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May 9

Pastor's Note We can sympathize with Elijah’s pain and despondency. But we should also learn from God’s concern to get him back on his feet and back in the battle. I pray that God continues to strengthen and encourage you…

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May 8

Pastor's Note Unlike the periodic kingly bright spots in the southern kingdom, the northern kings of Israel form a long parade of compromise, idolatry, and all-out rebellion against God’s revealed truth. Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Omri, and Ahab are just the…

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May 7

Pastor's Note Sobering words in 1 Kings 14 directed toward the sinfulness and rebellion of Jeroboam. Let us always take notice when God articulates his judgments on those who disregard the truth they know, and encourage others to do the…

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May 6

Pastor's Note We have to be careful from whom we get our counsel. What a classic example in 1 Kings 12 of the young king shopping for the advice he wanted to hear. May we embrace truth and wisdom from…

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May 5

Pastor's Note By the grace of God, Solomon’s life and leadership are so exemplary that he rightly impresses the astonished queen of Sheba. In Luke we are privileged to reread the proof and divine validation of Christ’s acceptable life and…

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May 4

Pastor's Note While in today’s Old Testament reading Solomon’s temple is being constructed and occupied by the glory of God, in our New Testament reading, a thousand years later, we see Christ destroying the temple as the veil in Herod’s…

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May 3

Pastor's Note The construction of the temple in Jerusalem begins. Interestingly, this was not to be a “loud and noisy” affair (1Kgs.6:7). The decorum and solemnity of this building were to be evident even on the job site. Let us…

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May 2

Pastor's Note Today we read the fascinating account of God’s dealings with the new king Solomon and his humble prayer for wisdom. May this instructive text inspire us to see the relative unimportance of the things the world chases after.…

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May 1

Pastor's Note Transitions of power are often messy. Today we read of Solomon’s securing of the throne which, while not half as dramatic as the transition from Saul to David, certainly reminds us that the presumption of people is often…

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April 30

Pastor's Note We can be both motivated and warned from reading of David’s noble actions and sinful deeds. May his specific words of honor to his “mighty men” in chapter 23 prompt us to be more liberal in the honoring…

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