Zondervan College Devotional Bible

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College Devotional Bible

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9780310934448: College Devotional Bible

College is different from any other time of your life. You acquire a demanding new schedule, develop lifelong friendships, gain fresh perspectives on life, and face unique challenges. The College Devotional Bible will help you strengthen your walk with God as you find your own way in life. Two things make this Bible ideal for today's student: its innovative reading plan and its storytelling approach. The reading plan includes twelve months of devotions separated into readings for the school year and the summer months. The College Devotional Bibleis also filled with stories that connect the Scriptures with the struggles, questions, and decisions every young person faces. It's the same approach Jesus used in his parables---taking stories from everyday life to illustrate eternal truths. Features: * 222 school-year devotions highlight an interesting theme and encourage Scripture reading * 90 summer reading notes written by college students illustrate what they've learned about God, life as a Christian, or a specific Bible verse * Unique storytelling approach for devotions along with application statements, questions for reflection, and more * Includes the full text of Today's New International Version---timeless truth in today's language

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1 THE BEGINNING 1 In the be gin ning God cre at ed the heav ens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was form less and emp ty, dark ness was over the sur face of the deep, and the Spir it of God was hover ing over the wa ters. 3 And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he sep a rat ed the light from the dark ness. 5 God called the light 'day,' and the darkness he called 'night.' And there was eve ning, and there was morning --- the first day. 6 And God said, 'Let there be a vault between the wa ters to sep a rate wa ter from wa ter.' 7 So God made the vault and sep a rat ed the wa ter un der the vault from the wa ter above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault 'sky.' And there was eve ning, and there was morn ing --- the sec ond day. 9 And God said, 'Let the wa ter un der the sky be gath ered to one place, and let dry ground ap pear.' And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground 'land,' and the gath ered wa ters he called 'seas.' And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, 'Let the land pro duce veg e ta tion: seed-bear ing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, ac cord ing to their var i ous kinds.' And it was so. 12 The land pro duced veg e ta tion: plants bear ing seed ac cord ing to their kinds and trees bear ing fruit with seed in it ac cord ing to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was eve ning, and there was morn ing --- the third day. 14 And God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to sep a rate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sea sons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.' And it was so. 16 God made two great lights --- the great er light to gov ern the day and the less er light to gov ern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to gov ern the day and the night, and to sep a rate light from dark ness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was eve ning, and there was morn ing --- the fourth day. 20 And God said, 'Let the wa ter teem with liv ing crea tures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.' 21 So God cre at ed the great crea tures of the sea and ev ery liv ing and mov ing thing with which the water teems, ac cord ing to their kinds, and ev ery winged bird ac cord ing to genesis AUTHOR: Moses DATE: Dur ing the 1400s B .C. , whi le the Israel ites were travel ing in the desert THEME: God interacts with us in all we exper ience --- love, loss, b roken relat ionships, real l ife. its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, 'Be fruit ful and in crease in num ber and fill the wa ter in the seas, and let the birds in crease on the earth.' 23 And there was eve ning, and there was morn ing --- the fifth day. 24 And God said, 'Let the land pro duce liv ing crea tures ac cord ing to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild an imals, each ac cord ing to its kind.' And it was so. 25 God made the wild an imals ac cord ing to their kinds, the livestock ac cord ing to their kinds, and all the crea tures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, 'Let us make hu man be ings in our im age, in our like ness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the live stock and all the wild an i mals, a and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' 27 So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruit ful and in crease in num ber; fill the earth and sub due it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over ev ery liv ing crea ture that moves on the ground.' 29 Then God said, 'I give you ev ery seed-bear ing plant on the face of the whole earth and ev ery tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the crea tures that move on the ground --- ev ery thing that has the breath of life in it --- I give ev ery green plant for food.' And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was eve ning, and there was morning --- the sixth day. 2 Thus the heav ens and the earth were com plet ed in all their vast array. 2 By the sev enth day God had fin ished the work he had been do ing; so on the sev enth day he rest ed from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, be cause on it he rest ed from all the work of cre at ing that he had done. ADAM AND EVE 4 This is the ac count of the heav ens and the earth when they were cre at ed, when the LORD God made the earth and the heav ens. 5 Now no shrub had yet ap peared on the earth b and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams c came up from the earth and wa tered the whole sur face of the ground. 7 Then the LORD God formed a man d from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nos trils the breath of life, and the man be came a liv ing be ing. 8 Now the LORD God had plant ed a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground --- trees that were pleas ing to the eye and good for food. In the mid dle of the gar den were the tree of life and the tree of the knowl edge of good and evil. 10 A riv er wa ter ing the gar den flowed from Eden; from there it was sep a rat ed into four head wa ters. 11 The name of the first is the Pi shon; it winds through the a 26 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Syriac); Masoretic Text the earth b 5 Or land; also in verse 6 c 6 Or mist d 7 The Hebrew for man (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah); it is also the name Adam (see Gen. 2:20). 2 genesis 1:22 new freedom On the sixth day of creation, God creates human beings in his own image from the dust, breathing life into their nostrils. READ GENESIS 1:27; 2:7 These simple passages affirm that we were created in the very likeness of the Creator himself, and therefore --- even in our humanness --- we are of great worth. The following story demonstrates the miraculous reach of sacrificial love and ser vice when that worth is recognized in every person. Rebecca Protten, daughter of a white father and an African mother, was born into slavery in 1718, part of the sugar colony on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. Her love affair with freedom almost certainly began when she dedicated herself to Christ as a young girl. Then her owners set her free, and she became part of the tiny minority of free Africans in the Caribbean at that time. Most of her people labored under harsh conditions on the grueling, and often deadly, sugar plantations.

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