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Undeserved (2 Kings 5:15-27)

Naaman has come to Elisha for healing by bringing a letter from the king of Syria, 10 talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothes. We noted in the last lesson that this amount could be estimated to be worth about 5.5 million dollars. Naaman, after getting past his anger, has humbled himself and dipped in the Jordan River seven times as he was instructed. By displaying this faith, he was healed from his leprosy. In 2 Kings 5:15 Naaman returns to Elisha, desiring to give him the gift that he has brought with him, which is an overwhelming amount of wealth. But look at what Elisha says in verse 16. He takes an oath that he will receive nothing that Naaman has brought. Even though Naaman urges him to take it, Elisha refuses. Naaman now sets himself to be a worshiper of the Lord God alone, in spite of the challenges he faces as a commander of the king’s army. We would expect this happy ending to conclude at verse 19…

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Great Expectations (2 Kings 5:1-14)

Like it or not, believe it or not, we all have certain expectations about life. All of us grow up with a perspective about the way our lives will go. We also all have a set of expectations about God. You are not alone in having such expectations. The fifth chapter of 2 Kings is all about expectations and what different people expected God to do…

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All Is Well Faith (2 Kings 4)

It is an easy answer to give when someone asks how you are doing. “I’m fine.” “I’m good.” But sometimes we really do not mean what we are saying. We feel like we are compelled to say we are fine when someone asks out of a courtesy even if we are not what we say we are. But God wants us to have a faith so that no matter the circumstances, we can say, “All is well.” Open your copies of God’s word to 2 Kings 4 and we are going to see what this faith looks like…

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Hope When Anxious

We have spent a number of our lessons this year talking about how to have hope when crushed by trials, when hopeless because of suffering and loss, when feeling alone, and when tempted. All of these difficulties of life, from temptations and trials to sinning and being alone can cause us to be anxious. In today’s lesson I want to speak about what the scriptures teach us about how to have hope when anxious. But I have already talked about a number of life areas where we experience anxiety. There is another area of life where anxiety sets in and that it is when it comes to money. Jesus realized our anxiety can be directly tied to wealth and health…

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