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.

Hope for Restoration (Day 48)

Read Jeremiah 31:1-14
 
   This promise is to all the families of Israel, not only to the tribe of Judah. The restoration will include all people who trust God.

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Promises of Deliverance (Day 47)

Read Jeremiah 30:1-24
 
   Like Isaiah, Jeremiah associated events of the near future and those of the distant future. Reading these prophecies is like looking at several mountain peaks in a range. From a distance they look as though they are next to each other, when actually they are miles apart. Jeremiah presents near and distant events as if they will all happen soon. He sees the exile, buthe sees also the future day when Christ will reign forever. The reference to David, in verse 9, is not to King David, but to his famous descendant, the Messiah (Luke 1). 

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A Letter to the Exiles (Day 46)

Read Jeremiah 29:1-32
 
   Jeremiah wrote to the captives in Babylon instructing them to move ahead with their lives and to pray for the pagan nation that enslaved them. Life cannot grind to a halt during troubled times. In an unpleasant or distressing situation, we must adjust and keep moving. You may find it difficult to pray for those in authority if they are evil, but that is when your prayers are most needed (1 Timothy 2). When you enter times of trouble or sudden change, pray diligently and move ahead, doing whatever you can rather than giving up because of fear and uncertainty. 

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Jeremiah Condemns Hananiah (Day 45)

Read Jeremiah 28:1-17
 
   Jeremiah spoke the truth, but it was unpopular; Hananiah spoke lies, but his deceitful words brought false hope and comfort to the people. God had already outlined the marks of a true prophet (Deuteronomy 13 and 18): A true prophet’s predictions always come true, and his words never contradict previous revelation. Jeremiah’s predictions were already coming true, from Hananiah’s death to the Babylonian invasions. But, as even still to day, the people still preferred to listen to comforting lies rather than painful truth.


Jeremiah Wears an Ox Yoke (Day 44)

Read Jeremiah 27:1-22
 
   God punished the people of Judah in an unusual way, by appointing a foreign ruler to be His servan. Nebuchadnezzar was not appointed to proclaim God’s message, but to fulfill God’s promise of judgment on sin. Because God is in control of all events, He uses whomever He wants. God may use unlikely people or circumstances to correct you. Be ready to accept God’s guidance, even if it comes from unexpected resources. 

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Paul’s Authority Comes from Christ (Day 44)

Read 2 Corinthians 10:1-18
 
   Paul’s opponents questioned his authority. We know, from chapter 7, that the majority of Corinthian believers sided with Paul. However, a minority continued to slander him, saying that he was bold in his letters but had no authority in person. These last chapters are Paul’s response to this charge.

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Paul Commends Timothy (Day 9)

Read Philippians 2:19-24
 
   Timothy was with Paul in Rome when Paul wrote this letter. He traveled with Paul on his second missionary journey when the church at Philippi was begun.

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Love Fulfills God’s Requirements (Day 28)

Read Romans 13:8-14
 
   Why is love for others called a debt? We are permanently in debt to Christ for the lavish love He has poured out on us. The only way we can even begin to repay this debt is by loving others in turn. Because Christ’s love will always be infinitely greater than ours, we will always have the obligation to love our neighbors. 

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Pilate Hands Jesus Over To Be Crucidfied (Day 64)

Read Mark 15:6-15
 
   Barabbas was arrested for his part in a rebellion against the Roman government, and, although he had committed murder, he may have been a hero to the Jews. The fiercely independent Jews hated to be ruled by pagan Romans. They hated paying taxes to support the despised government and its gods. Most of the Roman authorities who had to settle Jewish disputes hated the Jews in return. The time was ripe for rebellion. 

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