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2 Samuel 7-8; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 132; Acts 25

David is really motivated to find a house for the Lord.  He is upset that he lives in a house of cedar, but the Lord has never had anything but a tent.  He tells Nathan the prophet about his unrest.

“Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, ‘See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.’  And Nathan said to the king, ‘Go do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Samuel 7:1-3 ESV)

But the answer that Nathan conveys to David is not what he expects to hear.  His son Solomon would build the temple.

When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish a kingdom.  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son.” (2 Samuel 7:12-14 ESV)

Then of course God will fulfill the Davidic covenant when Jesus returns to be our true King, ruling from Zion.

For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place:  This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.  I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.  Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy.  There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.  His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on Him His crown will shine.” (Psalms 132: 13-18 ESV)

David simply wanted to build God a house.  God had better things in mind.  His family line would bring about the King of Kings.  He reigns in our hearts and will again on Earth one day.  I’ll bet this beats any of David’s dreams.  Thank you, Lord, for giving us blessings beyond our wildest imaginations.











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1 Samuel 21-22; 1 Chronicles 5; Psalms 52; Acts 15

Psalms 52 contracts the wicked with the righteous.  First the wicked:

“Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, o worker of deceit. 

          You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking what is right.”

         (Psalms 52:2-3 ESV)

Then the righteous:

“But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;

          I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.  I will

          give thanks forever because You have done it.  I will wait on

          Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”

          (Psalms 52:8-9 ESV)

1 Samuel 21 gives us the historical background of Psalms 52.  David is on the run from a very angry and wicked Saul.  In the verse 9, we see righteous David claim Goliath’s sword.

“Then the priest said, ’The sword of Goliath the Philistine,

          whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped

          in a cloth behind the Ephod; if you would take it for

          yourself, take it.  For there is no other except it here.’ And

          David said ‘There is none like it.  Give it to me.’”

          (1 Samuel 21:9 ESV)

 Then in Acts we have the Jerusalem Council meeting to discuss two questions: ‘do saved Gentiles need to be circumcised and ‘can Jews and Gentiles eat and socialize together?  Peter answers.

“After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to

          them, ‘Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a

          choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear

          the word of the gospel and believe.  And God, who knows the

          heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He

          also did to us; And He made no distinction between us and

          them, cleansing their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why do

          you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the

          disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have

          been able to bear?  But we believe that we are saved through

          grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

          (Acts 15:7-11 ESV)

James delivers the verdict.

“Therefore, it is my judgement that we do not trouble those

          who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that

          we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated

          by idols and from what is strangled and from blood.  For

          Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who

          preach Him, since He is read in the synagogues every

          Sabbath.” (Acts 15:19-21 ESV)

Lord, help us to always notice the differences between what You would call wicked and what you would call righteous.  Help us to not be legalistic like the Pharisees, instead remembering that we are all Your people, despite our backgrounds.





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1 Samuel 1-2; Psalms 120; Acts 5

In our reading today, Eli hears of the evil his sons were doing to Israel.  Notice the severe consequences that happen because of sinning against God.

“And he said to them,’Why do you do such things?  For I hear of your evil dealings from all these people.  No, my sons, it is no good report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading abroad.  If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but is someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?’  But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.” (1 Samuel 2:23-25 ESV)

Then in Acts we see a husband and wife steal and lie and then assume God will still be good to them.  It was God’s will that they be punished by death as well.

“But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own?  And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal?  Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart?  You have not lied to man but to God.’  When Ananais heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last.  And great fear came upon all who heard of it.  The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.  After an interval of about three hours, his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.  And Peter said to her, ‘Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.’  And she said, ‘Yes for so much.’  But Peter said to her, ‘How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord?  Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.’  Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last.  When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.  And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.” (Acts 5:1-11 ESV)

God is very merciful, but He is still just.  Sometimes we will get what we deserve.  May always be thankful for the times that God’s mercy overflows in our lives and be humbled by remembering that our sins deserve death.  Jesus’s death took that punishment for us.  May we be forever grateful.




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Joshua 22-24; Psalms 116; Luke 19

We celebrated Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, a few days ago.  This particular year left me feeling very grateful.  I echo the words of the psalmist:

I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my

          supplications.  Because He has inclined His ear to me.

          Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.”

          (Psalms 116:1-2 ESV)

As a family, we saw a show on Jesus’ life that was very true to the Biblical account.  During the scene about Palm Sunday, the actor who played Jesus came riding on his donkey down the aisle.  He looked my children right in the eyes with this kindness and gentleness in his eyes that was very endearing.  Gave me a glimpse of how the real Jesus will look at us.  I can’t wait!

As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the

          Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began

          to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles

          which they had seen, shouting:

          ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;

          Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!’” (Luke 19:37-38)

Thank You for the sacrifice you made for us by dying on the cross and the hope of salvation You give us by rising from the grave.  Help us to celebrate Resurrection Sunday every day of our lives.

Amen, Kellie

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Deuteronomy 15-18; Psalms 115; Luke 9

We are in the middle of the Lenten season.  The passages today remind us of the events that took place.  Passover is mentioned in Deuteronomy 16.

And you shall offer the Passover sacrifice to the Lord your God, from the flock or the herd, at the place that the Lord will choose, to make his name dwell there.” (Deut 16:2 ESV)

Right after the Passover celebration of Jesus and His disciples, he was betrayed.

Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” (Luke 9:44 ESV)

And because of His great sacrifice on that first Good Friday, we can rejoice in our hope.

But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.  Praise the Lord!” (Psalms 115:18 ESV)

As Steven Curtis Chapman sang to us at a concert recently, help us “remember to remember.”  May we use this Lenten season to remember all that the Lord has done for us and be forever grateful.




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Numbers 15-18; Psalms 113; Colossians 3

Billy Graham went to be with the Lord this past week.  He spent many decades using his calling to bring people to Christ.  He truly lived out the Great Commission.

So those of us in Christ, should heed the words in Colossians:

          “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on

          Earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

          When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with

          Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:2-4 ESV)

Rev. Graham made people realize that they were sinners and the only cure for that was to accept Christ’s sacrifice.  We need to repent and turn to God.

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality,

          impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

          on account of these, the wrath of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:5-6)

Rev. Graham and his ministry showed the world what God’s love looks like by the words he used, but more importantly, the way he lived his life to the end.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:16-17)

Thank you for leaders like Billy Graham who take the Gospel to all the world and are not willing to compromise on Your Truth. As believers, help us all be as bold and uncompromising.




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Leviticus 15-18; Psalms 31; Hebrews 6

Our reading in Leviticus is all about laws about bodily functions, sexual relations and animal sacrifices.  It also maps out the day of atonement.  They had to atone for their sins each year and Aaron was the high priest to do it.

He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the

          impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their

          transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall

          do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the

          midst of their impurities.” (Leviticus 16:16 ESV)

Hebrews ends with the certainty of God’s promise.  A promise of what we have now that Christ has paid the price.  He has atoned for our sins so we no longer have to.

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul,

          a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

          where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having

         become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

(Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV)

“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, ‘You are my God.’” (Psalms 31:14 ESV)



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