No Mixed Motives Please!

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READ : 1 Samuel 7:1-12 You are returning to the Lord with all your hearts. . . . Are you excited about your faith? Do you feel close to God? Is your worship of God a profound, daily experience? In today’s Bible reading, the Israelites experienced revival. God’s people accept Samuel’s challenge to confess to God their worship of false gods. They determine to once again give to the true God the place of greatest importance in their lives. If …

A Child Creates a Revival

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READ : 2 Chronicles 34:1-7 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Imagine you are eight years old, a third grader. Suddenly you are burdened with the responsibility of being king of Judah. The huge adult-size throne swallows up your boyish body as you sit dwarfed by the tremendous task of ruling a people in spiritual shambles. Sacred poles, carved images and the altars of Baal shadow your every move. To top it off, you can’t …

Movement in a Graveyard

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READ : Ezekiel 37:1-14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live. (v. 14) Can you imagine what it would be like to preach a sermon to a valley full of sun-bleached, dead bones? Well, that was the assignment God gave to the prophet Ezekiel. God wanted him to catch a vision for what the nation of Israel had become in his eyes spiritually speaking. They had become like lifeless, dried-up, and scattered bones which had no …

Beyond our Imagination

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READ : Ephesians 3:15-21 . . . filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. The words of a song I learned in church go like this, “I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.” As I thought about this song I was reminded of how often I want to turn back to my own way instead of going the way Jesus wants me to go. Do you …

In Hot Pursuit of God

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READ : 2 Chronicles 15:1-15 The Lord is with you when you are with him. (v. 2) Jerusalem was jammed with thousands of people. The air was thick with energy. King Asa called the people together to seek God. Not a casual hope-to-catch-a-peek-at-God but a white-hot pursuit, a whole-hearted commitment to know God. They were serious enough to remove idols, repair the altar and assemble before God. They sought God, and God showed up. Revival happens when God’s people get …

Marginalized on a Distant Horizon?

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READ : Nehemiah 1:8-9 If you return to me . . . I will gather them. Exile and return. This is the great theme threaded throughout Scripture. From the time Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden to John’s vision of a renewed creation, the Bible is filled with examples of people’s unfaithfulness and God’s work of redemption. In Nehemiah’s day, God was bringing his people back home after 70 years of exile. During exile the holy city Jerusalem …