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Week Twenty-six Overview

A principle surfaces throughout the Bible’s story: God uses what He hates to accomplish the good that He loves. Evil doesn't originate with God, but He uses the existing evil for His own purposes. When God’s people walk with Him by faith, He generally hedges them about with His hedge of protection (Job 1:10; Dt. 28:7). Often that hedge is simply the restraining of evil nations and rulers around His people. When He does lift the hedge, He shows His power to deliver them. Prior to... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 30, 2019
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Week Twenty-five Overview

God chose Israel to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen. 12:1-2). He describes Israel as a vineyard in which He has highly invested (Isaiah 5:1-2). They have instead, ruined themselves for any usefulness, “What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?” (5:4); “He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry for... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 23, 2019
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Week Twenty-four Overview

Speaking the truth to a wayward loved one is risky business.  Those who harden their hearts against the truth often execute retaliation of varying degrees against the truth-teller (silence, shunning, shaming, slander, and even murder). Jesus singles out the role of prophets (Truth-tellers) when He rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for their rejection of truth-tellers and the truth that they tell, “That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 16, 2019
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Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 9, 2019
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Week Twenty-three Overview

Both Jeroboam and Rehoboam seek the counsel of others as they face a decision regarding their kingdoms.   When Rehoboam’s followers request tax relief, Rehoboam seeks advice from two groups of people. The elders who advised his father counsel Rehoboam to heed the people and lighten their tax load, while the young men who had grown up with him advise him to add to their yoke. Rehoboam listens to the pride of his peers rather than the wisdom of the elders and creates a situation... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 9, 2019
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Week Twenty-two Overview

Life outside of Eden is hard. Thorns in work. Brokenness in relationships. Personal dis-ease. Selfish lifestyles. Bad decisions relationally and financially. Moral, ethical, and demonic boobytraps.  Therefore, life outside of Eden requires a navigational system. God has not left us without such a mechanism. It is called wisdom. And wisdom is needed in speech, finances, relationships, charity, decision making, and in every area of life! The wisdom writer declares that wisdom is... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Monday, May 27, 2019
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Week Twenty-one Overview

When God calls Abraham into His story He promises to bless him and make his descendants a blessing to the nations, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). To whom God makes a promise He obligates His activity.  Abraham believes God and to him and his barren wife,... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Week Twenty Overview

Many of the psalms lack the internal evidence required to pinpoint their historical context. Therefore, the editors of the One Year Chronological Bible lump most of these psalms together. They all, however, do share the common thread of David’s psalms, that of a Sovereign God who acts with justice and mercy.  Throughout these psalms both David and the anonymous writers identify God as the LORD. This designation reveals the God of Israel as the God of history, the God who owns... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, May 17, 2019
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Week Nineteen Overview

A control-freak employer creates an unhealthy workplace. In the same way, negative emotions, like anger, grief, or rejection, are control-freaks who delight to take charge and boss people around. Emotions are reactionary—both good and bad. When partnered with truth, they are liberated to express joy, excitement, confidence, and peace; but, when partnered with half-truths and lies, they become incendiary—like a fire left untended or unconfined, they consume their hosts.  ... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, May 10, 2019
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Week Eighteen Overview

David was a just man who feared the LORD. He left an indelible legacy, not only by his impressive military and political leadership, but also by his great, big heart after God: “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). Though David fell often and sinned grievously, God went after him, and David repented greatly. That’s what makes him a great man! The just shall live by faith. ... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, May 3, 2019
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