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Bible League: Living His Word
". . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua had it right. A choice must be made. A choice must be made as to what is taken to be divine. For the Israelites, the choice was between the pagan divinities of the area of the world they lived in, or the Lord. For us the choice is similar, but we have more options. Our choice is between the various pagan and pantheistic deities of the world as a whole, or the Lord. This choice must be made. It cannot be avoided.

But why, you might ask? Why must a choice be made? Can we not just take a secular position on the matter and not serve anything as being divine? The reason a choice must be made is that people cannot live apart from some belief in something as the ultimate source of everything. The universe we live in demands an answer. We see the various realities of the universe come into being and go out of being and the question arises: what is the unchanging source of this ever-changing system?

Even the secularist who wants nothing more than to escape from the religious options must make a choice. Something must fill in the void. Something must be taken as ultimate. For most secularists these days physical matter is taken as the ultimate source of all things. The trouble with this choice, however, is that it now seems clear to most scientists that physical matter had an origin. And anything that has come into existence cannot serve as the ultimate source of all things.

The secular option, therefore, runs into the same problem as do all non-Christian options. They all elevate something that is merely a creature to divine status. They all try to make something that has an origin into something that doesn't have an origin. Whether it is the pagan option of sun, moon, stars, animals, etc., or the pantheistic option of the universe as a whole, or the secular option of physical matter, each option has an origin.

Only the Lord, the God of Joshua, is the truly non-dependent divine reality upon which everything else depends for existence.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
2 Chronicles 34, 35, 36


2 Chronicles 34 -- Josiah's Good Reign; Temple Repairs; Hilkiah recovers the Book of the Law

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2 Chronicles 35 -- Josiah Observes the Passover, Later Dies in Battle

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2 Chronicles 36 -- Jehoahaz; Jehoiakim; Jehoiachin; Zedekiah; Captivity in Babylon; Cyrus Permits Return

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New Testament Reading
John 19:1-22


John 19 -- The Crown of Thorns; Jesus' Crucifixion and Burial

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.”
Insight
Jesus mentioned two kinds of people in his prayer: the “wise and clever,” arrogant in their own knowledge; and the “childlike,” humbly open to receive the truth of God's Word.
Challenge
Are you wise in your own eyes, or do you seek the truth in childlike faith, realizing that only God holds all the answers.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Psalm 76:3  There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle.

Our Redeemer's glorious cry of "It is finished" was the death-knell of all the adversaries of his people, the breaking of "the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle." Behold the hero of Golgotha using his cross as an anvil, and his woes as a hammer, dashing to shivers bundle after bundle of our sins, those poisoned "arrows of the bow;" trampling on every indictment, and destroying every accusation. What glorious blows the mighty Breaker gives with a hammer far more ponderous than the fabled weapon of Thor! How the diabolical darts fly to fragments, and the infernal bucklers are broken like potters' vessels! Behold, he draws from its sheath of hellish workmanship the dread sword of Satanic power! He snaps it across his knee, as a man breaks the dry wood of a fagot, and casts it into the fire. Beloved, no sin of a believer can now be an arrow mortally to wound him, no condemnation can now be a sword to kill him, for the punishment of our sin was borne by Christ, a full atonement was made for all our iniquities by our blessed Substitute and Surety. Who now accuseth? Who now condemneth? Christ hath died, yea rather, hath risen again. Jesus has emptied the quivers of hell, has quenched every fiery dart, and broken off the head of every arrow of wrath; the ground is strewn with the splinters and relics of the weapons of hell's warfare, which are only visible to us to remind us of our former danger, and of our great deliverance. Sin hath no more dominion over us. Jesus has made an end of it, and put it away forever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end. Talk ye of all the wondrous works of the Lord, ye who make mention of his name; keep not silence, neither by day, nor when the sun goeth to his rest. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Revelation 21:5  And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Ezekiel 36:26  "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

1 Corinthians 5:7  Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

Ephesians 4:24  and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Isaiah 62:2  The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.

Isaiah 65:17  "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.

2 Peter 3:11  Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

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