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Devotionals for Youth

This devotional was written for the youth in my congregation. If you've come across it, may it bless you.

May this devotional series bring you closer to Elohim.

May this devotional series bring you closer to Elohim.

Welcome to this devotional series for youth. I hope you enjoy this journey with me as I attempt to help you dig into the Word of God more frequently and, perhaps, inspire you to think about it in ways that you may not have done so before.

This series came about because I was asked to create a set of devotionals that corresponded with the curriculum that is being used by the youth in my congregation. This is my humble attempt to do that. As you read through each devotional, I pray that it will deepen your relationship with a loving God who continues to search for ways to have a relationship with us despite our shortcomings.

May you be blessed on your journey.

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Unfamiliar Terms (Glossary) - The devotionals will be using the Tree of Life version of the Bible which used many of the original Hebrew words. You can find the meaning of words used in the devotionals here.

Devotionals in Order of Writing - This is a listing of the devotionals in the order that they were written. --- Devotionals 1-10 --- Devotionals 11-20

Devotionals for the Class - 1st Quarter - lesson 1, lesson 2, lesson 3, lesson 4, lesson 5

Devotionals for the Class - 2nd Quarter

Devotionals for the Class - 3rd Quarter

Devotionals for the Class - 4th Quarter

Devotionals for the Class - 5th Quarter

Devotionals for the Class - 6th Quarter

Devotionals for the Class - 7th Quarter

Devotionals for the Class - 8th Quarter

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Unfamiliar Terms (Glossary)

If you are reading these devotionals, you may be unfamiliar with some of the terms used. The Living Vine translation of the Bible is used widely in the congregation that I attend, therefore, it is the translation I will use most often when creating these devotionals. This translation uses many of the original Hebrew words, and as such, you may be unfamiliar with their meaning. To be honest, I have to look them up sometimes myself.

To make it easier, I am including a list of terms that you may run across as you read these devotionals. This list is dynamic and I will be adding to it as I use these terms.

Terms:

Adonai - a divine name that signifies sovereignty and is translated as "Lord." Adonai means master and underscores the authority of God.

Adonai Elohim - Lord God

Belial - a Hebrew word that is personified as the devil in Jewish and Christian writings. Alternate spellings include Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Beliall, Beliel and Berial.

B'rit Chadashah - the New Testament in Hebrew

Cohanim - Jewish priests belonging to the line of Aaron.

Cohanim - plural of Cohanim

Elohim - a name for God used frequently in the Hebrew Bible. Elohim emphasizes strength and creative power.

El Shaddai – God Almighty

Gemara - a rabbinical commentary on the Mishnah, forming the second part of the Talmud.

HaMashiach – the Messiah

Hasidic – Also spelled Chasidic; having to do with Hasidim/Chasidim which is a Jewish mystic movement founded in 18th century that maintains that God’s presence was in all of your surroundings, with a belief that a person should serve God in every word and deed.

Jehovah - English for Yahweh (see Yahweh)

Kabbalah – an obscure and mysterious discipline, method and school of thought in Jewish mysticism; a set of obscure and mysterious teachings whose purpose was to explain the relationship between God’s creation and the unchanging, eternal God; it reached its height of influence in the Middle Ages and continues to be significant in the Hasidic movement.

kedoshim - the saints; also, the name of the 30th weekly Torah Portion.

midrash – a particular teaching with the Mishnah, expanding on incidents in the Bible to explain principles or teach moral lessons.

midrashim - plural of Midrash

Mishnah – traditional Jewish oral law that is the first part of the Talmud which was written down around 200 AD

Ruach - a Hebrew word that means spirit. When translated into English, it may mean "wind," "mind" or "Breath." During creation, God breathed into man. In this regard, Ruach may mean Breath of Life or Breath of God.

Ruach HaKodesh - is Hebrew for the Spirit of YHWH - the Holy Spirit. It means Divine Spirit or Divine Inspiration.

shalom - peace

Shavuot – Pentecost

Talmud - a compilation of Jewish writings and tradition concerning civil/ceremonial law and legend made up of the Mishnah (text) and the Gemara (commentaries)

Tanakh - Hebrew for the Old Testament

Torah - the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch).

Yahweh - the Hebrew for God, often abbreviated to YHWH (yod hey vav hey). The name is regarded by the Jewish people as too sacred to say, and it is often written as YHWH because the vowel sounds are uncertain, and because of this is often pronounced as "yod hey vav hey," the Hebrew names for each of the letters.

Yeshua - The Hebrew name for Jesus. Yeshua means, "Yahweh is Salvation."

Yeshua HaMashiach – Yeshua the Messiah

Devotionals in Order of Writing

Below you will find a list of the devotions in the order that they were written.


