Are You Listening?

Today’s reading: 2 Kings 25:23, 24, 26; Jeremiah 40:7-16; 41:1-18; 42:1-22; 43:1-13; 44:1-30; 51:64b Why ask if you will not listen? Why ask God if you will not obey? God’s command is not one of your “options” to choose from! When you ask for direction, then you obey. In fact,

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Burned to the Ground

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 25:2-4,22; 2 Chronicles 36:17,19-21; Jeremiah 39:2-5,9-18; 40:1-6; 52:9-23,27-30 What must it have been like for the people of Jerusalem to see the Babylonians capture the city and burn down the temple? I imagine it would have been a terrifying sight to see the walls breached, and

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Exile

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 24:6,8-10; 2 Chronicles 36:10,12-16; Jeremiah 22:24-30; 37:1-2; Daniel 1:2 All their deafness and selective hearing eventually led to the expulsion of Judah from the land. They have already left the land spiritually, now they are forced to leave physically. Although this is one of the lowest

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Consequences

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 24:1-4; Jeremiah 22:18-23; 24:5-6; 48:1-49:33 Can God be unwilling to forgive? That’s what it says here, in 2 Kings 24:4, “the LORD was not willing to forgive.” If that’s true, why do we say that He is willing and able to forgive even the worst of

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Arrest That Activist!

Today’s reading: 2 Kings 23:27, 2 Chronicles 35:20-25, Jeremiah 22:10-17; 26:1-24 King Josiah got killed; his sons did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Jeremiah prophesied for disasters and he got charged for death. But, with some courageous elders and Ahikam, son of Shaphan, Jeremiah was released. For this

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Spring Cleaning

Today’s reading: 2 Kings 22:3-20; 23:1-23, 24, 28; 2 Chronicles 34:8-33, 35:1-29, 26, 27 Spring Clean-up! King Josiah did that. He did not justify, but repent & “clean” up his house. When is the last time you check your “house”? “house” can be your heart, mind, office, home, personal relationship,

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Repentance vs. Rejection

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 65–66; 2 Kings 19:37; 2 Chronicles 33:10-17 Like Jennifer, I am “confused” and amazed, not only by the image of God (in reality!) reaching out His hands and pleading with a people who did not seek Him, but also at the astonishing imagery of the actual fact

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Idols: What Do We Depend On?

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 20:21; 21:1-16 Were you laughing at people in Judah after today’s reading? Did you say to yourself – “how could they be so stupid”? In such days, worshiping idols were much easy to identify – bowing down in front of a gold calf or sacrifice a

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My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less…

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 18:13-37; 19:1-36; 20; 2 Chronicles 32:1-16,18-19,21-23,25-33; Isaiah 38:9-20 Ever heard the modern equivalent to the Assyrian commanders’ taunt “On what are you basing this confidence of yours?” It sounds like this: “How can you believe the Bible?” One university history textbook states it well: “The Bible

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Downward Spiral

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 17:3-5; 7-41; 18:7-11 I am thinking that there is an expression, “That’s the end of a chapter of history!” This certainly is, but what a sad ending, not glorious, but complete defeat! I hope that that will never be able to be said about me, my

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