Nehemiah 1-6 Opposition is a Reality

Nehemiah set his heart on a noble task. He had prayed about it. He overcame fear and risk to get the necessary resources to accomplish the task. He knew it was God’s will to get the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt. He was organized and funded. He had counted the cost. What else could he have […]

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Nehemiah 1 The Prayer of a Cupbearer

In Nehemiah 1 we are introduced to the cupbearer, Nehemiah, who served the most powerful man in the world, Artaxerxes, the King of Persia. Nehemiah is feeling the weight of the dismal state of the Israelite people and the great city, Jerusalem. I am struck by his prayer. He appeals to God to fulfill His […]

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Week 17 Reading Questions 2 Kings 20-Nehemiah 6

Whole Story Questions: 1) Hezekiah destroyed the bronze serpent that God used to heal people. (Today the American Medical Association still uses this serpent as their logo.) Israel thought the serpent brought the healing – not God. Today we think doctors bring healing – not God. Why do we fall into this thinking? 2) When […]

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2 Kings 15 The Unlearned Lessons

I am struck once again by what appears to be the inability of men to learn simple lessons. In 2 Kings 15, the phrase, “and he did evil in the sight of the Lord,” appears over and over again. I am not really sure what each individual king’s problem was, but I can guess some […]

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2 Kings 2 Watching and Waiting for the Expected

In 2 Kings: 2, we see the conclusion of the ministry of Elijah the great prophet. It appears everyone knew that Elijah’s time was up, so his departure was expected. Elisha, Elijah’s protégé, was going to spend as much time as possible with him until God took Elijah away. Elisha was watching for the expected. […]

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1 Kings 11 Life of Solomon...Part 2 - Doing It My Way

What gets you pumped? What makes you feel alive? Riches, job, family, accomplishing goals or being wise? Solomon had all this, and yet he writes in Ecclesiastes, “When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind” 2:11. What!? Where does […]

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