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WHEN WE FORGET GOD
July 30th, 2021
The people of Israel had a problem.God had preserved the family of Jacob during 400 years in Egypt, delivered them from slavery there, and formed them into the nation of Israel during their 40-plus-year trek through the wilderness to the Promised Land. God had miraculously protected and provided for them in the wilderness, teaching them how they should live, and brought them into the land He’d pro...
EVIAN ('precious, something extremely amazing')
July 28th, 2021
“Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?” (2 Kings 20:20-21). One of the mighty acts recorded of Hezekiah upon his death was the tunnel he commissioned dug through solid rock in order to bring water into the city. In Hezekiah’s day, the...
RETURNING
July 23rd, 2021
"I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…"  Isaiah 43:5-6Today’s One Year Chronological Bible Reading is from Isaiah 40:1– 44:5. Much of this passage is encouragement, but some is also admonishment, charging the read...
YOU CAN HAVE AN IMPACT
July 22nd, 2021
Hezekiah was one of the good kings in Judah. He followed after King David and got rid of idol worship in his kingdom. He held fast to the Lord and was successful in all that he did. (2 Kings 18:6-7) When he became sick, and was told by Isaiah that he would die, he wept bitterly and prayed to God reminding him of how faithful he had been. God heard him and granted him another fifteen years of life...
STAND FAST AND PRAY
July 21st, 2021
The Bible readings for today are from 2 Kings, Isaiah and 2 Chronicles and deal with a time of great threats to God’s people. These words are encouraging for us today even over two thousand years later. The King of Assyria was conquering all nations that stood between him and Jerusalem. In spite of this great threat, the Lord saved the people of Jerusalem. King Hezekiah and Isaiah the Prophet pray...
WHERE IS ANOTHER GOD LIKE YOU?
July 20th, 2021
In the conclusion to the book of Micah, we find a question that we would all do well to ponder, “Where is another God like you?…” (Micah 7:18, NLT). What is most startling about this question is the surrounding context in which it is found. Micah is, in part, a book that contains God’s prophetic warnings to His people, through the mouth of Micah, of impending judgement because of their sins. And y...
TRUE AND FALSE HOPE
July 16th, 2021
Isa. 18:1-23:18 As a Gentile, it’s interesting to read when the OT prophets spoke to nations other than Israel. God’s heart yearns for those who don’t know Him, and His care for people “who cannot tell their right hand from their left” (Jonah 4:11) comes into play far more than we would expect in the Old Testament. So it is in today’s reading from Isaiah. God’s message to the people of Egypt warns...
GOD'S FAITHFULNESS IS EVERLASTING
July 15th, 2021
Twenty-six times in Psalm 136 we are told by the Psalmist that God’s faithfulness is everlasting. We are called upon to be thankful for all that He has done for us, to remember His constancy. Yet so often we find ourselves inconstant, far to busy with the things of this world, to remember His steadfast devotion to His creation. He makes no promise that we will not suffer, but he does promise to be...
WHATEVER THE LORD PLEASES ... HE DOES
July 14th, 2021
Whatever the Lord pleases, [H]e does,  in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.  Psalm 135:6Knowing that the Lord does whatever He pleases could be a great comfort or very scary. That being said, it would be prudent to understand what pleases the ALL MIGHTY GOD, El Shaddai. Scripture exhorts us to “find out what pleases the Lord”[1] and to “aim to please [H]im.”[2] We also know if we des...
PEACE IS HARD
July 13th, 2021
I love the Psalms, and especially the ones that make me feel like I could sit down with the writer and just talk about it. We both get it to some extent, cuz we’ve both been there. In Psalm 120, typically attested as one of David’s, he speaks of the troubles faced by those who simply want peace and truth. I learned from an early age to try to be a peacemaker. Christ made peace between us and the F...
PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT!
July 9th, 2021
Psalm 105 has always been a favorite of mine. The Psalmist points out promises that God had made to His nation, Israel. But not only that, he emphasizes that God kept those promises. Promises made, promises kept. We can rest in His promises knowing that He will keep them. As it says in verse 1, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.” In verse 3 w...
GUIDED PRAYER
July 8th, 2021
Dear Faith Family, Take a few minutes and consider the significance of possessing God’s Word in your own language and His faithfulness to see you through whatever might touch you. Click on the following link to be led in a 3-minute guided prayer focused on Psalm 66:12 produced by The Seed Company. How blessed we are to serve a Father Who has communicated His heart to us and Who supplies our every ...
NO MATTER WHAT
July 7th, 2021
In today’s reading of several Psalms, the first line is very significant: “It is good to give thanks to the Lоʀᴅ,”Though there are various times throughout these Psalms in which the psalmist questions the prosperity of the wicked, even asking God where He is while evil is going on, never is the mandate to give thanks to the Lоʀᴅ followed by, “if...”Not “...if things are going just the way you want...
A PERSON WHO LIVES IN PRAYER AND PRAISE
July 6th, 2021
What would a person look like who is found by God and lives his entire life in fellowship with Him? As a new believer he would delight in knowing his Father in Heaven. He grows like a tree planted firmly by the water. Also, like that tree, he produces fruit naturally by receiving the nourishment his Father provides. Psalm 1-2 By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from ...
HOW TO FIX ANY QUARREL
July 2nd, 2021
Proverbs 26:2 reads, “Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” I remember watching campfires when on family outings. At first there would be a large, crackling fire with lots of wood added to get it going. Then at a steady pace the flames would decrease and finally there would be no visible wood but only a quiet orange glow of embers that would eventually go out.A quarr...
LITTLE MAGGOTS AND GOD'S LOVE
June 30th, 2021
It is fascinating to me how the Lord uses little things to teach His children lessons. We struggle to learn BIG lessons such as are related to the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, the Trinity, the hypostatic union, the sovereignty of God and more. So God, as a loving Father, comes to us with illustrations that we are able to grasp. He is the Creator and He is able to draw upon His creation ...
STOP DOING WRONG - LEARN TO DO RIGHT
June 29th, 2021
I like that ISAIAH brings God's disappointment with His "vineyard '' into plain view. Very descriptive and poignant summary of Israel. It can't be fun hearing that you are like Sodom and Gomorrah knowing of their destruction. But the destruction is coming because, as we learned in VBS, God keeps His promises.And I see how God puts the calamity to come easily avoidable [ok, maybe not easy but doabl...
THE PROPHETIC HISTORY OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL
June 25th, 2021
Hosea was a prophet of GOD. He prophesied in the period of time 750 to 725 BC. He was a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel also called Ephraim. He was directed by GOD to take a wife who was an adulterous person. She was immoral. She was unfaithful. The name of the woman was Gomer. They had three children. Two boys and a girl. The name of each child represented a particular future event in t...
SEEK THE LORD
June 24th, 2021
What I learned from Isa.8:11-11:16. People lose their wealth. Life's problems overwhelm us like rising water and submerge is in darkness but God will provide us with a great light from above. Humans will conspire and consult any thing but God. But, just as God encourages Isaiah, if we as Christians seek His direction He will lead us out of darkness and keep us from harm. Do not fear - Seek the Lor...
THE DEEP UGLINESS OF MAN
June 23rd, 2021
Twice today in our reading we read that Ahaz “made his son pass through the fire” (1 Kings 16:3) and Ahaz “burned his sons in fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had driven out before the sons of Israel” (2 Chr. 28:3).  Everyone reading that report finds their mouth dropping open.  And then the questions come: How old were these boys?  Did they know what was coming? Wh...