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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.

II Corinthians 8-9

by: Debbie Galyen

08/08/2022

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“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (9:8). Because God is the original Giver, generosity is the way of God’s people: Jesus became ‘poor’ so that we might gain (8:9). The Macedonian churches followed this pattern, giving out of their poverty (8:2), trusting that their needs would be met (8:14), so that they could continue their ‘good works’ (9:8-11).

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Psalm 94

by: Debbie Galyen

08/07/2022

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“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, Lord, supported me” (18). Times of frustration, disappointment, or trouble can make us feel that we are ‘slipping,’ and we look around for support (16). Although we know our good God is powerful, it can seem that evil is triumphant (3-7). But the psalmist reminds us that the great Judge sees everything, is working for justice, and will never forsake us (14). He has been our help (17), and he will continue to come to

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Psalms 92-93

by: Guest Writer Rev. Lowell Harrup

08/06/2022

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These two Psalms have similar themes. Both are Psalms of exaltation of God leading to exultation and celebration. Psalm 92 (NIV) begins with “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name …. proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” What a wonderful “wake-up,” reminding ourselves of God’s love and faithfulness. Psalm 93 opens with “The Lord reigns…. Robed in majesty and armed with strength.”

These Psalms are antidotes to the fear that

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Job 28–34

by: Guest Writer Rev. Lowell Harrup

08/05/2022

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Job begins these chapters referencing man’s unending quest for gold that one must dig to find. God has also given wisdom, but man can only discover it through the fear of the Lord (28:28)

In chapters 29-31, Job, in essence, says, “I can think of nothing I have done to cause what I am experiencing.” In fact, he was right. Elihu, a young man who has listened until now, finally speaks. He is angry at Job because he justified himself (33:8,9), and at the others, because they ha

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Job 20–27

by: Guest Writer Rev. Lowell Harrup

08/04/2022

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By chapter 20 of Job, the initial genuine compassion of his friends (see Job 1:11-13) has evolved into an effort by them to explain his predicament in the context of their limited view of God. They have no idea (nor does Job) of the cosmic context of his experience (1:8-12). Zophar (ch.20) sees suffering as something that “catches up” to the wicked, therefore, Job must be wicked. Eliphaz sees Job’s problem as a result of his not “yielding” to God (22:21). And Bildad (ch.25

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II Corinthians 6,7

by: Guest Writer Rev. Lowell Harrup

08/03/2022

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One’s real purpose in life will ultimately guide one’s behavior. Paul’s purpose was defined by two disciplines, that the ministry would not be discredited, and that he would be a faithful servant of God. He allowed no experience to make him violate these. But he also subjected his own expressions – knowledge, patience, preaching, miracles through the power of God, spiritual battle – to the same disciplines (6:3-10).

This high standard did not mean he was super-human and abo

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II Corinthians 5

by: Guest Writer Rev. Lowell Harrup

08/02/2022

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Paul, speaking to the whole body (group) of believers, addresses the life and death core of the gospel summed up in one word, “reconciliation.” There is much that is relatively peripheral in preaching and teaching. Some considerations are in the “good to great” range of interest, but not reconciliation. “God was in Christ (5:19) reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation!! (italics min

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II Corinthians 3,4

by: Guest Writer Rev. Lowell Harrup

08/01/2022

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In Paul’s day, and still today, there were those who saw “ministry” as a quick gig, an easy way to make money (2:17). Paul’s ministry credentials were the lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The fact that many violently rejected his ministry was not incongruous to his credibility, but affirming of it. Jesus had also been rejected.

Paul wrote, “We have this treasure in vessels of clay, that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God... we are afflicted i

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Psalm 91

by: Guest Writer Rev. Lowell Harrup

07/31/2022

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Psalm 91, which some think was written by Moses, ranks very close to the inimitable Psalm 23 both in its popularity and its power. It is not a promise that we will never get sick or have spiritual struggle, but that in the middle of those experiences, we can still be close to God; we “dwell in His shelter and shadow,” (v1). 

The writer ends the psalm (vs 14-16) listing seven blessings to those who love God. God will deliver; God will make one secure. God will answer when on

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Psalm 90

by: Debbie Galyen

07/30/2022

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“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born, or you brought forth the whole world … you are God” (v2). This ‘prayer of Moses’ reminds us that God is even more real and stable than the world around us. He is our true home (dwelling place), and we are secure in him forever. Humans are fragile, like dust (3), and our lives are short (10), but God gives us wisdom to make our years and our work meaningful (12,17).

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Job 13-19

by: Debbie Galyen

07/29/2022

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“Your maxims are proverbs of ashes” (13:12). Job’s friends, seeing his disasters, could only spout ‘common sense’: Job must have sinned. Job called them “miserable comforters” (16:2-3) and insisted on his innocence. He was angry, yet he stubbornly clung to the belief that one day, he would stand before God and get answers. “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face” 13:15. 

“I know that my redeemer lives,” Job declared, and in the e

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Job 5-12

by: Debbie Galyen

07/28/2022

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“What strength do I have, that I should still hope?” (6:11). Job’s afflictions wore him down so that he had no energy left for hope. Knowing God was somehow involved in his troubles (in a mysterious way), Job wondered why human life mattered so much. “What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention … and test them every moment?” (7:17-18). Job felt helpless in the face of God’s infinite power. “Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’”

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II Corinthians 1-2

by: Debbie Galyen

07/27/2022

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“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us … and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit …” (1:21-22). Paul explained that God works in us and through us by the Spirit for one another’s benefit. When we are in distress, he comforts us “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (1:4). As the Body, we share both sufferings and comfort (7).

“On him we have set our hope that he will continue

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I Corinthians 15-16

by: Debbie Galyen

07/26/2022

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“And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man” (15:49). After teaching the Corinthians about spiritual gifts (ch 14), Paul responded to their questions about the resurrection. First, if we have no hope beyond death, then our faith is useless (15:12-19). But because Jesus went ahead of us into resurrection life, we can be assured we will follow by faith in him (15:20-23; 47-49). Our earthly bodies are like “seed” whi

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I Corinthians 14

by: Debbie Galyen

07/25/2022

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“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy” (1). For Paul, “prophecy” covered a wide range of meanings, but the main point was clearly declaring God’s truth through the Spirit’s leading. The Corinthians were apparently so fascinated by the gift of tongues that they had forgotten the importance of encouraging one another in plain speech (1-5). Paul affirmed their desire for all spiritual gifts, including tongues, but he urged them “t

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