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June 16 - Evening

"You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. For her stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity.

The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory.

He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.

Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
'The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.'

So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord."

- Psalms 102:13-22

Seek the Lord in Affliction

In the midst of his affliction a man gives voice to his misery in Psalms 102:1-11. His description in these early verses proves the Lord’s words in Genesis 3:17-19 concerning the state of man’s life after the fall to be unbearable without God:
  • Days pass like smoke
  • Bones burn like a furnace
  • Heart withers like grass
  • Forgets to eat
  • Bones cling to flesh
  • Lie awake at night
  • Eat ashes like they are bread
But, instead of cursing God for this hopeless, painful condition, this psalmist reaches out to glorify the Lord because of the hope that exists in God’s very nature. This afflicted man (like all of us men) contrasts his lowly, broken condition with God’s eternal state of glory in verses 12 and 13 with an emphatic “You!” in reference to the Lord when he says:

            “But YOU, O Lord, are enthroned forever.
            YOU are remembered throughout all generations.
            YOU will arise and have pity.

Because of the Lord’s eternal state and his freedom to intervene in the chaos of human history this psalmist holds onto the hope that the Lord will arise to deliver those people who continue to hope in him. Those who care about the things that the Lord cares about (for example, Zion and Zion’s fallen stones) will see the Lord answer their prayer and set them free when the appointed time comes for the Lord to have pity on Zion and establish his kingdom.
Epiphaino (Gr) – to shine or to appear (Eng) – the Greek word epiphaino appears in the Septuagint in these OT verses:
Ezekiel 17:6
Zephaniah 2:11 -
Deuteronomy 33:2 -
Psalm 67:1 -
In the NT Luke says that during the storm the sun and stars did not
epiphaino for several days. In Titus 2:11 saving grace has epiphaino. According to 1 John 1:1-2 God’s nature has epiphano in Jesus 2 Thessalonians 2:8 says the Lord Jesus’ epiphano will destroy the Anti-christ.
Do I understand the difference between a life lived without God and one lived with hope in Him?

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Children's education


Leading of the Holy Spirit

A Byzantine church in Avdat, Israel in the Nabatean city in the Negev.
Details of locations mentioned in 1 Kings 5-8 on a map called, "Solomon Builds Temple and Palace".

Someone to Quote

"...God's grace and forgiveness, while free to the recipient, are always costly for the giver.... From the earliest parts of the Bible, it was understood that God could not forgive without sacrifice. No one who is seriously wronged can "just forgive" the perpetrator.... But when you forgive, that means you absorb the loss and the debt. You bear it yourself. All forgiveness, then, is costly."
- Timothy Keller

Something to Ponder

From David Kinnaman's book "You Lost Me"

Myth 2: Dropping out of church is just a natural part of young adults' maturation.

Reality: First, this line of reasoning ignores that tens of millions of young Christians never lose their faith or drop out of church. Thus, leaving church or losing faith should not be a foregone conclusion.

Second, leaving church has not always been normative. Evidence exists that during the first half of the 1900s, young adults were not less churched than were older adults. In fact, Boomers appear to be the first American generation that dropped out of church participation in significant numbers when they became young adults. So, in one sense, the Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) were part of the evolution of the church dropout phenomenon during the rise of youth culture of the 1960s.

Kinnaman commented on this myth: "The significant spiritual and technological changes over the last 50 years make the dropout problem more urgent. Young people are dropping out earlier, staying away longer, and if they come back are less likely to see the church as a long-term part of their life. Today's young adults who drop out of faith are continuing something the Boomers began as a generation of spiritual free agents. Yet, today's dropout phenomenon is a more intractable, complex problem."

Here’s a Fact

The Cylinder of Nebuchadnezzar was found in the ruins of ancient Babylon. The cuneiform text identifies Nebuchadnezzar as being the builder or renovator of three palaces in Babylon including the palace of his father Nabopolossar.


"Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness."
- Proverbs 16:12

Coach’s Corner

When a concern crosses your mind, this is the time for prayer.

Jeremiah 1
New International Version (NIV)
The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.
The Call of Jeremiah
The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,     before you were born I set you apart;     I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.
12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”
“I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”
14 The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.
“Their kings will come and set up their thrones     in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls     and against all the towns of Judah.
I will pronounce my judgments on my people     because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods     and in worshiping what their hands have made.
17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
2 Chronicles 8
New International Version (NIV)
Solomon’s Other Activities
At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the Lord and his own palace, Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hiram had given him, and settled Israelites in them. Solomon then went to Hamath Zobah and captured it. He also built up Tadmor in the desert and all the store cities he had built in Hamath. He rebuilt Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars, as well as Baalath and all his store cities, and all the cities for his chariots and for his horses—whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.
There were still people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites (these people were not Israelites). Solomon conscripted the descendants of all these people remaining in the land—whom the Israelites had not destroyed—to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day. But Solomon did not make slaves of the Israelites for his work; they were his fighting men, commanders of his captains, and commanders of his chariots and charioteers. 10 They were also King Solomon’s chief officials—two hundred and fifty officials supervising the men.
11 Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the Lord has entered are holy.”
12 On the altar of the Lord that he had built in front of the portico, Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings to the Lord, 13 according to the daily requirement for offerings commanded by Moses for the Sabbaths, the New Moons and the three annual festivals—the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. 14 In keeping with the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their duties, and the Levites to lead the praise and to assist the priests according to each day’s requirement. He also appointed the gatekeepers by divisions for the various gates, because this was what David the man of God had ordered. 15 They did not deviate from the king’s commands to the priests or to the Levites in any matter, including that of the treasuries.
16 All Solomon’s work was carried out, from the day the foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid until its completion. So the temple of the Lord was finished.
17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the coast of Edom. 18 And Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own men, sailors who knew the sea. These, with Solomon’s men, sailed to Ophir and brought back four hundred and fifty talents of gold, which they delivered to King Solomon.

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