Pastor’s Blog

I Kings 8:54-61

As Solomon brings his great prayer of dedication for the Temple to a conclusion he finds himself longing for, and praying for two things.  These two things are, truly, the two most important things in the entire world for all of life.  What are they? That God would “be with” His people. That God’s people…

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I Kings 8:44-53

I guess no one could really accuse Solomon of looking at things through rose-colored glasses.  As he prays he envisions all the things that might happen to God’s people in the future.  And all of these things seem to be bad. Solomon envisions a future in which the people sin against God, thus ultimately leading…

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I Kings 8:41-43

As Solomon continues to pray, the subject of his prayer now turns to foreigners.  Now, in a day of illegal immigrants and policies debates on how to treat them, this is a rather interesting prayer.  But, of course, Solomon was talking about foreigners who were coming to visit in Israel, not coming to live.  So…

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I Kings 8:31-40

As Solomon continues to pray before the awesome presence of the Lord in this new Temple his requests grow rather surprising.  Solomon prays for justice and mercy. Solomon recognizes that this Temple is going to become the place of justice, justice that is accomplished by God himself.   In verses 31-32 we see a man…

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I Kings 8:22-30

As I read this prayer of Solomon’s at the dedication of the Temple I find myself trying to envision the scene.  The priests have just come flying out of the building, driven out by the intense presence of the living God.  I see Solomon on the front steps, standing before the people, lifting up his…

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I Kings 8:1-21

The Temple is built, but it is just a building until the presence of the Lord fills the place.  I Kings 8 records this very thing happening.  The Ark of the Covenant is the specific place upon which God promised He would focus His presence and, as the Ark is brought into the Temple, we…

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I Kings 7:13-51

This reading logs, in great detail, the ornate decoration of Solomon’s Temple, as well as the various articles and furnishing that went inside this amazing structure.  When reading such a long, complex passage like this, I usually try to zero in on one particular detail that catches my attention. In this passage that means the…

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I Kings 7:1-12

Well, it would seem that Solomon was just getting going, once he had built the great Temple of the Lord.  It took him 7 years to build that, but 13 years to build his own house.  And if the Temple was built with lavish detail, it seems as nothing compared with the fanciness of his…

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I Kings 6:23-38

I find it rather interesting to start thinking about the dimensions of the great Temple to God built by Solomon.  There was more to it than this, but the main sanctuary was roughly the size of the main fellowship hall section of our new building, the Temple being 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.…

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I Kings 6:11-22

Two things are mentioned in our reading today.  What is your opinion on which one is the most important?  And if we were building a house for God today, which one would generate the most interest and the most attention? First, there is the call of God to Solomon to keep the covenant that existed…

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