Morning Conversations on the Rise and Fall of Kings and Kingdoms – By Jon R. Roebuck
Welcome to Volume 2 of a 5-volume collection of devotional thoughts from the Old Testament. Morning Conversations on The Rise and Fall of Kings and Kingdoms takes the reader through nine books of biblical history. Once again, I invite you to join with me in a fresh devotional read through the pages of the Old Testament text. My goal in writing is not to exhaustively interpret, translate, or provide full commentary on every chapter of the Old Testament, but to help you engage with the text and perhaps draw some meaningful application for each day. I have discovered a number of fascinating ways the truth of God’s Word leaps off the page and into my heart. It is my hope that some of my reflections will help you with your discovery of scripture and the role of faith in your life. I use the word “Conversations” with great intentionality. I think Bible study should happen that way. God is revealed to us through God’s story, and then we reflect and offer back to God the thoughts of our hearts. It is a conversation… a back-and-forth dialogue. Conversations invite us to ponder, reflect, inquire, learn, and grow.
As you read through these volumes, my hope is that you will take the time, not to simply read what I have written, but to reflect with me on what the ancients have written. Let me challenge you each morning to take a moment to read the suggested focus chapter from a trusted translation before you dive into the words I have written. Read and reflect. As you make your way through this book, and the other volumes in the set, you will discover a lot of my life story written into these pages. But more importantly, I hope you will discover a lot about God’s story ... the one carefully crafted and preserved for you. For in hearing God’s story, you will hear the echoing refrain of God’s desire to know you, to love you, and to redeem you. Welcome to the conversation.
Jon R. Roebuck
Executive Director of the Rev. Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Belmont. Over the course of his career, Roebuck spent 32 years as a pastor. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for more than 37 years and have three married children and eight grandchildren.
The Roebucks live in Franklin, Tennessee. Click here to visit his author page.