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Nomads and Pilgrims

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 21 Christians don’t belong in this world; they live for another time and another place. They are pilgrims. The group of English Puritans who fled religious persecution and sailed in the Mayflower to found the colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 were called pilgrims. Their desire […]

From Outside Of The System

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 18 The Book of Hebrews addressed a largely Jewish-background audience. The writer seeks to demonstrate the superiority of Christ over the Levitical system established by Moses. The system, though weak in operation, presented God’s holiness, man’s sinfulness, and the way of redemption—the shedding of the blood […]

Earthly Representation, Heavenly Representation

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 17 The writer of Hebrews demonstrates man’s need of human representation on earth and in heaven. Christ perfectly represented man on earth and in heaven. Earthly Representation – Hebrews 2:14-15, 17-18 “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared […]

Filtering or Repentance

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 16 New ideas and new activities demand the invention of a new vocabulary. The word “selfie” describes the 21st century cultural phenomenon of taking a digital self-portrait and editing it immediately with different filters, to publish it online and market oneself instantly through social media. The […]

Church Conduct

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 14 Paul’s letter to Timothy, the pastor of the church at Ephesus, provides a number of guidelines that, when not followed, result in personal defeat and communal disgrace upon the church. Among these issues, Paul addresses church conduct: Church Conduct “These things I write to you, […]

Faith That Works

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 12 Actions are belief-driven. They do not produce beliefs; they reveal beliefs. Perseverance, on the other hand, reveals and matures faith. “Bailing out” reveals immature faith or downright unbelief. James the Apostle connects faith with perseverance: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various […]

A New Epicenter

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 11 Three epicenters exist from which all people operate or navigate life: Moralists operate from an epicenter of legalistic righteousness. The Apostle Paul formerly pursued righteousness by keeping the law. He describes his own law-keeping as faultless: “If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in […]

Characteristics of Pride

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 10 Like slices of bread, two commands sandwich Paul’s description of Christ’s humility: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Phil. 2:3). “Do all things without complaining or disputing, that you […]