Hearing Wisdom

When there are so many challenges in life, it can be difficult to determine the right answer. There are times you may wish you had the wisdom of Solomon. Yet at the heart of wisdom is one simple fact — you must be humble enough to hear what God’s word is telling you. In 1 […]

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Vanity Destroys

In 2 Kings we read about how King after King “did evil in the sight of the LORD.” Over and over they abandon God’s law and His covenant to pursue the gods of neighboring nations. However, there’s an interesting statement in the second half of 2 Kings 17:15: “And they followed vanity and became vain, […]

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God Pleaser

“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4, NASB).” It seems like a simple statement, but how do we delight in the Lord? Isaiah 58:13-14 provides some guidance: “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, […]

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A Second Chance

God is a god of second chances. If you wonder about the depth of His grace, consider Jonah. He ignored God’s command and ran from Him. Yet God continued to pursue him by pressing into his life. God used a severe storm to get his attention, yet Job still did not give in to God. […]

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Too Proud to Remember

There have been times in my life where I have gone through severe trials. In those times I have cried out to God for relief. I have asked him to take away the pain, to release me from the ongoing struggles. It seems during those times I have drawn closer to God and my faith […]

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Seeking God

Earthly gain is a powerful force that can draw us away from God. In the Old Testament, Solomon provides a good example. Initially he was devoted to God, serving as an example to others of living for God, but that did not last. His wealth was immense, so much so that silver was not considered […]

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For All People

In 1 Kings 8 Solomon is dedicating the just completed temple to God. A great assembly is gathered “from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt, before the LORD our God (1 Kings 8:65).” The priests have “brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the inner sanctuary […]

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