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Will Mayor Blueberry, Reporter Petunia and the rest of the town surrender to their weaknesses? Next thing you know, their story is circulating through Bumblyburg like, well, a fast-growing weed. Question is, can Larryboy squelch the scuttlebutt before Alfred gets hurt? So is his arch nemesis the Alchemist who has designs on controlling all of Bumblyburg. The janitorial cucumber superhero not only thwarts the evil Alchemist's attempts, he also offers a lesson in humility that the poor Alchemist may be learning a little too late.

LarryBoy: The Angry Eyebrows Special Program Larryboy -- an unassuming janitor who morphs into a crime-fighting superhero when danger and bad things loom -- must save Bumblyburg's citizens in this pilot episode for the animated children's series. After Awful Alvin unleashes angry eyebrows on the hamlet, Larryboy springs into action to thwart Alvin's plan to turn idyllic Bumblyburg into a pugnacious place.

Stressing a theme of letting go of anger, the show is ideal for young ones. It seems they want everyone there to turn into over-easy eggs. The town's only hope is superhero Larryboy, who needs to ditch his pride and team up with another crime-fighter, Dark Crow. Can they learn the value of cooperation before it's too late? LarryBoy: The Yodel Napper! Special Program Larryboy goes undercover as a world-famous yodeler to foil the scheme of Green Greta, the Greedy Grape, who is kidnapping yodelers out of greed.

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Things go from bad to worse when Larryboy tries to capture Greta and is attacked by and entire collection of Hula dolls. Instead of being frightened, Larryboy sees this as a chance to complete his own Hula doll set. But does he really need them all? Will he realize how to be content? Even Larryboy learns a lesson in materialism in this story for kids ages Without much pride in his job or encouragement from his recently deceased wife, the old brickmaker finds himself feeling lost and hopeless.

However, when he meets a troubled year-old who feels equally lost, redemption no longer seems so far away. Is the villain as monstrous as it appears? Or, is there something fishy transpiring below the surface of the deep? The Legend of the Candy Cane Special Program The night a mysterious stranger rode into the lonely prairie town of West Sage, no one realized their lives would never be the same.

Legend of the Sky Kingdom Special Program Three orphans, two critters, one journeyand hundreds of adventures! The Legend of the Three Trees Special Program Thoughtfully written tale that teaches children and adults the significance of God's plan in their life. The Lion of Judah Special Program Little Buds Regular Program Little Buds introduces early educational concepts alongside foundations of faith with captivating new music, relatable real world images, and fun characters.

Little Heroes Special Program Snubbed by her small-town neighbors because of her family's poverty, little Charley's closest friend is her loyal dog. The spirited young girl and her beloved dog teach an entire town the true meaning of courage when they rescue an old farmer. Based on a true story.

The proprietress, Miss Minchin Nash , is a stickler for proper behavior and although she feigns loving care for her students, her real concern is money. As long as Sara is rich, Miss Minchin favors her. Crewe is dead and that his wealth including holdings in South African diamond mines has been confiscated by the enemy, Sara is demoted to servant status to pay off her debt. Eventually, she receives unexpected help from Queen Victoria. It's the Christmas story like you've never heard it told before. Whether 2 or 92, Little Star is a story you'll love for Christmas after Christmas, silent night after silent night.

And when you look up at the brightest star in the sky on that holy night, you'll smile in a brand new way. Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure Special Program Reunited with the mother she never knew, Mandie Shaw Lexi Johnson finally has the family she always dreamed of, until Uncle John threatens to tear it all apart to keep an old promise. Mandie and the Secret Tunnel Special Program In , Mandie's life changes when her Cherokee friends help her escape to a mansion that holds the hidden secrets of her past and the key to her future.

Martin the Cobbler Special Program Martin finds peace by learning to think of others beside himself. This unforgettable production combines dance, theater, technical effects and an original musical score to recount the epic tale of good, evil and a love that sacrifices all.

