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Devotions Aren't Magic

Jon Bloom

An Apostle with Folded Hands :: Anthony van DyckWe know that—for the most part. But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula—the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer—we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord…

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Cleopas: The Eyes that Are Most Important to Jesus

Jon Bloom

Luke included the Emmaus road account (Luke 24:13-35), no doubt, because it was a powerful testimony of the resurrected Jesus by two credible eyewitnesses (Cleopas likely would have been known to many first generation Christians). But there is also something…

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Pray for the Pearsons

Jon Bloom

Mitch and Mary Pearson are very precious to us. They are long-time members of Bethlehem Baptist, a church they have served in countless ways. And Mitch has served on the DG Board of Directors for the past 10 years.

In…

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Enduring Common-to-Man Temptations

Jon Bloom

The Temptation of Saint Anthony :: Hieronymus Bosch

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may…

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There Must Be Factions

Jon Bloom

[Post updated.]

 I’m thankful for First Corinthians. It reminds me that the early church wasn’t only experiencing Acts 4:32-35.

The church in Corinth was so divided that you might say it was diced. There were divisions over which apostle was…

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God Provides Direction, Resources, and Ability

Jon Bloom

In Exodus chapters 26-30, God gave Moses very detailed instructions about how to make the tabernacle, its furnishings, the priests’ garments, and all the instruments used in worship. And then in chapter 31, God tells Moses (much to Moses’ great…

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The Bleakest Psalm Is Really a Night-light

Jon Bloom

I read Psalm 88 recently in my devotions, and it filled me with thanksgiving. Which might seem odd. Because this psalm just may be the most bleak of the canonical songs

Heman the Ezrahite, the apparent composer, was seriously depressed…

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All the Beautiful Virgins?

Jon Bloom

King Ahasuerus In Esther chapter 2, King Ahasuerus finds himself without a queen

He had sacked Queen Vashti in a rage because she had refused to entertain him and his guests with her beauty, thereby encouraging uppity-ness in all the women…

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Can You Bear Uncertainty?

Jon Bloom

Uncertainty is a difficult thing to bear. We want to know where the provision is going to come from or if we’re going to die of this disease or how this child is going to turn out or if our…

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Joseph: Staying Faithful When Things Just Get Worse

Jon Bloom

Genesis chapters 37-41 only tell the low and high points of Joseph's Egyptian slavery and imprisonment. But he spent at least 12 years there before he suddenly became Prime Minister. And as he sought to trust and obey God during…

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When God’s Direction Comes Through Correction

Jon Bloom

God faithfully directs the paths of everyone who trusts in him with all their heart (Proverbs 3:5-6). But sometimes, as Moses experienced in Exodus 18, God directs us through a word of correction from someone else

The reunion of Moses…

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Moses: When God's Direction Comes Through Correction

Jon Bloom

God faithfully directs the paths of everyone who trusts in him with all their heart (Proverbs 3:5-6). But sometimes, as Moses experienced in Exodus 18, God directs us through a word of correction from someone else.

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The reunion of…

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Success Can Be Perilous

Jon Bloom

We are never more vulnerable to sin than when we are successful, admired by others, and prosperous, as King David tragically discovered

It was spring again. David once had loved warm, fragrant spring afternoons on the palace roof. But this…

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David: Seasons of Success Can Be Our Most Perilous

Jon Bloom

We are never more vulnerable to sin than when we achieve success, are admired by others, and are prosperous, as King David tragically discovered.

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It was spring again. David once had loved warm, fragrant spring afternoons on the palace…

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Hopeful Post-Christmas Melancholy

Jon Bloom

Each year Christmas night finds members of my family feeling some melancholy. After weeks of anticipation, the Christmas celebrations have flashed by us and are suddenly gone. And we’re left standing, watching the Christmas taillights and music fade into the…

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Joseph: (Un)Planned Detours

Jon Bloom

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9)

As Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, discovered in Matthew 1-2, that’s just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find…

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Simon the Pharisee: The Fuel of True Love for God

Jon Bloom

He had the Holy One of Israel in his house, reclining at his table. The Prophet that Moses had foretold was sharing dinner with him. The Lord of glory, the Resurrection and the Life, was speaking with him face to…

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Joseph: (Un)Planned Detours

Jon Bloom

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). As Jesus' earthly father, Joseph, discovered in Matthew 1-2, that's just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find…

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When You Don’t Feel Like It, Take Heart

Jon Bloom

Did you wake up not feeling like reading your Bible and praying? How many times today have you had to battle not feeling like doing things you know would be good for you

While it’s true that this is our…

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When Following Jesus Means Going Home

Jon Bloom

We tend to think of following Jesus as leaving behind the familiar for the unfamiliar. But sometimes, like for the man in Luke 8:26-39, the more difficult call is to go back home

For the first time in a long…

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The Gadarene: When Following Jesus Means Going Home

Jon Bloom

We tend to think of following Jesus as leaving behind the familiar for the unfamiliar. But sometimes, like the man in Luke 8:26-39, the more difficult call is to go back home.

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For the first time in a long…

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Make It Free: A Follow Up

Jon Bloom

The New Testament makes essential things crystal clear: "there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name [besides Jesus] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Deny that and you…

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Amazing Grace in the Wreckage of Adultery

Jon Bloom

In staff devotions recently we were in Proverbs 6. Solomon warns his son against the devastation of adultery. In verses 32-33 he writes

He who commits adultery lacks sense; 
   he who does it destroys himself. 
He will get wounds…

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