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RECOGNIZE, REPENT AND RESTORE
September 17th, 2021
Both Ezra and Nehemiah suffered from the sin of the Jewish people. Ezra suffered because the Jewish men rejected a holy marriage and married pagan women. The post exile Jewish families were worshiping idols and even their children were speaking the language of the pagan community. Pagan wives would eventually cause the elimination of the Jews like the 10 lost tribes of Jewish history. Nehemiah suf...
HOPE IN GOD
September 16th, 2021
Our Message Today is from Ezra 4:7-23 and 7:1-8:36The book by Ezra the prophet is part of the many warnings that God gave His people for disobedience to God’s laws. It shows that His warnings continue through the first deportation of Israel to Assyria and of Judah to Babylon and finally to the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. These events occurred under many kings and prophets of both the North...
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THERE IS NO CLEAR PATH?
September 15th, 2021
Once upon a time there was a beautiful woman named Esther. One day she decided to get all dressed up and go see her husband whom she had not seen for a month…(Paraphrase of Esther 5:1)Seems like such a simple and easy thing to do. However, this was not as easy as it might seem on the surface. Not even close. As Paul Harvey would say, “Now, the rest of the story…” The deal is, if her husband, the k...
THE END OF DAYS
September 10th, 2021
Being a Funeral Director I have probably thought about death and the afterlife as much if not more than most. I have experienced death on a personal level more times than I care to mention. When Pam died five years ago I could not believe how much it hurt and I wondered if that pain would ever go away (in my case I found that the pain is still there, it is just not as acute as it once was). I stil...
HOW ARE YOU DOING IN YOUR COURSE OF STUDY?
September 3rd, 2021
King Nebuchadnezzar was full of himself (a condition not unusual for monarchs of his day). Daniel 4:30 records his boast: “Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.” (nlt)God, however, saw things quite differently. Nebuchadnezzar may have been the most powerful person on earth, but God wanted ...
THEY TRUSTED IN HIM
September 2nd, 2021
In the list of genealogies for today, 1 Chron. 5:18-22 stands out as something special. The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh consisted of valiant warriors. They made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. The key phrase is “they cried out to God in the battle”. They were skilled warriors, but they realized they needed help from almighty God in order to defeat ...
WATCHMAN
September 1st, 2021
How often have we heard some say; “The way of the Lord is not just”.{Ezekiel 33:20 NIV} How often have we heard these words come from the mouths of those who refuse to follow the warnings of the watchman. Watchman In the thirty third chapter of Ezekiel, we see Ezekiel called to be a watchman. In his role, he was to warn of the coming wrath of our Lord. The precious Ezekiel did what the Lord called...
GOD CAN STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT
August 31st, 2021
I get the feeling when God wants to show His people He is powerful enough, strong enough and resourceful enough, He follows through. He wants Israel to be repentant and reunited. He wants the reunited Israel to worship respectfully and fully. His prophets are leading the way so when the time comes everyone will say God made it so. And if He wants bones scattered in the dirt to join together and be...
GOD'S SWIFT JUSTICE SATISFIED
August 27th, 2021
When I read Lamentations chapter 2 this morning, the theme was God’s fierce anger displayed towards the Jewish people who rejected Him. Just as we later see that Jesus wept over the New Testament Jews, here we see the prophet Jeremiah weeping over the many Old Testament Jews who similarly rejected God.This may actually be an Old Testament foreshadowing of the passion Jesus had for the lost when He...
FACING THE MUSIC
August 25th, 2021
Eventually, we all have to face the truth. Whether we have deceived ourselves into thinking we are the most skilled singer alive or the most courageous or strongest person on the planet or the best basketball player not yet drafted into the NBA or believe we are the finest musician on in the world, we eventually have to face the music. Truth has a way of catching up to us. Pride is deceptive and s...
INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY
August 20th, 2021
There are several themes in today’s One Year Chronological Bible Reading from Ezekiel 17-19. The primary theme of chapter 18 is personal responsibility for our own actions and the decisions we make.We may feel that those who preceded us are responsible for our current situation and behavior, and so we want to “pass the buck,” to blame someone else for what we are doing or did, an attitude and prac...
GOD IS FAITHFUL
August 19th, 2021
God’s love is forever,His correction is proof,His forgiveness is always.......
FOXES, BIRDS & WHITEWASHED WALLS
August 18th, 2021
The Lord is very concerned that the nation of Israel ‘know that He is the Lord.’ Fifty plus times in this book that phrase is used. His people seem to seek after everything BUT Him to provide, strengthen & deliver. And they like to listen to religious leaders who say what they like to hear. What concerns the Lord greatly is those prophets and prophetesses who purport to speak for Him yet are simpl...
WHAT DID THEY DO?
August 17th, 2021
The boys sat on the floor ramming the metal cars into each other over and over. Suddenly, a voice cried out from the other room, "Both of you get in here right now!" Bewildered, they looked at one another and asked in turn," ‘ What did you do?’…‘No! what did YOU do?!’”In chapters 5-9 of the book of Ezekiel that is the question before us: What did they do? Why was God so angry with them that we rea...
WHERE IS THEIR SIN?
August 13th, 2021
The books of Jeremiah and Lamentations are hard to read. Jeremiah the prophet writes up a laundry list of judgements against the nation of Israel, and weeps when those judgements come true. There is no joy here in seeing the nation taken away into captivity because of their sins.And yet, even in the bitterness of the judgement being served, God tells the people of Israel: “there is hope for your d...
A NEAR God
August 11th, 2021
In a section of today’s reading, the Lord is angry with the people because of their rebellion, the king because of his arrogance and the prophets because they were prophesying falsely. In all this, the nation was not being benefited (Jer. 23:32), they were on the edge of forgetting their Lord (Jer. 23:27) and they were in danger of facing the judgment of the Lord. This is a dangerous and fearful s...
I LOVE A GOOD OBJECT LESSON...
August 10th, 2021
In this passage, Jeremiah 35:14-19, God has a great object lesson for the Israelites - the Rechabites.The Rechabites obeyed the commands of their father, Jonadab, the son of Rechab, while Judah disobeyed the words of their heavenly Father. Jonadab’s command to his sons was not to drink wine which they faithfully observed. God uses the prophet Jeremiah to contrast the faithfulness of this small nom...
OVERCOMING TRIALS
August 6th, 2021
Today’s reading begins with Jeremiah chapters 19 and 20. In chapter 19 we read Jeremiah prophesying to the leaders of the people at the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem against the people of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. He warned them again that their persistent idolatry would soon bring down the LORD’s terrible judgment upon their people and their city. In chapter 20, he gives ...
SUSTAINED THROUGH DISCIPLINE
August 5th, 2021
Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you...I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.” Jeremiah 46:28             Sometimes we forget that discipline can be both loving and caring. But when our holiness is at stake, who better to guide us and mold us into greater holiness than the one who defines holiness (1 Pet. 1:15-16)? Jeremia...
TO KNOW THE LORD
August 4th, 2021
Jehoahaz was named king of Judah in place of his father, but he reigned only 3 months.  He spent the time he had in deceit, corruption and oppression, serving only himself and his evil desires.  His father, Josiah, did what was right and just, taking care of the oppressed rather than oppressing.  “’Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD’ (Jer. 22:16b).  Unfortunately for Jehoaha...