Devotionals

  • Sermon Video: Money, Profit and Generosity

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on January 24, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “Money, Profit and Generosity" in the sermon series “Biblical Answers to Life’s Big Questions.” Taken from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, this message explains two reasons why we are to give generously: because it is good for us and because it honors God. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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    January 26-January 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." January 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 January 26-31, but will pick back up on February 1, 2016, with Exodus. We welcome your comments also during these days with insights you've found during the first 25 days.

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    January 25: Promises Kept!

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 50; Psalm 23; Matthew 10:1-20; Acts 15:1-21 Genesis 50: Genesis closes with death (50:1-3), a land that is still a land of promise (50:24), forgiveness (50:15-21), and a confidence in God’s sovereignty over all human affairs (50:20). Joseph fulfills the promise that his father had made him agree to before he died (Gen. 47:29-31; 49:29-32)—to bury him back in the land of Canaan (50:12). Joseph secures the favor of Pharaoh to leave to accomplish this filial duty (50:4-6), and goes with great fanfare and impressive entourage to bury Jacob as he had requested (50:7-11), in the burying place that Abraham had bought (50:12-14). The patriarchs, even in their death, were memorializing their faith in the promise of God that Canaan was to be for them and their children’s children. Jacob having died, his sons now fear that Joseph might finally enact revenge against their betrayal…

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    January 24: True Blessing

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 49; Psalm 22:12-31; Matthew 9:27-38; Acts 14 Genesis 49: Jacob’s final blessing on his children is a little mixed! If you were asked to “give a blessing” at a meal or to do the benediction as the last part of a worship service, you would be unlikely to use many of the words or ideas found here! Jacob is unstinting in his criticism and assessment of some of the actions and personality traits of his sons. Yet again, we find that these “heroes” of the Bible are people in need of redemption. And so in the context of that part of the overarching narrative of Genesis—which this blessing recapitulates—that we are all in need of a savior figure, Jacob also points towards the place of that salvation/redemption. He suddenly emits a word of praise in almost desperate longing: “I wait for your salvation, O…

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    January 23: Blessing

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 48; Psalm 22:1-11; Matthew 9:14-26; Acts 13:26-52 Genesis 48: It is the end of Jacob’s life, and so Joseph goes with his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to pay his last respects to his father (48:1-2). The whole scene mirrors the similar but different scenario with Jacob’s own father, Isaac, in Genesis 27. Jacob now is also poorly sighted (48:10), though he seems to suggest that when the children are brought close to him he can (just?) see them (48:14). And in a touch of irony, Jacob passes down the line the strange favoritism that he himself received as the younger, insisting that the younger of the two boys is blessed by his right hand (48:12-19), indicating that he is above the brother who was born before him (48:19). The older shall serve the younger. Jacob blesses both (48:9, 16, 20), predicts that Joseph…

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    January 22: Home

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 46-47; Psalm 21; Matthew 9:1-13; Acts 13:1-25 Genesis 46-47: The name “Israel,” the name of promise, is now used more prominently for Jacob, as Jacob comes nearer to the fulfillment of what it is that God had long promised him. Indeed, once again God appears to him and promises to him that in Egypt his people will become a great and numerous people (46:3). God also promises that Joseph will “close your eyes,” that Joseph will be with Jacob until the end (46:4). Jacob’s earlier life had been given to scheming, but now he is trusting God to fulfill what he had promised and walking by faith in that promise into this land that was not his own (46:5-27). He is hoping that in this context the “sons” of Israel (46:8-27) would be made numerous and—as he will request of Joseph at the end—one day…

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    Ten Graces of Giving

    By Josh Moody

    This weekend Dr. Josh Moody will be preaching on “Money, Profit and Generosity” from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 in the series “Biblical Answers to Life’s Big Questions.” In preparation for this message, God Centered Life Ministries today is posting “Ten Graces of Giving,” an article written by Pastor Moody for his church that might encourage all of us as we consider biblical giving. Sometimes people think of giving as onerous, burdensome, or unpleasant. Even those who are tasked with the responsibility of asking others for gifts can find it so! But actually, if we learn to think more biblically, giving is a grace. Giving is itself a gift in response to the Gift. Let me explain “10 Graces of Giving” from 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. 1. The Grace of Giving in Poverty (2 Corinthians 8:1-2) Paul wants the Corinthians to know about “the grace of God that has been given…

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    January 21: Do Not Quarrel on the Way

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 44-45; Psalm 20; Matthew 8:23-34; Acts 12 Genesis 44-45: “Do not quarrel on the way” (45:24)! How well Joseph knew his brothers by now! Was this last little statement near the end of these famous and beautiful chapters a final jest between them—remember don’t get into a fight, guys! Or was it a fraternal warning from one who had proved himself faithful, and more to the point one to whom God had proved himself faithful? Either way, it stands out like a pertinent instruction for all families and those who work together and worship together as followers of God. “Do not quarrel on the way.” Of course, the story as it unfolds in chapters 44 and 45 has far more to it than this simple instruction. The testing of Joseph’s brothers by Joseph continues until the moment when they have passed the test (we…

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    Sermon Video: Racism and the Gospel

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on January 17, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “Racism and the Gospel” in the sermon series “Biblical Answers to Life’s Big Questions.” Taken from the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40, this message provides us with three things that are necessary for the gospel to triumph over racism.

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