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He Prayed For You

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As we approach Good Friday we see little evidence of change from the events that took place over three days over 2000 years ago. Continue reading

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Nuggets – The Provision of God

The Provision of God
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Psalm 136 gives three key examples of God’s sovereign provision. He protects and shelters during our times in the “wilderness.” He makes possible victories over great “enemies.” And he gives “food to all flesh.” God’s detailed provision and the many examples thereof in the Scriptures are inexhaustible. Yet, in these three areas, we may find hope for any situation “in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Our “wanderings” are compared to hard-hearted Israel (1 Corinthians 10) and the many physical and spiritual sins of a people in rebellion to God’s control in their lives. Jesus warned that the “cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things” would “choke the word” and make us unfruitful (Mark 4:19). Yet, even though we may be like the younger son in the story of the prodigal (Luke 15:11-32) and would waste our “substance in riotous living,” God was still the Provider of the inheritance that was wasted. God was still waiting for the son to “come to himself” and return home. God still has compassion, and He forgives and restores to fellowship all who come home.

And were it not for the promises of deliverance from our enemies that are so replete throughout the Scriptures, were it not for the hope that we would see deliverance “in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13), and were it not for the confident knowledge that “evildoers shall be cut off” (Psalm 37:9), we would be in constant fear and torment. God promises to bring us victory! We are told that He will fight for us, and that we are not left to our own devices! Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. . . . and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20). HMM III

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Why We Must Forgive

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For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
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Nuggets – Messages from the Messiah’s Life: The Resurrection of Lazarus

Messages from the Messiah’s Life: The Resurrection of Lazarus
“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.” (John 11:1)

The family of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus was well known to Jesus and His disciples. They lived in Bethany, less than two miles from Jerusalem. Jesus often stayed with them during His ministry, and several memorable events transpired in their home.

Word came that Lazarus was very sick. Jesus’ disciples reminded Him that “the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?” (John 11:8). Finally it was clear Lazarus had died, and Jesus directed that they go to Bethany “to the intent ye may believe” (John 11:15). Thomas, however, could only see the danger: “Let us also go, that we may die with him” (John 11:16).

By the time they got to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days (John 11:17). Jesus insisted they open the door to the tomb. Martha tried to stop Jesus because “by this time [Lazarus] stinketh” (John 11:39).

Bodies begin to decompose within three to six hours after death; muscular tissues become rigid, cells lose structural integrity, and the chemical process of decomposition causes breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and bone.

Death is horrible. Death processes cannot be stopped or reversed. Death is the “last enemy” to be destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:26). Yet at the command of the Creator, Lazarus walked out of the tomb fully whole: no decay, no sickness. Jesus simply said: “Loose him and let him go” (John 11:44). Why did Jesus do this? Because “this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” (John 11:4). HMM III

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Temple trivia (or not): 1 Kings 6-7

Your priority? God or self?

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Today’s reading: 1 Kings 6-7.

Solomon’s temple was begun 480 years after the Israelites left Egypt. They had worshipped at the tent of the tabernacle since a year after leaving Egypt, though the ark of the covenant had been moved to a tent in Jerusalem by King David. For comparison, 480 years ago was 1534. Columbus had sailed to America just 40 years earlier. The pilgrims would not land at Plymouth for another 90 years.

The temple was built in seven years, but Solomon took twice as long to build his palace. There are two ways to look at this:

  1. Solomon placed a higher priority on the temple, building it first and getting it done quickly.
  2. Solomon built a home for himself that was even grander than the temple.

From the description of the palace, it’s possible that number two is the correct answer. The palace was called “The Forest…

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Don’t exalt yourself: 1 Kings 1

promotion comes from the Lord. He raises one and puts down another.

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Today’s reading: 1 Kings 1-2.

Marketing. Self-promotion. Advertising. Today those are the accepted practices, felt to be necessary for success. As Ecclesiastes says, there’s nothing new under the sun, and self-promotion has been the way of the world for ages. Absalom did it as he prepared to steal David’s crown. As a feeble King David approaches the end of his life, his oldest son, Adonijah, practices the same brand of marketing.

Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him. (His father had never interfered with him by asking, “Why do you behave as you do?” He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.) Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support. 1 Kings 1:5-7

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God doesn’t forget: 2 Samuel 21

Let your yea be yea, and nay be nay.

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Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 19-21.

Natural disasters seem to happen more frequently today and we wonder about the reason. Do we blame global warming? A long famine struck in David’s time, and people wanted to know why. I imagine there were many prayers that went up to the LORD asking for help, but the famine continued. After three years, David received an answer.

The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.” The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to [spare] them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.) 2 Samuel 21:1-2

The Gibeonites were one of the Canaanite tribes who faced destruction when Joshua conquered the land three…

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Worldly Wisdom: 2 Samuel 17

Let’s bear spiritual fruit with godly wisdom.

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Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 16-18.

Wisdom makes all the difference. In the days before Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans were told to evacuate because of the predicted danger of the storm. Too many people failed to heed the wise counsel, and the result was disastrous. Less than a month later Hurricane Rita stormed ashore in Texas, but the outcome was much better. Almost everyone had evacuated days before it arrived.

King David had an advisor named Ahithophel. He was so wise that people said listening to his advice was as good as hearing from God. Yet when Absalom began his conspiracy to overthrow his father, Ahithophel switched sides and became Absalom’s counselor. It seems a strange choice for such a wise man, but his decision may have been based on vengeance. The Bible suggests that Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather, and he may have been motivated by bitterness over David’s adultery with his…

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The high price of neglect: 2 Samuel 13-15

Do not allow little foxes to grow. They are deadly when grown.

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Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 13-15.

Dry rot. Termites. Leaky roofs. Peeling paint. A homeowner who ignores these hazards will one day face expensive repairs or even the loss of his home. In 1984 a St. Louis woman noticed a few bees flying in and out of her attic, but ignored them until the whole ceiling caved in under the weight of hundreds of pounds of honey. King David had a much more serious problem than bees or termites. His own children committed grave sins that provoked him to righteous anger, but instead of acting he neglected the problems. His whole kingdom came crashing down as a result.

First crack: Amnon. David’s son, Amnon, lusted after his half-sister, Tamar. He plotted to be alone with her, raped her, then rejected her. David was furious, but the Bible records no steps he took to deal with the problem.

Second crack: Absalom

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