Women of the Word: Grandmother Maakah

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The books of 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, and 2 Chronicles in the Old Testament summarize the lives of many kings of Israel and Judah. Some of the kings did what was right before God and some of the kings did what was wrong before God. One of the kings who did what was right was King Asa. 1 Kings 15 says Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done. (It should be noted that David was not Asa’s immediate father, but is referred to as being a righteous ancestor). This Scripture passage goes on to say that Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. 2 Chronicles 15 describes how Asa worked diligently to rid the land of idols and repair the Lord’s altar. He also led the people into a covenant to seek the Lord with all their heart and soul.

Unfortunately, Asa’s grandmother, Maakah, did not desire to seek the Lord like he did. She made idols and continued her worship of false gods. When Asa got wind of this, 1 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 15 both record that he deposed Maakah from her position as queen mother and cut down and burned the idol that she had made. 1 Kings 15:13 says:

He even deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down and burned it in the Kidron Valley.

2 Chronicles 15:16 says:

King Asa also deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down, broke it up and burned it in the Kidron Valley.

So committed was Asa to the Lord that he did not even let family members influence him to do wrong. Asa’s father, Abijah, who was king before him, did what was wrong before God and had a heart that was not fully devoted to the Lord. The same can be said about Asa’s grandmother, Maakah. The Bible does not mention anything about Asa’s mother, so we do not know what her attitude was toward God. But Asa’s life is certainly one we can emulate. However, it is Maakah who we are focusing on at the moment. What can we learn from her life? Continue reading

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Taylor Swift Theology: Should’ve Said No

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“Should’ve Said No” is the ninth track and the fifth and last single from Taylor’s 2006 self-titled debut album, Taylor Swift. Continue reading

Rapunzel

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #9 (Original story)

Story Scripture: …Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:13

Story Saying: I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. – Abraham Lincoln

Behind the Story: Rapunzel is a fairy tale favorite. It became even more of a favorite of mine after Disney released their 2010 twist on the story with Tangled. The original Rapunzel fairy tale and Tangled are different in more ways than one, but both are delightful nonetheless. When a man ventures into a forbidden garden to pick some rampion out of love for his wife who is expecting their first, much-longed-for child, he is caught by the enchantress who owns the garden. Continue reading

Our Lady’s Child

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #2 (Original story / picture)

Story Scripture: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

Story Saying: It does not spoil your happiness to confess your sin. The unhappiness is in not making the confession. – C. H. Spurgeon

Behind the Story: Just as partial obedience is still disobedience, we can see from “Our Lady’s Child” that partial disobedience is still complete disobedience.

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Walls Are Not Everlasting

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On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today, the barrier that once separated Berlin in two has been replaced by a frontier of lights called the Lichtgrenze – an installation made up of thousands of illuminated balloons.

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We Are All Untouchables

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In India, people are divided into societal classes known as the caste system.

The highest group, Bhramin, consists of priests and teachers. The second highest group, Kshatryia, contains warriors and kings. The third group is Vaishya, which is made up of merchants, landowners, and business people. The fourth group, Sudra, contains common people, peasants, and servants. The fifth and last group, the Dalit, are made up of the untouchables.

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Hamartiology: The Problem of Evil

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The problem of evil is a question of how evil, pain and suffering can exist in our world with a perfect, all-powerful and loving God. This problem is usually raised by non-believers who argue the problem of evil in examples like the ones below:

1. If God is perfectly loving, He must wish to abolish evil
2. If He is all-powerful, He must be able to abolish evil
3. But evil exists…therefore, an all-powerful, loving God does not exist

OR

1. God is the author of everything
2. Evil is something
3. Therefore God is the author of evil

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A Separation, Darkness, and Good Friday

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Here is an awesome Good Friday devotional from Lon Solomon that we thought we would share. (Also, you can listen to Lon preaching “Jesus Rose from the Dead, IMPOSSIBLE?” at MBC this Easter weekend).

Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
(Matthew 27:45-46)

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A Glorious End

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Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
– Ecclesiastes 12:7

Perhaps the only certain thing about life is death. We may or may not find true love, become rich, gain fame, or have friends who always stick around. But one thing we can be certain of is that one day we will leave this world behind.

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