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When a Nation Turns Its Back on God

Thursday, May 26, 2011 May 26 When a Nation Turns Its Back on God 2 Chronicles 33:1-25 Hezekiah was a god-fearing king who brought about reformation among the Israelites. His son Manasseh, however, was an evil ruler. He had watched his father walk with God and live according to Scripture. Yet he chose to ignore the Lord. Manasseh worshipped false gods, even to the point of sacrificing his sons by fire in order to praise Molech. He practiced much evil—including witchcraft and sorcery— and led Israel astray, thereby provoking God to anger. The king, along with the people, paid a high price for his rebellion. This story illustrates the Lord’s intolerance of a nation’s disregard toward Him. Now consider our country. We, too, are a nation that pushes God aside—one that has turned away from the only true God and embraced idols. Perhaps these aren’t statues of stone, but we worship money, sports ability, fame, and reputation, to name a few. The United States of America was founded on b…

The Hole in Our Holiness

The Hole in Our Holiness Kevin DeYoung TheGospelCoalition/Blogs Topic:Holiness Scripture:2 Corinthians 5:15 Date Published:5/26/2011 Keywords:Preaching, Holiness Kevin DeYoung shares five reasons why young Christians often neglect personal holiness. I have a growing concern that younger evangelicals do not take seriously the Bible’s call to personal holiness. We are too at peace with worldliness in our homes, too at ease with sin in our lives, too content with spiritual immaturity in our churches. God’s mission in the world is to save a people and sanctify his people. Christ died “that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Cor. 5:15) We were chosen in Christ “before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Eph. 1:4) Christ “loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her…so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wri…

Salty Language

Salty Language Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6 Recommended Reading Colossians 4:2-6 There’s an old saying: “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” That’s another way of making our Lord’s point in Matthew 12:34: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” When we have the Scriptures wrapped around our brains like a helmet—especially through Scripture memory and meditation—our minds become filled with God’s Word. It saturates our thoughts. As we fall asleep thinking on His promises and wake up with Him on our minds, it changes the patterns of our brains. We discover that we often have a word of encouragement for someone else. If we continually fill our minds with the knowledge of Christ, He will bring the needed words to mind in every situation. Every good cook knows that salt enhances the flavor of foods. It’s not just a matter of giving your meals a salty tast…

When a Nation Turns Its Back on God

When a Nation Turns Its Back on God Thursday, May 26, 2011 Read | 2 Chronicles 33:1-25 Hezekiah was a god-fearing king who brought about reformation among the Israelites. His son Manasseh, however, was an evil ruler. He had watched his father walk with God and live according to Scripture. Yet he chose to ignore the Lord. Manasseh worshipped false gods, even to the point of sacrificing his sons by fire in order to praise Molech. He practiced much evil—including witchcraft and sorcery— and led Israel astray, thereby provoking God to anger. The king, along with the people, paid a high price for his rebellion. This story illustrates the Lord’s intolerance of a nation’s disregard toward Him. Now consider our country. We, too, are a nation that pushes God aside—one that has turned away from the only true God and embraced idols. Perhaps these aren’t statues of stone, but we worship money, sports ability, fame, and reputation, to name a few. The United States of America was founded on b…

I'm Here

Thursday, May 26, 2011 I'm Here by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 3:4 I think one of the most important words in this verse is the very first one. When. The Hebrew word means "at the same time." That goes back to verse 3, where Moses said, "I must turn aside." When did God speak to Moses? At the same moment when Moses turned aside. Now that's simple, isn't it? Moses stopped his forward motion, stepped aside from his responsibilities for only a few brief seconds, and headed in another direction. He moved toward the event that had captured his attention. And God says, "What's it going to take? What will finally persuade you to stop in your tracks for a minute, turn aside, and consider this event in your life?" What's it going to take before you say, "I'm going to check this out. I'm going to find out what all of this might be saying to me." Moses did just that, and when he did, he came face to face with his destiny…

The Invisible God Made Visible?

Thursday, May 26, 2011 The Invisible God Made Visible? Ray Pritchard Nothing is more invisible than a thought. You don’t know what I am thinking nor can I tell what you are thinking. But let a man speak and his words reveal his thoughts. Take the deepest thought and clothe it in words, and it will be visible to millions. Consider the plays of Shakespeare. They are but the thoughts of Shakespeare made visible through his words. Jesus reveals God to us. How fitting that Jesus should be called “the Word” for he communicates the very nature of God to us. John 1:18 reminds us that no one has seen the essence of God the Father, but the Son has “declared him” or “made him known” or “explained him” or “revealed him.” The underlying Greek has the idea of unfolding a truth step by step. Jesus makes known what we would never discover on our own. Without Jesus we would never know the fulness of God. We would know him as Creator and Designer of all things (Romans 1:19–20), but we would neve…

Trust And Sadness

Trust And Sadness May 26, 2011 — by Dave Branon Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Even in laughter the heart may sorrow. —Proverbs 14:13 Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41 In early 1994, when our family found out that the US soccer team would be playing in Michigan in the World Cup, we knew we had to go. What a great time we had as we went to the Pontiac Silverdome to see the US take on Switzerland! It was one of the most remarkable events of our lives. There was just one problem. One of our four children, 9-year-old Melissa, couldn’t join us. While we enjoyed the event, it was not the same without her. Even in our joy at being there, we felt sadness because of her absence. As I think back on that day, I’m reminded that our sadness then is a little like our sadness now that Melissa is gone from this life—having died in a car accident 8 years after that game. While we cherish the help of the “God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3), eve…