Elisha Week 9: Opportunity Lost

13Aug

We finish our series on Elisha with a look at the last king of Israel he deals with. This guy wants to be a leader but cannot fully commit to trusting the Lord. Why is it that we can sometimes almost get there… but we end up falling away? What is keeping us from being the Christians we are supposed to be?

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Elisha Week 8: Bitter Root

6Aug

A strange tale from 2 Kings this week — about a King angry at God, a desperate situation, and four of the most unlikely heroes you’d ever want to meet…BIBLE REFERENCES: 2 Kings 6:24-25, 30-31; Hebrews 12:14-15; 2 Kings 6:33; 2 Kings 7:1-8; Proverbs 29:23; 2 Kings 7:9-20; 2 Kings 3:1-3, 5-13; Zechariah 7:11-12; 2 Kings 3:13.

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Elisha Week 7: Seeing the Invisible

30Jul

In a breakdown of this famous Biblical account, we look at the "Angel Army" protecting Elisha and his servant. But, actually, this isn't a lesson about the Army of Heaven -- it is a lesson in seeing what cannot be seen.

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Elisha Week 6: Every Which Way But Right

23Jul

The story of Naaman being healed of leprosy is pretty famous. Jesus references it during his ministry. But as we look at how he went about seeking his healing, we see he made so many mistakes along the way - its a miracle he got a miracle! Are we doing these things when we seek a miracle in our lives?

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Elisha Week 5: Room For God

16Jul

God uses Elisha to bless a faithful woman. No one else notices the pain that she has pushed aside, but God sees it, and rewards her faithfulness. But then something tragic happens, and it looks like the gift God gave her will be snatched away. And that is when we learn what great people do in the time of a crisis.

SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 4:8-37

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Elisha Week 4: Fire and Salt

11Jul

Elisha is the Prophet of the Lord. And we can see him growing into his position day by day. But he is not the same as Elijah. The same Spirit is on both of them, but the result is very different. We see that in the way Elisha deals with the problems he encounters… and by the way he uses the scriptures to carry out the will of the Lord. And especially in the way he uses salt…BIBLE REFERENCES: 2 Kings 2:15-20; Joshua 6:17-19; Joshua 6:26; 2 Kings 2:19-25; 1 Kings 12:26-31; 2 Kings 2:23; Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19; Mark 9:49-50; 2 Chronicles 13:5; Matthew 5:13.

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Elisha Week 3 – Sacred Places

2Jul

We go back one more time to Elijah’s last day on earth — but this time we look specifically at the places he went. At each step, the Spirit led him on his destination: From Gilgal, to Bethel… from Bethel to Jericho… and then from Jericho to the Jordan River. Why? Is there something special about those places that God is using to teach us? In today’s sermon, Pastor Grice suggests that not only the places are significant, but so is the order in which they were traveled. BIBLE REFERENCES: Numbers 13:16; Deuteronomy 9:1-3; Genesis 17:7-10,14; Joshua 5:6-7; Joshua 5:3,9; Genesis 12:8; Psalm 37:7-8; Joshua 6:26; Matthew 12:43-45; 2 Kings 2:13-14; Amos 4:4-5; Psalm 91:1,14-16; Amos 5:4-6; Isaiah 40:3-4.

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Elisha Week 2: More Better

25Jun

Elijah is finally headed for home. The job as First Prophet is officially passing now to Elisha. But before Elijah leaves, there are still some very important things that he needs to teach us about how to receive God’s incredible blessing for our lives. Fortunately, Elisha is a great student so we can learn by watching these two powerful men of the bible, and how they handle this moment.

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Elisha - Week 1 - The Calling

18Jun

Elijah is told by God to find Elisha and anoint him as the next prophet of Israel. But does that mean that Elisha has no choice but to accept the assignment? Today, we look at the first meeting between these two great men of Israel -- and more importantly, we look at how our response to God's calling will change everything in our lives.

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Chariots of Fire Week 8: Empire Strikes Back

11Jun

Elijah has made it to the top. He has had such an amazing day -- from tearing down the false idols of a nation, to bringing the people to repentance, to praying for rain to be restored and seeing it happen. In a movie, this would be where the music swells and he exits to the applause of a nation. But in the Bible, this is where the story takes a turn no one can see coming. Within a few hours, he will be running for his life... Ever had a day that went from great to horrible in the blink of an eye? How does that happen? And what should we do when it does?

BIBLE REFERENCES: 1 Kings 19:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Kings 19:4; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 8:24-28; Deuteronomy 11:1-2, 7-8, 16-17; 1 Kings 19:5-7; 2 Kings 19:35; Psalm 139:13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Kings 19:9-14; James 4:6-8; 1 Kings 19:15-17; Esther 4:14;
2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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