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Join us as we read through the whole Bible in one year. Each week, we read chapters of the Old and New Testaments and The Psalms, and the daily devotional highlights a scripture to guide and enrich your Bible reading.  Written by Missionary Partner Debbie Galyen.

Amos 7-9, Obadiah

by: Debbie Galyen

12/09/2022

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“And Israel surely will go into exile” (7:17). Amos continued his sermon about God’s people being no different than the culture around them. Even the king and the priest stand condemned (7:10-17). God’s people have lost their way, more concerned for personal gain that doing what is right and good (8:4-6). Tragically, Israel experienced great harm and loss due to their actions.

However, Amos declared: “New wine will flow, and I will bring my people Israel back from exile” (9

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Amos 1-6

by: Debbie Galyen

12/08/2022

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Amos condemns the “three sins... even four” of the cultures around Israel, pointing out their rebellion against God (1:1-2:5). However, just like today, it was easy for God’s people to condemn others for sins they themselves embraced. Amos reserves the greatest condemnation for Israel itself, since they were called to holiness and righteousness. “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your sins” (3:2). 

“Seek me and liv

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Joel 1-3

by: Debbie Galyen

12/07/2022

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God’s judgment against sin in the day of the Lord is like a terrible locust invasion that can turn a “garden of Eden” into a “desert waste”; “nothing escapes” his judgement (2:3). Joel’s prophecies demonstrate that God takes sin seriously. The only right response is to wholeheartedly repent of our sin and to “rend our hearts” (2:13).

But the good news of the gospel is that he is also “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (2:13). When we “return t

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Revelation 3-5

by: Debbie Galyen

12/06/2022

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“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne …” (5:6). The only one worthy to open the sacred scroll was the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Messiah. He appeared as a Lamb which “had been slain” and yet was “standing”. The spectacular living creatures, the elders, and thousands of angels sang praise to the Lamb, who showed the churches how to be victorious over evil: by courageous, self-giving love (3:12,21).

“I know your deeds

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Revelation 1-2

by: Debbie Galyen

12/05/2022

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“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus …” (9). John, using apocalyptic imagery familiar to his readers, wrote of the visions Jesus had given him to strengthen and encourage the churches. John knew that being faithful to Jesus meant both glory and hardship: “suffering and kingdom and patient endurance”. Yet because Jesus revealed himself as “the First and the Last … the Living One” (1:17-18), John and t

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Psalm 141

by: Debbie Galyen

12/04/2022

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“Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds” (4). The psalmist realized that the most dangerous trap (9) of a difficult situation was the temptation to be drawn into ungodly attitudes, words, and actions. When faced with conflict, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord” (3). Rather than getting entangled in slander or gossip or, worse, the desire to strike back, the psalmist asked God to help him endure the crisis and “pass by in safety” (10

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Psalm 140

by: Debbie Galyen

12/03/2022

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“Rescue me, Lord …” (v1). The psalmist taught Israel to cry out for help to God, unashamedly, saying, “Rescue me, protect me, keep me safe, hear my cry for mercy” (1,4,6). Faced with our weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and circumstances outside our control, the psalmist tells us to call upon our “strong deliverer” (7). He “shields” us in the day of battle (7) and protects us from traps and dangers we cannot see (5). As God’s people, we can trust that he walks with us through

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Hosea 7-14

by: Debbie Galyen

12/02/2022

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“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD (10:12). Hosea’s prophecy was a warning and call to repentance. God reminded his people that they had enjoyed an intimate fellowship with him, full of unearned blessing. “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love” (11:3-4). But now, “My people are determined to turn from me” (11:7), to the extent of offering human sacrific

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Hosea 1-6

by: Debbie Galyen

12/01/2022

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Hosea 1-6

“I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one’” (2:23). Hosea was called to marry an adulterous woman as a demonstration of God’s enduring, redeeming love. Israel had become unfaithful to the God who had rescued them out of Egypt and given them everything. Many turned to idolatry, and religious leaders led the way in wickedness: “bands of priests” murdered people on the road (6:9). Hosea declared that Israel had “exchanged their glorious God for somet

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Jude

by: Debbie Galyen

11/30/2022

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“Contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people” (3). Jude warned believers against charismatic false teachers who infiltrated Christian communities, preaching a twisted gospel. Their characteristics are obvious: they “reject authority” (8), they are “shepherds who only feed themselves” (12), and they are “grumblers and faultfinders” (16). Instead of strengthening unity, “these are the people that divide you” (19). Like the Israelites in the des

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III John 1

by: Debbie Galyen

11/29/2022

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“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (4). Continuing his emphasis on “walking” or living out the truth, John applauded Gaius for showing generous hospitality to believers who were traveling “for the sake of the Name” (7). While false leaders like Diotrephes objected to this generosity and even taught against it (9), John believed this support was crucial. He urged believers to “show hospitality to such people so that we may work to

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II John 1

by: Debbie Galyen

11/28/2022

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 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love” (6). John saw that those who denied Jesus had “come in the flesh” (7) were the same ones who refused to “walk in love”. These “deceivers” worshipped a disembodied, untouchable, celestial Christ, rather than Jesus the Son who made himself one of us. This made it easier for them to despise and dehumanize other human beings; John calls thi

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Psalm 139

by: Debbie Galyen

11/27/2022

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“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me … you are familiar with all my ways” (1-3). In a world where individuals seek connection and intimacy but often experience isolation, rejection, and loneliness, the psalmist declares that God knows us completely. He created us in our mother’s womb (13), he pays attention to our daily lives (3), and he sees us when we feel engulfed in shadows (11). His infinite concern for us satisfies our desire to be seen and known. 

“Search me

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Psalm 138

by: Debbie Galyen

11/26/2022

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“Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly” (6). The glory of the Lord surpasses all the “gods” of this world, and his fame deserves the worship of kings (1,4). Yet this awesome Creator bends down to us and hears us when we call (3). The days and details of our lives matter to him, especially our distress. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life” (7). God’s “unfailing love and faithfulness” (2) uphold the universe and reach into our indi

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Daniel 6-12

by: Debbie Galyen

11/25/2022

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“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed …” (6:10). Daniel served the Babylonian king faithfully, and he was “neither corrupt nor negligent” (6:4). Yet his personal faith was the priority of his life. When ‘worship’ of the king was demanded, Daniel ignored the threats, went home, and prayed to the Lord as always.

Daniel’s vis

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