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2 Chronicles 29

2 Chronicles 29

2 Chronicles 29 – Sometimes watching someone else fall is enough motivation to change course.  The ramifications of choices of another can be something that brings about…

2 Chronicles 24

2 Chronicles 24

2 Chronicles 24 – Riding on the coattails of another’s faith will not make any difference in the end. A good start doesn’t promise a faithful finish. Being too dependent on another for our…

2 Chronicles 21

2 Chronicles 21

2 Chronicles 21 – Time reveals the fruit of our lives. Many times seasons must come and go before the bearing of our own obedience or choices is shown. Sometimes that revelation is not…

2 Chronicles 20

2 Chronicles 20

2 Chronicles 20 – Have you ever gotten through something by the skin of your teeth? What a strange phrase right? Believe it or not, it is first mentioned in the book of Job!…

2 Chronicles 19

2 Chronicles 19

2 Chronicles 19 – Have you ever gotten through something by the skin of your teeth? What a strange phrase right? Believe it or not, it is first mentioned in the book of Job!…

2 Chronicles 18

2 Chronicles 18

2 Chronicles 18 – Do you really want the truth? The story that unfolds in this chapter is a tangible example of how we can surround ourselves with people who tell us what we…

2 Chronicles 17

2 Chronicles 17

2 Chronicles 17 – The good and the bad of our parental upbringing marks us. We’ve all been shaped by how we were raised and how our parents modeled themselves. There are the people…

2 Chronicles 4

2 Chronicles 4

2 Chronicles 4 – We’ve heard the phrase, “God is in the details.”  I’ve used this myself.  Often stated, it’s in reference to being led to do…

2 Chronicles 3

2 Chronicles 3

2 Chronicles 3 – Finally, the temple construction had begun.  After years of planning and preparation by David, when Solomon took the throne he began the work…

1 Chronicles 29

1 Chronicles 29

1 Chronicles 29 – Every church has them. People who are takers and give nothing in return. This is shown in every congregation’s struggle to fill positions;…

1 Chronicles 20

1 Chronicles 20

1 Chronicles 20 – They were known as giants. Descendants of Rapha, literally meaning giants, they had been in Canaan long before even Abraham. Famous for their…

1 Chronicles 9

1 Chronicles 9

1 Chronicles 9 – Let’s say you have an important meeting. It’s one you’ve anticipated with another about a project or even a heartfelt conversation. You’ve set…

1 Chronicles 5

1 Chronicles 5

1 Chronicles 5 – “They cried out to Him during the battle. He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.” (1 Chronicles 5:20) What a powerful…

Ruth 4

Ruth 4

Ruth 4 – “God’s hand is all over history.  God works out His purpose, generation after generation.  Limited as we are to one lifetime, each of us sees so…

Ruth 3

Ruth 3

Ruth 3 – The blending of lives is a beautiful thing.  We probably don’t think about that much with the relationships we hold.  But all…

Ruth 2

Ruth 2

Ruth 2 – The hand of God is always at work.  There are no coincidences.  When God is moving among His people, His hand is always leading and working…

Ruth 1

Ruth 1

Ruth 1 – It was during one of the darkest times of Israel.  The book of Judges records countless stories of people who failed miserably in their devotion to…

Isaiah 66

Isaiah 66

Isaiah 66 – As the book of Isaiah comes to a close it ends with drama, hope, and sobering warnings. Throughout Isaiah’s writings, God has instructed him to return…

Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65 – The book of Judges sums up a people who did what they wanted, threw caution to the wind and reaped those benefits for generations.  Story after…

Isaiah 64

Isaiah 64

Isaiah 64 – Waiting.  We hate it.  We hate to wait in traffic.  We loathe waiting for an appointment.  At the checkout line, if we find ourselves standing too…

Isaiah 63

Isaiah 63

Isaiah 63 – We have heard the term “Grieving the Holy Spirit.”  Sometimes the word “quenching” is used as well.  But what exactly does this mean? In simple terms,…

Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62 – “I will not keep silent.  I will not stop praying…until…” – God (NLT) In the opening of this passage where God speaks toward His people, He…

Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61 – “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” – Jesus (Luke 4:21) Jesus had just come off the heels of His time in the desert…

Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60 – There will come a time when all darkness will dissipate. The desperate darkness that grips the heart and soul of humankind, the…

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59 – Sin is offensive.  There, I said it.  We are so good at relegating our sins to the back burner of thought.  We insanely justify behavior that…

Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58 – Apoptosis – this medical term (the definition found on Medicine.Net) is a form of cell death in which a programmed sequence of events leads to the…

Isaiah 57

Isaiah 57

Isaiah 57 – Spiritual Adultery.  The term itself seems impossible really.  It also stands as an offensive term.  But this is what God addresses with the people of Israel…

