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HE DEPARTED WITH NO ONE'S REGRET...
June 17th, 2021
"He [Jehoram, King of Judah] was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he departed with no one's regret.  They buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings."  2 Chronicles 21:20Jehoram was King of Judah for eight years and when he died, NO ONE regretted it. Furthermore, he wasn’t even buried in the family plot, he was placed...
A FALTERING FAITH
June 10th, 2021
We read in the text for today that King Asa of Judah had a heart wholly committed to the Lord all his life. Yet later in years, when attacked by neighboring Israel, instead of looking to the Lord for help as he had earlier in his reign (see yesterday’s blog entry), he emptied the treasuries of the Lord’s temple to hire mercenaries from Aram to fight his battle. For this, he was rebuked by God and ...
KING ASA'S HEART IN 2021
June 9th, 2021
Asa, King of Judah, had a heart that the Bible says was ‘blameless all his days’ and he ‘did good and right in the sight of the Lord his God.’ One can hear King Asa’s heart in the prayer he prayed while facing Zerah the Ethiopian’s formidable army - which was twice the size of his army:   “Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; ...
POTENTIAL LOST
June 8th, 2021
The story of the two kings of Israel that reigned during the divided kingdom is a very sad story. Not only does the son of Solomon make some bad choices but his choices effect the entire nation. Instead of a united Israel continuing, a king's bad decision leads to the split of the Nation. It will now be known as the Northern and Southern Kingdom. Two of the tribes follow Rehoboam and the other 10 ...
IS SEX AN ISSUE IN YOUR MARRIAGE?
June 7th, 2021
In a blog by Paul David Tripp, he states many Christian marriages are in the midst of some sexual struggle or dysfunction. Many husbands and wives in the church do not experience the beautiful, intimate sexual oneness that God designed. Many professing Christian married men and women are living a double or secretive life online. Many Christian married men and women allow their minds to fantasize. ...
SONG OF SOLOMON
June 4th, 2021
I am not sure (actually I am positive) I have ever heard a sermon or participated in a Bible study that centered on this book. It is a book that has always made me feel uncomfortable because the subject matter gives us an intimate glance into a relationship of two people deeply in love. It involves the courtship and marriage of Solomon and a Shulammite woman who was a shepherdess. There have been ...
WHISPERS IN YOUR EAR
June 3rd, 2021
Listen, please, to Wisdom's words.Let them shape and mold your heart,Mill the mind and grow the truth,Moved to love and take a stand.Humbleness to clothe your heartIn quiet hands and peaceful soul,Lift your arms in lowly praise,Sing of glory's song on high.Commit yourself to wisdom,For insightful laws decree,Incarnation's promisesOf Heaven's corrective plea.Grab this truth with both your hands.And...
MERRY HEART = MEDICINE FOR MY BODY ... ????!!!
June 1st, 2021
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.Proverbs 17:22 As I read this verse in Proverbs, there are a couple of profound things that stick out to me. First, things that are not seen have a seen impact. There are parts of my life that no one else sees, which will eventually impact the parts of my life that everyone sees. You may never see my merry heart or brok...
CLIMBING OUT OF CYNICISM
May 31st, 2021
Last week I wrote about dealing with cynicism and its effect on my walk with the Lord. Cynicism is fault finding. I was full of fault finding, which led me to a comparative logic in which I always came out on top; a false humility in which I was blind to my own shortcomings which led me to a path of distrust in God, His goodness, faithfulness and everlasting love that He not only has and is but, t...
BEWARE OF THE TRAP OF SIN
May 28th, 2021
Today's Bible reading is found in Proverbs 5-7. These three chapters give strong warning against sin, especially in areas of our thought life and sexual sin. The result of any sin is death, but chapter 5, verses 21-23 and chapter 6, verse 5 point out how sin traps us like a animal hunted and caught in a trap. Verse 26 of chapter 6 speaks of the same thing in slightly different words: “For the pros...
KNOW HIM
May 27th, 2021
Proverbs is a book of wise counsel for both the learned and those who are beginning to learn. In these four chapters there is so much to treasure, appreciate and profit by that I find it difficult to know where to respond.One quick thought on verse seven, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” We live in a world that does not fear God or reverence His Holy name so much so I fear we ...
A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP
May 26th, 2021
Psalm 127Those of us that call Faith Bible Church our church home affirm that we trust in the sovereignty of God.  We sing about it and teach it from the Scriptures.  We can be heard in the hallways commenting on how everything’s going to be OK because, “He’s in complete control.”  Young people search for God’s Will pertaining to the university they will attend, the career they will pursue and the...
DAVID, A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART
May 24th, 2021
I expect you’ve heard that phrase before. In 2020, I began dealing with present and past unresolved hurt and pain in my life. That hurt and pain affected my marriage and my soul. As I began to work on that hurt and pain, I had to be willing to open old wounds, think and talk about difficult memories. As a result, I have been battling cynicism lately. I’ve been reading in the Psalms. Manuel and I w...
SOLOMON'S PARADOX
May 21st, 2021
In 1 Kings chapter 3, God answered Solomon’s prayer request to be wise. God replied, “I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.” Then Solomon demonstrated his gift of discernment when he solved an impossible conundrum concerning to whom a baby belonged. His handling of the case brought the truth to the surface. In coun...
GIVE ME WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT
May 20th, 2021
As Solomon started out as King of Israel, he was overwhelmed by the job ahead of him and his inexperience. When God asked him what he wanted from Him, Solomon said, “Now give me wisdom and discernment so I can effectively lead this nation.” (1 Ki. 3:9) God was pleased with his request and promised not only to give him the wisdom he requested, but He would also provide him with great wealth.Proverb...
SNOTTY SNOW CONES
May 19th, 2021
In today’s reading, we come upon a very familiar text which deals with Solomon requesting of the Lord discernment to understand justice (1 Kings 3:11) or “an understanding heart to judge Your people” (3:9) or…wisdom! The Lord is so pleased with Solomon’s request that He not only gives him wisdom, He also gives him “riches and honor” (3:13). Too often our prayers are self-focused rather than kingdo...
NEARNESS OF HIS NAME
May 18th, 2021
It is good to sing to the Lord. And it is especially good to sing songs of thanksgiving. In Psalm 75, Asaph reminds us that one of the reasons that we praise and thank God is for the nearness of His name.“How”, you might ask, “can God’s name be near?” How can something intangible and abstract be “near”? If we take a brief moment to focus on the argument in vs. 1, the answer becomes clear. God’s na...
BLESS THE LORD, OH MY SOUL
May 14th, 2021
Psalm 103 is one of the most loved psalm of all the psalms. It begins with a doxology of praise to GOD for His many gifts to the family of GOD. " Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits." What are the many benefits that have been provided for us? " He forgave us all our iniquities." There is forgiveness...
PSALM 86: A GLIMPSE OF GOD'S CHARACTER
May 13th, 2021
Psalm 86 is a call from David to God for protection, safety, mercy and joy. In David's call to God in the psalm, he provides us with a list of God's character traits and actions, that should comfort us in times of distress and trouble.As you read through Psalm 86 today, notice the traits of God that David lists and God's actions.- "forgiving and good, abounding in love" v.5- "when I call to You in...
SEEKING STRENGTH IN DELUSION?!
May 12th, 2021
Text: Ps. 61-62, 64-67Life can often be characterized by difficulty and frustration. Things do not go our way, trials fall across our path, the culture is antagonistic to the message we base our life on and we can become disillusioned and jaded. Yet, today’s reading encourages perseverance through these trials and directs us to call on the only Creator and Sovereign of this Universe. The psalmist ...