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    Christian Devotional – January 8, 2021

    The Essential 100, Day 8 Trust during Trial. Abraham had his prayers answered and he had a son. Now it seemed that God was taking him away. Still, Abraham was obedient and he trusted God’s bigger plan so he was faithful during his trials. Read Genesis 21 snd 22. Such rejoicing and happiness with the birth of Isaac, only to be met with being asked to sacrifice him in the very next chapter. How do we show that we trust God? Every day we experience difficulties and trials that seem to go against what we thought God meant for us. We learn more about ourselves and we have a chance…

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    Christian Devotional – January 7, 2021

    The Essential 100, Day 7 God made a promise, or a covenant with Abram. It was a fantastic, unbelievable kind of promise that Abram had no way of confirming that God would do it. Yet, even with such a great potential to doubt, Abram believed. Read Genesis 15. Through this chapter, we see all that God does and has Abram do in order to demonstrate just how serious God was about fulfilling this promise. And even though it seemed completely crazy that it would be possible, Abram believed. Do we believe God’s promises? Do we believe all of God’s promises, even the amazing and fantastic ones that we can’t begin…

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    Christian Devotional – January 6, 2021

    The Essential 100, Day 6 A calling. God had called Abran, later named Abraham, and gave him purpose. God does the same for us. Read Genesis 11:1-17. God is the one who gives us purpose. God is the one who calls us. When we look at our lives, do we recognize God’s call on our life? No matter who we are or what we do, God has called us. We are to follow that calling. When was the last time you thought about your calling from God? For me, it has been quite a while. Our calling becomes our passion. It becomes our focus and what energizes us. If we…

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    Christian Devotional – January 5, 2021

    The Essential 100, Day 5 Pride. As we continue through the Essential 100 reading plan in YouVersion, we are looking at a short passage today, just 9 verses. But they are a very sad 9 verses indeed. Read Genesis 11:1-9. As the world has continued, man has looked around and decided they are the best and deserve the best. Unfortunately, they didn’t look to God and realize that God is the best. Man, in his pride, decides to build a tower to reach the heavens. God, in his wisdom, stops him. God knows what is best for us and when we lose sight of God in our life, we will…

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    Christian Devotional – January 4, 2020

    The Essential 100, Day 4 Long before a rainbow meant anything else, the rainbow was a symbol of God’s covenant with the entire world. Read Genesis 8:1 – 9:17 as day 4 of The Essential 100 reading plan with YouVersion. God made a covenant with the world, not just the people in it. The rainbow was set to remind God of his covenant, not us. Whatever we may think a rainbow is, to God, it a reminder not to flood the entire world in judgment through water again. God will continue to judge because he continues to be holy. But, he will not use a planet-wide flood to do it.…

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    Christian Devotional – January 3, 2021

    The Essential 100, Day 3 The third essential truth about God is found in Genesis 6:5 – 7:24. Here we see the account of the flood. As a reminder, this is based on The Essential 100 reading plan from YouVersion. Noah was alone. He alone was faithful to God and served Him. Because of the sin of the rest of the world, God made the decision to judge the earth. Noah would be saved, and his family. God is just and must punish sin. God is also faithful to save those who seek Him from that judgment. Do we feel alone? We may be, like Noah. But, God is with…

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    Christian Devotional – January 2, 2021

    Essential 100, Day 2 As we take a look at day 2 from the Essential 100 reading plan on YouVersion, we see the focus is on our guilt. We must understand, as we read Genesis chapter 3, that we are not perfect. Adam and Eve had been created by God and placed in a garden with every need met and still, they were deceived and broke the one law that God had given them. Sin is often something that people don’t like to talk about nowadays. We don’t want to admit that we have done anything wrong or that we make mistakes. But, we all do. We are all sinful…

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    Christian Devotional – January 1, 2021

    Essential 100, Day 1 (From YouVersion) Starting this new year, I am going to do something different for a bit. Change can be a good thing as it can help us refocus and remind us of what is truly important. For this first 100 days of 2021, I am going to go through and write about a reading plan from YouVersion called Essential 100. This plan goes through 100 of the essential truths about God that believers should know, 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. I will still be writing about what stands out to me from the verses and I invite you to join…

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    Christian Devotional – January 1, 2021

    Before the Silence, #10 Do we revere his name? Do we treat with respect and honor as with holiness? Read Malachi 4:1-6. “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles…

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    Christian Devotional – December 31, 2020

    Before the Silence, #9 God remembers. When we think about all the times that we choose to be obedient rather than disobedient, God remembers. Read Malachi 3:13-18. “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord . “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’ ” Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord…