April 20, 2018

People generally regard Jehoshaphat as one of Judah’s good kings, but he received rebukes in Scripture for two unholy alliances. When God tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, He means it! A man’s heart is right with Christ when he wills what God wills and obeys what God says, despite his personal feelings, thoughts, or desires. Please open your Bible to Second Chronicles chapter seventeen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his study of this chapter.

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April 20, 2018

People generally regard Jehoshaphat as one of Judah’s good kings, but he received rebukes in Scripture for two unholy alliances. When God tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, He means it! A man’s heart is right with Christ when he wills what God wills...

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April 19, 2018

Unbelief displeases God, and when God sent a prophet to Asa to rebuke him for his unbelief, Asa became wroth with God’s messenger for telling him the truth. Beware of rejecting the LORD’s truth and His correction, as Asa learned, the consequences are bad. Please open...

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April 18, 2018

Spiritual and physical decline marked the last five years of Asa’s reign. As the king drifted away from the LORD, he placed his trust in men rather than in God. Asa’s life reminds of the need to remain steadfast in our walk with Jesus Christ, no matter how old we are...

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April 17, 2018

A prophecy made by Azariah the son of Oded emboldened and encouraged Asa. Asa responded to the exhortation with action. He made a renewed effort to continue removing the idolatry from the land. We also must be responsive to what we read and what we hear from God’s...

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April 16, 2018

The Spirit of God exhorted Asa to remember that Israel was spiritually declining, because they chose to do that which was right in their own eyes instead of submitting to God’s word and His will. The end of the book of Judges gives us a picture of the tragic results...

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April 13, 2018

During a time of rest and quiet, Asa did not kick back. He used his time wisely as a steward of God by doing two important things: First, he determined to seek the Lord fervently. Then he fortified himself in anticipation of future battles. We should also fortify...

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April 12, 2018

Asa became Judah’s king after Abijah. His reign started well but ended badly. As Asa got older, his trust in and obedience to God’s word gave way to dependence on human alliances, and he rejected God’s prophet. Compromise and ungodly deeds punctuated His final years....

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April 11, 2018

We know we are fighting against God when we deliberately ignore what He has commanded us to do. Abijah reminded Jeroboam that he was directly disobeying the Lord with his golden calves and his priesthood, and Abijah’s army routed Jeroboam’s. This shows that no one can...

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April 10, 2018

The civil war that started between Rehoboam in southern Israel and Jeroboam in the north continued during the short reign of Abijah, who was Rehoboam’s son. Abijah thought that Jeroboam and his followers took advantage of Rehoboam’s weaknesses. The devil is our enemy,...

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April 9, 2018

Rehoboam only trusted in God and was serious about Him as long as he felt he needed something from Him. This was the root cause of his eventual defection from the Lord. If we, by the grace of God, should grow strong and prosperous, we must beware of the temptation to...

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April 6, 2018

After Jeroboam revolted from Rehoboam, he removed God’s priests and Levites from office and replaced them with a false priesthood. The true priests fled to the Southern Kingdom. Tragically, shortly after renouncing the house of David, the northern tribes turned to...

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April 5, 2018

Rehoboam made his subjects wait for three days for his answer to their request for tax relief. He asked his elder advisors first, but he apparently decided to reject their advice before he even heard it. He then asked his younger, less-wise counsellors, for their...

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April 4, 2018

After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam became Israel’s king. Solomon had placed a heavy yoke of taxes and forced labor on his people to support his ambitious building programs. The people asked his son for relief, but he defiantly refused, and the people revolted....

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April 3, 2018

The physical building of the Temple was Solomon’s work, done by the direction, power, and inspiration of the LORD. However, the consecration of the building was God’s work alone. Solomon could build a building, but only God could hallow it with His presence, and after...

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April 2, 2018

When Solomon completed his prayer of dedication for the Temple, God sent fire from heaven to consume the burnt offering and sacrifices as a vivid and visible proof of His approval. Note that the fire of God came down on the sinless sacrifice, not the sinful people....

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March 30, 2018

In Solomon’s Temple, priests placed the ark beneath and between the wings of two golden cherubs within the Most Holy Place. On top of the ark was the mercy seat. It was at the mercy seat that God said that He would commune with man. We should be glad that God does not...

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March 29, 2018

In Solomon’s Temple, priests placed the ark beneath and between the wings of two golden cherubs within the Most Holy Place. On top of the ark was the mercy seat. It was at the mercy seat that God said that He would commune with man. We should be glad that God does not...

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March 28, 2018

Solomon had completed the Temple, but it was just an empty shell until they moved the ark into it, and God’s glory filled it. Likewise, our lives are but an empty shell of human existence until Jesus Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. The Temple took seven years to...

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March 27, 2018

Solomon built the Temple on Mount Moriah. This is the same hill upon which Abraham offered Isaac and the same set of hills upon which our heavenly Father offered His only begotten Son, Jesus, on the cross as the propitiation for our sins. Though it would be a grand...

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March 26, 2018

When building the Temple in Jerusalem, Solomon made sure to explain that it would not “contain God” in the way that pagan temples contained their gods. The Jewish Temple housed no idol, as did the pagan temples of his day. Israel’s God was not localized in any way,...

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March 23, 2018

If the God of the universe gave you the opportunity to receive anything that you desired from Him, would you ask Him for power, riches, or maybe a long life? Solomon had such an opportunity, and He asked for something far better than any of those things, and His...

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March 22, 2018

Ezra wrote the book of Second Chronicles to encourage and exhort those who had returned to Jerusalem from Babylonian exile. The remnant needed encouragement to keep their faith alive in the midst of difficulty, and they needed a word of hope for the future. This book...

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March 21, 2018

When one realizes the true grace and goodness of God, we, like David, should ask ourselves, “Who am I?” A true revelation of God’s Gospel of grace will banish all forms of boasting in your life. We must realize that we cannot give God anything, because it all belongs...

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March 20, 2018

God chooses whom He wills to serve Him and to lead His people. Serving God in a ministerial sense is not a vocation, it is a high and holy calling, and His work is great. While working for and with God can be very challenging, it is the most rewarding work on the...

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March 19, 2018

God chose Solomon to be David’s successor and the one to build the Temple. It was a solemn obligation on Solomon’s part, for these were God’s chosen people, and the Temple was for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Note that each of these appointments were choices...

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March 16, 2018

Today we begin our look at the last chapters of David’s reign over Israel. Having covered the organization of the Temple servants, we move to the organization of Israel’s civil government. God ordained and ordered both, and His divine law governed their operations....

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March 15, 2018

God gifted those who were called by Him to serve in Temple worship with the ability to play and sing skillfully. David wisley did not give the choice worship assignments only to the most talented and greatest. He let God do the choosing, because it was both a...

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March 14, 2018

Today’s passage concerns the ministry of vocal and instrumental music used in the Temple. Interestingly, the captains of the army took part in the selection and organization of Israel’s “worship leaders”. David sensed a connection between the security of the kingdom...

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March 13, 2018

Our God is a God of order. God-ordained order is a biblical principle that pertains to a marriage, a family, and the Body of Christ. A cell in the human body that does its own thing is called cancer. Any individual who does their own thing or has an agenda apart from...

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March 12, 2018

Like the priests of the Old Testament, God has called us to a life of holiness and dedication to Him. Christians should cultivate the discipline of blessing the Lord and praising Him every day. He is worthy of all our praises! Moreover, we should use the gifts that He...

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March 9, 2018

Near the end of David’s life, after he had essentially given Solomon the reins of government, he began organizing an enduring religious and political structure that would perpetually meet the nation’s needs. He recognized the importance of God’s people gathering for...

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March 8, 2018

David gave Solomon everything he needed to build the Temple in Jerusalem. All Solomon needed to provide was obedience. The same is true of us. Peter’s second epistle tells us that God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” Our part is simply to...

