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.

Coming Judgement Against Judah (Day 8)

Read Jeremiah 4:1-18
 
   Jeremiah told the people to plow up the hardness of their hearts as a plow breaks up unplowed ground; soil that has not been tilled for a season. Good kings like Josiah had tried to turn the people back to God, but the people had continued to worship their idols in secret. Their hearts had become hardened to God’s will. Jeremiah said the people needed to remove the sin that hardened their hearts before the good seed of God’s commands could take root. Likewise we must remove our heart-hardening sin if we expect God’s Word to take root and grow in our life. 

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Hope for Wayward Israel (Day 7)

Read Jeremiah 3:11-25
 
   Israel was not even trying to look as if it were obeying God, but Judah maintained the appearance of faith without a true heart. Believing the right doctrines without heartfelt commitment is like offering sacrifices without true repentance. Judah’s false repentance brought Jeremiah’s words of condemnation. To live without faith is hopeless; to express sorrow without change is hypocritical. Being sorry for sin is not enough. Repentance demands a change of mind and heart that results in changed behavior. 

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Judah Follows Israels Example (Day 6)

Read Jeremiah 3:6-10
 
   The northern kingdom, Israel, had fallen to Assyria, and its people had been taken into captivity. The tragic lesson of their fall should have caused the southern kingdom, Judah, to return to God, but Judah paid no attention. Jeremiah urged Judah to return to God to avoid certain disaster. This message came between 627 and 621 B.C., during Josiah’s reign. Although Josiah obeyed God’s commands, his example apparently did not penetrate the hearts of the people. If the people refused to repent, God said He would destroy the nation because of the evils of Josiah’s grandfather, King Manasseh (2 Kings 23).


Call to Repentance (Day 5)

Read Jeremiah 3:1-5
 
   This law, found in Deuteronomy 24, says that a divorced woman who remarries can never be reunited with her first husband. Judah divorced God and married other gods. God had every right to permanently disown His wayward people, but in His mercy He was willing to take them back again. 

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Israel, An Unfaithful Wife (Day 4)

Read Jeremiah 2:23-37
 
   The people are compared to animals who search for mates in mating season. Unrestrained, they rush for power, money, alliances with foreign powers, and other gods. The idols did not seek the people; the people sought the idols and ran wildly after them. Then they became so comfortable in their sin that they could not think of giving it up. Their only shame was in getting caught. If we desire something so much that we’ll do anything to get it, it is a sign that we are addicted to it and out of tune with God. 

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New Bodies (Day 36)

Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
 
   Paul contrasts our earthly body and our future resurrection body. Paul clearly states that our present body makes us groan, but when we die we will not be spirits without bodies. We will have new bodies that will be perfect for our everlasting life. 

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Greetings from Paul (Day 1)

Read Philippians 1:1-2
 
   This is a personal letter to the Philippians, not intended for general circulation to all the churches, as was the letter to the Ephesians. Paul wanted to thank the believers for helping him when he had need. He also wanted to tell them why he could be full of joy despite his imprisonment and upcoming trial. In this uplifting letter, Paul counseled the Philippians about humility and unity and warned them about potential problems. 

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God’s Selection of Israel (Day 20)

Read Romans 9:1-29
   Paul expressed concern for his Jewish brothers and sisters by saying that he would willingly take their punishment if that would save them. While the only one who could save us is Christ, Paul showed a rare depth of love. Like Jesus, he was willing to sacrifice so others would be saved. How concerned are you for those who don’t know Christ? Are you willing to sacrifice your time, money, energy, comfort, and safety to see them come to faith in Jesus? 

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Jesus Tells About The Future (Day 56)

Read Mark 13:1-23
 
   About 15 years before Jesus was born, Herod the Great began to remodel and rebuild the Temple, which had stood for nearly 500 years since the days of Ezra (Ezra 6). Herod made the Temple one of the most beautiful buildings in Jerusalem, not to honor God, but to appease the Jews whom he ruled. The magnificent building project was not completely finished until 64 A.D. Jesus’ prophecy that not one stone would be left on another was fulfilled in 70 A.D., when the Romans completely destroyed the Temple and the entire city of Jerusalem. 

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