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Every nation or kingdom has a set of rules for its citizens to live by. So too does the kingdom of heaven. Citizens who desire to honor their heavenly Lord will seek to follow these rules in his service. Our passage for devotions this month, Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew 5–7, provides an […]

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Habakkuk is the eighth book of the minor prophets and is mostly written as a conversation between God and his servant Habakkuk. The book begins immediately with the prophet’s sad and angry evaluation of the state of Judah around him. He sees God’s chosen people behaving in wicked ways. He sees violence, greed, and injustice […]

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At the time he wrote this epistle, Peter knew that his death was imminent. He was imprisoned in Rome awaiting execution for his faith. Knowing that this would likely be his last letter to these beloved believers, Peter does not try to teach them anything new, but rather earnestly endeavors to remind the Christians in […]

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Both Peter and the recipients of his first epistle were no strangers to suffering. The believers in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (now modern-day Turkey) in AD 62–63 were living under the tyrannical authority of the Roman government. Their lives could change dramatically at any moment based on the whim of the current emperor. […]

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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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Did you know that Paul, the author of the epistle to the Colossians, did not start the church there and was actually never able to visit the believers in Colossae? The church in Colossae was established by a man named Epaphras, who had been converted by Paul’s preaching in nearby Ephesus. Nevertheless, Paul and Timothy […]

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The book of Isaiah is often referred to as the “fifth gospel,” an Old Testament prequel to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It is a book about the Messiah, even though it was written many years before his incarnation. Jesus himself makes clear that he is the ultimate fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecies by frequently quoting […]

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