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Archive for October 21, 2013

To Answer Christ’s Call

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Wherever they went,

the good news was spread;

Lord Jesus had died,

then raised from the dead.

The power of God,

now passed on to all;

who repent from sin,

and answer Christ’s call.

No opposition,

would deter their task;

as people received,

joy in all God asked.

The word of the Lord,

faithfully went out;

God brought the hearers,

soon too, were devout.

Whatever He asks,

if we choose to do;

His power released,

and our faith made new.

Let us too, go forth,

and share of His grace;

may many receive,

His Holy embrace.

Imagine the day,

when we’ll see His face;

encircled in love,

wrapped up in His grace.

(Responding to Acts 13:46-52)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to make the way for us to enter into relationship with You. Thank You that His death on the cross broke down barriers on our behalf, and granted us access to You. Thank You that the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is alive and active, and dwells in the hearts of all who believe. Forgive us for our fears and for the areas in our lives where we have not been faithful to You. Teach us to trust You completely, and to be true to You in all that we say and do. May our faithfulness unto You, lead those who are looking, into Your loving embrace. Let many see Your light in us, through our love. Lead us and guide us so that we may walk in Your Spirit and truth. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

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King Hezekiah (part 3)

2 Kings 20

King James Version (KJV)

20 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,

3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?

9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.

17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

King Hezekiah on a 17th century painting by un...

King Hezekiah on a 17th century painting by unknown artist in the choir of Sankta Maria kyrka in Åhus, Sweden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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