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Limping Between Two Opinions (1 Kings 18)

Please Note: Due to problems with the recorder, this audio lesson is made from two different sources; so there is a noticeable change in quality.

God sent Elijah to Ahab, the king of Israel, who is considered the worst king that ever reigned over Israel. The message was simple and clear. It will not rain until Elijah says so. After saying those words, he disappears. The drought which brought about the famine was to be understood as a judgment from God. God said that Israel was to understand that the drought was a picture of the people’s disobedience to the covenant. This brings us to 1 Kings 18 and we are told in the first verse that we are more than three years into the drought. The three years of drought indicates that no one is turning back to the Lord. No one is seeking God. No one is considering their ways. No one is thinking about why things are the way that they are…

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Resurrection (Acts 9)

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3–5 ESV)

It is the most difficult and most ridiculous thing to believe: a person died and came back to life. Every teaching hangs on the proclamation that Jesus rose from the dead. Saul knew this. In Acts 8:1 we see that Saul approved of Stephen’s execution and ignites a persecution against Christians for what they were teaching. Saul is ravaging the church and dragging men and women out of their homes and putting them into prison (8:3). In Acts 9:1 we see that Saul is not done. He is breathing out threats of murder against the disciples of the Lord. He wants them dead because these followers are saying that Jesus rose from the dead and is the savior of the world. So he asks for permission from the synagogues in Damascus to find any Christians and bring them as prisoners back to Jerusalem. Saul is not content with eradicating Christians from Jerusalem. He leaves Jerusalem and is traveling to other countries and regions looking for Christians to take back to Jerusalem as prisoners…

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Dare To Trust God (1 Kings 17)

God has wanted us to see that Israel and Judah, the two nations that were to be God’s people and represent God, had lost their way. Kings are rising up but only making matters worse, leading the nation into deeper sins. At the moment, the attention is on the northern nation called Israel. The king at that time is Ahab and he will rule for 22 years. He did more evil than any of those who were before him. The sins of the children are outpacing the sins of the parents. Each leader cares less about God than the one before him. It is a dangerous time for those who are trying to be faithful to the Lord. Living in a time like this is going to require a lot of faith. It is during these times that an important question is going to be asked of those who claim to love God. How much faith do you have?

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Not Held Back (Acts 8)

We are going to spend the next few weeks talking about the life change that Jesus brings to our lives. In many ways, this is a continuation of what we were doing in our look at getting rid of the old you and moving forward with new clothes. But our text for this series will come from the book of Acts. You may remember when we started this series that Luke starts the book of Acts by telling that his first account (the Gospel of Luke) was all that Jesus began to do and teach. The point is that this book, the book of Acts, is all that Jesus continued to do and teach. So we are putting this lens on the book of Acts and looking at the life change that Jesus was bringing to his people. One of the powerful things we observe in first century Christians is that nothing held them back in their faith. You could not hold them back spiritually. We have already observed this with the apostles. But now the author wants us to see this faith in the people who have become followers of Jesus. We turn our attention to Acts 8 where we are going to see three pictures about not being held back…

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