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March 7, 2018

David was not able to do the one thing that he wanted to do above everything else on this earth: He wanted to build a temple for God. God has prevented many a man from reaching their ultimate life goals, because of sin in their lives. Sin dragged David down. It drags...

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March 6, 2018

Though David repented of his sin, God told him that there would be consequences. The LORD allowed David to choose one of three forms of chastening. David chose to fall into God’s hands rather than into the hands of men. It is very sweet when we recognize our merciful...

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March 5, 2018

Can Satan force you to do wrong? No, the devil can only bait the trap and try to convince you that, what God calls poison, is really delicious and healthy. Satan only tempted David with the idea to number Israel, but it was David who decided to act on the...

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March 2, 2018

In spiritual warfare, no matter how many times you get a victory over some giant in your life, the enemy will return. Do not be surprised if your find yourself repeatedly facing the same battles in your walk with Jesus Christ. The key to victory is to be where the...

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March 1, 2018

Spring evokes thoughts of flowers, longer days, and outdoor exercise. However, in ancient times, spring meant that it was time for kings to go war. In today’s passage, Israel’s army went out to war, but King David stayed behind. The Chronicler did not mention David’s...

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February 28, 2018

Throughout history, God has called great men like David to lead His people. However, no leader is capable of handling the work of God alone. Every leader is in great need of faithful people to come alongside of them and go to battle with them. God blessed David with...

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February 27, 2018

Although the Ammonites were Israel’s relatives, there was always hostility between them. Works of the flesh always stir up animosity among brethren. Let us not be blind to our own fleshly tendencies towards hostility, nor be ignorant of Satan’s devices in inciting us...

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February 26, 2018

After many military victories, neighboring kings sent David gifts of gold, silver, and brass. David knew that it was the LORD that had given him his victories, so dedicated these materials for the Temple’s construction. David avoided the trap that takes many. It is...

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February 23, 2018

What do you do when you have something on your heart that is good and godly, but God tells you that He wants someone else to it? When this happened to David, he did not pout about it. He accepted God’s will and determined that he was going to do all that he could to...

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February 22, 2018

Though the LORD prevented David from building His Temple, God promised David a perpetual throne from which the Messiah would reign. We should always remember that our relationship with God is always based upon what He does for us, never upon what we do for Him. All...

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February 21, 2018

Today we get another example showing that having good intentions to do something that is truly good are insufficient grounds for proceeding. Nathan the prophet learned that is unwise to speak before hearing from God when he told David to proceed in building a temple...

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February 20, 2018

In David’s psalm of thanksgiving, he admonished his jubilant listeners to glory in the name of the LORD. To do this, one must glory in the greatness and splendor of all that God is. It also means to seek God with all our hearts, and not just our heads. Doing this will...

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February 19, 2018

Today’s message describes events surrounding the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant in the city of David. God’s people were joyfully feasting, singing, and offering prayers of thanksgiving. They recognized the arrival of the ark in the city of David as a sign of God’s...

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February 16, 2018

A few months after his first failed attempt, David successfully moved the Ark of the Covenant from the house of Obededom to Jerusalem with great fanfare and unbridled worship. God is worshiped whenever and wherever His Word is believed, His commands are obeyed, and...

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February 15, 2018

God blessed David’s reign. He had favor with some neighboring kingdoms, like Tyre, and God allowed him to prevail over enemies like the Philistines. While David wisely sought the LORD before going into battle, he disregarded God’s laws when he started multiplying his...

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February 14, 2018

Living in the age of grace, Christians can easily drift into a careless attitude about doing the things of the Lord. We should never presume to worship God according to our own imaginations. Worship is not intended to make us feel good. Worship is about magnifying the...

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February 13, 2018

Sometimes Christians can have the best of intentions, and what they desire to do is truly a good thing. However, failure to consult the Lord in prayer about the best way to attempt such a work can result in disaster. David’s first attempt to move the Ark of the...

