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THE BLESSING IN YOUR HISTORY

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1 Kings 3:66 Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

If you were to review what God has done in your life, you would find a pattern of his faithfulness and kindness toward you. As I think back on my own family history, I see the tracing of God’s finger. I follow Jesus and so does my dad. His father was a WW1 soldier injured in battle and also lost his first wife in childbearing. Grandpa was known as the town drunk. But God had other plans and grandpa came to Christ.
Even though grandpa had many problems, God put blessing on his life. If grandpa were still alive, he would see that God’s hand on his life had far reaching effects.
Solomon knew that his father David was ‘a man after God’s own heart’. Sure, other people said all kinds of things about his dad – Solomon knew h…

ASK FOR ANYTHING

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One of Israel’s greatest kings was a man named Solomon. He had an encounter that shows God up close and personal.

1 Kings 3:55 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." NIV

In the verses prior, we find that Solomon ‘loved’ the Lord. In fact, Solomon had just offered a sacrifice to God of one thousand burnt offerings! Solomon was the son of David, a man whom noted as having a special connection to the heart of God. It’s not surprising that Solomon learned extravagant worship and leadership from his renowned father David.
Even though the appearance of God was just a dream, the outcome took place in reality.Do you know that God is generous? Do you know that He wants to give you the desires of your heart?
God has such respect for human choice and free will. He did not tell Solomon what to ask for, but gave the choice to Solomon. The Father respects you and wants you to think about what you really nee…

DARE I ASK?

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A man is walking down the beach and comes across an old bottle. He picks it up, pulls out the cork and out pops a genie. The genie says, "Thank you for freeing me from the bottle. In return I will grant you three wishes." The man says, "Great. I always dreamed of this and I know exactly what I want. First, I want one billion dollars in a Swiss bank account." Phoof! There is a flash of light, and a piece of paper with account numbers appears in his hand.
He continues, "Next, I want a brand new red Ferrari right here." Phoof! There is a flash of light, and a bright red brand-new Ferrari appears right next to him.
He happily continues again, "Finally, I want to be irresistible to women." Phoof! There is a flash of light, and he turns into... a box of chocolates.[1]

If you could ask God for anything and know that it would be given to you, what would you ask for? Our imaginations are fed by movies and childhood stories of supernatural beings that gran…

ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVEN AND HELL

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We cannot on one hand praise the King for forgiveness of a monstrous debt and then have him wink at the unjust way an offender turns on the one who owes him a small amount.


For the King’s mercy to mean anything, there must be the threat of justice and punishment to the one who recklessly offends the King in unthinkable ways.
If mercy is the atmosphere of Heaven, then justice is the atmosphere of Hell. The mercy of God is freely offered through Jesus’ sacrifice to the worst offenders. It is mercy beyond what we deserve or can earn. The gospel is good news in affirming that all sinners can be forgiven, and have a new Jesus-like nature develop in them.
The mercy of God defines His Kingdom. Jesus said the merciful are shown mercy. Conversely, the unmerciful will not be shown mercy.People who reject the notion of a Biblical Hell want the mercy of God without God’s right to judge between good and evil. If evil is really just a lower form of good, then all must eventually become good and we d…

CHIEF BEHAVING BADLY

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