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Month: August 2020

Solomon’s beautiful prayer can be summarized like this: “Oh Lord, keep on being our Lord!”

Solomon’s beautiful prayer can be summarized like this: “Oh Lord, keep on being our Lord!”

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 8:22-61 ESV Text: 1 Kings 8:22-61 1 Kings 8:22–61 (Listen) Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication 22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven, 23 and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart; 24 you…

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Solomon dedicated the temple by praising the Lord’s leadership, His choices, and His faithfulness to His promises.

Solomon dedicated the temple by praising the Lord’s leadership, His choices, and His faithfulness to His promises.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 8:1-21 ESV Text: 1 Kings 8:1-21 1 Kings 8:1–21 (Listen) The Ark Brought into the Temple 8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. 2 And all the men of Israel assembled to King Solomon at…

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While our church buildings are not as extravagant as Solomon’s, there is something to be said for putting our best efforts into our houses of worship. Don’t we love the place where His glory dwells?

While our church buildings are not as extravagant as Solomon’s, there is something to be said for putting our best efforts into our houses of worship. Don’t we love the place where His glory dwells?

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 6:1-38 ESV Text: 1 Kings 6:1-38 1 Kings 6 (Listen) Solomon Builds the Temple 6:1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the LORD. 2 The house that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits1 long, twenty cubits wide,…

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Paul showed that he wasn’t just a troublemaker out to destroy the religion of the Jews, but by the Lord’s grace he had come to understand that Christ was the fulfillment of everything their Scriptures taught.

Paul showed that he wasn’t just a troublemaker out to destroy the religion of the Jews, but by the Lord’s grace he had come to understand that Christ was the fulfillment of everything their Scriptures taught.

BibleGateway: Acts 22:1-21 ESV Text: Acts 22:1-21 Acts 22:1–21 (Listen) 22:1 “Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.” 2 And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language,1 they became even more quiet. And he said: 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel2 according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as…

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We see an example of Solomon’s wisdom in action when he promoted peaceful relations with Israel’s neighbors. At the same time he would build the Lord’s temple. What a fine king!

We see an example of Solomon’s wisdom in action when he promoted peaceful relations with Israel’s neighbors. At the same time he would build the Lord’s temple. What a fine king!

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 5:1-18 ESV Text: 1 Kings 5:1-18 1 Kings 5 (Listen) Preparations for Building the Temple 5:1 1 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram always loved David. 2 And Solomon sent word to Hiram, 3 “You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the warfare with which his…

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The Lord brought peace and prosperity to both king and people during Solomon’s reign. This gave the Israelites an opportunity to direct their hearts toward God and delight His mercy.

The Lord brought peace and prosperity to both king and people during Solomon’s reign. This gave the Israelites an opportunity to direct their hearts toward God and delight His mercy.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 4:20-34 ESV Text: 1 Kings 4:20-34 1 Kings 4:20–34 (Listen) Solomon’s Wealth and Wisdom 20 Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy. 1 21 Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates2 to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life. 22 Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty cors3 of fine…

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The gospel is a message of encouragement.

The gospel is a message of encouragement.

BibleGateway: Acts 20:1-3 ESV Text: Acts 20:1-3 Acts 20:1–3 (Listen) Paul in Macedonia and Greece 20:1 After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. 2 When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. 3 There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews1 as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to…

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What is greater than wealth? We learn here that wisdom is a higher treasure. Of great importance too is to note that Solomon’s wisdom was from the Lord, not from himself.

What is greater than wealth? We learn here that wisdom is a higher treasure. Of great importance too is to note that Solomon’s wisdom was from the Lord, not from himself.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 3:1-15 ESV Text: 1 Kings 3:1-15 1 Kings 3:1–15 (Listen) Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom 3:1 Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the LORD and the wall around Jerusalem. 2 The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the LORD….

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Adonijah, Joab, and Shimei were put to death for their evil deeds against the Lord’s chosen kings and Solomon’s rule was firmly established.

Adonijah, Joab, and Shimei were put to death for their evil deeds against the Lord’s chosen kings and Solomon’s rule was firmly established.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 2:13-46 ESV Text: 1 Kings 2:13-46 1 Kings 2:13–46 (Listen) Solomon’s Reign Established 13 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, “Do you come peacefully?” He said, “Peacefully.” 14 Then he said, “I have something to say to you.” She said, “Speak.” 15 He said, “You know that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel fully expected me to reign. However, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother’s,…

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After Priscilla and Aquila gave some supplementary training to Apollos he went out to do important work in Achaia, preaching from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

After Priscilla and Aquila gave some supplementary training to Apollos he went out to do important work in Achaia, preaching from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

BibleGateway: Acts 18:19-28 ESV Text: Acts 18:19-28 Acts 18:19–28 (Listen) 19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21 But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and…

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