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 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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Jeremiah’s Complaint (Day 36)

Read Jeremiah 20:7-18
 
   Jeremiah cried out in despair mixed with praise, unburdening his heart to God. He had faithfully proclaimed God’s Word and had received nothing in return but persecution and sorrow. Yet when he withheld God’s Word for a while, it became fire in his bones until he could hold it back no longer. When God’s living message of forgiveness and love becomes fire in your bones, you also will feel compelled to share it with others, regardless of the results.


Jeremiah and Pashhur (Day 35)

Read Jeremiah 20:1-6
 
   This event took place during the reign of Jerhoiakim of Judah. Jeremiah preached at the valley of Hinnom, the center of idolatry in the city. He also preached in the Temple, which should have been the center of true worship. Both places attracted many people; both are were places of false worship. 

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Jeremiah’s Shattered Jar (Day 34)

Read Jeremiah 19:1-15
 
   The valley of Hinnom was the garbage dump of Jerusalem and the place where children were sacrificed to the god Molech. Topheth was located in the valley and means “fireplace” and was probably where children were burned as sacrifices. 

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A Call to Generous Giving (Day 42)

Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-24
 
   During his third missionary journey, Paul had collected money for the impoverished believers in Jerusalem. The churches in Macedonia (Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea) had given money even though they were poor, and they had sacrificially given more than Paul expected. Although they were poor themselves, they wanted to help. The amount we give is not as important as why and how we give. God does not want us to give grudgingly. Instead, He wants us to give as these churches did; out of dedication to Christ, love for fellow believers, the joy of helping those in need, as well as the fact that it was simply the good and right thing to do. How well does your giving measure up to the standards set by the Macedonian churches? 

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Christ’s Humility and Exaltation (Day 7)

Read Philippians 2:5-11
   Jesus Christ was humble, willing to give up His rights in order to obey God and serve people. Like Christ, we should have a servant’s attitude, serving out of love for God and for others, not out of guilt or fear. Remember, you can choose your attitude. You can approach life expecting to be served, or you can look for opportunities to serve others (Mark 10). 
The Incarnation was the act of the preexisting Son of God voluntarily assuming a human body and human nature.

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A Living Sacrifice to God (Day 26)

Read Romans 12:1-21
 
   When sacrificing an animal according to God’s law, a priest would kill the animal, cut it in pieces, and place it on the altar. Sacrifice was important, but even in the Old Testament God made it clear that obedience from the heart was much more important (1 Samuel 15; Psalm 40; Amos 5). God wants us to offer ourselves, not animals, as living sacrifices: daily laying aside our own desires to follow Him, putting all our energy and resources at His disposal and trusting Him to guide us. We do this out of gratitude that our sins have been forgiven. 

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Peter Denies Knowing Jesus (Day 62)

Read mark 14:66-72
 
   Caiaphas’ house where Jesus was tried, was part of a huge palace with several courtyards. John was apparently acquainted with the high priest, and he was let into the courtyard along with Peter (John 18). 

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