Devotionals

  • June 24: Reform

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 22-23, Psalm 121, Luke 6:43-49, Philippians 4:8-13 2 Kings 22-23: The boy king Josiah is a model and example in his godliness, turning neither to the right nor the left out of the way of God (22:1-2). It begins with him showing good management, trustworthy dealing with others, and fair recompense to workers regarding the house of the LORD (22:3-7). He has a heart for God and his ways—and it shows from the start. But then Josiah is given a shock. The high priest tells the secretary sent by the king that he has found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD (22:8). Stop and consider: in this temple, it was astonishing news that a Bible was found. Who could have thought that things could have become so rotten that a high priest discovered a Bible and was surprised? The secretary takes…

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    June 23: Pray

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 20-21, Psalm 120, Luke 6:37-42, Philippians 4:1-7 2 Kings 20-21: Hezekiah becomes sick. God’s word comes to him that he will die (20:1). But he pleads to God to have mercy (20:2-3). And before Isaiah has even left the middle court, the word of the Lord returns to him saying that Hezekiah will have another fifteen years and be delivered from the hand of Assyria (20:4-7). While there is life, there is still time to pray. Ask God now to use you powerfully in whatever years remain to you, and restore you that you may serve him. God gives Hezekiah a powerful sign that his word will come true (20:8-11). Our God is a God of miracles. Hezekiah foolishly, though, shows off all his treasures to envoys from Babylon (20:12-15). Pride comes before a fall, and Hezekiah does not realize that while God has granted…

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    June 22: A Righteous Man

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 18-19, Psalm 119:169-176, Luke 6:27-36, Philippians 3:15-21 2 Kings 18-19: At last! A good king! Praise God for leaders who fear God. What a relief! What joy for those over whom such a leader has authority—authority he uses to bless, not revile, and for which he knows he is accountable to the living God. Hezekiah rules with righteousness, as none of the kings of Judah either before or after did (18:5). He even removes the high places, those popular strongholds of pagan worship (18:4). Note what he did: he trusted in the LORD (18:5); he held fast to the LORD (18:6); he kept the commandments of the LORD (18:6). He trusted, he persevered, he obeyed. Trust; persevere; obey. Not a bad trifecta of a watchword for a leader. Note also what happened as a result of this faithfulness: the LORD was with him; wherever he…

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    Sermon Video: Together We Can Make a Difference

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on June 12, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message "Together We Can Make a Difference" from 1 Corinthians 13. In this famous hymn to love, arguably the greatest piece of writing ever penned by mortal man, Paul is showing us why love is the more excellent way. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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    June 21: Be Faithful

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 16-17, Psalm 119:161-168, Luke 6:17-26, Philippians 3:10-14 2 Kings 16-17: Wicked King Ahaz—a whole chapter of his disastrous choices and activities makes somber reading (2 Kings 16). His father did better than he (2 Kings 15:32-36), as did his son (2 Kings 18:1-8), but Ahaz was an evil king. He even burned his own son as an offering (16:3): human sacrifice, a pagan idolatrous tendency, was seen in Judah again. It goes on and on. Then the camera turns to Israel whose own evil deeds are about to be met with what God had long threatened through the faithful words of his prophets: exile. Assyria takes Israel into exile (17:6). Verse 7 to the end of chapter 17 explain why. Israel had not been faithful to God. They had worshipped and served other gods. Their deeds therefore had been wicked. God had warned them time and…

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    June 20: In the Eyes of the Lord

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 14-15, Psalm 119:153-160, Luke 6:1-16, Philippians 3:1-9 2 Kings 14-15: The list of kings carries on, and there is not much to cheer us up in this panoply of decay that covers all the occasional good deeds that are done. Every now and then we read of a king who “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (14:3; 15:3, 34), but that is countermanded by the frequency of kings who “did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord” (14:24; 15:9, 18, 24, 28). And even those who do what is right in God’s eyes leave the “high places” untouched (14:4; 15:4, 35), thus passively encouraging centers of Canaanite pagan worship to continue. You can read through the list of kings yourself and come to your own conclusions about exactly where they are on the scale of doing what is right…

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    June 19: Serve Him Wholly

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 12-13, Psalm 119:145-152, Luke 5:33-39, Philippians 2:19-30 2 Kings 12-13: King Jehoash, son of Ahaziah (11:2), the boy king of Judah who began to reign at just seven years old (11:21), ruled for forty years (12:1). He did was right in the eyes of the Lord, fearing God and keeping his commandments, because the wise godly priest, Jehoiada instructed him (12:2). Those of us who have opportunity of influence over children or leaders have the God-given chance to influence many others through the lives of those we mentor. As part of Jehoash’s lifelong program of reformation, he rebuilds the temple (12:4-16). He begins a policy of gathering in finances, and then discovers that it is not working as he hoped (12:4-8). So he adjusts the approach, and the money comes in and is all put to use of the building, even to appropriately paying the…

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    June 18: Blood

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 10-11, Psalm 119:137-144, Luke 5:27-32, Philippians 2:12-18 2 Kings 10-11: Jehu now slaughters Ahab’s descendants (10:1-17). This does not make for pretty reading—and again, as so often in the Old Testament, we must remind ourselves that Jehu is functioning in the Old Testament theocracy as a vehicle for God’s temporal wrath. In the New Testament the wrath of God is revealed more generally, and finally at judgment day, and the New Testament church does not bear the power of the sword. His zeal, then, for God becomes a model of being valiant for truth, of not taking half-way measures with regarding to sin in our own lives, or the lives of city and church and culture. Jehu threatens those who are protecting Ahab’s seventy sons with war (10:1-3). They do not wish to fight against him and so instead they deliver to Jehu the heads…

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    June 17: The Seriousness of Sin

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 8-9, Psalm 119:129-136, Luke 5:17-26, Philippians 2:1-11 2 Kings 8-9: The chapters begin with beneficent greatness continuing to spread from the ministry of Elisha. The Shunammite, whose son he had restored to life, is warned to leave where she is because there will be a famine for seven years (8:1). When she returns, she goes to the king to appeal for the return of her land (8:3)—perhaps taken by others in her absence—to find that the servant of Elisha is recounting her very story as an example of the great things that Elisha has done (8:4-5). The king restores her property and any lost income and more (8:6). Another side of Elisha’s ministry now comes into focus: a servant of God’s wrath, as well as of his mercy. God’s word speaks peace where there is peace, but no faithful steward of the Scriptures will declare…

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    June 16: The Chariots and Horsemen of Israel

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 6-7, Psalm 119:121-128, Luke 5:12-16, Philippians 21-30 2 Kings 6-7: The stories surrounding Elisha, this great man of God, are truly remarkable, and yet the whole is intended to teach a lesson: God and God’s Word are greater than man or man’s command. Once this lesson is learned, all other spiritual lessons quickly, or at least steadily, follow. If this lesson is not learned, spiritual pygmyism or stunted growth is the normal result. We, God’s people, need to learn again and again that the chariots and horsemen of Israel are greater than the chariots and horsemen of our spiritual, even physical, enemies. The sequence of stories begins with a simple axe head that was borrowed and falls into the water (6:5) as the sons of the prophets (the ministry gathered around Elisha) build a new dwelling for their swelling ministry (6:1-4). Never fear, Elisha miraculously…

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