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Rise

Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” (John 11:23-24) Read: Jeremiah 8:4 – 11:23 Relate: Martha was clearly not on the same page as Jesus. I wonder how often we do this. Jesus was talking about right now. Martha was thinking about…

Whatever You Ask

Whatever You Ask

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:21-22) Read: Jeremiah 7:1 – 8:3, Daniel 2:1 – 3:30 Relate: Two verses come to mind when I hear Martha make this bold statement of faith.…

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Fear

Suddenly I was sitting straight up wide awake… That is how I came to realize, this past Friday that there was a coup happening in my back yard in Istanbul.

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The Temple – Promise

If they turn to you with their whole heart and soul in the land of their captivity and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors – toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name – then hear their prayers and their petitions from heaven…

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The Temple – Praises

The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 5:13) Read: 2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11, Romans 7:1-13, Psalm…

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The Temple – Presence

So Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David, his father. The Temple was built on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the site that David had selected. (2 Chronicles 3:1) Read: 2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17, Romans 6:1-23, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 19:20-21 Relate: At first glance, Solomon’s choice…

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How Much Does It Cost?

But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the Lord. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!” (1 Chronicles 21:24) Read: 1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30, Romans 2:25-3:8, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 19:10-12 Relate: Right now I have twenty…