Keep On Praying. Keep On Believing. — Learning From God’s Word

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2 Samuel 21:1-22:7There’s no two ways about it. God’s people were getting it rough. There seemed to be so many problems. Were they to give up hope? – Not a bit of it! Read verse 14 – ‘After that God heeded supplications for the land’. What happened when God heard and answered the prayers of […]

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: Esther

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“Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

Rev George Philip preached a series of sermons on 1 Samuel 1-7, with the title, “For such a time as this.”

This title is taken from this verse in the book of Esther.

The name of God is never mentioned in the book of Esther – but God is there, working out his plan.

In Esther’s day, God was there. In Samuel’s day, God was there. In our day, he is, still, “the God who is there” (the title of a book, written by Francis Schaeffer).

Go back to the days of Samuel – “the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation” (1 Samuel 3:1).

Go back to the days of Esther – the name of the Lord was conspicuous by its absence.

Come forward to our day. Do you…

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: 1 and 2 Kings

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“Who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

The king was called to be more than a political leader. He was called to be a spiritual leader.

To be a spiritual leader, he needed to remember that the people of Israel were God’s people.

Sometimes people say, “Everything is politics.” Here, we’re reminded that politics isn’t everything.

We need to remember the Lord.

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The Psalmist feels terrible, but he hasn’t stopped praying.

Psalms 88:1-18- The Psalmist is really ‘down in the dumps’. He feels like he is ‘in the depths of the Pit”, He feels like he is ‘in the darkest depths’(6). This is the way he feels, but he has not stopped praying - ‘O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry …

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Taking a look at the Old Testament – Genesis

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“In the beginning, God … ” (Genesis 1:1).

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start … ” (from the film, The Sound of Music).

When we go back to “a long time ago”, do we go back far enough?

The first four words of the Bible takes us back beyond “a long time ago.”

Here, we are taken back to God – “the very beginning, a very good place to start.”

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Looking beyond our difficult times to the Lord’s glorious future

From Genesis to Revelation in a year: John 13:21-16:33 13:21-14:14 -  Difficult times lay ahead for Jesus. He would be betrayed by Judas Iscariot (21-30). He would be denied by Peter (36-38). For Jesus, there was His departure (31-33). It would be a difficult time for His followers. He tells them to ‘love one another’: …

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The Lord is the Everlasting God.

Genesis 22:15-23:20 After the renewal of God’s promise (15-18), Abraham went to Beersheba (19). He returned to the place where he had ‘called...on the Name of the Lord, the Everlasting God’ (33). This is a good ‘place’ to be, the ‘place’ of calling on the Name of the Lord, the Everlasting God. As we read …

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