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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.

Psalm 61-62

by: Debbie Galyen

05/22/2022

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“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (61:2-3). The psalmist knew that all people are created to find their strength in the Lord (62:5-6). From kings (61:6) to citizens, from millionaires to desperate refugees and everyone in between, our true home and belonging is in God’s “tent” – where He dwells (61:4). Everything on earth may fail us, but God’s goodness, mercy, and power will not fail.

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Psalm 60

by: Debbie Galyen

05/20/2022

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The Psalm is set in a two-front battle. While David was finding success in the north he is challenged in the south. Now he is fighting on two borders. He feels “rejected” (v1) by God and “shaken up” (v2) and Israel is living in “desperate times” (v3).

We often live as if everything is under our control, that we are the masters of our own fates. But reality sets in and we face difficulty. It is then that we cry out to the Lord, “save us” (v5). Our own strength is not suffici

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I Kings 12-15

by: Debbie Galyen

05/20/2022

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“He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house. He took away everything. He also took away all the shields of gold that Solomon had made” (14:26).  Just a few years prior to this, those gold shields had been made when Israel was united, peaceful, and prosperous.  Now, due to idolatry, Judah (the tribe still loyal to Solomon’s son) was vulnerable, and Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem.

Shishak of Egypt took advantage of a people

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I Kings 8-11

by: Debbie Galyen

05/19/2022

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Few moments in the OT story are greater than the dedication of the temple. God “filled the temple” (8:11) with his glory. It is the high point in the history of the Kingdom of Israel as God enters his house. But Solomon recognizes that God is far greater for “the heavens... cannot contain you” (8:27).

Solomon’s reign is a mixed bag. What follows the dedication of the temple are compromised morals (9:13,15 11:1-2) ostentatious wealth (7:1, 9:26; see Deut. 17:17), and civil s

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1 Kings 1-7

by: Debbie Galyen

05/18/2022

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The transfer of power from the ailing King David to son Solomon was a brutal process:  family & friend rivalries (ch1), revenge killings to harness power, (ch2) and alliances with pagan nations (3:1). It is far from a “holy” transition. In the middle of all this, Solomon prays an honest prayer when he asks for wisdom to rule God’s people. (3:8-9) 

God answers our prayers prayed in honest, if even, imperfect faith. It reminds us that God is a “good Father” ready to give us “

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Acts 10-12

by: Debbie Galyen

05/17/2022

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The mission to the non-Jewish people begins in fits and spurts. Peter needs a confrontive vision from Jesus to overcome his hesitancy to preach the gospel among Gentiles (ch10). There are unnamed believers who decide to preach the gospel to non-Jews (11:20). The result is that “many believed” (11:21), and a new word is created “Christian.” (11:26) No longer defined solely by its Jewish roots, the church becomes a place for all people marked by Jesus “the Christ.”

It is easy

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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.

We shouldn’t be surprised abou

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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. 

David’

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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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