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Take It To The Lord (2 Kings 18-19)

It looks like all hope is lost. There are many times in life when it looks like all hope is lost. There is no chance for reversal. There is no hope for change. There is no way that we are going to get through this. This is where we are in the life of Judah. Israel has been captured by the Assyrians and have been removed from the land. The last king of Judah appears to be the worst they have had up to this point. He has dismantled the temple, selling off anything of value in it and on it. He has offered his son as an offering to his idolatrous gods. Judah appears to be following Israel down the path of destruction…

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The Gods We Make (Acts 19)

This morning we are going to talk about the gods we make. We might immediately think that we do not make gods. We are Christians and we do not have any other gods. But one of the things Paul had to do while preaching the gospel was expose the gods that were in people’s lives. In Acts 19 we see some of the gods that have a hold over our lives.

True Power (19:11-20)

Paul has come to Ephesus and God is doing extraordinary miracles through him. It is important to see the emphasis that God was doing the miracles through Paul. The true power belongs to God. But God was doing amazing miracles through Paul, so that even objects that touched the skin of Paul were brought to the sick and the sick were healed (19:12). We saw God showing this great power in Peter back in Acts 5:15 where people were lining the streets with the sick so that the shadow of Peter might fall on some of them….

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Transitions (Acts 18:1-19:7)

I’m right. I know I am right. You cannot persuade me that I am not right. I wish everyone would realize that I am right. I know what I am talking about. I am smarter than most people around me and they would be far better off if they would listen to me. I am right and anyone who does not do things my way is wrong. If you would just ask me, I would tell you everything you need to know. This describes the human condition and describes the common thinking in our culture today. But as we have looked at Paul proclaiming that salvation is here, he is running into the same cultural thinking in most of the cities he enters. They know what they know and the struggle is to get them to transition into thinking otherwise…

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When A Nation Falls (2 Kings 14-17)

The books of 1 & 2 Kings have spent the majority of its time following the northern nation, Israel, after the kingdom divided in the days of Rehoboam. We have seen the emphasis on the ministries of Elijah and Elisha as they worked in Israel. But we have seen that Israel has not listened to the prophets and have not turned to the Lord. As we come back to our study of 2 Kings we are going to call this series that covers the second half of the book, Cautionary Tales. The reason is that these final chapters record the fall of God’s people and leave us many truths to learn about why they failed and what God desired from his people. The set up for the coming judgment against Israel and Judah begins in 2 Kings 14…

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