Archive for April, 2014

Praying through the Bible #117 – 2 Kings 6:8-23 – A Prayer for Open Eyes

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Have you have heard the story of missionaries being saved by an angelic band? It takes various forms but they all have similarities: The murderous, native wretches are scared away by a visible – to them only – guard of armed angelic soldiers; while Christians are praying. One story has 26 protectors, another says hundreds. […]

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Praying through the Bible #116 – 2 Kings 4:8-37 – A Prayer for Resurrection Again

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Bible is filled with unnamed heroes. This nameless woman’s story sounds familiar, but that is how the Bible is inspired. God keeps telling the same stories with different characters. One reason is to show He is the God who controls history, including the written account leading up to Jesus. The comparison of Elisha to […]

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Praying through the Bible #115 – 2 Kings 1 – A Prayer Not Prayed to God

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

God hears our prayers even when we are not praying to Him, even when they are not said to Him. That sounds strange, because who else would we pray to? The Northern Kings are all idolatrous, some worshipping Yahweh through idols; others worshipping strange gods through idols. Ahaziah is the son of the worst, Ahab […]

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Praying through the Bible #114 – 1 Kings 19 – A Prayer of the Depressed

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Everyone wants to stand on top of the mountain of triumph. No one wants to slide down into the valley of depression. But with every mountain, there is a valley. One of God’s greatest prophets, a man equal in the Jewish mind to Moses, one who appears to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, is […]

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Praying through the Bible #113 – 1 Kings 18:42-45 – A Prayer for Rain

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

One of the most famous American droughts was the Dust Bowl from 1931 to 1939. In 2012, 42% of the country experienced severe, extreme or exceptional drought, the largest such percentage since the mid-1950s. The 2002 drought in Colorado brought the lowest water flow that the state had seen in 300 years. The 1988 North […]

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Praying through the Bible #112 – 1 Kings 18 – A Prayer of Battle Between Gods

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Before the Battles of the Bulge, Iwo Jima or Normandy; before Gettysburg, Antietam or Shiloh; there was another famous battle, not between armies, or nations. It was a battle between Gods: Baal and Yahweh. The false god, Baal, had the One True God, Yahweh, outnumbered. Baal has 450 prophets. How many does Yahweh have? One. […]

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Praying through the Bible #111 – 1 Kings 17 – Praying for Resurrection

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

It has taken untold number of years, and untold deaths, to reach the beginning. The first resurrection story actually contains two resurrection stories – one literal, and the other foreshadowing it through symbolic means…and maybe even a third, and a fourth. Ahab is the wickedest king of the Northern Kingdom. Hence, the people are cursed […]

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Praying through the Bible #110 – 1 Kings 13:6 – A Prayer for a Religious Renegrade

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

There is grace on every page of the Bible. Jeroboam is such an example. While all sinners do not deserve grace, we still need to examine “the sin of Jeroboam.” That phrase will describe king after king in the Northern Kingdom of Israel; and haunt them into destruction and Assyrian Captivity. And yet, God showed […]

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Praying through the Bible #109 – 1 Kings 8.22-23 – A Prayer of God’s Otherness

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

No single verse contains all of God. No single scripture contains all of God’s theology. If this is true, then even “God is love” (1 John 4:8) is not all inclusive of all God is. God is not only love. God is righteous too, which can conflict with His desire that all men be saved […]

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