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Philippians 4

by: Judy Ledene

05/18/2021

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Philippians 4

“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (v11). Through experience, Paul had learned to put his needs in God’s hands and then to simply trust Him, no matter the outcome. He urged the Philippians to do the same, even in the midst of persecution. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which su...


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Philippians 3

by: Judy Ledene

05/17/2021

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Philippians 3

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (v12). Paul was clear that Jesus had already claimed him as “his own”; by the free gift of grace, not because of his own righteousness, Paul belonged to Christ. In response, Paul wanted to pour his heart into experiencing that salvation and becoming more like Christ: “that I may know h...


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Psalm 102

by: Judy Ledene

05/16/2021

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Psalm 102

“Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress!” (v2). The psalmist felt like a “desert owl” or “lonely sparrow,” isolated in his troubles, yet he believed that God would not only help him, but also “Zion” – all God’s people. No matter how dark things looked, he was confident in the Lord’s goodness, “that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD” (v18). God was ...


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Psalm 101

by: Judy Ledene

05/15/2021

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Psalm 101

“I will ponder the way that is blameless” (v2). The psalmist declared that no matter what was happening in society around him, he would intentionally make personal choices that aligned with God’s ways. “I will walk with integrity of heart within my house” (v2). He would not spend time with those who slandered others or were self-righteous (v5-6). The Lord was calling him to pay attention to what he watched, heard, and put in...


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Isaiah 2

by: Judy Ledene

05/14/2021

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Isaiah 2

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths” (v3). Isaiah saw a beautiful future day in which the nations would not go to war anymore, but instead they would delight in God’s ways. Looking forward to this coming day of both judgment and healing (v2), Isaiah called Israel to give up their idols – which had led to their destruction ...


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Isaiah 1

by: Judy Ledene

05/13/2021

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Isaiah 1 

“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?” (v11). Isaiah prophesied in the 8th century BC, when God’s people were being threatened by the Assyrian empire. They were vulnerable because they had rebelled against God and rejected His ways (v2), and Isaiah declared that God didn’t want their worship without repentance (v13). Instead of empty “solemn assemblies” (worship events), “learn to do good; seek ju...


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Song of Solomon 4-8

by: Judy Ledene

05/12/2021

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Song of Solomon 4-8 

“I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine” (6:3). Romantic love has been celebrated through the centuries because the deep and secure commitment between two spouses is as close as humans come to a sense of total belonging. “Set me as a seal upon your heart” (8:6). We value love above all other good things: “If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised” (8:7). S...


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Philippians 2

by: Judy Ledene

05/11/2021

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Philippians 2 

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who … did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself …” (v5-8). Paul told the Philippians that the example of humility and love they should follow was none other than Jesus himself. They should “do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit” (v3) so that, in a selfish world, they would be known as “children o...


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Philippians 1

by: Judy Ledene

05/10/2021

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Philippians 1 

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment …” (v9-10). Paul knew that the secret to the Philippians’ spiritual growth was the quality of their love. As they grew in sincere love for Jesus and for others, they would begin (like Paul, who was being treated unfairly, v17) to understand their circumstances differently (v11-17). Rather than defending their rights and figh...


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Psalm 100

by: Judy Ledene

05/09/2021

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Psalm 100 

“Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his” (v3). The psalmist called God’s people to rejoice because we are not alone in the world. We don’t have to “find ourselves” or create our identities; we were made in God’s image, and we are precious to Him. We can “serve the Lord with gladness” (v2) because He loves us and wants good things for us. Our lives are not pointless; ...


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Proverbs 21

by: Judy Ledene

05/08/2021

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Proverbs 21

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart” (v2). We have an amazing ability to justify our actions and words, but the Lord looks directly at the motives of our hearts. We can find loopholes and convince ourselves that what we want to do is reasonable, but God desires love, mercy, and humility. He doesn’t want us to use religious acts to cover sinful hearts: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abo...


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Song of Solomon 1-3

by: Judy Ledene

05/07/2021

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Song of Solomon 1-3

“I will seek him whom my soul loves” (v2). This ancient wedding-poem celebrates the passion of human love, which is just a small glimpse of divine love. The lovers in the poem delight in one another and seek each other out, finding joy in each other’s company and looking for opportunities to be together (“come away”, 2:10). Even more, God calls us to delight in Him, to take comfort in His presence, and to rest...


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Ecclesiastes 9-12

by: Judy Ledene

05/06/2021

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Ecclesiastes 9-12

“Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong … but time and chance happen to them all” (9:11). The “Preacher” acknowledged reality: everyone dies, and during our lives we can’t control all our circumstances. We must live courageously, dedicating our actions to the Lord even though we don’t know the future. Otherwise, we become fearful and paralyzed. “He...


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Ephesians 6

by: Judy Ledene

05/05/2021

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Ephesians 6

“Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day” (v13). God has given us everything we need to “stand firm” – not against people, but against “spiritual forces of evil” that tempt us to divide and destroy the body of Christ (ch 3) or tempt us toward sexual immorality, corruption, and self-serving relationships (ch 5). As armor, we have God’s Word, the gospel, ...


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Ephesians 5

by: Judy Ledene

05/04/2021

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Ephesians 5 

“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (v17). Paul was not saying that the will of God is difficult to find, but instead that it is clear: “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (v2). Walking in love includes fleeing from sexual immorality and “impurity or covetousness” (v3) and instead embracing what is “good and right and true” (v9). It al...


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