Tag: fast

  • Why Do Christians Fast? (Here are six common reasons)

    Why do Christians fast? It’s a simple question with multiple potential answers. In short, it depends. Below are six common reasons. But first, a couple of observations:

  • November 25 – Simple Christianity

    Reading Acts 13:1-15:35 Devotional Sometime after Saul and Barnabas returned from Jerusalem to Antioch, the Holy Spirit spoke to the church leaders there and called Saul and Barnabas for a mission. After they finished fasting and praying, the church leaders there laid hands on Saul and Barnabas and sent them off to the work the…

  • November 23 – Jesus Calls Saul of Tarsus

    Reading Acts 8:1b-9:31 Devotional On the day that Stephen was killed there arose a great persecution against the Christians in Jerusalem. Everyone except the apostles fled Jerusalem to the surrounding regions of Judea and Samaria. Saul of Tarsus was a key part of those persecuting the Christians. He went into Christians’ homes and dragged off…

  • October 25 – Jesus Heals, Opposition Grows

    Reading Mark 2:13-14 Matt. 9:10-13; Luke 5:29-32 Luke 5:33-39 John 5:1-3, 5-47 Matt. 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28 Matt. 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11 Matt. 12:15-21; Mark 3:7-12 Luke 6:12-19 Devotional One day while walking along the Sea of Galilee and teaching a crowd, Jesus called Matthew, who was a tax collector, to come follow Him, and…

  • October 22 – Jesus is Baptized, Commended, and Tempted

    Reading Luke 3:1-6 Matt. 3:4-6 Luke 3:7-18 Matt. 3:13-17 Luke 3:21-23a Matt. 4:1-11 John 1:19-34 Devotional In about 27 A.D., John the Baptist received the word of GOD while in the desert. He then went into all the country around the Jordan River and preached baptism for repentance and forgiveness of sins. John’s mission was…

  • October 8 – Nehemiah Starts Rebuilding Jerusalem’s Walls

    Reading Neh. 1:1-3:32 Devotional Nehemiah was the cupbearer for Artaxerxes, king of Persia. Although it might not sound important, the king’s cupbearer was one of his most trusted servants. Many kings were killed by someone mixing poison in their drinks, so the cupbearer would drink from the king’s cup prior to the king in order…

  • October 6 – Ezra Leads the Second Return to Jerusalem

    Reading Ezra 7:1-7, 11-28; 8:15-32; 7:8-10; 8:1-14, 33-36 Devotional In the spring of 458 B.C., Ezra led a second wave of Israelites in returning to Jerusalem. GOD had put it in the heart of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, to bring honor to the temple and to extend favor to Ezra and the Jews. Artaxerxes sent…

  • October 3 – Esther Becomes Queen

    Reading Esther 1:1-4:17 Devotional Around 480 B.C., a new king reigns in Persia—Xerxes. In the third year of his reign, Xerxes threw a banquet for his subjects. This banquet lasted seven days, and on the last day of the feast, Xerxes called for his wife, Queen Vashti, so that he might show her beauty to…

  • September 28 – What GOD Wants

    Reading Zech. 7:1-8:23 Ezra 6:14-22 Devotional In today’s reading, the people of Bethel went to the priests to ask the LORD whether they should continue mourning and fasting at a specific time each year, as their custom had been. The LORD spoke to Zechariah and His reply is the basis for today’s devotional. 4 Then…

  • September 21 – The Writing on the Wall

    Reading Dan. 5:1-31; 9:1-27 Devotional Another 7 years has passed since Daniel saw the two visions of the future kingdoms. Belshazzar king of Babylon hosted a great banquet feast for 1,000 nobles and they drank wine. While drinking, Belshazzar ordered for the gold and silver cups that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the LORD’s temple in…