When You Are Angry At God

Last week, we discussed being alone and I shared to turn to God during that time. However, what happens when you are angry at God? If you’ve never been angry at God then bless you. However, at some point, something has happened in which you have probably been angry at God. In the Bible, Job was angry with God when […]

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Hall of Faith: Micaiah, was not afraid

In the Hall of Faith, is listed those who were moreover of bonds and imprisonment. Micaiah is one of those whom this refers to. The name Micaiah means who is like God. Micaiah should not be confused with the prophet, Micah. The story of Micaiah can be found in 1 Kings 22. King Jehoshaphat of Judah goes to visit King […]

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Hall of Faith: Zechariah, Spoke Out in Truth

In the Hall of Faith, is described as “they were stoned”. In 2 Chronicles, Zechariah is a son of one of the high priest. He is regarded as one of the prophets. In 2 Chronicles 24, Zechariah stands before the people and speaks out about the wickedness of King Joash. Verse 20 says, “Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah […]

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Hall of Faith: Jeremiah, Praised God in Adversity

In the Hall of Faith is mentioned and others had trial of cruel mockings and yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment. One of those that endured mockings and imprisonment was the prophet, Jeremiah. The name Jeremiah means God exalts. Jeremiah was a Benjamite. He is also refereed to as the weeping prophet. In the early days of is ministry, Jeremiah […]

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Hall of Faith: The Shunammite Woman, Acted in Faith

In the Hall of Faith are mentioned the women received their dead by a resurrection. Last week we took a look at the widow of Zarephath. The prophet Elijah was used by God to provide food in the time of famine and raise her son from the dead. In 2 Kings 4, we find a second account of a child […]

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Hall of Faith: Widow of Zarephath, Witness to Two Miracles

In the Hall of Faith, women received their dead by a resurrection are mentioned in Hebrews 11:35. One of these we know of is the widow of Zarephath. The story is found in 1 Kings 17, which also pertains the first visit of the prophet Elijah. Elijah went to King Arab to give him a message from God that there […]

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Hall of Faith: Hezekiah, Humbled Himself Before God

In the Hall of Fame, we are told that “out of my weaknesses were made strong”. Samson was made strong due to his hair and David was given strength to fight Goliath. One of whom God gave strength out of weakness and a miraculous recovery was King Hezekiah. He was king of Judah and son of King Ahaz. The name […]

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Hall of Faith: Amram and Jochebed, they Trusted

Moses parents were listed in the Hall of Faith. “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a goodly child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” {Hebrews 11:23} Moses mother was named Jochebed, which means God is glory. She is described as a daughter of Levi, […]

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Hall of Faith: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, stood up for their beliefs Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are not mentioned by name in the Hall of Faith, but referred to as “quenched the fire”. {Hebrews 11:34}. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were friends of Daniel, who escaped the lions den. They also suffered under the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are the […]

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Hall of Faith: Daniel, Sought Wisdom

Last week, we discussed Samuel.  He is the last individual mentioned by name in the Hall of Faith, found in Hebrews 11.  However, there are many others described in the Hall of Faith that allows us to know who they are.  We will be covering these individuals in the following weeks. In Hebrews 11:33, we are told “who through faith subdued […]

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Hall of Faith: Samuel, A Man of God

Samuel is the last person mentioned by name in the Hall of Faith {Hebrews 11}. The meaning of the name Samuel is: Name of God; asked of God; heard by God. Samuel has two books in the Old Testament named for him and was a great prophet, anointing the first two kings of Israel. 1 Samuel begins with the story of Hannah, Samuel’s mother, […]

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Hall of Faith: David flawed, but faithful

David is described as a man after God’s own heart. {1 Samuel 13:14}, so it is no surprise that he made the Hall of Faith. We first meet David as a young shepherd boy and watch him grow from a man anointed by God, to a man on the run, to King of Israel, to a man driven by desire […]

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Hall of Faith: Jephthah, Sacrificial Obedience

Jephthah made the ultimate sacrifice when he chose to be obedient to God. The name Jephthah means to open. Jephthah did not have an easy life. From the very beginning the odds were stacked against him. He was the son of a harlot and his half-brothers, through his father Gilead, drove him away. {Judges 11:1-3} But, Jephthah rose above all […]

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Mary Magdalene: First Witness to the Resurrection

  Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb on that first day of the week to discover the tomb is empty.  They are afraid, but an angel tells them that Jesus is not there but has risen.  The women rush to tell the disciples, who does not believe them.   This is where we left off last week. Reading the gospel accounts, […]

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Hall of Faith: Samson, Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

We all know the story of Samson and Delilah, but there is much more to Samson’s story than just the finale we are all familiar with. Samson was one of the last judge of the Israelites, before the kings or monarchy was instituted. His story is found in Judges 13-16. The name Samson means sun. The story of Samson starts […]

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Mary Magdalene: Discovered the Tomb Empty

We left Mary Magdalene at the crucifixion.  Jesus is dead and they have taken his body to the grave, but the Sabbath was beginning and the women could not prepare his body.  So, they go home to follow the Jewish customs of the day.  We’re not told where they were, but more than likely they were together. John 20:1 tells […]

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Jesus Came that We Might Be Saved

  I recently had a friend ask me about Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  The individual, who was not raised in church, believed that they were married and the misconception that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This belief that she was a prostitute began in the Middle Ages, when several women mentioned in the scriptures were combined. But, then my friend […]

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Hall of Faith: Barak, the Unknown Soldier

Barak was a 12th-century BC ruler and Judge of Ancient Israel. As military commander in the biblical Book of Judges, Barak, with Deborah the prophetess, from the Tribe of Ephraim, defeated the Canaanite armies led by Sisera. The name Barak in the Bible means lightening. Barak was the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, Barak’s mother was from the […]

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Mary Magdalene: Witness to the Crucifixion

The next mention we have of Mary Magdalene after Jesus heals her, is of her presence at the crucifixion. Luke 23:49 says, “”women who had followed him from Galilee” standing at a distance”, but does not mentioned these women by name.  However, the other three gospels do mention these women and among them is Mary Magdalene. Matthew 27:56, says, “Among them […]

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Hall of Faith: Gideon, He Lead for God

Gideon was the son of Joash, from the Abiezrite clan in the tribe of Manasseh and lived in Ephra. As a leader of the Israelites, he won a decisive victory over a Midianite army despite a vast numerical disadvantage, leading a troop of 300 ‘valiant’ men. The name Gideon means “feller” or “hewer” in Hebrew. A hewer is a person […]

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