The friends of Jo don't know what to make of his the illness, so they wonder is he suffering because he is committed a sin they don't know about. Have you ever been around a person who just did not know when to be silent?
Step with me Jesus! Step with me, Lord! In my loneliness, walk with me. In my frustration fix my heart. Bear with me when I feel like cursing bear with me when in my anger I lash out at others and sometimes the dirt which has no opportunity to talk back step with me Jesus
In this chapter, Nehemiah completes the walls of Jerusalem, but he endures enormous pressure not only from his adversaries outside of Jerusalem, but also people who have been bought off and paid off to the rail him on the inside
This chapter provides an excellent example of leadership in the weighed Nehemiah leads his people. Nehemiah challenges the people not to take advantage of one another and he himself refuses to take his allowance as a governor of Jerusalem appointed by the king of Persia
In this chapter comp'ny a Maya details the names of people who helped him rebuild the walls of Jerusalem peered at the same time they were doing construction common the workers held spears to protect themselves
Near Maya makes a request to the king of Persia for permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He request a military guard, and letters of safe passage. Once he returns to Jerusalem he is very careful and how he finds the words to encourage the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple
In this chapter, is run is distraught because of intermarriage with pagans. His question and anger raises questions about the positives and negatives of intermarriage. As you listen to this chapter ask yourself what were the positives and negatives of intermarriage in the time of the Ezra, and what are the positives and negatives in intermarriage in today's world?
" Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and made them afraid to build, and they bribed officials to frustrate their plan throughout the reign of king Cyrus of Persia and until the reign of king darious of Persia (Ezra 4: 4 - 5)
In the 1st year of king Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah I might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of king Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a Herald throughout all his Kingdom and also in a written edict declared thus as king Cyrus of Persia the Lord Kama the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the Earth and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah (Ezra 1: 1-2)
The spirit of the Lord is upon me because the Lord has anointed me he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed to bind up the broken-hearted to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners Isaiah 61:1
" The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me some my call and he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and released to the prisoners Isaiah 61: 1
" Now there was a fair Ace name nichodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God Jesus answered him very truly I tell you no 1 can see the Kingdom of God without being born from above. John 3Vs 1 through 3
"Let love be genuine; Hate what is evil hold fast to what is good, love one another with mutual affection how do 1 another in showing honor do not lag and zeal be ardent in spirit serve the Lord Romans 129 - 11
" But since we belong to the day com of let us be sober and put on the breastplate plate of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation for God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation's through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build-up each other as indeed you are doing 1st Thessalonians 58 - 11
" In you O Lord I take refuge let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me semi: incline your ear to me and save me be to me and rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress psalm 71:1-3
" Those who love me, I will deliver semi: I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them semi: I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation. Psalm 91: 14 - 16"
On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not - your foot against a stone. You will trade on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot psalm 91: 12 - 13
" M after you have suffered for a little while Kama the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you to him be the power for ever and ever Amen (1st Peter 5: 10 - 11)
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Jeremiah 30: On that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will break the yoke from off his neck, and I will burst his bonds, and strangers shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king Kama whom I will raise up for them"
" Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its 12 kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month semi: and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22: 1 - 2"
Living through a pandemic has its share of challenges, but one of the interesting by products of this pandemic that is somewhat odd to me is that the virus, with its sickness and death, and the ever present fear associated with it, it's happening in real time as the Sun shines
"After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God, for his judgments are true and just" (Revelation 19:1)
We Are living in a pandemic. For the next several weeks I will be writing and offering prayers and words of hope to get you through this time of worldwide illness. Thank you for reading and remember, I am praying for you!
" After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority semi: and the Earth was made bright with his splendor he called out with a mighty voice, fallen, fallen is Babylon the great"
" O then one of the 7 angels who had the 7 bowls came and said to me come I will show you the judgment of the great Hoare who is seated on many waters with whom the kings of the Earth have committed fornication and with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the Earth had become drunk revelation 17: 1-2
" And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.( Revelation 15:2)
" And war broke out in heaven Michael and his angels fought against the dragon the dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. (Revelation 12:7 - 9)
The nations raged but your wrath has come, and the time for judging the did, for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints and all who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying those who destroy the Earth then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the heart of his covenant was seen within his temple"(Revelation 11:18-19)
He held a little scroll open in his hand. Setting his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, he gave a great shout, like a lion roaring. And when he shouted the 7 thunders sounded revelation 10:2-3
" Them I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back sealed with 7 seals and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals revelation chapter 5 verses 1-2
" I know your works. Look, I have set before you and open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name"(Revelation 3:8)
" See what love the father has given us, that we should be called children of God and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are god's children now what we will be has not yet been revealed what we do know is this when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And Hall who have this hope in him purifies themselves just as he is pure"(1 John3:1-3)
" This is now beloved, the 2nd letter I am writing to you in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and savior spoken through your apostles" (2 Peter chapter 3:1-2)
" Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time period cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like able roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering."(1 Peter 5:6-9)
" Above all maintain constant love for one another common for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to 1 another without complaining like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve 1 another with whatever gift each of you has received"
" Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to god through Jesus Christ"
" In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuine ness of your faith being more precious than gold that though perishable is tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed"
" Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up and in any one who has committed sins will be forgiven"
" My brothers and sisters, when ever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces in endurance and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing"
"Daniel Then said the king Kama O king live for ever my God-sent his angel and shut the lion's mouth so that they would not hurt me because I was found blameless and also before you O king I have done no wrong"(Daniel 6:21-22)
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us...
" Again I saw that under the Sun the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong nor bread to the wise nor riches to the intelligent nor favor to the skillful but time and chance happen to them all" (Ecclesiastes 9:11)