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What a Difference a Day Makes – 1 Kings 19

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Introduction

My post centers around one of the best known figures in the bible, Elijah.  Of all the wondrous things he did by the power of God the greatest, to me anyway, was the calling down of fire from heaven to consume a sacrifice.

This is a very well-known event so I’ll just recap the events leading up to the fire coming down from heaven.  These events are recorded in 1 Kings 16:29 – 18:40. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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How Close is “Nigh”? – James 4:8

Introduction

How close are you right now to your Heavenly Father?  On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, what number would you assign to yourself?

Before we move forward I need to make it clear that the target audience of this post is for Christians; in no way can we earn our salvation, it is a gift from God. 

A quick read of the Epistle of James will tell you that James was very plain spoken, he did not mince words.  James gets right to the point and tells it like it is.  Our scripture text is a perfect example of this style of writing.

In James 4:8a it says “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” In this promise from God we have the classic action / reaction.  The bible clearly states our spiritual health is directly connected to our own efforts to separate from the world and live a life pleasing to God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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I Want to Come Home – Luke 15:11-32

Introduction

Imagine a person in a dark place for a moment: no food, clothing torn, by the world’s standards a beggar.  They have scars from the many fights, most of them defensive, resulting from run-ins with others out on the street.  What if you chose this life?  It is hardly imaginable that someone would choose to change a life of luxury to live on the streets but that is exactly what this person did.

Your first response would be “No one would ever give up so much to beg and poach on the street”.  Our subject did not actually choose a miserable life; they made a bad choice that eventually led to their current estate.

Some of you may already know where I am headed.  We will be looking into the third of three parables Jesus gave to the Pharisees in response to their comment about the company he was keeping. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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