A Restored Relationship
on January 15th, 2021
A Restored RelationshipEvery person is a sinner.Our sin separates us from God.The only way to overcome this separation is through Christ.Only Christ has already done everything necessary for us to live in a restored relationship with God.This relationship happens when we trust Christ as our Savior.If you have received Christ as your Savior, my prayer is that you are growing in your faith and shari...
Stop Opposing God
on January 14th, 2021
Stop Opposing God2 Chronicles 35:21 (NIV) - But Neco sent messengers to him, saying, "What quarrel is there between you and me, O king of Judah? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you."Josiah had been a godly leader.Now, however, Josiah was opposing God by going to battl...
Setting Your Temple in Order
on January 13th, 2021
Setting Your Temple in Order2 Chronicles 35:20 (NIV) - After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle.Josiah set the temple in order.The temple was repaired, Scripture was honored, the people pledged themselves to live for God, and the leaders were serving as God intended.Each...
Celebrating in Worship
on January 12th, 2021
Celebrating in Worship2 Chronicles 35:1-19After the Book of the Law was found, Josiah led the nation in a great Passover celebration.The Passover was an annual reminder of the time when God brought the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery to begin their journey into the freedom of living in the Promised Land.Each of us needs to reserve time to remember God’s work in our lives. When we remember and ...
Read and Obey
on January 11th, 2021
Read and Obey2 Chronicles 34:31 - The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the LORD--to follow the LORD and keep his commands, regulations, and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book.During the temple repair, Hilkiah the priest, found a copy of the Book of the Law.This was probably the five books writt...
on January 7th, 2021
Teamwork2 Chronicles 34:8 (NIV) - In the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign, to purify the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and Maaseiah the ruler of the city, with Joah son of Joahaz, the recorder, to repair the temple of the LORD his God.2 Chronicles 34:8-13 records the efforts of Josiah to repair the temple.Josiah could not do this by himself.The repairs required teamwork.Team...
Purging Our Lives
on January 6th, 2021
Purging Our Lives2 Chronicles 34:3 (NIV) “…In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.”There are things in our lives that compete with our allegiance to God.God calls these idols.These may be material possessions. They may also be intangible things such as opinions, goals, and relationships.Tim Keller said, “When anything i...
on January 5th, 2021
Seeking God2 Chronicles 34:3a (NIV) - In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.What are you seeking?Scripture teaches that we are to seek God.Josiah began to seek God when he was young.We were created by God and for God. Therefore, we are to seek him above everything.When we seek God, we find blessings beyond what this world offers.I e...
Doing Right in God's Eyes
on January 4th, 2021
Doing Right in God’s Eyes2 Chronicles 34:1-2 (NIV) - 1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.People watch us. People interact with us.They may be part of a religious group, political group, business group...
Forward in Faith
on December 31st, 2020
Forward in FaithPhilippians 3:13 (NIV) - Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead...In this verse Paul describes himself as runner who is straining toward the finish line.A runner wins a race by looking forward not backward.As we enter the new year let’s look forward to God’s work in our lives ...
on December 30th, 2020
Pressing OnPhilippians 3:13-14 (NIV) – “13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”.It is good to reflect on the past.It is not good to live in the past.As we approach the new year, let’s p...
Returning from Christmas
on December 29th, 2020
Returning from ChristmasLuke 2:20 (NIV) - The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.Like the shepherds, each one of us must return from Christmas to the routines of life.I encourage us to return, like the shepherds, with a sense of worship.Let the reality of Christ pervade everything we do.Let us live every...