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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.

Acts 8-9

by: Debbie Galyen

05/16/2022

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Because of persecution, the early church begins to move out of its “home zone” of Jerusalem and Judea. Simon a sorcerer and an Ethiopian eunuch hear the gospel. Both are hungry, spiritual people but they lack a full understanding of the gospel. Simon still believes that spiritual power is something that can be bought. The Ethiopian is baffled by the biblical text. It takes Peter and Phillip to make clear what it means to believe the good news.

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Psalm 58-59

by: Debbie Galyen

05/15/2022

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In our broken world, we often feel torn apart by the chaos of sin. Like a snake charmer who has lost control of his cobra (58:5) ... things have gone dangerously off the rails. Because of sin in the world and in our hearts, life itself seems against us (59:1-3). We need God to make things right... “surely there is a God who judges the earth” (58:11).

When we are overwhelmed by a sin-filled world, there is only one place we can find peace. It is when we acknowledge and sing

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Psalm 56-57

by: Debbie Galyen

05/14/2022

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“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (56:3-4). Through worship, the psalmist reminded himself that God’s power was greater than the forces of evil he faced. His enemies twisted his words and hoped for his ruin (56:56), and he felt like he lived “in the midst of lions” (57:4). However, he knew that God was for him, not against him (56:9). 

“For you have delivered me from death

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II Samuel 19-24

by: Debbie Galyen

05/13/2022

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“You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light” (22:29). David’s songs (this one recorded in Psalm 18) express what he learned through his failures and troubles: when we cry out for help, the Lord turns our darkness into light. When David was drowning in sin and despair, he said: the Lord “reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters; he rescued me” (22:17). David was not ashamed to admit his fear and his need for God. 

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II Samuel 13-18

by: Debbie Galyen

05/12/2022

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“And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman” (13:20). The story of David and his family demonstrates the cost of unaddressed sin and unresolved grief. David never punished Amnon for raping Tamar, so her brother Absalom took revenge two years later. Absalom was banished but not confronted for his crime; he returned later, full of pride and anger, to wage war against David. The cycle of neglect and violence ended with David mourning the death of his bel

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II Samuel 9-12

by: Debbie Galyen

05/11/2022

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“Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? (12:9). King David began his reign well by honoring Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s disabled son, and Saul’s steward Ziba (ch 9). However, his selfish entitlement as king led him to dishonor Bathsheba and murder her husband Uriah. Ironically, David was so sure of Uriah’s trustworthiness that he sent the assassination order by Uriah’s own hand (11:14). The prophet Nathan confronted him: “Now the sword wil

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Acts 5-7

by: Debbie Galyen

05/10/2022

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“But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke” (6:10). Stephen’s fiercest opposition came not from outsiders or pagans but from insiders, members of a synagogue (6:9). They accused him of blasphemy and brought him before the Sanhedrin, the religious court. In response to their accusations, Stephen reminded them of their collective history - not their victories, but their failures. “You are just like your ancestors! You always resist the Ho

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Acts 3-4

by: Debbie Galyen

05/09/2022

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“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (4:12). Peter and John’s boldness came from “having been with Jesus” (4:13) and being filled with the Spirit (4:31). They were eyewitnesses of what religious leaders and government could do, as well as the limits of that kind of power. “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from dead” (3:15). Persecuted for preaching, the believers simply gat

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Psalm 55

by: Debbie Galyen

05/08/2022

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“I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm” (7-8). Like many of us, the psalmist felt so overwhelmed and bombarded with troubles that his desire was to flee. He faced threats, violence, and (the worst) even attacks from those who had been close friends (13). Rather than running away, he poured out his heart to God and declared, “As for me, I trust in you” (22).

“Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will

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Psalm 54

by: Debbie Galyen

05/07/2022

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“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.”  This short psalm comes from a time of serious danger, when David was in hiding and many were against him (1). David believed that he had the “right” to call on God because of their relationship; he trusted that God was his helper, and that God was faithful and true (5,7). As part of God’s people, his enemies were the enemies of God (3). 

We all experience struggle and danger, though the lines of battle in our

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II Samuel 1-8

by: Debbie Galyen

05/06/2022

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"Must the sword devour forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter?”  (2:26). As the nation split into two camps (one ruled by Ish-bosheth and the other by David), the community’s best young men began killing each other. The famous warriors Abner and Joab were no longer on the same side, and a casual competition between them turned into a bloodbath; Abner reluctantly killed Joab’s “swift of foot” brother, Asahel. Grieving, Abner called a truce.

Anger and violence,

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I Samuel 25-31

by: Debbie Galyen

05/05/2022

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“You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us. He has preserved us …” (30:23). When David and his men went to fight the Amalekites who had kidnapped their families, some of the Israelite soldiers stayed behind due to exhaustion (v10). Upon their victorious return, some of David’s “worthless” men didn’t want to share the spoils with those left behind. David recognized that God had given them victory, and so the treasure came from Him. How could they be

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Acts 1-2

by: Debbie Galyen

05/04/2022

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“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (2:42). Those who believed Peter’s message immediately took action; they were baptized and joined the growing community of believers. Their sins were forgiven because they believed in Jesus Christ, and their new faith led them to radical changes in the rhythm of their daily lives (v46) and even in their finances (2:45).

What had happened in the hearts of the

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John 20

by: Debbie Galyen

05/03/2022

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“As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you” (20:21). Jesus spoke these words to His disciples after His resurrection, even though they were frightened and hiding behind locked doors. The disciples included women like Mary Magdalene and many others, as well as the special “Twelve” (v24). Remarkably, Jesus gave authority and power (v23) to this entire group of believers as He breathed on them, and later the Spirit was poured out spectacularly (Acts 2). 

“Receive the

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John 18-21

by: Debbie Galyen

05/02/2022

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“Follow Me” (21:19). These are the words Jesus used to invite Peter, James, John and others to become His disciples at the beginning of His ministry. Now He had accomplished His mission on earth and was going back to the Father, and He invited them again: “Follow Me.”  No longer would Jesus be physically visible, but instead all would be able to know Him through the Word, through His Spirit, and by fellowship with other believers. 

We follow the same Jesus who came in the f

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