Devotionals

Enjoy our daily devotionals written by Pastor Randy Dubois of our Columbia City campus. You can also get these daily devotionals on Facebook, where Pastor Randy posts them daily on his personal Facebook. These devotionals can be used as another way to grow in your walk with Jesus and to grow in your understanding of God and His Word.

Good and Bad Figs (Day 41)

Read Jeremiah 24:1-10
 
   In 597 B.C. Jehoiachin was taken to Babylon, and Zedekiah became king. Often royal officials were exiled to keep them from exerting power and starting a rebellion. Skilled craftsmen were taken because they were valuable for Babylon’s building program. 

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Judgement on False Prophets (Day 40)

Read Jeremiah 23:9-40
 
   How did a nation become so corrupt? A major factor was false prophecy. The false prophets had a large, enthusiastic audience and were very popular because they made the people believe that all was well. By contrast, Jeremiah’s message from God was unpopular because it showed the people how bad they were. 

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The Righteous Branch (Day 39)

Read Jeremiah 23:1-8
 
   Those responsible to lead Israel in God’s path were the very ones responsible for Israel’s present plight, and so God had decreed harsh judgment against them. Leaders are held responsible for those entrusted to their care. Whom has God placed in your care? Remember that you are accountable to God for those you influence and lead. 

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A Message for Judah’s Kings (Day 38)

Read Jeremiah 22:1-30
 
   God gave the king the basis for rebuilding the nation: turn from evil and do right. Doing what is right is more than simply believing all the right doctrines about God. It means living in obedience to God. Good deeds do not save us, but they display our faith (James 2). 

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No Deliverance from Babylon (Day 37)

Read Jeremiah 21:1-14
 
   Chapters 21 thru 28, concerns Jeremiah’s messages to Israel on Nebuchadnezzar’s attacks on Jerusalem between 588 and 586 B.C. (2 Kings 25). King Zedekiah decided to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 24), and the nobles advised allying with Egypt. Jeremiah pronounced judgment on the kings and false prophets for leading the people astray. 

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Habakkuk’s Prayer (Day 5)

Read Habakkuk 3:1-19
 
   Habakkuk praised God for answering his questions. Evil will not triumph forever; God is in control, and he can be completely trusted to vindicate those who are faithful to Him. We must patiently wait for Him to act. 

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Paul’s Final Greetings (Day 50)

Read 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
 
   Paul’s closing words and what he wanted the Corinthians to remember about the needs facing their church, are still fitting for the church today. When these qualities are not present, there are problems that must be dealt with. These traits do not come to a church by glossing over problems, conflicts, and difficulties. They are not produced by neglect, denial, withdrawal, or bitterness. They are the by-products of the extremely hard work of solving problems. Just as Paul and the Corinthians had to hammer out difficulties to bring peace, so we must apply the principles of God’s Word and not just hear them. That is the sign of a mature Christian and a mature church.



Paul’s Final Greetings (Day 15)

Read Philippians 4:21-23
   There were many Christians in Rome; some were even in Caesar’s palace. Perhaps Paul, while waiting trial, was making converts of the Roman civil service. Paul sent greetings from these Roman Christians to the believers in Philippi. The Gospel had spread to all strata of society, linking people who had no other bond but Christ. The Roman Christians and the Philippian Christians were brothers and sisters because of their unity in Christ. Believers today are also linked to others across cultural, economic, and social barriers. Because all believers are brothers and sisters in Christ, let us live like God’s true family.

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Promises for Zerubbabel (Day 5)

Read Haggai 2:20-23
 
   A signet ring was used to guarantee the authority and authenticity of a letter. It served as a signature when pressed in soft wax on a written document. God was reaffirming and guaranteeing His promise of a Messiah through David’s line (Matthew 1). 

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Paul’s Final Instructions (Day 34)

Read Romans 16:17-27
 
    When we read books or listen to sermons, we should check the content of what is written or said so that we won’t be fooled by smooth talk and glowing words. Christians who study God’s Word, asking Him to reveal the truth, will not be fooled, even though superficial Christians may easily be taken in (Acts 17). 

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Jesus Gives The Great Commission (Day 70)

Read Mark 16:9-20
 
   When the two on the road finally realized who Jesus was, they rushed back to Jerusalem. It’s not enough to read about Christ as a personality or to study His teachings. You must also believe He is God, trust Him to save you, and accept Him as Lord of your life. This is the difference between knowing Jesus and knowing about Him. Only when you know Christ will you be motivated to share with others what He has done for you. 

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