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Word of the Day: Ezekiel 16

Word of the Day

Reading: Ezekiel 16 'God of Grace' "When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, 'Live!' Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, 'Live!' Ezekiel 6:6 God's grace and splendor is so easily forgotten when everything is going well. God's grace is the focus in this story about an unwanted child born out of har...

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Word of the Day: Ezekiel 14

Word of the Day

Reading: Ezekiel 14 'Idols in the Closet' Then some elders of Israel came to me and sat down before me. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be consulted by them at all? Ezekiel 14:1-3 A continual examination of my ...

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Word of the Day: Ezekiel 3

Word of the Day

Reading: Ezekiel 3 'Preparation for Service' "Then He said to me, 'Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you." Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. Ezek 3:1-3...

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Word of the Day: Job 38

Word of the Day

Reading: Job 38 'Hey Mister Know-it-All!' "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Job 38:2 The best way to acquire and maintain humility is residing in the presence of God. It is His doing and delight to keep us humble, not ours, because we are not very good at it. The Puritans knew how to practice the presence of God in prayer. Consider the follow...

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Word of the Day: Nehemiah 1

Word of the Day

Reading: Nehemiah 1 'Prayer that Gets God's Attention' "When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven". Neh 1:4 When all things are lost, and your freedom is taken away, without a doubt one can feel a sense of hopelessness. Psalm 137:1-4 gives us a little insight into the life of the children o...

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Word of the Day: Ruth 1

Word of the Day

Reading: Ruth 1 'The Mark of a Follower' "But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go," Ruth 1:16 Loyalty is not a common value practiced in our culture anymore. We know of many instances where spouses are not loyal, politicians are not loyal, law enforcement officers are not loyal, church members are not loya...

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Word of the Day: 1 Samuel 8

Word of the Day

Reading: 1 Samuel 8 'Let's be Like Everyone Else' "Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations." But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge...

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Word of the Day: Judges 1

Word of the Day

Reading: Judges 1 "Who Will Lead Us to War?" "Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them? The LORD said, "Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand." Judges 1:1-2 When Moses died, he passed the baton to Joshua who valian...

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Word of the Day: Exodus 12

Word of the Day

Reading: Exodus 12 "It's All Mixed Up!" "A mixed multitude also went up with them," Exodus 12:38 Every church in America has a mixed multitude in its meeting places. And so it was with the multitudes in the exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. The distinctions between them were not always clear. It was more than just being Hebrew or Egyptian.The book of Numbers tells...

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Word of the Day: Hebrews 11:24-27

Word of the Day

Reading: Hebrews 11:24-27 'Choosing Ill-treatment' " By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. By faith h...

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Word of the Day: Psalms 19

Word of the Day

Reading: Psalms 19 "The Power of Meditation" Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Ps 19:14 Thoughts continually fill our mind. 'What are we going to do?', 'What are we going to say?', and 'What are we going to eat?', and on and on……. But what is it that we spend time meditati...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 4

Word of the Day

Reading: Proverbs 4 "A Father's Instruction" "When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live..." (Proverbs 4:3-4)Of all the things I experienced and learned growing up in a home of an alcoholic father, one has left its indelible mark. The...

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Word of the Day: 1 Kings 6

Word of the Day

Reading: 1 Kings 6 'The Building of God' "The house, while it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being built." I Kings 6:7 The house where God dwells can never be made with our hands, our efforts, or human strength. Steven got stoned speaking this truth, "Howe...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 13:1-13

Word of the Day

Reading: Genesis 13:1-13 'Stop the Strife' "So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me,Nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers." (Gen 13:8) The magnanimity of Abram was clearly evident when strife became apparent among family members. The moment of decision took place near Bethel where he had built an altar and first c...

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Word of the Day: 2 Kings 6:1-7

Word of the Day

Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-7 'School's in Session' "But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water; And he cried out and said, "Alas, my master! For it was borrowed." Living in tight quarters has its challenges. To some extent I can imagine how the prophets might have felt. I was raised in a two bedroom house with nine people, always full of activity, family...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 37

Word of the Day

Reading: Genesis 37 'The Ugly Face of Jealousy' "When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer!"Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, 'A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us see what will become of his d...

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Word of the Day: Haggai 1

Word of the Day

Reading: Haggai 1 'When is the Right Time?' "Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, "Consider your ways!Hag 1:2-8 When is it the right time to begin to build things that have eternal implication? Once I have a seminary degree, or have attended 'X' number of Bible Studies? Or when I get married and as a couple we can share the responsibilities? How about, when my ki...

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Word of the Day: Psalms 1

Word of the Day

Reading: Psalms 1 'Getting Counsel' "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But hisdelight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night". Ps 1:1-2 The source of our counsel directs and influences us in every single area of our lives. The Psalmist tel...

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Word of the Day: Matthew 10:29-31

Word of the Day

Reading: Matthew 10:29-31 'God Determines our Value' "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. " Lies, lies, all lies. The world speaks nothing but deceptive words and the philosophy of men. Noth...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 3

Word of the Day

Reading: Genesis 3 'Eyes Wide Open' "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her...

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Word of the Day: John 5:1-17

Word of the Day

Reading: John 5:1-17 'Crippling Sin' "A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, "Do you wish to get well?" vs 5-6 The multitude who gathered at this pool without a doubt had some real physical issues. Out of all the people waiting for the angel...

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Word of the Day: Matthew 20:20-28

Word of the Day

Reading: Matthew 20:20-28 'So You Want to be First' "Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left." There is just something about all human nature. It ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 17:11-19

Word of the Day

Reading: Luke 17:11-19 "Giving Glory to God" "And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan." If we allow ourselves to reflect at our condition before Christ came into our lives, we were just...

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Word of the Day: John 1:43-51

Word of the Day

Reading: John 1:43-51 'No Deceit! Please' "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!" During this time, common conversations among the Jewish people were focused on the arrival of the promise, "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL", which tr...

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Word of the Day: Isaiah 25:4-9

Word of the Day

Reading: Isaiah 25:4-9 'Lavishness for His People' 'Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,And refined, aged wine'. v.6 The nature of God is a giving nature. We see it illustrated in this passage by the descriptive word, 'lavish'. When God prepares a table, He chooses the best aged w...

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Word of the Day: Luke 10:25-37

Word of the Day

Reading: Luke 10:25-37 "And Who is My Neighbor?" "Jesus replied and said, a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead." It appears like this man was heading toward a dangerous place called Jericho. If one was a citizen of Jerusalem, they wouldn't even go through it, let a...

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Word of the Day: Isaiah 21

Word of the Day

Reading: Isaiah 21 'Watchman, be Alert!' For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, and let him report what he sees."When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, a train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention." Then the lookout called, "O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, and I am stationed every night a...

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Word of the Day: Isaiah 61

Word of the Day

Reading: Isaiah 61 'The Spirit's Work' "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted; To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn; To grant those...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 42

Word of the Day

Reading: Psalm 42 'My Soul Thirsts' "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...." Psalms 42:1-2 We have all heard it said, "A picture is worth a thousand words". The Psalmist gives us a beautiful vignette into his life. Here he uses a deer to draw us into the deepest part of his being. The creat...

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Word of the Day: Matt 25:31-46

Word of the Day

Reading: Matthew 25:31-46 'The Words of the King' "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. "All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left....

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