Monthly Archives: January 2010

Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 9

sThe remnants from the original inhabitants of the land (Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites—all non-Israelites), survivors of the holy wars, were rounded up by Solomon for his gangs of slave labor, a policy still in effect. 1 Kings 9:20 … Continue reading

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Updating the Home Office

Speaking of IKEA… the furniture we purchased was for the home office. When Wendy and I moved into the house here over four years ago we hobbled the home office together with door slabs and bricks. While functional, the office … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 8

May he keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors. 1 Kings 8:58 (MSG) My wife and I recently … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 7

It took Solomon another thirteen years to finish building his own palace complex. 1 Kings 7:1 (MSG) We live in such an instant society. We want gratification immediately. Our computers are never fast enough, and we complain when a page … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 6

The word of God came to Solomon saying, "About this Temple you are building—what's important is that you live the way I've set out for you and do what I tell you, following my instructions carefully and obediently. Then I'll … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 6

The word of God came to Solomon saying, "About this Temple you are building—what's important is that you live the way I've set out for you and do what I tell you, following my instructions carefully and obediently. Then I'll … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 5

Solomon responded, saying, "You know that David my father was not able to build a temple in honor of God because of the wars he had to fight on all sides, until God finally put them down. 1 Kings 5:3 … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 4

God gave Solomon wisdom—the deepest of understanding and the largest of hearts.1 Kings 4:29 (MSG) Along my journey, I have had the privilege of conducting a number of funeral services. Most people don't consider the task a privilege, but I've always found … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 3

 "Here's what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?" 1 Kings 3:9 (MSG) As … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 2

The king then gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he went out and struck Shimei dead. The kingdom was now securely in Solomon's grasp. 1 Kings 2:46 (MSG) All great stories are a reflection of God's great story. That's what … Continue reading

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