One Last Chance: Jehoram

Jehoram followed his father, Jehoshaphat, as King of Judah.  Jehoshaphat worshiped the Lord.  However, his son, Jehoram “did evil in the eyes of the Lord” {2 Chronicles 21: 6} and “forsake the Lord, the God of his ancestors.” Edom rebelled against him, but he escaped when they surrounded him. Elijah, the prophet, sent him a letter declaring that because of […]

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One Last Chance: Achan

After the Battle of Jericho, all of the pilfer was “consecrated unto the Lord.” Achan took some of these devoted items. Joshua traveled to Ai, where he was directed the items stolen were now being stored. He directed the people to “consecrate themselves” because “you cannot stand up against your enemies until you remove them.”  The people were given that […]

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One Last Chance: Uzzah

The Ark of the Covenant was sacred.  There were certain rules God laid out about who could touch the ark and how. Uzzah and his brother, Ahio, drove the cart on which the ark was placed.  This was when King David requested the ark brought to Jerusalem. On their journey the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out to steady the […]

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One Last Chance: King Saul

King Saul began with so much potential, but ended in disgrace. The people of Israel wanted a king.   God asked them if he wasn’t enough but the people were persistent.  God finally agreed to their demands.  Saul, the son of Kish, was appointed king by God and anointed by the prophet, Samuel.  Samuel anointed him in private. Later, the people […]

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One Last Chance: Nadab and Abihu

The children of Israel rebelled against God.  However, Aaron dealt with this rebellion in his own home. Aaron and his wife had four sons.  Aaron and his sons were the first priest appointed by God. His two oldest sons were Nadab and Abihu.  These sons knew God was real.  They even accompanied Moses and Aaron up Mount Sinai. While on […]

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One Last Chance: Korah

Korah was one of the conspirators that rebelled against Moses. He was a descendant of Levi, one of the sons of Jacob {Israel}. Numbers 16 tells us that Korah was one of the leaders to oppose Moses.   Aaron called him out and told them, “you have gone too far…why do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?” Moses told Korah […]

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One Last Chance: The Israelite Children

The book of Genesis ends with Joseph moving his family to Egypt.  In the beginning of Exodus, a few hundred years have passed.  The Israelites are now slaves to the Egyptians.  However, God sends Moses to lead them out of slavery. Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt and time and again the see miracles, such as when God parts […]

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One Last Chance: Er and Onan

Er and Onan were the sons of Judah.  In case we need a refresher course, Judah was the son of Jacob and Leah.  He was one of Joseph’s brothers.  Jesus ancestry was through the line of Judah, who was also an ancestor of King David. Er was the oldest son of Judah and his wife.  He married Tamar, but he […]

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One Last Chance: Lot’s Wife

The story of Lot and his wife are interspersed with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot was the nephew to Abraham.  He and his uncle travelled for a while, before going their separate ways.  Lot and his wife saw the faith and power of God during their time with Abraham and later when they were saved from captivity. Lot […]

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One Last Chance: Sodom and Gomorrah

When one thinks of sin, often Sodom and Gomorrah is the first place to come to mind. Genesis 13 tells us “the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord.” A battle among the five Kings and cities along the River Jordan resulted in these two cities “spoiled of their goods and captives were taken, including Lot.”  However, […]

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One Last Chance: Cain

We are looking at those that God only gave one last chance. Cain was the first born son of Adam and Eve.  After his birth, Eve said “with the help of the Lord, I have brought forth a man.” Cain was the first human born. Cain had a brother named Abel.   When they both brought their offerings to the Lord, […]

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One Last Chance: Adam & Eve

Over the past months, we have been looking at the lives and lessons of those that God gave a second chance.  The stories and reasons were numerous for each and there are lessons we can learn from them. However, this got me thinking about the flip side of the coin.  If God was going to give these men and women […]

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Second Chances: John Mark

We are told about John Mark in the book of Acts.  Actually he is referred to as “John whose other name was Mark”  in three different places of scripture. But who was he? There’s a lot we don’t know! What we do know is: He was raised in a Christian home.  He traveled with Barnabas and Saul to fulfill their […]

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Second Chances: Saul to Paul

Paul wrote over half of the New Testament and traveled much of the then known world sharing the gospel, but he also suffered greatly.  He didn’t start out this way and before his salvation caused much suffering to believers. He was originally known as Saul, a native of Tarsus and was a Pharisee.  We first meet Paul at the stoning […]

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Second Chances: The Thief on the Cross

  While Jesus was hanging on the cross he had a thief on each side of him.   One thief denied him and the other believed.   He said to the disbelieving thief, “Have you no fear of God?” He asked Jesus to “remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus promised, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” This […]

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Second Chances: Peter

Peter was a disciple of Jesus, but even then he was often blinded from the truth Jesus taught. Simon was a fisherman when Jesus called him and his brothers to be “fishers of men.”  Jesus changed his name to Peter, to mean the rock. We know Simon Peter was married, because Jesus healed his mother-in-law.  Peter recognized him as the […]

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Second Chances: Prodigal Son

I’ve been sharing my own story as a prodigal, so it seems only fitting to look at the second chance the prodigal son received. The story of the prodigal son is taken from one of the parables of Jesus found in the book of Luke. A father gives his two sons their inheritance before he dies.  The younger son leaves […]

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Second Chances: Woman Caught in Adultery

Jesus has arrived at the temple and is teaching those that have gathered around, when the scribes and Pharisees approach with a woman caught in adultery.  Her name was not recorded for prosperity, but her sin was. The Pharisees says, “this woman was caught in adultery.  The Law of Moses say we should stone her. What do you say?” The […]

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Second Chances: Zacchaeus

    When you hear the name Zacchaeus what is the first thing you think of? It is probably the children’s song we learn, “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he.  He climbed up in the sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see.  And as the Savior passed his way, he said […]

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Second Chances: Samson

Samson may seem an illogical choice for a second chance, but we will see that God did indeed permit him to have a second chance. So who was Samson? His story begins with his parents in the book of Judges.  He lived during the time the Israelites were being punished by God and given “into the hand of the Philistines.” […]

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