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.

A Message About Babylon (Day 73)

Read Jeremiah 50:1-3
 
   The nation from the north was Medo-Persia, an alliance of Media and Persia that would become the next world power. Cyrus took the city of Babylon by surprise and brought the nation to its knees in 539 B.C. (Daniel 5). The complete destruction of the city was accomplished by later Persian kings. 

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A Message About Damascus, Kedar and Hazor, and Elam (Day 72)

Read Jeremiah 49:23-39
 
   Damascus was the capital of Aram, north of Israel. This city was defeated by both Assyria and Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar attacked and defeated Damascus in 605 B.C. (Amos 1). It is difficult to attribute the defeat of the army to a particular event, but God utterly destroyed Aram. 

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Messages About Ammon and Edom (Day 71)

Read Jeremiah 49:1-22
 
   The Ammonites were descendants of Lot through an incestuous relationship with one of his daughters, as were the Moabites (Genesis 19). They were condemned for stealing land from God’s people and for worshiping the idol Molech, to whom they made child sacrifices. 

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A Message About Moab (Day 70)

Read Jeremiah 48:1-47
 
   The Moabites were descendants of Lot through an incestuous relationship with one of his daughters (Genesis 19). They led the Israelites into idolatry (Numbers 25) and joined the bands of raiders Nebuchadnezzar sent into Judah in 602 B.C. They were later conquered by Babylon and disappeared as a nation. 

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A Message About Philistia (Day 69)

Read Jeremiah 47:1-7
 
   Located on the coastal plain next to Judah, Philistia had always been a thorn in Israel’s side. The two nations battled constantly. Other prophets who spoke against Philistia are Isaiah (Isaiah 14), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 25), Amos (Amos 1), and Zephaniah (Zephaniah 2).



The Lord’s Second Reply (Day 4)

Read Habakkuk 2:1-20
 
   The watchman and watchtower, often used by the prophets to show an attitude of expectation (Isaiah 21; Jeremiah 6; Ezekiel 3), are pictures of Habakkuk’s attitude of patient waiting and watching for God’s response. Stone watchtowers were built on city walls or ramparts so that watchmen could see enemies or messengers approaching their city while still at a distance. Watchtowers were also erected in vineyards to help guard the ripening grapes (Isaiah 5). Habakkuk wanted to be in the best position to receive God’s message. 

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Paul’s Final Advice (Day 49)

Read 2 Corinthians 13:1-10
 
   When Paul arrived the third time in Corinth, he would not be lenient toward unrepentant sinners. His actions could include 1) confronting and publicly denouncing their behavior, 2) exercising church discipline by calling them before the church leaders, or 3) excommunicating them from the church. 

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Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts (Day 14)

Read Philippians 4:10-20
 
   In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul wrote that he didn’t accept gifts from the Corinthian church because he didn’t want to be accused of preaching only to get money. But Paul maintained that it was a church’s responsibility to support God’s ministers. He accepted the Philippians’ gift because they gave it willingly and because he was in need. 

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Blessings Promised for Obedience (Day 4)

Read Haggai 2:10-19
 
   When a child eats spaghetti sauce, very soon his or her face, hands, and clothes become red. Sin and selfish attitudes produce the same result: They stain everything they touch. Even good deeds done for God can be tainted by sinful attitudes. The only remedy is God’s cleansing. 

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Paul Greets His Friends (Day 33)

Read Romans 16:1-16
   Phoebe was known as a deaconess, or servant and helper. Apparently she was a wealthy person who helped support Paul’s ministry. Phoebe was highly regarded in the church, and she may have delivered this letter from Corinth to Rome. This provides evidence that women had important roles in the early church. Cenchrea, the town where Phoebe lived, was the eastern port of Corinth, six miles from the city center. 

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The Resurrection (Day 69)

Read Mark 16:1-8
 
   The women purchased the spices on Saturday evening after the Sabbath had ended so they could go to the tomb early the next morning and anoint Jesus’ body as a sign of love, devotion, and respect. Bringing spices to the tomb was like bringing flowers to a grave today. 

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