Reading about the last days of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar took them into captivity pains the soul. While the warning of impending doom came during the reign of Manasseh, the brief respite during the days of Josiah could easily have caused the people to suppose the LORD had relented. However, subsequent events proved the necessity of…

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Your attitude toward God’s Word reflects who you are but it also determines who you will become. We emphasize this in the context of daily Bible reading and regular Bible study, but we often fail to appreciate and emphasize the heart you must have to make these things have any meaning in your life. Josiah…

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Manasseh assumed the throne of Judah at the age of twelve and reigned until his death at seventy-seven (2 Chr. 33:1). Born and raised after his father, Hezekiah, was granted another fifteen years of life, Manasseh led Judah into sin worse than any of those who went before him—not only reversing the reforms of his…

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Without any doubt, Christianity is under assault in America today—indeed, throughout the world. Facing secularism on one hand and Islam on the other, Satan has led attack after attack against the Bible and the morality it represents. Whether this onslaught comes from Hollywood, the Supreme Court, or false teachers of various stripes, Christians must ready…

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King Hezekiah successfully led Judah to a renewed interest in the law and dedication to the LORD. Through his leadership, the people destroyed the pillars, images, altars, and high places associated with idolatry, and the priests and Levites returned once more to the worship prescribed in the Law (2 Chr. 31:1-3). He also called on…

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Once King Hezekiah decided to initiate a series of reforms in Judah, rejecting the errors of his father and restoring worship according to the law, he determined to have Judah keep the Passover as well (2 Chr. 30:1-5). However, he did not consider it enough for him to decide this himself; he wanted all of…

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The death of Ahaz and the crowning of Hezekiah marked a turning point for Judah, albeit temporary. Hezekiah rejected his father’s policies and priorities, rejecting Baal and turning instead to the LORD (2 Chr. 29:1-2). However, rather than adopting a quiet change of personal policy, Hezekiah publicly worked to change the entire social and spiritual…

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Worship lies at the heart of any religion. It displays the fundamental principles of doctrine, the significance of adherence to a particular authority (or not), the relationship expected between participants, and the foundational morality expected of all. When people often overlook many of the distinguishing features of a given religious group, they fail to appreciate…

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John Maxwell’s familiar maxim “Everything rises and falls on leadership” powerfully reminds leaders of both the possibilities and the responsibilities of their role. Great leaders look for ways to help others see how much can be accomplished and how wonderful life can be if people would only gather together in concert to turn that vision…

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The assassination of Amaziah left sixteen year old Uzziah to take the throne in Jerusalem (2 Chr. 26:1). He proved to be an able leader, equipping his army in great fashion (2 Chr. 26:11-15) with God helping him achieve victories in war so that his reputation for military might reached the boundaries of neighboring countries…

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