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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

I second on that Joyce! It was a breath of fresh air to see Kimg Asa change things around!

June 15 22 11:17am EST
1 Kings 14:1-15:24
Learn about a disguise
Jereboam was a coward
Didn't identify a relationship with Jehovah
Rehoboams rule -lost both number/quality and quantity

Jereboams wife came in disguise to a prophet..priest..but was given bad news for Jereboam and his son.

The child was the only good thing in Jereboams family and town-he died. Jereboam reigned 22 years

Nadab became king-in his dad's stead
Rehoboam -reigned 17 years . He was 41 yr old when he became King
Naamah was his mom of the Ammonites
Abijam ruled next for 3 yrs- mother Maacah -daughter of Absolom

Abijams son -Asa ruled Judah in 20th yr of Jereboams reign
Reigned 41 years -did what was pleasing in sight of God.
War between King Asa of Judah and King Baash of Israel over territories

Nt- Acts 10:1-23
Peter uses the keys for the 1st and last time
Peter breaks down barriers for Jesus and gentiles . Be alert to the voice of the Lord. Peter didn't finish his sermon and others believed and was saved.

Simon Peter staying with Simon- went on the flat roof had a vision..first time Lord revealing the goods are for Jews and Gentiles.

Psalm 133:1-3
Makes me think of my husband and his brother. I grew up with 2 sisters. How wonderful it is..how pleasant when brothers love together in harmony. Yes prayers for peace to all!

Proverbs 17:7-8
A reminder to not lie .
People exaggerate - don't do it- very close to a lie

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