Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 28 YEAR C Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Isaiah 65:17–25 Psalm Isaiah 12 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old TestamentMalachi 4:1–2a Psalm Psalm 98 New Testament 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13 Gospel Luke 21:5–19 Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.
November 17When in Need2 Kings 1:1–2:5
When we encounter trouble, we tend to look wherever we can for help: We turn in whatever direction seems most promising at the moment. In doing so, we may unwittingly walk away from Yahweh. Should practicality or convenience stand between God and us?
When King Ahaziah falls through a lattice and is injured, he seeks help from a foreign god rather than Yahweh—likely because it seems natural or right. He thinks the god of Ekron, Baal-Zebub, can provide the healing he needs. But what Ahaziah sees as a desperate situation is actually an opportunity for Yahweh to act; Yahweh plans to use this situation for His glory.
When Ahaziah sends messengers to Ekron, Yahweh intercedes. Elijah approaches them bearing a word from Yahweh that had been spoken to him by an angel: “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?” (2 Kgs 1:3).
When we experience physical or spiritual pain, do we first recognize Yah…