Devotionals 1-10

  • In the Beginning ... and So the Story Begins
    The Bible starts out with these simple words, In the beginning God ... This devotional starts here ... in the beginning ... and moves to challenge you with some concepts you may have not thought about before.
  • Created to Be in Relationship
    God created humans so that he could have a relationship with them. He walked with Adam and Even in the garden every day. But He gives you free will ... you get to choose whether you want that relationship.
  • Remember to Be Grateful
    In today’s devotional, I’m going to share some of my thoughts concerning a story I read on Facebook. The story made me stop and think. It caused me realize that I take too many things for granted.
  • Exploring the Dominion God Has Given to Us
    God commanded man to take dominion of the earth. Dominion does not mean domination!
  • Planned Redemption
    Knowing that Adam and Eve would make the wrong choice in the garden, God created man anyway. He also planned for our redemption long before we realized we even needed it.
  • Sin Equals Separation
    God created us to have a relationship with him, but Adam and Eve's choice to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil changed everything. Sin separates us from God. Still wanting to have relationship, God found another way.
  • Choose Your Friends Wisely
    Have you ever stopped and thought about what it really means to be unequally yoked? Have you thought about how it applies to you? You might be surprised how much it really makes a difference in your life, both being yoked equally and being yoked uneq
  • Being Set Apart
    But what does being set apart mean? How does one go about making it happen? Being set apart requires being different, being separated. But different and separated how?
  • Praying for Your Future Spouse
    As you think about your future, you may know you want to have a family of your own some day. Most people eventually marry, so these thoughts are normal. Although it may be many years from now before you consider getting married, it’s never too early
  • Having an Eternal Perspective
    God has an eternal perspective. We can too. An eternal perspective will help you look at the difficulties you face in a whole new way.

Devotionals 11-20

  • What Does It Mean to be Righteous - Part 1
    We must be made righteous if we are to stand before God; therefore, what does it mean ... to be righteous? How can we accomplish this task?
  • What Does It Mean to be Righteous – Part 2
    We must be made righteous if we are to stand before God; therefore, what does it mean ... to be righteous? How can we accomplish this task?
  • Killing Your Idols
    There is a midrash about Abraham that says he smashed the idols in his father's shop. Just as Abraham did, we need to evaluate our lives and smash any idols we find.
  • Being the One
    What if you are the only one that God can use to accomplish a certain task on this earth? Like Abraham, are you willing to let Him use you?
  • Excalibur and the Bible
    What does the sword, Excalibur, and the Bible have in common? I’m glad you asked. Read on to find out.
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Devotionals for the Class - 1st Quarter

This is where the first quarter of devotionals can be found. You'll find devotionals that correspond with a given daily lesson or homework for the first quarter (the first 3 months) in the next three sections. Right now only three per week are provided. I am doing this so that I can stay ahead of the class. My intent is to eventually fill out the chart with a devotional for each day of the week for the full two-year curriculum. That's a lot of devotionals, so please bear with me as I work my way through. By the grace of God, it will happen quickly.

Lesson 1

Lesson 1 Day 1 - In the Beginning ... and So the Story Begins

Lesson 1 Day 2

Lesson 1 Day 3 - Created to Be in Relationship

Lesson 1 Day 4

Lesson 1 Day 5 - Remember To Be Grateful

Lesson 1 Day 6

Lesson 2

Lesson 2 Day 1 - Exploring the Dominion God Has Given to Us

Lesson 2 Day 2 -

Lesson 2 Day 3 - Planned Redemption

Lesson 2 Day 4 -

Lesson 2 Day 5 - Sin Equals Separation

Lesson 2 Day 6 -

Lesson 3

Lesson 3 Day 1 - Choose Your Friends Wisely

Lesson 3 Day 2 -

Lesson 3 Day 3 - Being Set Apart

Lesson 3 Day 4 -

Lesson 3 Day 5 - Praying for Your Future Spouse

Lesson 3 Day 6 -

Lesson 4

Lesson 4 Day 1 - Having an Eternal Perspective

Lesson 4 Day 2 -

Lesson 4 Day 3 - What Does It Mean to be Righteous? Part 1

Lesson 4 Day 4 -

Lesson 4 Day 5 - What Does It Mean to be Righteous? Part 2

Lesson 4 Day 6 -

Lesson 5

Lesson 5 Day 1 - Killing Your Idols

Lesson 5 Day 2 -

Lesson 5 Day 3 - Being the One

Lesson 5 Day 4 -

Lesson 5 Day 5 - Excalibur and the Bible

Lesson 5 Day 6 -

© 2020 Cindy Murdoch

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