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Devotionals January 1 – February 7, 2020

January 8—Read Acts 22 In the beginning of this chapter, Paul is telling the mob gathered at the Castle of Antonia the story of his conversion. In verse 16, he says that Ananias said to him, “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of […]

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Devotionals September 8 – October 7, 2020

Sept. 8  Read Canons of Dordt, Head 3 & 4, Article 8 and Matthew 22:1–14 This article was written in response to the Arminian Opinions submitted to the synod, where they claimed God couldn’t really be serious in the call of the gospel if he had no intention of saving many of those who were […]

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Devotionals July 8 – August 7, 2020

July 8     Read Philippians 1:1–11 and Canons of Dordt, Head 1, Article 16 There are three kinds of people mentioned in this article. First, there are those who don’t yet experience the assurance of salvation. The fact that these individuals are troubled by their lack of assurances proves that they are elect. We aren’t called […]

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Note: Nearly all of the commentary contained in these devotionals, as well as their organization, comes from Rev. McGeown’s book Grace and Assurance. May 8 Read Romans 3:9–31 and Head 1, Article 1 of the Canons of Dordt The point of this first article is simply to say that all men are guilty and undeserving […]

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Devotionals March 8 – April 7, 2020

Devotionals March 8 – April 7, 2020 Ben Laning   March 8—Read 1 John 4 We’re going through a novel in school called …And Now Miguel. It’s about a boy who wants to prove to his shepherding family that he’s man enough to go with the men into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to care […]

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November 8—Read Galatians 4  Because we hear it so often, we don’t always appreciate the reality when we are called a “child of God.” The same is true with calling God “Father,” as we see here in Galatians 4:6. Rev. Van Overloop explained that this special relationship we have with God implies four things. First, […]

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  September 8—Read Luke 16  In this chapter, we have the parable of the wicked servant who shrewdly uses his master’s money to make others indebted to him, so that they will help him after the master throws him out. Two of the main questions that come to mind after reading this parable are why […]

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  July 8—Read Nehemiah 12   In this chapter, we have the dedication of the walls of Jerusalem. The ruins had been there for 150 years, and now they were finally being restored. The people had shown they were committed to the work. Many of them had committed to living in the run-down city, and they […]

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May 8- Read Joel 3 Joel 3:2 reads, “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” God is gathering the nations here […]

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March 8- Read Jeremiah 47 The Philistines, whose judgment is spoken of in this chapter, were constantly at war with Israel throughout their history. They were part of a collection of nations known as the Sea Peoples, so the prophecy of their destruction by a flood is somewhat ironic. The Philistines were a major problem […]

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January 8- Read 2 Chronicles 34 In this chapter, the people of Judah find the book of the law and are fearful about God’s judgment, because their fathers hadn’t been keeping that law. In verse 22, they go to Huldah the prophetess, asking her what God has to say to them. Huldah tells them that […]

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

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

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

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

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

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November 8- Read Psalm 141 Psalm 141: 5–6 reads, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.  When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they […]

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September 8- Joshua 21 What we see in this chapter with the Levites can be applied to our ministers (and teachers) today.  The Levites were not given their own section in Canaan.  Instead, the other tribes were commanded to provide cities for them, much as our ministers today are provided for by the church.  I […]

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July 8- Read Numbers 29 According to Matthew Henry, the Israelites had more ceremonies and special events in the seventh month than in any other.  There appears to be a few different reasons for this.  First, this month was the first month of the year until it changed when the Israelites came out of Egypt.  […]

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May 8– Read Exodus 36 In verses 4–6 of this chapter, we read that the tabernacle workers had a very good problem on their hands.  The people had been commanded to supply the materials for the building of the tabernacle, and they gave so liberally that the men had to actually tell Moses to instruct […]

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Genesis 25–50; Exodus 1–4   March 8-–Read Genesis 25 As we were discussing these stories in Bible class recently, a student raised her hand and said, “Would people start dreading being the oldest, because they never actually got the blessing?”  I had never really thought of this before, but she had a point.  There are […]

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January 8–Read Genesis 8 I may not be the most patient person in the world.  I remember that when we bought our house, I just couldn’t understand why the homeowner was unable to provide us with an instantaneous response.  The waiting was awful! Noah knew how to wait.  I can’t even fathom how antsy I […]

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Psalm 134–141   November 8 Read Psalm 134             The master painter for Pharaoh’s tomb is under constant surveillance.  He has to go through security every time he leaves or returns to the pyramid, and must always leave his tools at the site.  He lives in a special village built specifically for the pyramid laborers […]

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September 8-—Read Psalm 119:1–8 Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that the minister can preach an entire sermon on one verse?  Not only that, but if you heard the sermons of two different ministers on the same verse they would probably be very different!  Every time we open God’s word there are […]

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July 8– Read Psalm 102:1–12 What makes hell so terrible?  It is full of God’s wrath. Psalm 139:8 states, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”  There is no comfort in hell, just the wrath of God being poured out eternally. We […]

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