Isaiah 56

Isaiah 56

Isaiah 56 – There are times we are dreamers.  We think of what could be, where we could go, yet for many, their dreams simply stay right there.  They…

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55 – The invitation has been sent.  All are asked to join our Lord of Hosts, God Almighty, the Redeemer Jesus. The invitation is for all but many…

Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54 – Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Try and suck all the sweetness that you can out of this chapter while we read it.  The personal application of a promise…

Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53 – The opening verse grabs my attention. “Who has believed our message?” It’s a rhetorical question but one that was referenced twice in the New Testament. John…

Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52 – Awake from your slumber and believe!  Awake from the sleepiness that has taken over your ways and thoughts and live in victory. Within this profound and…

Isaiah 51

Isaiah 51

Isaiah 51 – Have you ever stood in the waters of a lake or river where the ground beneath was not solid?  The strange muck at the bottom acts…

Isaiah 50

Isaiah 50

Isaiah 50 – Courage. Imagery of a courageous person comes often times in scenes of battle.  We think of a warrior who is on the battlefield moving forward against…

Isaiah 49

Isaiah 49

Isaiah 49 – His words were like a sharp arrow ready to pierce the heart. Israel would be his servant and he would be their master. But something was…

Isaiah 48

Isaiah 48

Isaiah 48 – There is no masquerade with God.  He sees the hard hearts of people.  He sees where they have refused to bring themselves before Him in submission. …

Isaiah 47

Isaiah 47

Isaiah 47 – We have heard and have spoken even that God is the God of the past, the present and the future.  It’s a tremendous statement that can…

Isaiah 46

Isaiah 46

Isaiah 46 – The weight of holding onto our idols can be unbearable. Like a backpack full of bricks, the straps pull on our shoulders, twisting our back as…

Isaiah 45

Isaiah 45

Isaiah 45 – 200 hundred years before the man was born, before the prophecy given – the Lord spoke to the prophet Isaiah concerning him.  A pagan king, called…

Isaiah 44

Isaiah 44

Isaiah 44 – We stand in the barren wilderness.  The ground cracked and dried, our parched throats cry for water. Looking every direction there is nothing on the horizon….

Isaiah 43

Isaiah 43

Isaiah 43 – Sink or swim.  Drown or float. Two pretty stark options when the floods come, the hardship prevails.  Waves crashing upon, the…

Isaiah 42

Isaiah 42

Isaiah 42 – It’s known as the Servant Song.  The verses found in this passage of Isaiah are remarkably beautiful. Speaking toward Jesus the…

Isaiah 41

Isaiah 41

Isaiah 41 – The mercy of God is undeserved and unreal.  There is no way any of us should receive the extended hand of His grace, reaching…

Isaiah 40

Isaiah 40

Isaiah 40 – This life is a fleeting experience compared to the life of eternity that awaits.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the mundane…

Isaiah 39

Isaiah 39

Isaiah 39 – Foolishness. Just because we are Believers does not mean we will not make foolish decisions sometimes.  It’s an unfortunate thing for sure when this takes place,…

Isaiah 38

Isaiah 38

Isaiah 38 – “Set your house in order.  You are going to die.” The scene is dramatic.  Isaiah was instructed to relay an important message to King Hezekiah.  The…

Isaiah 37

Isaiah 37

Isaiah 37 – “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 The Assyrian field commander’s words sent shock waves throughout the people…

Isaiah 36

Isaiah 36

Isaiah 36 – Deception.  The enemy of our souls has used this tactic with God’s creation since the beginning of time. His deception takes that of half truths or…

Isaiah 35

Isaiah 35

Isaiah 35 – Restoration. After the barrage of judgment over evil against nations and wayward people, God speaks in beautiful terms of restoring His own.  Although this prophetically speaks…

Isaiah 34

Isaiah 34

Isaiah 34 – The stage is set. The return of Jesus has been spoken of by Himself, the prophets of Old that there would be great hardship and absolutely…

Isaiah 33

Isaiah 33

Isaiah 33 – The sting of betrayal burns deep.  We’ve all experienced this on some level.  Betrayal shatters trust.  It brings extreme caution…

Isaiah 32

Isaiah 32

Isaiah 32 – The Spirit of God is what makes a difference in our lives.  Through the tough times, the hardship, the questioning even, it is the…

Isaiah 31

Isaiah 31

Isaiah 31 – Where’s your trust?  No, I’m serious.  Stop and look at your life at the moment.  The areas that have spun completely out of control.  The relationships…

Isaiah 30

Isaiah 30

Isaiah 30 – We are people who see a problem and resolve to fix it.  We’re often those who weigh in on some situation and in our own thinking…

Isaiah 29

Isaiah 29

Isaiah 29 – We’re all guilty of it from time to time.  Going through the motions with anything we’ve become accustomed to doing can be a deadly careless action….