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.

Jeremiah Questions the Lord’s Judgement (Day 23)

Read Jeremiah 12:1-17
 
   Many people have asked, “Why are the wicked so prosperous?” Jeremiah knew that God’s justice would ultimately come, but he was impatient because he wanted justice to come quickly. God didn’t give a doctrinal answer; instead, He gave a challenge: If Jeremiah couldn’t handle this, how would he handle the injustices ahead? It is natural for us to demand fair play and cry for justice against those who take advantage of others. But when we call for justice, we must realize that we ourselves would be in big trouble if God gave each of us what we truly deserve. 

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A Plot Against Jeremiah (Day 22)

Read Jeremiah 11:18-23
 
   To Jeremiah’s surprise, the people of Anathoth, his hometown, were plotting to kill him. They wanted to silence Jeremiah’s message for several reasons: 1) Economic. His condemnation of idol worship would hurt the business of idol makers. 2) Religious. The message of doom and gloom made the people feel depressed and guilty. 3) Political. He openly rebuked their hypocritical politics. And 4) Personal. The people hated him for showing them that they were wrong. Jeremiah had two options: run and hide, or call on God. Jeremiah called, and God answered. Like Jeremiah, we can either run and hide when we face opposition because of our faithfulness to God, or we can call on God to help. Hiding compromises our message; calling on God lets Him reinforce it.


Judah’s Broken Covenant (Day 21)

Read Jeremiah 11:1-17
 
   This section concerns the broken covenant, and a rebuke for those who returned to idols after Josiah’s reform. Jeremiah’s rebuke prompted a threat against his life by his own countrymen. As Jeremiah suffered, he pondered the prosperity of the wicked. As he brought these words to a close, he used a rotten linen belt and filled wineskins as object lessons of God’s coming judgment. 

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The Coming Destruction (Day 20)

Read Jeremiah 10:17-25
 
   In this section, Jeremiah uses the picture of nomads wandering in the wilderness trying to pitch their tents. The shepherds of the nation are the evil leaders responsible for the distress. Flocks are the people of Judah. Instead of guiding the people to God, the leaders were leading them astray. 

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Idolatry Brings Destruction (Day 19)

Read Jeremiah 10:1-16
 
   Most people would like to know the future. Decisions would be easier, failures would be avoided, and successes would be assured. The people of Judah wanted to know the future, too, and they tried to discern it through reading the signs in the sky. God made the earth and the heavens, including stars that people, even today, consult and worship. No one will discover the future in man-made charts of God’s stars. But God promises to guide you, knows your future and will be with you all the way. He will not reveal your future to you, but He will walk with you as the future unfolds. Don’t trust the stars; trust the one who created the stars. 

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Paul’s Hardships (Day 39)

Read 2 Corinthians 6:3-13
 
   In everything he did, Paul always considered what his actions communicated about Jesus Christ. If you are a believer, you are a minister for God. In the course of each day, unbelievers observe you. Don’t let your careless or undisciplined actions be some person’s excuse for rejecting Christ. 

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Paul’s Life for Christ (Day 4)

Read Philippians 1:20-26
   To those who don’t believe in God, life on earth is all there is, and so it is natural for them to strive for this world’s values: money, popularity, power, pleasure, and prestige. For Paul, however, to live meant to develop eternal values and to tell others about Christ, who alone could help them see life from an eternal perspective. Paul’s whole purpose in life was to speak out boldly for Christ and become more like Him. Thus, Paul could confidently say that dying would be even better than living, because in death he would be removed from worldly troubles, and he would see Christ face to face (1 John 3). If you’re not ready to die, then you’re not ready to live. Make certain of your eternal destiny; then you will be free to serve: Devoting your life to what really counts, without fear of death. 

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Salvation is for Everyone (Day 23)

Read Romans 10:5-21
 
   In order to be saved by the law, a person would have to live a perfect life, not sinning once. Why did God give the law when He knew people couldn’t keep it? According to Paul, one reason the law was given was to show people how guilty they are (Galatians 3). The law was a shadow of Christ: that is, the sacrificial system educated the people so that when the true sacrifice came, they would be able to understand His work (Hebrews 10). The system of ceremonial laws was to last until the coming of Christ. The law points to Christ, the reason for all those animal sacrifices. 

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Jesus And The Disciples Share The Last Supper (Day 59)

Read Mark 14:10-26
 
   Why would Judas want to betray Jesus? Very likely, Judas expected Jesus to start a political rebellion and overthrow Rome. As treasurer, Judas certainly assumed that he would be given an important position in Jesus’ new government. But when Jesus praised Mary for pouring out the perfume, thought to be worth a day’s salary, Judas finally began to realize that Jesus’ kingdom was not physical or political but spiritual. Judas’ greedy desire for money and status could not be fulfilled if he followed Jesus, so he betrayed Him in exchange for money and favor from the religious leaders. 

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