One Last Chance: Ananias and Sapphira

The story of Ananias and Sapphira are found in the book of Acts, in the New Testament, as we wrap up this series on last chances from God. Jesus has recently ascended to heaven and the first followers of Jesus have bounded together. In this time followers of Jesus “did not consider their possessions to be their own but held […]

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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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Behind the Hymn: A Child of the King

This is a song I’ve always loved.  Daddy and I performed this song together several times. Harriett Buell wrote the song one Sunday morning walking home from the church service at her local Methodist church. Harriett Eugenia Peck Buell was born in 1834 Ca­ze­no­via, New York.  She contributed numerous poems to the Northern Christian Advocate.  She died February 6, 1910 […]

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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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Hymn Story: Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me was a joint effort of James Rowe and Howard E. Smith.  The two friends wrote the hymn together. James Rowe was born in Horrabridge, Devonshire, England in 1865.  He was the son of a copper miner.  James worked for the Irish government for four years, before immigrating to America.  He was 24 years old when he settled […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: In The Garden

Dr. Adam Geibel, a music publisher, asked pharmacists and composer, C. Austin Miles, to write a hymn that would bring hope. Miles retreated to ” a cold, dreary and leaky basement in New Jersey that didn’t even have a window in it let alone a view of a garden,” according to his great-granddaughter. Miles turned to his Bible and read […]

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