Time for Paneled Houses?

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

Sacrifice that Costs Nothing!

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

Words of My Mouth; Meditation of My Heart

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

Dedication, House of God, Celebration, Joy

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

Seek Me and Live

There is only One who can make this claim. If you seek Him; you will live.

If you need to know life to the fullest, then you must focus on seeking God. But this seeking does not come easy. There are many voices calling out to you to give them your attention. In this clash of voices, the voice of God is often crowded out. One of the first things

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Prayer Life of Jesus Christ

Introduction

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