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Where is the God of Elijah?

Where Is the God of Elijah? Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. —2 Kings 2: 14 Elisha had seen the power of God on Elijah’s life. In fact, he saw a chariot of fire take the prophet into heaven. Now the responsibility of being a prophet to the people rested upon Elisha, and he knew he could not serve apart from the…

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Why Churches Talk The Great Commission But Don’t Do It

By Chuck Lawless In seventeen years of doing church consulting, no church leader has said to me, “Our church really doesn’t want to do the Great Commission.” I’ve worked with many churches, though, that proclaim the Great Commission but never get around to doing it. Here are my conclusions about why churches so often fit this description. 1. Church leaders talk the language without letting the biblical texts “sink in.” They speak about the Great Commission because the Bible so obviously commands it (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-47, John 20:21, Acts 1:8). I suspect many leaders, though, echo the…

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Cravings But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, “Why is your spirit so sullen that you eat no food?” He said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it pleases you, I will give you another vineyard for it.’ And he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’” —1 Kings 21: 5-6 Ahab coveted Naboth’s vineyard. And because he coveted it, he allowed Jezebel to sway him. He allowed Naboth to be condemned under perjury and stoned to death… and…

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What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing? And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” —1 Kings 19: 9 We tend to think of the great men of God as being super saints, men that are out of our league. We think, “I could never do the things Elijah did.” But he was just a man. Though he had the same flaws and weaknesses we have, God used him in a mighty way. And that is…

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Indecision And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. —1 Kings 18: 21 When Elijah issued his challenge to the prophets of Baal and Ashtoreth, two groups joined that faithful servant on Mount Carmel: the 850 “prophets” of those two false gods, and the halting multitude—the crowd Elijah cried out to in this passage. Times have changed, but people haven’t. Today we have the same three categories of people. There are…

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Heavy Tidings

Heavy Tidings And so it was, when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps as she came through the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why do you pretend to be another person? For I have been sent to you with bad news.—1 Kings 14: 6 Jeroboam had once created false gods for the people to worship. But when his son became deathly ill, Jeroboam didn’t seek help from those false gods. Instead, he disguised his wife as a peasant and sent her to seek help from God’s prophet, Ahijah. **How foolish it is to think that we…

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Why is following Jesus Christ so difficult?

Why is following Jesus Christ so difficult? No sane parent has ever said, “I wish my children would misbehave,” and there’s never been a self-help book entitled How to Live an Unhappy Life. We all want blessings, happiness, and fulfillment, and we associate a happy condition with a certain amount of ease. Jesus promises blessing and fulfillment to those who follow Him (John 4:14), but many people have been surprised that the way of Christ is not as easy as they had hoped. Sometimes, following Christ can be downright difficult. The fact is, blessing and hardship are not mutually exclusive….

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What does the Bible say about reputation?” Answer: Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, / Favor is better than silver and gold.” So the Bible encourages us to keep good reputations, whenever possible. This idea is echoed in Ecclesiastes 7:1, which says, “A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume” (NLT). The Bible is clear that a good reputation is of great value and is therefore something that we should strive to earn and maintain. A reputation is built over time as others evaluate our life choices and determine who we…

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More Than We Ask

More Than We Ask And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” —1 Kings 9: 3 The God who created this universe loves me. He thinks about me, and He hears me when I pray. Not only does He hear me, but amazingly, God answers me. He doesn’t always answer when I want Him to, however. And I get impatient. I want God…

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