Jehu

Lessons from Bible Characters
Jehu went beyond the call of duty in doing God's work. 2 Kings 9: 6 So Jehu got up and went inside; the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him, "Thus says the Lord the God of Israel: I anoint you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. 7 You shall strike down the house of your master Ahab, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. Jehu was asked to kill the entire family of Ahab. However he went beyond that and killed many other…
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How to select a good spouse

Wisdom from the Proverbs
(Prov 12:4 NIV)  A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. Many think divorce can be an easy solution. But God hates divorce (Mal 2:16), and remarriage may not be a viable option for the disciple of Christ - Mt 19:8-9 Seek help from God to find a good wife. (Prov 19:14 NIV)  Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. Do not place priority on “good looks” alone (Prov 31:30 NIV)  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Look for a woman who shows discretion. (Prov 11:22 NIV)  Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman…
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Valley Experiences of Jacob

Valley experiences of Bible characters
Jacob moved from being always looked after by his mother Rebekah to someone that was constantly being cheated. Jacob worked hard for seven years so that he could marry Rachel, the girl he loved. But he was tricked by Rachel’s father, Laban who gave him Rachel’s sister Leah to be wedded. Jacob had to promise to work another seven years before Laban agreed to also give him Rachel as his wife. (Gen 29:18-28 NIV)  Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel." {19} Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me." {20} So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a…
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Solomon

Lessons from Bible Characters
When making requests to God, he had his priorities right. (1 Ki 3:5-10 NIV) 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." ….. {9} So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" {10} The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. When we pray, do we have our priorities right? Do we ask for things of God's kingdom or do we ask for things for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with asking things for ourselves but the priority we attribute to them is important. When Jesus' disciples asked Him how…
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2 & 3 John – Truth

Books of the New Testament
Background Early church tradition testified that 2 and 3 John were written by John the disciple of Jesus, who used a different title and called himself an “elder” in these two epistles (2 John 1:1). False teachers had infiltrated the church and taught that Jesus was not truly a man but only appeared to be one. Therefore, in these two epistles, John focuses on protecting our fellowship from those who teach falsehood. The apostle went so far as to warn his readers against inviting false teachers into the house or even offering them a greeting (2 John 1:10). Testing the truth with God’s word 2 John 7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world.…
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1 Peter – Trials & Suffering

Books of the New Testament
Background Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus, is the author of this epistle. He wrote this letter to a group of Christians scattered throughout the northern areas of Asia Minor. In this letter, Peter spoke much about persecution, which anticipated the persecution he and other Christians would endure in the final years of Nero’s reign. This epistle therefore contains guidance for us today on how we can live the Christian life even though life may be beset with problems. Trials are there to test our faith 1 Peter 1:6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which…
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Joel – God’s timing

Books of the Old Testament
Background “The day of the Lord” is repeated five times in this short book (see 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14). This is a common phrase used in the Old Testament and refers to a time when God will do whatever He has planned out to do. In the book of Joel it referred to God’s impending judgment (in the form of a locust plague). In other parts of the Bible it could refer to an event such as the destruction of Jerusalem or the final period of history when God will defeat all the forces of evil. When God’s time has arrived, His actions move swiftly Joel 1:5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from…
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Jealousy of God

God's Attributes
1. God is a jealous God Exo 34:14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. God is soooooooooo jealous, the Bible says you might as well say His name is called JEALOUS. 2. What does it mean to us? We must not have other gods before Him The jealousy of God is so important that the first commandment is one which warns us not to violate this attribute of God Exodus 20:3 (NIV) "You shall have no other gods before me. In the strictest sense, it is a call not to worship other gods. However, in a broader interpretation, it is warning us against putting anything (money, career, family) before God. The Bible also uses the word god to refer…
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Valley Experiences of Moses

Valley experiences of Bible characters
Moses was born of a Hebrew woman who wanted to save the child from extermination by Pharaoh. The baby was eventually found by an Egyptian princess who brought her up as her own son. Moses therefore led a good life in the palace of the princess. (Exo 2:1-10 NIV)  Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, {2} and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. {3} But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. {4}…
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