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Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria’ . . . Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. (Isaiah 37:10, 14, ESV) Hezekiah, king of Judah, was one of the “good kings.” Second Chronicles 31: 20 says “he did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God”…

“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified” Isaiah 61:3, New King James Version). I overheard a conversation between two ladies at church, both going through difficult times. One had battled her situation for several months, the other not as long. The “veteran” was advising her friend, “When things get really bad, I just begin to praise.” For her, putting on the…

The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster. (Proverbs 16:3, NIV) A few nights ago, someone broke into my car. Thankfully, although it was all rummaged through and torn apart, nothing was taken. When I came out in the morning and realized what had been done, I felt both angry and sad – angry that someone would do that to another person and yet sad that they could do it guilt free. When I read through Proverbs 16 this morning, I was reminded that God takes care of things no matter what.…