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Mike and everyone,
i learned much from Timothy Darling's sermon "Overcoming the Sins of our Families", April 2008, in sermoncentral.com.
Asa, the great great grandson of David, was able to overcome his family's influence, and live a life pleasing to God.
- Asa's great-grandfather Solomon had introduced paganism.
- Asa's grandfather Rehoboam had divided the kingdom.
- His father Abijah maintained constant war with the neighbors.
- His grandmother Maacah was a a strong proponent of paganism.
Yet...
1 Kings 15:11-15 NLT
11 Asa did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done.
12 He banished the male and female shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made.
13 He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
14 Although the pagan shrines were not removed, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life.
15 He brought into the Temple of the Lord the silver and gold and the various items that he and his father had dedicated.
What a fresh breath of air it is, to see that Asa was determined to break many of his family's patterns to follow God.
May our God give us a steadfast heart to follow Him and to please Him, above following and pleasing our families!
Thank You God for His teaching!

Sincerely,
Joyce

Mike and everyone,
Acts 10:1-23,
I learned and am quoting the following from Pastor Steven J. Cole's sermon, Lesson 25: Breaking Down Our Prejudice (Acts 10:1-33) -
"The angel gave instructions to Cornelius on how to contact Peter so that Peter could go and preach the gospel to the Gentiles...
God is pleased to open the gospel to the Gentiles. He picks a Gentile who represents something that every loyal Jew hated—a military commander from the occupying Roman forces!
Peter had to break out of his comfort zone in order to obey God.
And Cornelius would have had to overcome any prejudice that he may have had against contacting an uneducated Jew to explain spiritual truth to him."
Pastor Cole's sermon ended with this radical prayer request: "Ask God to show you your prejudices. When He does, obey Him by putting your prejudices to death and by showing His love and offering His gospel to those whom you might not naturally be inclined to like."
May we pray this prayer with humble hearts and obedience, and may God use us to share His Good News with whomever He pleases!
Thank you Mike for your daily ministry!
May God continue to bless you with spiritual insights and understanding of His Word!
May He use the One Year Bible Blog to spread His Word to many believers as well as people who do not yet know Him.

God bless you all!
Joyce

Thank you for your post, Joyce! You made some excellent points.

Ramona - I hope you are well and hope to catch your post tomorrow.

Peace,

Jaclyn

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