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A Bad Day for the Arameans

March 19th, 2017 · No Comments

1 Kings 20:28-30 (New Living Translation) 28 Then the man of God went to the king of Israel and said, “This is what the Lord says: The Arameans have said, ‘The Lord is a god of the hills and not of the plains.’ So I will defeat this vast army for you. Then you will […]

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For Surely He is a God!

March 18th, 2017 · No Comments

1 Kings 18:27 (New Living Translation) About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!” Not quite. Note how Elijah describes […]

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Prostitutes? Before the King?

July 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

1 Kings 3:16 (New Living Translation) Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled. This is from the (hi)story of wise King Solomon and the two women with one live baby. Stop! Wait a minute! The (hi)story begins with two prostitutes bringing an argument to the King of Israel, […]

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Paying Attention

April 26th, 2015 · No Comments

1 Kings 12:15 (New Living Translation) So the king paid no attention to the people… Ooooops. This (hi)story doesn’t start well. And it doesn’t end well either. The king in this verse if Rehoboam. His rival is Jeroboam. The result was the ten northern tribes breaking away from the two southern tribes. The result was centuries […]

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Kill, Kill, and Kill Some More

October 11th, 2014 · No Comments

1 Kings 11:14-16 (New Living Translation) 14 Then the Lord raised up Hadad the Edomite, a member of Edom’s royal family, to be Solomon’s adversary. 15 Years before, David had defeated Edom. Joab, his army commander, had stayed to bury some of the Israelite soldiers who had died in battle. While there, they killed every […]

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Praise Your God

September 15th, 2013 · No Comments

1 Kings 10:9 (New Living Translation) Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness. The Queen of Sheba is speaking these words. She has […]

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Toward this Temple

September 14th, 2013 · No Comments

1 Kings 8:48-49 (New Living Translation) 48 If they turn to you with their whole heart and soul in the land of their enemies and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors—toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name— 49 then hear their prayers […]

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Two Little Flocks of Goats

August 11th, 2013 · No Comments

1 Kings 20:26-27 (New Living Translation) 26 The following spring he called up the Aramean army and marched out against Israel, this time at Aphek. 27 Israel then mustered its army, set up supply lines, and marched out for battle. But the Israelite army looked like two little flocks of goats in comparison to the […]

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The Temple’s Purpose

May 11th, 2013 · No Comments

1 Kings 8: (New Living Translation) 17 Then Solomon said, “My father, David, wanted to build this Temple to honor the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 18 But the Lord told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good, 19 but you are not the […]

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Concerning this Building Project

May 5th, 2013 · No Comments

1 Kings 6:11-13 (New Living Translation) 11 Then the Lord gave this message to Solomon: 12 “Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. 13 I will live among the Israelites […]

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