Devotionals

  • 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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    May 16: A Great King

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 5-7, Psalm 109, Mark 14:12-31, 2 Corinthians 13 2 Samuel 5-7: The height of David’s great achievements is reached and celebrated in these exciting chapters. First, Israel comes to anoint him king at Hebron (5:1-3). David is only thirty years old and he will reign until he is seventy (5:4-5). Then, he takes Jerusalem (5:6-10), a fortified city—it was so strong that they said if only the blind and lame were defending it (5:6), it still could not be taken. But David sends them up the water shaft (5:8), and the city becomes named after him as “the city of David” (5:9). David realizes that all his has come from God: he knows that God has exalted him (5:12). He continues his victory march against the Philistines (5:17-25). The author of Samuel is careful to underline that each time David acts after inquiring of the Lord…

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    May 15: Wise King

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3-4, Psalm 108, Mark 14:1-11, 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 2 Samuel 3-4: It is a long civil war, and bloody. David is growing stronger and stronger, the house of Saul weaker and weaker (3:1). But within that house of Saul, Abner is himself growing stronger in gaining power over the people and the army (3:6)—so much so that Abner is able to take one of Saul’s concubines (3:7), a statement of political control over Saul’s inheritance. Ish-Bosheth, the notional king of Israel and Saul’s son, plaintively raises an objection. But when Abner refuses to listen (3:8-10), there is nothing that Ish-Bosheth can do for he is afraid of Abner (3:11). How much the fear of man plagues the house of Saul. Abner now goes over to David. He sends messengers to him (3:12), and David (wisely) insists that if Abner is to come to his side…

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    May 14: Civil War

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1-2, Psalm 107, Mark 13:32-37, 2 Corinthians 2:1-12 2 Samuel 1-2: The story now, for obvious reasons, focuses on David. Saul is dead, and David is in camp after his victory over the Amalekites (1:1). Three days later he hears of Saul’s defeat and the death of Saul and Jonathan (1:2-4). The story is told to him by an Amalekite, who claims to have seen it himself, and also to have struck down Saul with his own hand (1:5-10). The likelihood is that the Amalekite is lying; we know from earlier in the story that Saul killed himself (1 Samuel 31:4). But this Amalekite thinks that he will ingratiate himself to David by telling him this lie; little does he understand David. For David to have supported the killing of the Lord’s anointed would put his own life in danger. And so wisely, he views this…

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    May 13: Rising and Falling

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 29-31, Psalm 106:24-48, Mark 13:14-31, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 1 Samuel 29-31: It makes sad reading—but at least by contrast God’s king is being exemplified as the right man for the job. Meanwhile, as Saul is leading an army that is about to suffer a heavy defeat, David is dismissed from the army of the enemies of Israel (1 Samuel 29). They don’t trust him, for good reason, as David has not really switched sides. He is sent away, and as he goes, he discovers that Ziklag, and their women and children, have been taken captive by the Amalekites (30:1-3). You get the sense these are dangerous times in which to live in Israel. You must lock your house turn on an alarm system, and not let your children play outside for fear of some abuser passing by. When God’s authority is flouted, then evil powers…

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    May 12: The Witch

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 26-28, Psalm 106:1-23, Mark 13:1-13, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 1 Samuel 26-28: The great denouement is coming—and it will not be a pretty sight. First, David again spares Saul’s life (26:5-12). When he has the chance to kill him, he does not, and Saul once more blesses David and says that David will be successful (26:25). Nonetheless, David begins to despair that he will ever fully escape from Saul (27:1). And so David makes the radical decision to go live with the enemies of Israel and seek their protection (27:1-2). He makes apparent peace with Achish at Gath (27:5-7), though actually David uses his time there to continue to pursue armed aggression against the enemies of Israel (27:8-12). David is hiding in the land of the enemies, to seek protection from the king who is out for his own blood, while at the same time secretly…

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    Sermon Video: The Greatest Chapter in the Greatest Letter in the Greatest Book Ever Written

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on May 8, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “The Greatest Chapter in the Greatest Letter in the Greatest Book Ever Written" from Romans chapter 8. This sermon concluded the series "Confident," giving a final summary look at Romans 8. It reminds us that for those who have trusted in Christ, there is no condemnation and no separation, leading us to ask "so then," "for then," and "what then?" Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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