Blog Posts from July 2016

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2 Kings 11–12. The right time

by slpcenglish

31 July – 6 August 2016. 2 Kings 11–12 (click to read). In English, we say: “Time flies when you’re having fun!” When everything is going well, time goes by so fast. Of course the opposite is also true: a boring class (or sermon) seems to drag on forever! When we go through dark times […]

1 Kings 19–20. Calmness, not violence

by slpcenglish

24–30 July 2016. 1 Kings 19–20 (click to read). The prophet Elijah is about to find out that in life things are never easy or uncomplicated! In chapter 19:14 we read that he only wanted to do something good for God – but it all went so wrong! In his zealous passion for God he turned […]

1 Kings 9–10. Things aren’t always as good as they seem

by slpcenglish

17–23 July 2016. 1 Kings 9–10 (click to read). In the book of Kings, one of the morals that the writers want to teach us is that sin always has it’s price. Sooner or later, God’s punishment catches up with people. That’s what happened to Saul and David, and that’s what’s coming for Solomon too. On the […]

1 Kings 1. God’s plan will succeed

by slpcenglish

10–16 July 2016. 1 Kings 1 (click to read). In the ancient world, people believed a king’s power to rule was linked to his sexual abilities. That’s one reason kings and rulers had so many wives. So 1 Kings opens with a serious problem: David is now so old and weak, even his sexual abilities […]

2 Samuel 15. Are we good role models?

by slpcenglish

Bonus Devotional Text, July 2016. 2 Samuel 15 (click to read). King David’s story began with so much hope. Finally here was a king who was listening to God, defending justice, and doing what was right. But how quickly it all fell apart. David becomes an adulterer and a murderer, and the sin in his life […]

2 Samuel 4–5: One law for everyone

by slpcenglish

3–9 July 2016. 2 Samuel 4–5 (click to read). In 2 Samuel 5, David finally becomes the ruler of both Israelite kingdoms, Judah in the south and Israel in the north. It’s the start of a new chapter in Israel’s royal history. But what type of king will David be? Will he be like many […]