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Solomon’s Request (1 Kings 3)

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 29, 2010 | 1 Kings 3 - 4

Please forgive me for focusing on Chapter 3 of 1 Kings only, but verse 10 struck me as brief but profound.  “It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.”  For me, it begged the question: what is it I could do to bring God that kind of satisfaction?

What pleased God was Solomon’s response to a command: “Ask what I should give you.”  Really, Solomon’s response is fairly straightforward.  …

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Book Background: 1 Kings

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 28, 2010 |

The book of 1 Kings is in the Old Testament and along with 2 Kings is situated in between 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles.  It was written after the 6 century B.C. and represents the monarchy of Israel during the period of 970-586 B.C.

Though the book does include history and is written in a historical narrative style, it is not really referred to as a biographical sketch of the …

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Preparing for a Kingdom (1 Kings 1-2)

Written by Kari Olney | April 28, 2010 |

When David King’s time to die drew near, he anointed Solomon as a king and instructed him to take care of few messes that he left in this kingdom:

1. Joab the son of Zeruiah- Although Joab served David well in battles, but he was the bad influence in David’s kingdom due to some of his rebellious actions. He killed Abner in revenge for his brother Asahel’s death after David …

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Parting Words (22-24)

Written by Dave Schmidgall | April 27, 2010 |

I ran across a book the other day that intrigued me:  “Why, Oh Why, My God?  Meditations on Christian Faith and the Meaning of Life.”  It was written by a man named Abbe Pierre who was a French Priest who founded the Emmaus movement, a ministry focused on serving the poor and refugees after WWII.  The book was written when he was 102 years old and by that time had …

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Joshua 19-21

Written by Ross Middleton | April 26, 2010 | Joshua 19 - 21

There is obviously a lot of land portioning happening in these chapters. As God divides up the land, what is interesting to me is making an intentional place for these refuge cities. When someone was unintentionally killed the person who committed the act could flee to a refuge city and wait until a fair trial could happen. It was kind of a Hebrew way to say innocent until proven guilty. …

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Joshua 16-18

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 26, 2010 |

Divide and Conquer! Joshua is splitting up the tribes to divide ad conquer the. These portions of scripture put new meaning on ,“God will give you every place you step foot”, which is exactly what He promised just a few chapter ago. What an amazing display of walking out in faith. I am sure there were some emotions and doubt flaring before each battle or each time they seized the …

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As Strong Now as I Was Then - Joshua 13-15

Written by Chris Jarrell | April 24, 2010 |

These three chapters, I have to admit, aren’t the most exciting reading in Scripture.  However, what we do see throughout today’s reading is that the land that was conquered was being divided and assigned in specific territories to several tribes. But what is hidden in the middle of all this are testimonies of two faithful men who gave their all and placed their reputation on the line to follow God.  …

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Joshua 11-12

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 23, 2010 | Joshua 11 - 12

At this point in Joshua we are transitioning from lots of violent death when Joshua and the Israelites take the land that God has given to them (I still have questions and issues with this), to a recounting of the Kings that were defeated on both sides of the Jordan River by Moses and Joshua.

Joshua 11:23 says, “So they land finally had rest from war.”

Throughout the …

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Joshua 9-10

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 22, 2010 | Joshua 9 - 10

Well it was surely inevitable that at some point throughout this Bible reading plan, that I would be scheduled to blog on a day of an Old Testament reading that was filled with battle, war, death and destruction.  Part of believes that Pastor Heather will have a little grin on her face while reading today- wondering how I am going to reconcile my pacifist viewpoints with the Scripture. (for the …

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Joshua 6-8, Sin in the Camp

Written by Nina Schmidgall | April 20, 2010 | Joshua 6 - 8

Joshua and the battle of Jericho is a favorite Bible story among children.  There is something enchanting about all-powerful God collapsing the walls of such a mighty nation.  What an exciting victory!  Kids are also likely to love it because there is something that seems silly about God’s instructions.  He might as well have asked the Israelites to walk around the city backwards or march while hopping on one foot!  …

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