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2 Kings 9-10

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 10, 2010 | 2 Kings 9 - 10

Throughout the Old Testament there is the theme that was captured so well in Joshua 1:8.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

We can …

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2 Kings 6-8

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 9, 2010 |

Did you ever hear the phrase ‘desperate times call for desperate measures?’  I suppose when the Bible records cannibalism, it must most certainly be describing a desperate situation.  In these chapters today we read about a severe famine in Samaria.  It had gotten so bad, that it says a donkey’s head was being sold for eighty shekels of silver and the dung of doves for five (chapter 6 verse 25).  …

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2 Kings 3-5

Written by Nina Schmidgall | May 8, 2010 | 2 Kings 3 - 5

What timing, on Mother’s Day weekend, that our reading includes passages about mothers petitioning Elisha on behalf of their children. 

In 2 Kings 4:1, a widow cries out to Elisha, distressed that her sons will be taken as slaves to pay off her debts.  While the Scriptures don’t expand on her feelings, I can only imagine her grief at losing her husband and the overwhelming burden of taking over …

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2 Kings 1-2

Written by Joel Schmidgall | May 7, 2010 | 2 Kings 1 - 2

Why do rich people’s kids consistently have the challenge of becoming focused on money, selfishness, greed?  Because often times that is the greatest inheritance that their parents leave behind.  Of course there are wonderful exceptions to the rule, but we all know countless examples of this being true in our pop culture.

I’m fascinated by the question posed in our reading today. And I’m even more fascinated by the …

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Book Background: 2 Kings

Written by Will Johnston | May 6, 2010 |

We begin 2 Kings smack dab in the middle of the Divided Kingdom period in Israel’s history.  As we read in 1 Kings, the 12 tribes of Israel had been united, but following the death of Solomon (931 BC) God split the kingdom into two (Israel and Judah) because of Solomon’s sin.

1 and 2 Kings were originally one document, so naturally, 2 Kings picks up right where 1 Kings …

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It’s Too Much, I Wanna Die!!! (1 Kings 18-20)

Written by Kari Olney | May 5, 2010 |

Whoa, it’s a big switch from fearless Elijah to Elijah living in fear!

Elijah once overcame and mocked 450 false prophets who called on Baal with God on his side! He sang around 450 false prophets,“Your god is probably resting, sleeping, or go out on a journey!” Yeah he is making fun of them because he is over confident in God! He even confronted the people: “How long will you …

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At the End of Your Rope

Written by Heather Zempel | May 4, 2010 | 1 Kings 15 - 17

Chapter 15 begins a long list of the kings of Judah and Israel…some good, some evil. Ahab was one of the worst, and he was married to a woman named Jezebel who was even more despicable. You know you’ve encountered a first degree villain in the Scriptures when no one names their kids after them. You don’t see a lot of little Jezebels running around these days.

Enter Elijah, …

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Choices (1 Kings 12-14)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | May 3, 2010 | 1 Kings 12 - 14

Choices. We have choices everyday. We have big ones, we have little ones, and we have ones that have a lasting effect on our lives. I was talking with the Kingstowne Uprising Community Group last night about our choices. We talked about how our decisions can influence and affect our lives in the long run, from what you eat, to how you do your school work, to how you treat …

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1 Kings 10-11 Who are you surrounding yourself with?

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 1, 2010 | 1 Kings 10 - 11

I don’t know if this is true with everyone, but I find that I have a tendency to pick up mannerisms of the people I spend time with. I always used to accuse my older brother of talking like his friend Chris. Chris talks in a unique way. After spending time with him my brother would start to talk like him. He’d probably deny it still if you asked him …

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The Lord’s Temple

Written by Maegan Stout | May 1, 2010 | 1 Kings 8 - 9

I love that Solomon builds the temple, then immediately asks for mercy. Five times in his dedication prayer he asks God to “hear and forgive.”

That is not my typical response to a job well done. Do you ever feel a sense of entitlement? We have a genuine need for acknowledgement, but I often wonder where the line is between recognition and pride. Hold that thought.

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