8–Read Hosea 7 A number of weeks ago we had a sermon about the sin of adultery, which the prophet says Israel is guilty of in Hosea 7:4. The sins of adultery and idolatry are quite related, as idolatry is committing spiritual adultery. Our pastor approached this commandment from the positive viewpoint of the […]

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October 8 Read Micah 4 After prophesying in chapter three about the terrible judgment that was going to come upon the wicked, corrupt leaders of the nation, here Micah shifts his focus to the glorious kingdom that will be established for God’s people when Jesus comes again. In this glorious kingdom, everyone will know the […]

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