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Month: September 2020

2020 Day 274 – Esther 6-10 and Psalms 91

2020 Day 274 – Esther 6-10 and Psalms 91

Mordecai became honored and loved because he unselfishly used what he had to help all Jews.  “For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.” (Esther 10:3)  Paul tells us to also live unselfishly and strive to be like the greatest Servant that man has ever known.  “Do nothing from selfish…

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2020 Day 273 – Esther 1-5 and Psalms 90

2020 Day 273 – Esther 1-5 and Psalms 90

Esther was about to risk her life and go before the king to beg for safety of the Jews.  She gave Mordecai orders on what to do first.  “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and…

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2020 Day 272 – Nehemiah 12-13 and Psalms 89

2020 Day 272 – Nehemiah 12-13 and Psalms 89

Nehemiah was working to straighten out some wrongs that the people had been doing.  One of these wrongs was who they were marrying.  “Shall we then listen to you and do all this great evil and act treacherously against our God by marrying foreign women?” (Nehemiah 13:27)  God had given strict commands about who they could marry and why.  “You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your…

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2020 Day 271 – Nehemiah 9-11 and Psalms 88

2020 Day 271 – Nehemiah 9-11 and Psalms 88

God’s people began showing an attitude of gratefulness to Him and listing some of the great things He had done.  “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.” (Nehemiah 9:6)  Their attitude at this time also included humbleness and acknowledgement of the wrong…

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2020 Day 270 – Nehemiah 5-8 and Psalms 87

2020 Day 270 – Nehemiah 5-8 and Psalms 87

Our Heavenly Father is always available to hear our prayers.  No matter how desperate our situation, God is the answer.  “Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.  I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:” (Psalms 88:2-4)  Sometimes it is hard to even find the right words to say to…

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2020 Day 269 – Nehemiah 1-4 and Psalms 86

2020 Day 269 – Nehemiah 1-4 and Psalms 86

As the Jews were rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, some opposition arose against them.  “And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.” (Nehemiah 4:8)  In the next verse we read of the two things the Jews did as soon as they found out about the opposition to their work.  “And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.” (Nehemiah 4:9)  This is a great example to…

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2020 Day 268 – Ezra 7-10 and Psalms 85

2020 Day 268 – Ezra 7-10 and Psalms 85

As we learn God’s Word, we should be like Ezra and have a zeal to share with others.  “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” (Ezra 7:10)  In his letter to the Colossians, Paul talks about the change in us that happens as we put off the old man and become Christians.  Having a desire to teach others like Ezra did is…

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2020 Day 267 – Ezra 4-6 and Psalms 84

2020 Day 267 – Ezra 4-6 and Psalms 84

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word beatitude as “a state of utmost bliss”.  When we hear “beatitudes” we normally think of Jesus’ words in Matthew chapter 5, but there are other beatitudes found in God’s word.  Psalms chapter 84 has a few of these. “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah” (Psalms 84:4)  The primary purpose of worship to our Heavenly Father is to glorify Him, but in doing so we are uplifted by honoring the One…

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2020 Day 266 – Ezra 1-3 and Psalms 83

2020 Day 266 – Ezra 1-3 and Psalms 83

As they were rebuilding the temple, the people got emotional.  “And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, ‘For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.’ And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.”  (Ezra 3:11 ESV) They knew that the goodness of God has no limit and no end.  “For the LORD is good; his mercy is…

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2020 Day 265 – 2 Chronicles 34-36 and Psalms 82

2020 Day 265 – 2 Chronicles 34-36 and Psalms 82

When Josiah was king he followed God’s commands, but later found out that there were parts of God’s word that he was not aware of.  “Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.’ And Shaphan read from it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s…

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