Invite Someone to Church

This week I listened to a podcast by Thom Rainer titled “Why People Don’t Invite Others to Church”. The six reasons that were given in the podcast are based on a study done by Lifeway Research.
 

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The danger of preconceived ideas about God

Today in 2 Kings 5, I read the account of Naaman. Naaman, a commander of the Syrian army had leprosy and he traveled to Israel because a young girl told him about a prophet in Samaria.

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Praying for our Country

In 1 Kings 20-21, we find the continuation of the account of King Ahab of Israel. Earlier, in chapter 16, Ahab is described as the most evil king yet to rule over Israel. He did more to provoke the Lord to anger than all the kings before him. And yet in 1 Kings 20, we find that God gives Israel a great victory over the king of Syria and 32 other kings who had much larger and better equipped armies.

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Overcoming Discouragement

I read the account of Elijah in 1 Kings 17-19 this morning. A lot of things to take away from that passage, but the one that really spoke to me today was in chapter 19 where Elijah runs away from Jezebel and sits down under a broom tree and asks to die. But God, in his mercy sends the angel of the Lord (likely Jesus Himself) to provide food and drink to give him strength for the journey ahead.

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An Encouragement and a Warning

The last couple of days I’ve been reading about King Rehoboam – first in in 1 Kings and then in 2 Chronicles. Both accounts are quite similar and they both got me thinking about a lot of potential parallels with many of our political leaders today.
 

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Delighting in God’s Word

Been a while since I’ve posted my thoughts from my Bible reading, but I have been doing a pretty good job of keeping up with my Bible reading plan.
 
Today’s reading was the second half of Psalm 119. That is undoubtedly one of my favorite chapters in the Bible because it expresses what I want my attitude to be toward God’s Word. While I think it’s important to have a plan to read the Bible systematically, I don’t ever want reading the Bible to become an obligation or duty.

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A costly offering

Both 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21 record the account of David building an altar to the Lord in response to God’s mercy in cutting short the punishment that resulted from David’s sin of taking a census. And in both accounts, the owner of the threshing floor offers to give David the property and the oxen for the sacrifice. But David replies that he will not offer to God an offering that costs him nothing.
 

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What if David could have used social media?

For some reason, I got to thinking about how David would have used social media if it would have been available in his day. As I was thinking about that, it dawned on me that we actually have the answer to that question in the form of the Psalms. In the Psalms, we have a record of the things that David was passionate about.

 

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Getting off the “slippery slope”

Since Sunday is always such a busy day for me, I rarely post thoughts on my Bible readings. And since yesterday was Mother’s Day, it was even busier than a normal Sunday. But since I do have some thoughts from yesterday’s reading that I think are worth sharing, I’m going to make two separate posts today.
 

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Trusting in God

In 2 Samuel 10 and 1 Chronicles 19, we see Israel facing an attack from both the Ammonites and the Syrians that they hired to fight with them. But God clearly protects Israel here and allows their much smaller army to defeat both the Ammonites and the Syrians.

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