Worship and Bible Study
Suggested Devotional Reading for Wednesday, October 1:
Psalm 10:1-18 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Text: Jonah 2:1-10
Jonah is swallowed by a “great fish,” not a whale. According to the Greek version of the Old Testament it is a “sea monster.” This is no natural animal. It symbolizes the Pit into which any of us can find ourselves (Jonah 2:6). This is the place of desperation and despair. Why does God allow this? The purpose of these experiences is to give us a renewed sense of the reality and presence of the Lord. It is also a prophetic picture of Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:38-40). Yet these are difficult lessons. The greatest lesson for us is the promise and power of prayer. Prayer can even change God’s mind (Jonah 2:10).
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October 1, 2014
The story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel is one of the most famous in the Bible. It is important for us to remember the context of these events. One after the other of kings of Israel have turned away from the Lord and now the worst one, King Ahab, is on the throne with a Sidonian princess as his wife. Elijah confronts the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. God hears him and sends fire from heaven. But Elijah is depressed and fearful. He feels alone. Yet God does not leave him alone. God does not leave us alone