Set Free to Serve One Another (Galatians 5:13-15)

Galatians 5:13-15 (ESV) 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

The Cheerful Giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (ESV) The Cheerful Giver 6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all…

The End of Rehoboam’s Reign (1 Kings 14:21-31)

1 Kings 14:21-31 (ESV) Rehoboam Reigns in Judah 21 Now Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite. 22 And…

For a People Yet to Be Created (Psalm 102)

Psalm 102 (ESV) A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord. 102 Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you! 2 Do not hide your face from me     in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me;     answer me speedily in the day when I call! 3 For my days pass away like…

God’s Judgment on the North (1 Kings 14:1-20)

1 Kings 14:1-20 (ESV) Prophecy Against Jeroboam 14 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. 2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, “Arise, and disguise yourself, that it not be known that you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh. Behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, who said of me that I should be king over…

The Wayward Prophet (1 Kings 13:11-34)

1 Kings 13:11-34 (ESV) The Prophet’s Disobedience 11 Now an old prophet lived in Bethel. And his sons came and told him all that the man of God had done that day in Bethel. They also told to their father the words that he had spoken to the king. 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?”…

Jeroboam’s Leadership (1 Kings 12:25-13:10)

1 Kings 12:25-13:10 (ESV) Jeroboam’s Golden Calves 25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. And he went out from there and built Penuel. 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will turn back to the house of David. 27 If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the temple of the Lord at Jerusalem, then…

Rehoboam’s Foolish Choice (1 Kings 12:1-15)

1 Kings 12:1-15 (ESV) Rehoboam’s Folly 12 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. 2 And as soon as Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), then Jeroboam returned from Egypt. 3 And they sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all…