Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin? (Haggai 1:4 NIV).
The Lord’s house was remaining in ruins. Nobody seemed to care about this situation. Then God Himself calls the attention of the people to this pathetic condition through the prophet.
God questions them about priorities. He tells the people that it is not right for the people … Read the rest
But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.” (1 Chronicles 21:24 NIV).
King David sinned against God by ordering to count the number of Israelites. God was angry and He sent Gad the seer to David with three options of punishment to be carried out. … Read the rest
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14 NIV).
Words can encourage. It can also discourage. Words can heal. It can also wound. Words can foster friendship. It can also cause enmity. Therefore words have to be chosen carefully while speaking. Or else harm that was never intended would result from the … Read the rest
Then the people of Israel–the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles–celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy (Ezra 6:16 NIV).
The Book of Ezra speaks of the group of people who returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon. They found the land in ruins. But they were most sad that the temple of God was destroyed and now lay in ruins. Are we concerned … Read the rest
Jesus prayed! Even though He was the Son of God, Jesus prayed while He was on earth. This is amazing because it tells us of our deep need of prayer. If even the Son of God needed to pray, how much more do we stand in need of prayer!
The First Step
The beginning of Jesus’ ministry on earth was begun with prayer. As Jesus was baptized marking the … Read the rest