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The Queen of Sheba

In today’s reading we see the queen of Sheba in awe at Solomon’s glory. How much more should we be in awe of Christ’s glory?! Be blessed as you seek His face today.   2 Chronicles 9: The Queen of Sheba 1     Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And whe...
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Solomon prays for blessing

Solomon continues to show us how much grace was given to him as we continue in 2 Chronicles. There are also a few new announcements – please read them J!   2 Chronicles 7: Fire from Heaven 1     As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 2     And the priests could not enter the ...
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The temple is dedicated

Solomon dedicates the temple and the glory of the Lord falls. May we see this in the church as we worship Him 2 Chronicles 5 Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold, and all the vessels in the treasuries of the house of God.  Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the ...
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The temple's glory

Solomon builds the temple. There are many comparisons here with what we should see in the church. Take a look.   2 Chronicles 3: Solomon Builds the Temple 1     Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2     He began to build i...
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The wisdom of Solomon

Welcome to Feb 2016! That didn’t take long.  We look at the ministry of Solomon this week as we begin 2 weeks in 2nd Chronicles.   2 Chronicles 1: Solomon Worships at Gibeon 1     Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and made him exceedingly great. 2     Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds,...
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Put the rubbish out

Sometimes godly reforms can be quite harsh. Today we see Nehemiah getting quite physical with the people as he comes back to Jerusalem to restore order. Let’s keep seeking our God, as we know judgement begins with us.   Nehemiah 13: Nehemiah's Final Reforms 1     On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people. And in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the asse...
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Worship the Lord

The wall is dedicated to the Lord, there is worship at the temple. Spiritual reform is part of any healthy building program. Nehemiah 12: Priests and Levites 1     These are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2     Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3     Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4     Idd...
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Leaders need to lead

Any organisation is only as good as the order and structure of the leadership. Jerusalem needed to administrate her leaders properly if the people were going to thrive after the wall was built.   Nehemiah 11: The Leaders in Jerusalem 1     Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of ten remained in t...
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Sign the covenant!

Happy Australia Day! What a blessing it is when people live together in unity. This unity came in the form of a covenant agreement for the returned exiles. We also know that any covenant will soon be tested. Be blessed in your devotion to Christ!   Nehemiah 10: The People Who Sealed the Covenant 1     "On the seals are the names of Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, Zedekiah, 2     Seraia...
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The power of the Word - Ezra's preaching

The wall has been built, but what about the religious beliefs and practices of those who have built the wall. Enter Ezra’s ministry. True worship requires understanding.   Nehemiah 8: Ezra Reads the Law 1     And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel. 2     So E...
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Wall built, worship returns

Lists and genealogies pepper the scriptures here and there. That’s what we have in this chapter of Nehemiah. Some wonderful gems here though. Be blessed as you  read and pray. Nehemiah 7: 1 Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, 2 I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faith...
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Satan rages, but the wall is completed

Sometimes Satan is subtle when he is on the offensive and at other times he manifests in a full on frontal attack. We see both here in this short chapter of Nehemiah 6. Be blessed as you read and pray. Please pray for Sharon today (see prayer points) – 11:30am operation. Pray for Christ’s miraculous hand to be over the situation. Nehemiah 6: Conspiracy Against Nehemiah 1     Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab ...
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Nehemiah's reforms begin

Any church building program involves maintaining and being good stewards of all available resources. In Nehemiah’s case it meant freeing his workforce from the oppression of fellow Jews. Be blessed as you read and pray.   Nehemiah 5: Nehemiah Stops Oppression of the Poor 1     Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. 2     For there were those w...
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Build the wall!

Rebuilding or starting anything new from a spiritual perspective will always evoke a desire to oppose by some. We see this as Nehemiah rally’s the exile to re-build the walls. If there is a struggle, it is generally worth it. Nehemiah 3: Rebuilding the Wall 1     Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as fa...
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Nehemiah's assessment of Jerusalem

We are back in the OT with the book of Nehemiah. This book is about new beginnings and the ‘commissioning’ of the Lord’s people and their building program, back in Jerusalem. As we start this year with our ministries and commission our leaders within those ministries we will ask the Lord to bless in the same way he did with Nehemiah.   Nehemiah 1: Report from Jerusalem 1     The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. N...
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He is Risen!

He is Risen, He is risen indeed. Luke 24: The Resurrection 1     But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2     And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3     but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4     While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men...
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Crucify, crucify!

The trial of Jesus before Pilate and Herod exemplifies the unjust judgement of Christ before the secular authorities. The higher authority was of course in control. May our Saviour’s abundant grace be shown to you today! Be blessed.   Luke 23: Jesus Before Pilate 1     Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2     And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man ...
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Jesus is the Christ

In today’s readings we are led into the final day and hours before Christ is crucified. I always find these passages of scripture very sobering. May our wonderful Saviour continue to get the praise for what He has done for us!   Luke 22: The Plot to Kill Jesus 1     Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2     And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking ho...
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Jesus is coming back!

http://images.christianpost.com/blog/full/31201/a-japan.jpg?w=400&h=266Jesus will return one day. How will we know the time is near? Jesus tells us that there will be some obvious signs.   Luke 21: The Widow's Offering 1     Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2     and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3     And he said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. ...
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The real Jesus.

Mindanao militants brandish the Islamic State flag.G’day folks. Luke points us to who Christ really is. He is not the saviour from the Romans, but David’s greater Son.   Luke 20: The Authority of Jesus Challenged 1     One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2     and said to him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave...
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