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They wont listen to you

Good morning everyone. Often we are called to do things we simply don't enjoy. That's what is happening here with Ezekiel. Ezekiel 3: 1 And he said to me, "Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel."2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat.3 And he said to me, "Son of man, feed yo...
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Ezekiel's vision and message

Good morning beloved of the Lord! This week we start Ezekiel. Ezekiel is confronted with a vision of the Lord's throne room. Be blessed as you read and pray.Ezekiel 1:Ezekiel in Babylon1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and...
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Many waters cannot quench love

We finish Song of Solomon today with the fullness of blessing as seen in a secure and loving relationship. Be blessed as you read.Song of Solomon 8:Longing for Her Beloved 1 [She ] Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother's breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.2 I would lead you and bring...
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The bride gives her love

This young husband cannot keep his eyes and hands off his prize. Have a read and be blessed.Song of Solomon 7: 1 [He ] How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand.2 Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lili...
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The bride searches for her husband

I just love these two chapters. So much passion and desire is seen here between a man and his wife. This is symbolic of Christ's love for us. Hallelujah.Song of Solomon 5: 1 [He ] I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk.[Others ] Eat, friends, drink,...
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Do not stir up love until it pleases

This morning we see the joy it is of admiring first love beauty and then enjoying it under the blessing of God in marriage. This parallels Christ's love for us.Song of Solomon 3:The Bride's Dream 1 [She ] On my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not.2 I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and i...
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The Song which is Solomon's

The Song of Solomon has been the center of much theological debate. As we read – you can draw your own conclusions. Enjoy this book of young love and marriage!Song of Solomon 1: 1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.The Bride Confesses Her Love 2 [She ] Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine;3 your anointi...
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In conclusion - fear God and obey His commandments

Solomon gives us his final comments about why we are here and the whole purpose of life on this life. Be blessed.Ecclesiastes 11: Cast Your Bread upon the Waters1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.2 Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.3 If the clouds are f...
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Enjoy life, but be wise

Solomon says life is too short not to enjoy or to live in folly. Sound advice. Take a look.Ecclesiastes 9: Death Comes to All1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him.2 It is the same for all, since the s...
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Wisdom and folly in the light of eternity

Solomon considers the day to day wisdom and folly of life under the sun. He begins to make the point that fearing God is the one thing needful.Ecclesiastes 7: The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the hous...
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Vanity and evil under the sun

There is much evil under the sun. Solomon continues to tell us about the vanity of wealth, honour and of life without the Lord. Have a purpose.Ecclesiastes 4: Evil Under the Sun1 Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors t...
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All is vanity - Ecclesiastes

This week we are back in the wisdom writings as we start Ecclesiastes. Be blessed.Ecclesiastes 1: All Is Vanity1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?4 A generation goes, and a gen...
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The man of lawlessness

The last two chapters finish off Paul's letters to the Thessalonians. The man of lawlessness and final exhortations to the Thessalonians are Paul's final words to this church.2 Thessalonians 2: The Man of Lawlessness1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,2 not to be quickly ...
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Thanksgiving and the 'Day of the Lord'

What is the greatest thing you desire? Is it to be with the Lord? Sometimes even this becomes blurred because of earthly passions. Paul has some good advice here. We also begin Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians which includes much about the "man of sin", but like all of Paul's letters begins with thanksgiving.1 Thessalonians 5: The Day of t...
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Now that's encouraging!

Paul has some great advice here on the purpose of life on earth and the ultimate destination for the believer. Paul receives encouraging news from Timothy about the Thessalonians, this lifts Paul's spirit. Be encouraged!1 Thessalonians 3: 1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone,2 and we sent Ti...
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The Proverbs 31 woman

King Lemuel was taught well by his mum. As we head into Mother's Day on Sunday have a read as to what a godly wife and mother looks like. Proverbs 31:The Words of King Lemuel1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:2 What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?3 Do not g...
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Wisdom from the heart of Agur

The words of Agur show the reality of the state of man before an all knowing God. Where pride stops is where true wisdom begins.Proverbs 30:The Words of Agur1 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle. The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out.2 Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.3 ...
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Communication skills of the wise and the foolish

More words of wisdom on the role of the righteous and the fruit of the wicked from Solomon this morning.Proverbs 29: 1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but ...
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The way of wicked and wise rulers

There are few godly leaders in society and in the parliament unfortunately. Today we receive some practical wisdom as to how to rule well regardless of the context, as well as the character of the rich and the poor.Proverbs 27: 1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; ...
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How to treat a fool

We finish the book of Proverbs this week. More practical day to day wisdom in dealing with the realities of life on earth – including thosewho are fools, sluggards and liars.Proverbs 25: More Proverbs of Solomon1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glo...
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