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    Christian Devotional – April 19, 2019

    Study. Do. Share. These three words have been our focus this year. We’ve spent time going through James seeing how our knowledge and study must lead to action because it can’t really be called faith if we are not acting on what we believe. Then we went through Ruth where we studied an example of three people “doing” their faith as they acted out what they truly believe. Now, we are going to work through 1 Timothy. In this book we see Paul “sharing” what he knows and what he does with young Timothy. Read 1 Timothy 1:1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God…

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    Christian Devotional – April 18, 2019

    The big reveal. This whole time we have been hearing this story about two women who waited on the Lord and saw him work move their lives. Now, we see how these two women are related to the bigger picture of the history of the Jewish people and of the line of Jesus Christ. Read Ruth 4:14-22. The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David. Now these are the generations of Perez: to Perez was born Hezron, and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab, and…

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    Christian Devotional – April 17, 2019

    Purpose. Naomi had felt without purpose, but now she knows exactly what she is to do. Read Ruth 4:16. Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. RUTH 4:16 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.4.16.NASB Now that Ruth and Boaz are married and have a child, Naomi becomes the nurse for her grandchild. All the care and the love that she has she now can turn that into teaching and training and guiding this young man to become exactly what God has said to be. She can explain to him all about the God who never abandoned her and who led her and helped her and took…

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    Christian Devotional – April 16, 2019

    Hope. Naomi and Ruth have hope. God has moved snd worked in such a way that they have seen the fulfillment of all that God had promised in their life. They can see hope. Read Ruth 4:15. May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” RUTH 4:15 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.4.15.NASB A child has been born. This child represents the continuation of Naomi’s family and the fulfillment of all that God had promised to them. It did not happen the way that they thought…

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    Christian Devotional – April 15, 2019

    Praise the Lord. When good things happen, who do we praise? When we see blessings in other people’s lives, who do we praise? For the people in Naomi’s life, the answer is that they praised the Lord. Read Ruth 4:14. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. RUTH 4:14 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.4.14.NASB The women saw all the amazing things that had happened to Naomi and to Ruth and the result was they praised God. It’s really interesting that they didn’t praise Boaz. That might have been an easy and natural thing…

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    Christian Devotional – April 14, 2019

    God’s provision. All that Ruth and Naomi had been searching for, God provided. Read Ruth 4:13. So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. RUTH 4:13 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.4.13.NASB Naomi had felt alone and abandoned. Ruth had followed Naomi home and learned about a God that she didn’t know before. A God who provides. A God who sees our needs. A God who knows us better than we know ourselves. And now, Ruth not only has a husband, God has enabled her to have a child. Remenber, Ruth had been…

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    Christian Devotional – April 13, 2019

    Testify. All the people that Boaz had gathered to hear the legal proceedings now are to be witnesses and testify of what they have heard. Read Ruth 4:11-12. All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, ” We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem. Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the Lord will give you by this young woman.” RUTH 4:11‭-‬12…

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    Christian Devotional – April 12, 2019

    Confirm the action. Boaz is in the court of law addressing the situation of Naomi, her land, and the widow Ruth. They have come to agreement and now, Boaz is confirming that everyone knows exactly what decision was reached and why. Read Ruth 4:9-10. Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that…

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    Christian Devotional – April 11, 2019

    Make it official. Boaz and the other relative have been discussing plans, but now it is time to make them official. Read Ruth 4:7-8. Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. So the closest relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” And he removed his sandal. RUTH 4:7‭-‬8 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.4.7-8.NASB There was a specified way of doing business and that needed to be followed. It wasn’t enough for the other relative to just say it…

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    Christian Devotional – April 10, 2019

    Wait! Boaz has explained the situation to the relative that is closer than he is. There is land to acquire. The relative says, “Sure! I’ll buy the land.” Then Boaz shares, “But wait, there’s more.” Read Ruth 4:5-6. Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.” The closest relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem…