Devotionals

  • Sermon Video: How Faith in Jesus Can Give You New Life

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on March 27, 2016, Josh Moody preached an Easter message on “How Faith in Jesus Can Give You New Life” in the sermon series “Four Steps to New Life.” Taken from John 20:24-31, this message’s aim is to get you to doubt your doubts and only put faith in what is really true and can give you life to the full—the Risen Christ. The sermon looks first at Thomas and then at us. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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    April 7: Courage!

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 15-17, Psalm 78:1-39, Mark 2:18-28, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Joshua 15-17: The “allotments” continue—boundary lines specified with great detail indicating which parcels of land have been allotted to whom so that the record is kept for future generations, and so the tribes are motivated to “subdue” the land (18:1) and make it theirs. In the middle of this account there are some fascinating details. Caleb was obviously quite the character! Remember his great age (85 years old, 14:10) yet he successfully drives out the enemies without apparent difficulty or qualm (15:14). What is more, he is not above a little competitive motivation! Offering his daughter as a trophy for the warrior who completed a particular victory (15:16) may seem a little… non-politically correct… but we read on to find that in all likelihood his daughter colluded in this good-humored challenge. She was certainly not above going toe-to-toe with…

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    April 6: Octogenarian Warrior

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 13-14, Psalm 77, Mark 2:13-17, 1 Corinthians 5 Joshua 13-14: Joshua himself is getting old (13:1), so God gives him instructions fitting the need to pass on a legacy. “There remains very much land to possess” (13:1). This reality is reiterated later again in verse 13, and refutes an academic critical position that the Book of Judges cannot fit with the Book of Joshua because Judges assumes there is still land to conquer whereas Joshua thinks there is nothing left to conquer. But the Book of Joshua has no such picture of final conquest. True, there is (for a while) “rest from war,” mercifully (14:15), but not all the land is taken yet. Joshua is to allot the land, dividing  it as Moses had done, so there can be no squabbles regarding who gets what, and he is to do so even for the land that is…

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    April 5: If God Is for Us, Who Can Be Against Us?

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 10-12, Psalm 76, Mark 2:1-12, 1 Corinthians 4 Joshua 10-12: Now the conquest begins to speed up, lessons having been learned and positions taken. Adoni-Zedek, king of Jerusalem, sees which way the wind is blowing and decides to fight against it—he gathers an army to attack Gibeon, recent allies with Israel (10:1-5). The Gibeonites come and ask for Joshua’s help (10:6), and Joshua goes with the strong confidence that he need not fear for God is with them (10:7-8). Hailstones kill many of the enemies (10:11). I have heard reliable stories from a wizened war vet of massive hailstones, so the story does not strike me as impossible. More stretching to modern mindsets is that we are also told the sun stood still (10:12-13). Physicists will tell us that the sun standing still is not only impossible, it would have had serious cosmological impact on the…

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    April 4: God’s Word

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 8-9, Psalm 75, Mark 1:35-45, 1 Corinthians 3 Joshua 8-9: Having then dealt with the “sin in the camp” that chapter 7 described, Joshua is once more commanded to attack Ai, this time given leave to keep some of the plunder, and assured that God would give the city into his hands (8:1-2). Again he is told not to be afraid (8:1)—a characteristic commission of God to Joshua as he led God’s people into war. In fact, God has a particular strategy: an ambush (8:2). The people of the city will run out to battle, Israel will appear to retreat, and the people of Ai will think they are defeating them as before and so chase after them. Little do they know that behind them another part of the Israelite army is destroying their city, setting it on fire, and then coming behind them to spring a…

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    April 3: Secrets of Victory (and Defeat)

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 6-7, Psalm 74, Mark 1:21-34, 1 Corinthians 2 Joshua 6-7: First victory, then defeat. Joshua is commanded by the LORD (presumably the commander of the army of the Lord who appeared to him at the end of chapter 5) how to defeat Jericho. The inhabitants are shut up within the fortifications of Jericho (6:1), and so Israel is to march around the city, one time each day, and then on the seventh day seven times (6:3-4). The priests are then to blow the trumpets, and then the people are to shout (6:4-5). At the end of this, miraculously (God could have used secondary causes such as an earthquake, but either way it is miraculous according to God’s word and his timing), the walls “will fall down flat” (6:5), crumble to the ground. Israel is to go in and take the city. Except, they are not just to…

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    April 2: The Commander of the LORD’s Army

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 3-5, Psalm 73, Mark 1:9-20, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Joshua 3-5: More stunning events in the story of the Book of Joshua. God determines to exalt Joshua in the eyes of Israel (3:7), that they would honor him as they had Moses, and does so by performing—through Joshua’s instructions—an astonishing miracle. The ark of the Lord will stand in the Jordan, and the waters will recede, and God’s people will cross over (rapidly!) on dry land (3:11-17). The ark, of course, represents the presence of God himself and indicates that this is being done by God’s power. Once the people have all crossed over, the ark also moves on dry land to the other side of the Jordan, and as soon as they are safe, the waters return to overflow the banks of the Jordan (4:10-18). The people recognize that God’s hand is with Joshua, and respect him…

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    April 1: Promise

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 1-2, Psalm 72, Mark 1:1-8, 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 Joshua 1-2: With Moses now dead and Joshua the new leader (Deut. 34; Joshua 1:1), the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land (Joshua 1). The great beginning to this magisterial and mighty Book of Joshua begins with instructions, full of promise, from the LORD to Joshua (Joshua 1:1-9). Joshua 1:8-9 are justly famous and stand the test of time as not only rules for Joshua, but principles to guide all who seek to lead lives of devotion and effective service for God. It is well to memorize these promises and store them in your heart, to be ready and able to access them in your hour of need. Do not be frightened. Do not be afraid. Why? Because God is with you. Who else do you need? What greater promise could there be? Similarly with the command to…

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    March 26-31, 2016

    By Josh Moody

    In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” March 26-31 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month. With this in mind, God Centered Bible will not have a devotional for March 26-31, but will pick back up on April 1, 2016, with the Book of Joshua. We welcome your comments also during these days with insights you’ve found during the first 25 days. To receive God Centered Bible devotionals directly in your inbox, sign up here.

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    March 25: Blessing!

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 33-34, Psalm 71, Matthew 28:11-20, Romans 16 Deuteronomy 33-34: This great book, the sermons of Deuteronomy, ends with blessing. Chapter 33 is a series of blessings designated specifically to the tribes of Israel, by the word of Moses, as he blesses them before he leaves them. There are some justly famous words with which it concludes. There is none like God…who rides through the heavens to your help (33:26). The eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms (33:27). It ends with an appropriate note of redemption, and a rebuke and a corrective to any who think that the Torah is fundamentally legalistic: “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord” (33:29). Moses’ message and teaching have been to a people who through him God saved. The same emphasis on salvation continues at the end, in…

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