A tale of two kings

2 Chronicles 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, and he made offerings … More A tale of two kings

Good hope through grace

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. —2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 John Piper, in a sermon, “Why Hope? Grace!” The answer in today’s text is very simply, the grace … More Good hope through grace

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;  he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. —Psalm 147:2-6 … More He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart

2 Chronicles 25:2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart.  From “Wholly Devoted”, a devotional from Faith Fellowship Church of Broken Arrow, OK After the reigns of King David and King Solomon, the Kingdom of Israel divided into two separate Kingdoms called Judah and Israel. It’s … More Right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart

Chandler: Jesus tends to be for people who are really a mess.

In our reading plan, we come to Luke 12 today. In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. (Luke 12:1 ESV) In the previous chapter (Luke 11:37-54),  … More Chandler: Jesus tends to be for people who are really a mess.

Spurgeon: Here I have to sigh and praise, but there I shall only sing and praise.

    I will praise the LORD as long as I live;         I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.  —Psalm 146:2 ESV Charles H. Spurgeon, in “The Treasury of David” While I live I’ll love; and while I breathe I’ll bless. It is but for a while, and … More Spurgeon: Here I have to sigh and praise, but there I shall only sing and praise.

Ahaziah and Ahab. Both corrupt. Both under God’s ultimate rule.

2 Chronicles 22:7  “But it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram.” Ahaziah decided to join  Joram, king of Israel, in order to try to  recapture Ramoth-gilead from Hazael, king of Syria.  He had advisors that encouraged him to do this.  A few years prior to this, Jehoshaphat had … More Ahaziah and Ahab. Both corrupt. Both under God’s ultimate rule.