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Jeremiah 16:19-21 — The One to whom all nations will come

As Christmas approaches, our eyes turn to Jesus.  But which Jesus do our eyes turn to?  Is it to that cute baby in the manger? That’s a Jesus that people like.  Why?  Because it’s a picture that’s not threatening.  It’s … Continue reading

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Isaiah 66 — Humble before God. Humbled before God.

And so we end the longest book of the Old Testament, save for the Psalms. In this final chapter of Isaiah, we see the distinction God makes between the righteous and the unrighteous.  Who is the righteous person?  God puts … Continue reading

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Isaiah 61 — Good news

We live in a world where it seems that most of the news is bad.  Earthquakes, crime, political corruption, the list goes on and on and on.  It’s pretty easy to get depressed. But when Jesus came, he spoke the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 57:1-2 — Why the righteous perish

A year ago at this time, I was standing vigil over my dad in his final days and hours here on earth.  It was a day I had been prepared for, for the previous ten years, actually.  My dad’s heart … Continue reading

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Isaiah 42:18-25 — The blind and the deaf

So often when we think of spiritually blind and deaf people, we think of non-Christians. And that they certainly are. But here we see something shocking. Isaiah says, Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!  Who is blind but … Continue reading

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Isaiah 9:1-7 — Come that day

In some ways, it’s been a depressing past couple of months.  Finances have been a bit of a struggle, and I’ll have to admit that it’s hard not to think about. But as I look at this passage, I see … Continue reading

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Isaiah 6:9-13 — Blinding ourselves

This is one of the most quoted parts of scripture from the Old Testament, and one of the more difficult to understand. God told Isaiah to give the people this message: “Go and tell this people: “ ‘Be ever hearing, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 5:8-30 — Things the Lord hates

God is love. Everyone loves to hear those words.  They’re very comforting words.  But there are things that God hates, and he lists a number of them here. Isaiah wrote, Woe to you who add house to house and join … Continue reading

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Hosea 14 — Repentance

Repentance.  One of those words that you hear in the Christian church a lot, but not so much outside of the church walls. What is it really?  That’s what Hosea addresses in this last chapter.  He told the Israelites, Return, … Continue reading

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II Kings 13:20-21 — The God who gives life

This is one of the more interesting, if short, stories that we see in scripture.  After Elisha had died and was buried, the Israelites continued to have problems with their neighbors, in this case, raiding bands from Moab. As a … Continue reading

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II Kings 13:10-25 — Respect, or wholehearted devotion?

One wonders at the relationship between Jehoash and Elisha.  Jehoash, according to this passage did evil in the eyes of the Lord and continued the idol worship of his father and the kings before him. But still, there seemed to … Continue reading

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Joel 2:1-27 — True repentance

Sometimes, when people say that they’re sorry, you can tell that they really aren’t.  Sometimes, the “sorry” is dragged out of them.  Other times they seem more sorry that they were caught than for their actions. And that’s what God … Continue reading

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II Kings 11; II Chronicles 22-23 — The rightful king

One wonders what Jehoshaphat would have done if he had only seen the future.  He had made an alliance with Ahab’s family through the marriage of his son to Athaliah, Ahab’s daughter.  What would Jehoshaphat have thought if he had … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:25-27; II Chronicles 22:1-5 — Who to listen to?

There was an old song in the 80s that said, You’ve got to know who to, who not to listen to. They’re gonna hit you from all sides. You’ve gotta make up your mind who to, who not to listen … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:7-14 — Nothing hidden from God

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  That’s the age old question.  Of course, as Christians, we’d say the chicken. In the case of this story, which came first, Elisha’s prophesy of Hazael’s assension to the throne, or Hazael’s … Continue reading

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II Kings 6-7 — Out of patience, low on faith

The respite that the Israelites gained from the kindness they showed to the Arameans didn’t last long.  Once again, the king of Aram led another assault on Samaria, the capital of Israel, laying siege to it.  No food was coming … Continue reading

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II Kings 6:18-23 — Returning good for evil

“If I ever get my hands on him…” “You won’t know when.  You won’t know where.  But someday…” Have you ever said these things?  When we’ve been hurt, these are common thoughts to have.  But they’re not the way God … Continue reading

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II Kings 6:8-17 — Eyes that see beyond

I can’t say I read this story very often, nor do I think I’ve ever heard it preached on in Japan in the 17 years I’ve been here.  But I’ve got to say it’s probably one of my favorite stories … Continue reading

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II Kings 4:1-7 — An unpayable debt

I hate being in debt.  I don’t use my credit cared often, but when I do, I always pay it it off before the end of the month.  My only other debt is the one I owe on my house.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 3 — Doing God’s will, or our own?

Joram, king of Israel, was facing a rebellion by Moab.  After being subject to his father Ahab, the Moabites now refused to pay tribute to Israel, and so Joram allied himself with Judah and Edom to attack the Moabites. Once … Continue reading

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II Kings 2 — Never alone

Elijah’s time had come to leave this earth and to be with God.  But before he departed, he asked Elisha, his disciple, “What can I do for you before I’m taken from you?”  And Elisha replied, “Let me inherit a … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 19:3-11 — Under authority

For all his mistakes in making unwise alliances, Jehoshaphat truly did love the Lord.  Jehu noted this even as he rebuked Jehoshaphat saying, There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of Asherah poles and … Continue reading

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I Kings 22:1-49; II Chronicles 18-20 — Unwise associations

Jehoshaphat was by all accounts a good king.  He was a man that loved God, and wanted to do what was right.  But he had one major fault.  He was very unwise in his associations, and more than once, it … Continue reading

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I Kings 19:19-21 — Leaving all behind to follow

I’ve always thought about this story, whenever I read the story of the man Jesus called to follow him.  The man said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”  Jesus … Continue reading

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