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From the Prophets: Tears of Abandonment

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Over the last year, I’ve heard and read what God and Jesus said. Two or three that I remember are: ______________. I have also witnessed them doing things in my own life, as well as what...

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Jesus Is: Teacher, King

John, along with the authors of the other gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), wrote to give an understanding of who Jesus is. To Think About: To Live Out: The story of God and humanity includes God becoming part of humanity. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God...

November 26, 2023December 8, 2023by
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Jesus Is: Friend, Shepherd

John, along with the authors of the other gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), wrote to give an understanding of who Jesus is. To Think About: To Live Out: The story of God and humanity includes God becoming part of humanity. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God...

November 19, 2023November 16, 2023by
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The Book of Job: Why Do We Suffer?

Suffering is something everyone can relate to. It defies income, race, age, geography, and everything else. One book in the Bible explores suffering in a very vivid way: through conversations. To Think About: They believed that wrong living results in punishment from God. In what ways would you say they are right? How are they...

November 12, 2023November 10, 2023by
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When Enough Is Enough

Sometimes, God has had to say, “Stop!” He had to say that to a divided nation that claimed to follow him. One day, whether in our lifetime or later, he will say it again. To Think About: To Live Out: Idolatry is not something limited to people who lived long ago. Anything – even those...

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1 God, 2 Prophets, 3 Enemies

It’s a battle, and the stage is set in 1 Kings. Sides were taken then, and the same sides are taken today. To Think About: To Live Out: Your trust in God at this moment may reflect the disappointment of Baal’s team, or it might be more like Elijah’s trust. It could be you are...

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Unity Lost, Division Gained

Under Saul, David, and Solomon, there was only one kingdom. In 1 Kings 12, that kingdom divides. Rehoboam, son of Solomon, leads one part of the divided kingdom, while Jeroboam, a former official of Solomon’s, leads the other. To Think About: To Live Out: Where are you getting your advice? No matter how you respond,...

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The Wisdom of Solomon

Solomon’s wisdom is given to him by God in 1 Kings 3:5-12. What a gift! Of all that Solomon could have asked for, he asked for a discerning heart. He wanted to be a wise leader. You’ll read his wise words in many books of the Bible. Go ahead and look at some of them....

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What Are You Looking At?

1 Samuel 16 tells of a change coming in Israel’s leadership. Instead of a democracy like we might think of, God’s eyes are the ones looking and choosing. To Think About: To Live Out: They say you only have one chance to make a first impression. Fortunately for us, God is a God of second...

September 17, 2023September 14, 2023by
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The Book of 1 Samuel – After All He Has Done

The Book of 1 Samuel opens with Samuel’s story. From boy to leader, he would go on to witness both good and bad times. In that way, it’s not a story unlike yours. The people he is around during his lifetime make good and bad choices which are not unlike you. To Think About: To...

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