Jehonadab, father who left a legacy

The name Jehonadab means God is willing. Jehonadab is first mentioned when he joined hands with Jehu in destroying the wicked family of Ahab.  {2 Kings 10:15-16}   He partnered to destroy and suppress the worship of Baal throughout Samaria. He is referred to as the son of Rechab. His sons became known as the Rekabites. Jeremiah says, ““Go to the […]

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Hymn Story: Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Breathe on Me, Breath of God was written by Edwin Hatch. Hatch was an English theologian born in Derby, England on September 4, 1835. He eventually became Bishop of Manchester and noted for his strong mental independence and extreme study habits. By the 1880s, he was a well-known lecturer. Hatch published the song privately in 1878 in a pamphlet titled […]

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Hymn Story: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Charles Wesley wrote Jesus, Lover of My Soul only months after he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He titled his hymn “In Temptation”. Little is known about the details and inspiration of the writing of the hymn. The title “In Temptation” clues us in to he meant it to help with fighting sin. The poem was first published […]

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Names of God: El Shaddai

El Shaddai  means the God of the mountain and God is almighty and the Lord God Almighty. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty (El Shaddai); walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Genesis […]

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Fathers in the Bible: Samuel, the Rebuked Father

Samuel was the son of Hannah and Elkanah and raised by Eli.  He served God his whole life The name Samuel means heard, asked of God, and appointed by God. Sadly, Samuel , the great prophet was an equal failure as Eli when it came to fatherhood. “When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.”  {1 Samuel 8:1} […]

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Hope in Bible: The Woman at the Well

On his way to Samaria, Jesus stops in Sychar to rest at Jacob’s well.  While there, a woman comes in the middle of the day. {John 4:1-42} Jesus ask the woman for a drink, which surprises her that a Jew would ask a Samaritan woman. He explains that if she knew who he were, she would ask Him for living […]

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Song Story: Lord, I Lift Your Name on High

This popular praise and worship song was written by Rick Founds in 1989. Founds began writing music at an early age and has written over 300 songs. He moved to California, where he served as Minister of Music for a church in California. He recounted the writing of this popular song. “The song was born out of a typical Bible […]

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Uncertainty in Bible: Esther Redeems Her People

Esther is raised up from orphan girl to Queen through a series of events which can only be orchestrated by the Lord.  {Esther 1-2} But, there’s trouble.  Haman, the right hand to the king, doesn’t like her cousin {and adoptive father} Mordecai and sets out to kill all the Jews.  King Xerxes has no idea his new wife is actually […]

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Song Story: There’s Something About that Name

There’s Something About that Name is another popular song by Bill and Gloria Gaither.  The song expresses how there’s something special {although that words not used} about the name of Jesus. In 1970, they watched as their grandparents neared the end of their lives and passed away.  At the same time they were embracing parenthood and the joys of having […]

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Fathers in the Bible: Moses, Father to the Israelite’s

Moses had two sons during his years of exile.  He married Zipporah, the daughter of Reuel or Jethro.  While there they had two sons: Gershom—meaning a sojourner there Eliezer—meaning help of my God “After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her 3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in […]

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