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February 12, 2018

Today’s passage describes key qualities of the Israelites that rallied around David when they made him king at Hebron. Most notably, the men of Issachar were able to discern what the LORD was doing by making David their king. All of them were able to hold rank, even...

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February 9, 2018

Today’s passage is a flashback to the days before David’s coronation, when he was hiding in the Judean desert from Saul. For sixteen months Achish, a Philistine king, offered David and his mighty men refuge at Ziklag. Nevertheless, David knew that God was his real...

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February 8, 2018

In today’s study we will find David hiding from his enemies in the cave of Adullam. However, he was not cowering in fear. Instead, he was worshiping his Lord. Based on David’s example, worshiping and praising our God is an effective response to the attacks of our...

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February 7, 2018

It says in Daniel eleven thirty-two that people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits. The lives of David and his mighty men provide many examples of this. Two decades after Samuel anointed him, with much of that time spent in exile while hiding from...

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February 6, 2018

King Saul died because of his transgression against the LORD. Saul habitually disobeyed God’s commands. So when Saul quit listening to God, God did not answer Saul. When God stopped speaking to Saul, he sought counsel through a necromancer at Endor. This sin was his...

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February 5, 2018

While First Samuel devotes approximately twenty chapters to the reign of Saul, First Chronicles only devotes one chapter to Israel’s first king. Moreover, its primary concern is Saul’s death, because this made possible David’s ascendency to the throne. King David and...

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February 2, 2018

Today we will finish our survey of Israel’s genealogical history. Besides the names of people in seven of Israel’s tribes, we also get a list of families that lived in Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. Scripture reminds us that God allowed the Babylonians to...

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February 1, 2018

The next stop on our genealogical survey concerns the Levites, which includes Aaron’s descendants, which were the only ones allowed to serve as high priests. Unlike other tribes, their cities were strategically located throughout Israel: Four cities in each tribal...

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January 31, 2018

As we continue our study of the genealogical record of First Chronicles, Scripture draws our attention to the tribes of Israel and the lands that they inherited. We will also learn about some of their battles. In particular, when the trans-Jordanian tribes fought...

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January 30, 2018

In today’s broadcast we resume our survey of key family lineages of the Bible by looking at Jesse and his seven sons. After rejecting Jesse’s six oldest sons, God told Samuel to annoint David, Jesse’s youngest son, to be Israel’s next king. This account reminds us...

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January 29, 2018

Superficially, the opening chapters of First Chronicles have all the literary appeal of a phone book. However, to Jewish exiles that returned home from the Babylonian captivity, this book’s genealogies reminded them that they were God’s people. For Christians, the...

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January 26, 2018

The Day of the LORD is an awesome and ominous time described in Scripture in which Jesus will return to earth and put an end to all rebellion against Almighty God. Though fire will consume the wicked, He will be like the warm spring Sun that will bring ultimate and...

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January 25, 2018

The Day of the LORD is an awesome and omnious time described in Scripture in which Jesus will return to earth and put an end to all rebellion against Almighty God. Fire will consume the proud and the wicked, but those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life...

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January 24, 2018

One of the greatest assurances of Scripture is that God does not change. Another is that the Eternal One cannot lie. Therefore, because of God’s covenant with Jacob, the LORD of Hosts did not completely consume the sons of Jacob for their sins. He is always faithful...

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January 23, 2018

Today’s study begins with an answer to a question asked of Malachi by the Levites, “Where is the God of Judgment?” The LORD, through Malachi, responded with a prophecy declaring that God would suddenly send His messenger and the Lord that they sought. The messenger...

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January 22, 2018

Despite their sin of hard-heartedly divorcing their wives, the Levitical priests had continued to offer sacrifices and bring offerings to the Temple. However, God no longer received those things with good will. The covenant of marriage is sacred, and God wanted His...

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January 19, 2018

God had harsh words for Levitical priests that were divorcing their Jewish wives to marry women that worshiped idols. Their bad example emboldened other Jewish men to do the same thing. Because God is longsuffering, he had Malachi appeal to them to repent, to save...

