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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 9
Success DeceivesJudges 15:1–17:13; Philippians 4:2–9; Psalm 69:18–70:5
When leaders come to power, there are always people who become insistent on stopping them. It’s incredible how easy it is for people to justify envy or hatred for authority figures. Most of us have made the offhand remark, “I hate that guy.” And in those words, even when they’re meant in jest, we reveal the motives of the human heart. But this doesn’t represent who we’re meant to be—people who live for others.
Samson, an Israelite judge, endured that fate. A young warrior, he had enemies who wanted him dead and would do nearly anything to bring him down—spiritually or physically. The Philistines who opposed him went so far as to burn his wife and her father alive (Judg 15:6). Samson brought these trials on himself by disobeying God and marrying a foreign wife who would ultimately lead him to worship foreign gods. Even so, the acts of violence against him were not just his own doing.
The Philistines, like many …

Logos Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Revelation 5:12 KJV Translation: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. NKJV Translation: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Prayer

Prayer By: Lynwood F. Mundy Lord, thank You for this morning awakening from sleep where I prayed before giving myself totally to You as I rested as in a stage of death. So this morning I can say thank You for grace and mercy because the death angle passed by my door post. Hallelujah! Bless those that are ridden by myriad infirmities. Strengthen their bodies, hearts, minds and spirits letting them know that You were the One that gave them blessings. May those sick ones keep their faith in knowing that You can do anything but fail. Hallelujah! Thank You Lord for letting me see my granddaughter Tia B. Simmons graduate from Florida Junior College at Jacksonville while a senior at Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville, FL. She will also graduate from Jean Ribault High School on June 2nd as Salutatorian at age 17. My day for me and my wife was enjoyment to see this granddaughter that we babysit-ed to achieve such an achievement at age 17 while still in high school! Thank You Lord Jehovah! H…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 6
Community DrivenJudges 9:22–10:18; Philippians 2:19–30; Psalm 68:1–14
By default, we flag our own needs as high priority. And we often measure our church community by how well it’s serving our needs. Caught up in our own spiritual growth, we tend to forget that we’re meant to attend to the physical and spiritual needs of others. Paul upholds Timothy and Epaphroditus to the Philippians as examples of what this type of service should look like.

Paul was intent on sending Timothy to the Philippian church because of his discernment and his servant-like heart. In fact Timothy was the only one suited for the task. Others wouldn’t “sincerely be concerned about [the Philippians’] circumstances. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (Phil 2:20–21). Likewise, Paul describes Epaphroditus as a man who suffered to the point of death in order to assist him in his ministry (Phil 2:30).

Both of these men epitomized the natural result of Paul’s commands earlier in his …