Devotionals

  • Sermon Video: The Existence of God

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on May 22, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “The Existence of God” from Psalm 14 in the series "Biblical Answers to Life's Big Questions." This psalm presents a song that an atheist might sing. It is divided in 3 parts, telling what they say, what we do, and what God does. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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    May 24: Worthy to Be Praised

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22, Psalm 117, Mark 15:42-47, Galatians 5:13-26 2 Samuel 22: This chapter is one long song, written by David, to praise God for his deliverance. David realizes now that he is finally established: all his enemies are defeated, and he has been rescued from Saul and the nefarious effects of Saul’s reign. David’s response—as a man after God’s own heart—is praise. David recognizes whence came the source of all his victories: from God. The image of “rock” is used, and repeated, and reflects a fortress image of God as our safety and security. The song refers back to Hannah’s prophetic prayer at the beginning of 1 Samuel—“the horn” is exalted (1 Samuel 2:1, 10; 2 Samuel 22:3). This symbol of strength is connected to the “anointed” (2 Samuel 22:51; 1 Samuel 2:10), meaning first David, but then by prophetic extension over the horizon to the…

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    May 23: The Fight

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 20-21, Psalm 116, Mark 15:33-41, Galatians 5:1-12 2 Samuel 20-21: All seems as if it is now in good order, but it is not. The fight continues. O Christian, while alive there is still the fight of faith! Do not give up, but each day put on the armor of God! Sheba, “a worthless man” (20:1), tries to make hay while the sun shines; that is, he tries to take advantage of the weak and divided situation between Judah and Israel, and calls Israel to himself to attempt to be a self-appointed king (20:1-2). After some bloodshed, and toing and froing, a wise woman of a besieged city in which Sheba had hidden presents the head of Sheba to Joab (20:16-22). The civil war is at an end. Do not conspire against the LORD’s anointed; however weak he may appear temporarily, he is the LORD’s,…

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    May 22: Mixed Blessing

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 18-19, Psalm 115, Mark 15:16-32, Galatians 3:15-21 2 Samuel 18-19: David is a warrior, and he knows how to organize a battle. Having set his army in order, he intends to go out with them but is prevailed against to stay away from the battle (18:1-4). If he were killed, the civil war would be over, so it is better for them all for him to stay home. Instead, he commands the leaders, in the hearing of all, to deal kindly with his son Absalom (18:5). The war starts, and David’s men defeat Israel heavily (18:6-8). Absalom is on a mule, and it happens that in his haste the mule rides under a tree and leaves Absalom stranded from his neck between the branches of an oak (18:9). Someone sees it, reports it to Joab, who then makes sure that Absalom dies (18:10-15). Messengers return…

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    May 21: Treachery

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 16-17, Psalm 114, Mark 15:1-15, Galatians 4:1-20 2 Samuel 16-17: When you are betrayed, others sometimes rush to add to the betrayal. So it was with Mephibosheth who, despite the kindness done to him by David (2 Sam. 9), takes David’s betrayal as his opportunity to regain the kingdom that his father had lost (16:1-3). David recognizes the betrayal, and instead gives the property of Mephibosheth to Ziba (16:4), the servant who had informed him of Mephibosheth’s treachery. At this point it must seem as if David has little power to give anyone anything, yet the statement distances himself from one who has acted treasonably. The house of Saul continues to bite back at David when Shimei—from the same family and lineage as Saul—takes this as his opportunity to curse David (16:5). He throws stones at David and shouts abuse at him as he goes…

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    May 20: Absalom

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14-15, Psalm 113, Mark 14:66-72, Galatians 3:15-29 2 Samuel 14-15: The story continues to unfold as Absalom, the man angry at how his sister was treated (2 Samuel 13), is apparently restored, but uses his restoration to now plot against his father, David the king. First of all, Joab prepares a canny way of appealing to David to have Absalom restored to Jerusalem (14:1-3) by having a woman of Tekoa tell David a parable (14:4-7). In a similar (but less inspired) way to that of Nathan (2 Samuel 12:1-15), the story is designed to be “under the radar” of the royal “no” (14:8-11). The king discerns that behind the story is Joab (14:18-20), and nonetheless decides to accede to Joab’s request (14:21-22). It was probably what David wanted anyway. Reflections and echoes of David’s sin—this time with another parable leading to David changing his mind—are…

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    May 19: One Foul Deed Leads to Another

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 13, Psalm 112, Mark 14:53-65, Galatians 3:1-14 2 Samuel 13: One foul deed leads to another. One of David’s sons, Amnon, falls in love with the sister of another of David’s sons, Absalom (13:1-2). The sister, Tamar, is beautiful, and through the crooked advice of a friend, Amnon schemes a way to get her into bed with him (13:3-6). Having raped her (13:7-14), he then rejects her (13:15). The sin that seemed so sweet ends up bitter. He has her thrown out (13:16-18), and she goes back to her brother distraught, devastated, and lives with him in his house (13:19-20). David is angry (13:21)—but does nothing to discipline or even correct Amnon. How can he when he himself has violated another woman, and had her husband murdered? Absalom, the brother of Tamar, is not only angry, he hates (13:22). And with the cold hate that…

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    May 18: Sin

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 111, Mark 14:43-52, Galatians 2 2 Samuel 11-12: These two chapters are some of the most famous in the Bible, and for good reason. They are masterfully told, and they describe a calamitous situation. The story is set by the little detail that it is spring when kings go to war, but David stays at home (11:1). Spring is also the time when young men look to sow wild oats. And David, rather than fighting, is wandering. First mistake. Keep your eyes on seeking God’s kingdom above all, on Christ and his spiritual war, and other temptations will not seem so pressing. Then “it happened” (11:2). David “saw” (11:2), he “sent” (11:3), and he “took” (11:4).  At each step there was an opportunity to say “no,” but with each “yes” the rolling disaster took shape. Why was Bathsheba bathing in view of the…

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    Sermon Video: The Reliability of the Bible

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on May 15, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “The Reliability of the Bible” from 2 Timothy 3:10-17 in the series "Biblical Answers to Life's Big Questions." This passage gives us a true diagnosis of a less than excellent spiritual situation, while at the same time providing a reliable, spiritual remedy. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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    May 17: Victories Continue

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 8-10, Psalm 110, Mark 14:32-42, Galatians 1 2 Samuel 8-10: David’s victories continue (8:1-14). He defeats and subdues the Philistines (8:1). He defeats Moab, and does so with such vigor that they are subdued and bring him tribute (8:2). On and on the victories go, until he “made a name for himself” (8:13). He puts garrisons in strategic areas to maintain the power that he has asserted over the other nations around Israel (8:6, 14). He reigns securely over all Israel, and establishes his leadership structure underneath him (8:15-18). In this secure position he now asks whether there is anyone left in the household of Jonathan for whom he can act kindly (9:1-3). He discovers there is Mephibosheth, who is lame in both feet, and for Jonathan’s sake he gives him a permanent income, a place at the king’s table, land and servants (9:3-13). To…

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