As we move into chapter 8 of 2 Chronicles we are see Solomon begin a pursuit of trying to find joy, a joy which apparently is not based in the Lord. Solomon started out well, asking God to give him wisdom to lead the people, but then he does not apply that wisdom to his … More Where can you find real joy?
“And you, Solomon my son, KNOW the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you SEEK him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Be … More Seeking and Knowing God
But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” —1 Chronicles 21:24 ESV Are there some principles for us to follow or some application to our own lives here? David … More The cost of true sacrifice
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. —Colossians 2:16-17 ESV Rules, rules and more rules. Paul says all these legalistic … More Get out of the shadow
And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him. They carried off their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 men … More Crying out and trusting in God
Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and … More A God who supplies every need
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the … More Good fruit without being born again?