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January 18, 2018

God is a great ruler that is faithful to His people. One of the ways that He shows His great love for us is by His rod of correction. While the chastening is not pleasant, He does it for our ultimate good. Israel (also known as Jacob) was struggling with this, but God...

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January 17, 2018

Malachi, whose name means “My Messenger,” was the last prophet of Jehovah to plead with His people before the ensuing four hundred years of silence that preceded the birth of Jesus. Lackluster zeal for the things of God characterized the post-exilic Jews. Instead of...

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January 16, 2018

When Haggai wrote of “the desire of all nations,” he was prophesying about Jesus Christ. Whether people realize it or not, He is The Ultimate Desire of every human being. Sadly, Jesus is not the desire of this fallen world system or those whom it has deceived, which...

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January 15, 2018

When the people of God began to build the new temple, they compared its modest size with Solomon’s great and glorious temple. They could not see how this new temple could have any significance in comparison with the previous one. But God disagreed with their...

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January 12, 2018

The prophet Haggai told the people of Israel, “Consider your ways,” or, more literally, “Set your heart on your path.” What motivates you to live the way you do? What brings you joy? What makes you cry? At that time, Jerusalem’s Temple had been just a bare foundation...

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January 11, 2018

Liberated captives laid the foundation for the Jewish Temple after returning from Babylon. Then local opposition caused the work to cease. Building the Temple was important, but the people were saying that it just wasn’t the right time to build. Similarly, people get...

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January 10, 2018

As we conclude our study of Jonah today, it would serve us all well to take a “grace check.” When God forgives or restores a sinner, He does not put them on probation. He frees them to worship and serve Him by faith. Do we pout, or do we praise when God saves someone...

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January 9, 2018

The grace that Jonah received from the Lord gladdened Him. However, when God bestowed that very same grace upon the wicked Assyrians in Nineveh, it maddened Jonah to the core. When God forgives or restores a sinner, does it gladden you or madden you? Is your reaction...

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January 8, 2018

The Assyrians were cruel and wicked: the opposite of everything that God says is holy, upright, and pure. Yet, God says that if a nation, against whom He has pronounced judgment, turns from their evil, He will repent of the evil that He thought to do unto them. At...

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January 5, 2018

After being vomited out of a whale, the word of the LORD came unto Jonah a second time. Jonah was not an exceptional case of God giving someone a second chance. We see other examples in the Bible in the lives of Abraham, Moses, Aaron, David, Peter and others. Every...

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January 4, 2018

Scripture declares, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loves he corrects; even as a father corrects a son in whom he delights.” Like Jonah, followers of Christ will be chastened and corrected by the...

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January 3, 2018

Jonah was a reluctant and rebellious prophet. However, after a great sea creature swallowed him, he became remorseful and repententant, but not right away. It was not until the third day that he cried out to God. Jonah experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness when he...

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January 2, 2018

Jonah is a book that is packed with practical lessons for any person who is a follower of Jesus. It teaches us that one cannot flee from God’s presence. Jonah teaches us that our sin affects others, and that God extends His grace and the gift of repentance to even the...

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January 1, 2018

Most people have heard of Jonah and the whale. Jesus Himself believed the literal account of Jonah spending three days and nights in the belly of a large sea creature. He said that it was a type of how He would be three days and three nights in the belly of the earth...

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December 29, 2017

“Repent” is a verb, and change begins at the top. Parents, if you want your children to follow the Lord, you must follow the Lord. When one repents, and puts the Lord ahead of your own desires, God will give you this assurance: I will be with you. Please open your...

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December 28, 2017

Jesus came to p ay our sin debt, but He also came to set us free from bondage to the things of this world. The most frustrated person in the world is the person that is living for themself. They work longer and harder to get more, but it is as if they are putting all...

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December 27, 2017

The start of a new year causes many people to begin a new diet, start a new exercise program, or commit to being more financially responsible by creating a budget. These changes usually result from the realization that something has got to change after reflecting on...

