Devotionals

  • October 5, 2017: Jacob’s Ladder

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 10-11, Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, John 1:43-51, James 2:14-26 John 1:43-51: [Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.] Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Read the story of Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28. What is Jesus saying about how that story is now fulfilled in him? If Jesus is the one and only through whom “heaven [is] opened” (1:51), how should we then prioritize our lives? How should we emphasize evangelism? How should we emphasize missions? What comfort does this…

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    October 4, 2017: On Being an Andrew

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 7-9, Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, John 1:35-42, James 2:1-13 John 1:35-42: [Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.] Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What would it mean for you to invite someone to Jesus? (1:42) How much is the “Andrew” ministry of personal invitation emphasized in Christianity today? (1:41) How could we model the significance of “being an Andrew”? Do we make a priority of “personal ministry”?   To receive God Centered Bible devotionals directly in your inbox, sign up…

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    October 3, 2017: Behold the Lamb of God

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 5-6, Ecclesiastes 2:17-26, John 1:29-34, James 1:9-27 John 1:29-34: [Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.] Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What are you “beholding”/staring at/longing for/focusing on? What are your goals, ambitions, and desires? What is your “vision”? John the Baptist urges us to “behold” the Lamb of God. Make a conscious effort this morning to turn your focus and attention to Christ! Why does John the Baptist urge us to behold the Lamb of God?…

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    October 2, 2017

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 3-4, Ecclesiastes 2:1-16, John 1:19-28, James 1:9-20 John 1:19-28: [Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.] Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: • John the Baptist’s ministry is often seen as an exemplary model of preaching. Can you see why that might be the case? What is it about John’s deliberate and determined point to Christ that is an example that all preachers might seek to emulate? • John the Baptist is also often seen as an exemplary…

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    October 1, 2017: Jesus Is the Word

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 1-2, Ecclesiastes 1, John 1:1-18, James 1:1-11 John 1:1-18: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John’s Prologue, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Do we center our lives on Jesus as God incarnate? Do we view all of creation as made by Jesus? Do we rejoice in the privilege of being “children of God”? Do we treasure the Bible as where the eyewitnesses of God’s glory have, by God’s Spirit, written us a witness to that…

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    Interview with Dr. David S. Dockery

    By Josh Moody

    Dr. David S. Dockery is president of Trinity International University and serves on the Ministry Council of God Centered Life Ministries. I had the opportunity to recently talk with Dr. Dockery about leadership and Christian higher education.  Josh Moody: David, you’ve been in significant leadership positions for many years now. Are there particular stresses and challenges unique to those roles? David Dockery: Thank you for this question, Josh. As you know, I have had the privilege of serving as a university president for 22 years at two fine institutions in addition to years as the chief academic officer at another school. It is a great blessing to have such an opportunity, one that I have never taken for granted. At the same time, these positions come with significant responsibility. Leadership roles like these have oversight of the institution's mission, for financial matters, for a host of personnel issues, for relationship with Boards…

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    September 26-30, 2017

    By Josh Moody

    In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” September 26-30 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 September 26-30, but will pick back up on October 1, 2017. 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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    September 25, 2017: Worship, Joy

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 65-66, Proverbs 31, Luke 24:45-53, Hebrews 13:9-25 Luke 24:45-53: The culmination of Luke’s first part of his two-part history of Christian origins (the second part being what we call Acts), centers on the events that will bridge the gap between the ministry of Christ and the ministry of the church in Christ’s power. First of all, verse 45, he opens their minds that they may understand the Scriptures. Note that we cannot hope to grasp what it is that God is saying to us in the Bible unless we use our minds. The truth of God is to grasp with the faculty that we have been given for grasping truth, namely the mind. Note also that Bible teachers are to open people’s minds to the truth as they open the Scriptures to people’s minds. We are not only to love God with our mind—but also with our heart, soul, and…

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    September 24, 2017: Joy and Marveling

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 62-64, Proverbs 30, Luke 24:36-44, Hebrews 13:1-8 Luke 24:28-35: Again, Jesus, though as we shall see, fully physical, yet apparently suddenly appears among them. Naturally enough they are frightened by what must have seemed to be an apparition, perhaps of a ghostly kind, and Jesus immediately assures them: “Peace to you!” The presence of Jesus is the companion of true peace with God and therefore inner peace in our soul. Let us seek him and know him that we might find peace forever. To show that he is not a “ghost” or a “spirit,” he asks them to see his hands and feet and to touch him. He is indeed physical. They are “disbelieving” for “joy and marveling”; their overwhelmed joy at the appearance of Jesus is running ahead of their cognition, and while part of them is now rejoicing, they are still rationalizing the appearance and intellectualizing that…

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    September 23, 2017: Burning Hearts

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 59-61, Proverbs 29:15-27, Luke 24:28-35, Hebrews 12:14-39 Luke 24:28-35: It looks as if Jesus is planning to go on further on his journey, but the two disciples persuade him to stay because it is late. They sit down together for the evening meal, and Jesus—as was his habit—took the bread, blessed it, and gave it to them. It seems as if Jesus typically had acted this way when he was eating with the disciples. He had taken the role of master of ceremonies, had led them in devotional thanksgiving for the food, and had broken bread and passed it to them. At that moment, the recognition of this habit of Jesus’, combined with the teaching that they had already received, meant their eyes were opened—they at last realized who Jesus was. Jesus’ physical resurrection body is therefore recognizably the same as his pre-resurrection body, but given that the last time…

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