And, all sin is an afront to God. Please take 5 minutes to read this incredible blog post and please pray about and confess to God any "little" sins you might have in your life and repent. And how often in our lives do we truly practice this?
Do you obey God rather than human authority? The apostles rejoiced that they were given 39 lashes - this is no joke as we all know - because they were proclaiming Jesus. They rejoiced that God had counted them worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus! This is something that should definitely bring tears to all of our eyes. Let us pray that God also counts us worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus! Take them away with those who do evil. And let Israel have quietness and peace. What a great prayer. Don't we all wish for quietness and peace in our lives? One thing I'll recommend - which I am trying so hard to learn myself - is to take a Sabbath day of rest each week.
Just rest. Just be peaceful.
Just be with God. One day a week. It will dramatically change the other 6 days of your week without a doubt. Will you join me on this quest for quietness and peace in our lives by taking a Sabbath day of rest once each week? Proverbs - Proverbs 16 verse 25 today teaches us: "There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Really, examine the path you are on this very day To Life or death? Do you know the God of Heaven? Click here to meet Him!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Prayer Point: Pray that you are examining the path you are on today, and every day. Pray that you are not on a worldly path that lead to death, but on the path that leads to eternal life. Pray that you are on Jesus' path, following in the footsteps of your Savior. Will you rejoice if indeed someday you do suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus?
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Is it proper for a Christian to want to actually suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus? Should we want this? Expect this? Seek this? Rejoice in this? June 07, Permalink Comments 1. Old Testament - Today we begin First Kings! First Kings is an amazing book of the Bible.
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Below is an image of King Solomon dictating his wise Proverbs:. The two books cover a period of approximately years, when kings ruled the land, hence the name of the book. The split of the kingdom into Israel North and Judah South is described, ending with the great conflict between Elijah the prophet, and Ahab, the king of Israel. It shows that God speaks to us from the past, as well as from the present experience of others. These events are recorded so that we will not make the same mistakes again. First Kings particularly shows the disastrous effects of social evil upon the spiritual life of a nation.
First Kings chapter 1 is quite a chapter today! David is old! Adonijah claims the throne! David makes Solomon King! Quite a dramatic chapter, eh?
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Adonijah was David's 4th oldest son, and probably the eldest son living at this time. First son Amnon was killed by Absalom. Second son Daniel was probably not living at this time.
Third son Absalom was killed in his rebellion. So, fourth son Adonijah thought now was his moment to shine. Well, as Paul Harvey would say, "now for the rest of the story Solomon was clearly God and David's choice for the kingship. Then the trumpets were blown, and all the people shouted, "Long live King Solomon! The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound.
New Testament - In our Acts readings today, I found it very interesting that Peter and John found themselves before the same 70 member Sanhedrin that Jesus found himself before when he was sentenced to death. Peter and John avoided death in this case, and Jesus' name and power was proclaimed before the high council in a powerful way.
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Caiaphas you'll recall from John "Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people. I love reading about the early church praying and sharing their possessions after Peter and John were released! Send your healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus. How often do you pray with a group of people outside of a regular church service? Think this would be a powerful thing to do? Below is a beautiful fresco on the wall in a small church in the French Alps of "The Community in Prayer" from Acts 4 today:.
Psalms - I read in a commentary that Psalm was likely a call and response from a Levitical priest and worshipers. Verses 1 through 5 were likely spoken by the priest and verses 6 through 8 were the response of the people. Great way to read this Psalm! Even though this Psalm title says it is a "Psalm of David", some commentaries believe this Psalm is post-exile from Babylon based on verse 8: "We escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Verse 8 is a joyful response that hopefully each one of us can sing confidently: "Our help is from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth.
Do you believe that words have power? Do you speak to others with pleasant words?
Do you realize that your words literally can be sweet to the soul of others and healing to their bones? Knowing this, would this maybe change how you speak to others? Do you also believe that there is a time and place to speak to someone with words that may not be pleasant, but that are needed discipline? I do think there is a time and place for disciplinary words to be spoken directly to someone — with love. And though these words may seem harsh at first, over time they may be seen as very pleasant words that someone needed to hear.
Generally speaking I do think we can probably do the most good and encourage others to change through pleasant words. Is there someone in your life today who might be going through a hard time that you can bless with pleasant words? Will you encourage that person today with words that are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones? Let our words be like "honey from heaven" to those around us! Do you think God is dead? Click here for LIFE!
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.