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December 26, 2017

Until the day that the Lord takes His people home, He knows that Satan will be hurling darts of discouragement at them. That is why Jesus gave us His promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Christians today have His Holy Spirit dwelling in them, but even...

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December 25, 2017

Emmanuel is a Strong and Mighty Tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. Emmanuel is hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak and weary. Emmanuel means “God is With Us”, because when Jesus was born of a virgin, God came down to live among mortal men and to...

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December 22, 2017

Christmastime is hard for many people. The apparent joy of others can sometimes amplify one’s own personal losses or heartaches. The Apostle John was no stranger to loss. By the time he wrote his Gospel, many of his friends had been brutally killed, and Rome had...

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December 21, 2017

As part of God’s eternal plan, Jesus stepped out of heaven almost two thousand years ago, and He became a man. He did that so that you and I could look at Jesus and say, “That’s what God looks like!” Please open your Bible to John, chapter one, verse four, and listen...

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December 20, 2017

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, believers can have a personal relationship with the God and King of the universe. Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law so that we would not have to. Therefore,we should not focus on vain religious rituals, but on getting...

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December 19, 2017

Today’s passage looks ahead to the first New Year’s celebration of Christ’s millennial kingdom. The people of Israel will greet the beginning of that Golden Age with clapping, singing, and shouts of triumph. At that time, all nations will recognize God’s kingship, and...

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December 18, 2017

Man, and all the powers of darkness, oppose what God plans to do on earth and in heaven. What effect does all this opposition have on God and His plans: absolutely nothing! Not only is God at perfect peace on His heavenly throne, He laughs at their vain effots to stop...

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December 15, 2017

Today’s passage declares that, despite what the nations may say, the Father has set His Son Jesus Christ as King upon Mount Zion, which is His holy hill. He is a king, Whom we should cherish. A king, Whom we shoud adore. A king, Who is our Redeemer. Please open your...

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December 14, 2017

Jesus is the King of Glory, and one day the redeemed will stand before Him in His eternal kingdom, not because we have resumes of good deeds, but because He has made us clean by His shed blood. Nevertheless, when Christ saves us, our hands do not do the things that...

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December 13, 2017

Psalms twenty-two through twenty-four form a messianic triad in Scripture. Psalm twenty-two concerns Christ the Savior. Psalm twenty-three reveals Christ the Shepherd, and Psalm twenty-four describes the entrance of Christ, the Sovereign King, into the city of...

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December 12, 2017

The holiday season can be a stressful and even depressing time for many people. However, the Father sent Jesus into this world so that everyone could experience true joy. One can only know true joy and peace by being reconciled unto God through faith in Jesus Christ....

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December 11, 2017

Overwhelmed by holiday preparations? We invite you pause for a moment to refocus on the true meaning and significance of Christmas. For the next two weeks, we will broadcast a series of messages entitled “All Hail, King Jesus”. Most of these studies will focus on...

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December 8, 2017

Paul exhorted the Corinthian congregation to “be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” Each one of us is working out (not for!) our own salvation with fear and trembling. Fortunately, God gives us...

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December 7, 2017

Some say that the body of Christ is the most glorious dysfunctional family on earth. God’s people are perfectly redeemed, yet they dwell in imperfect bodies that have been corrupted by sin. Paul addressed this dysfunction in his letter to the Corinthians. He told them...

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December 6, 2017

Scripture makes it clear that our assurance of salvation does not lie in any work that we do. Salvation comes only by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus. We can only draw near to God because of Who Jesus is and what He did for us. However, it is equally...

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December 5, 2017

Every church congregation contains a mixed multitude of possessors and mere professors of faith in Christ. Paul voiced his concern for those whose lifestyle did not match their alleged testimony of having experienced the regenerating power of the Gospel of Jesus...

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December 4, 2017

Paul told the people at Corinth that when he would come to them a third time, it would not be to seek their money or possessions, but to seek them, that is, their hearts. This is what Jesus wants from us: not our money, not our possessions, but us. Living sacrifices...

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