The Things We Hold Dear # 1 -- Prayer. February 3rd 2019

by Andrew Downes

2 Chronicles 14:1-12

Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land had rest for ten years. And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment. He also took out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense altars. And the kingdom had rest under him. He built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest. He had no war in those years, for the Lord gave him peace. And he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God. We have sought him, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they built and prospered. And Asa had an army of 300,000 from Judah, armed with large shields and spears, and 280,000 men from Benjamin that carried shields and drew bows. All these were mighty men of valor. 

Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. 10 And Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.” 12 So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ch 14:1–12). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The Things We Hold Dear # 2 -- Scripture. February 10th 2019

by Nathan Randall

2 Timothy 3:16-4:4

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ti 3:16–4:4). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The Things We Hold Dear # 3 -- Mission. 17th February

by Andrew Downes

Psalm 96

Oh sing to the Lord a new song; 

sing to the Lord, all the earth! 

Sing to the Lord, bless his name; 

tell of his salvation from day to day. 

Declare his glory among the nations, 

his marvelous works among all the peoples! 

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; 

he is to be feared above all gods. 

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, 

but the Lord made the heavens. 

Splendor and majesty are before him; 

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, 

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; 

bring an offering, and come into his courts! 

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; 

tremble before him, all the earth! 

10  Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns! 

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; 

he will judge the peoples with equity.” 

11  Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; 

let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 

12  let the field exult, and everything in it! 

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy 

13  before the Lord, for he comes, 

for he comes to judge the earth. 

He will judge the world in righteousness, 

and the peoples in his faithfulness. 

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 96:1–13). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.