Alive with original music! Michael the Visitor Special Program Claymation tale about a couple that shows mercy to a man who says God is punishing him. Mickey's Farm Regular Program Mickey, a city dog, has just moved to the farm with his best friend, Megan. Midnight Stallion Special Program Fifteen-year-old Megan Shephard and her parents will do anything to save their struggling farm.

When the family discovers a wild stallion in a nearby meadow, they begin to wonder if this could be the answer to their prayers. Kris Kristofferson and Jodelle Ferland star in this heartwarming and inspiring tale that celebrates the spirit of family and the amazing courage it takes to defeat all odds.. With inspiration from sidekick.

Booker T Bible a talking cartoon Bible , real-life popular television artist, Michael Cariglio, demonstrates various art projects that include: watercolors, sculpting, pastels, drawing, and much more. Since she is unlike any average eight-year-old, Miss BG has a unique point of view as to how the world works. Many heartfelt and comical lessons in life are shared with her family and friends along the way.

Bobbins and Her Trees. Each segment in the show will teach through example the varied and wonderful characteristics of God. That's right, it's Jesus' Birthday! Once again he is visited by Jacob Marley. This time Scrooge is sent on an adventure which takes him into the life of Timothy Cratchit the VI, the great, great, great grandson of Bob Cratchit. This adventure story of a twelve-year-old boy and his sister living with their grandparents on a pony ranch portrays the magical, mythical bond between children and animals.

Monkey in the Middle Special Program A soccer-playing schoolboy Jacob Horsley tries to hide a lovable monkey after finding it in his backpack. Join Meteor and his friends as they roar over jumps and splash through gunk in everyday adventures at school and all over their hometown of Crushington Park.

Mouse in the House Regular Program Mouse in the House is a science series that educates junior school children about science concepts. Benny Gopher wants to be a movie star, so he packs up his family, leaves his farm and tries to make it in showbiz. This puppet peopled fun kids adventure will please the entire family.

Mustard Pancakes Regular Program Children will feel right at home hanging out, singing songs and hearing stories with Courtney Campbell and her family of fun-loving animal puppet friends. Each episode mirrors a slice of everyday life, from problems to celebrations and everything in between.

Nanna's Cottage Regular Program World traveler and archaeologist Abigale "Nanna" Macaroon dispenses love and knowledge to her grandchildren and their friends about the world, and the importance of character, in Nanna's Cottage. Church narrates a visual journey back to the very first Christmas nativity.

Natlalie's Rose Special Program An old fashioned love story Love shared between a mother, her daughter and a magical white horse named Rose. From Christopher Columbus to Beethoven, children will discover the lives of these historical figures.

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Scott" talk about God's Amazing Word and how wonderful and interesting reading your Bible can be. Although Franky can sometimes get confused with the Bible accounts, Mr. Scott does a great job of getting Franky to understand with simple practical applications. No Ordinary Shepherd Special Program As the sun beams brightly on the hills surrounding Palestine, one young shepherd boy thoughtfully considers the significance of the day.

The child, crippled in a terrible accident, has always treasured his shepherd father's tale of that starlit night so many years before - a night filled with the wonder of angelic heralds and a tiny Bethlehem stable sheltering the chosen Messiah. Now, years since that sacred event, tales of Jesus of Nazareth's miraculous birth touch the young boy's faith.

When he meets the gentle stranger in the hills - a man strangely familiar to him - the faithful young shepherd encounters a miracle of his own. Noah's Park Special Program Children will learn valuable lessons in these three episodes of this good-natured animated series starring a gang of lovable animals. The Old The Great Train Robbery Special Program A group of children try to save an old steam locomotive from the scrap yard with the help of the engine's driver and his dog. Join our loveable cast of friends as they embark on a most unusual adventure.

Owlegories Regular Program Owlegories is an animated series that follows a group of student owls as they travel on adventures learning about nature, faith, and God. You can tell a lot about an artist by what he creates. That is the theme behind Owlegories, the animated series. He, Francesco, is quite certain that he will become a priest.

Pahappahooey Island Regular Program After rescuing the Island of Pahappahooey from a terrible storm and discovering the Island's greatest treasure--a book with the Creator's words--Ali and her island friends embark on a series of wacky new adventures Paradise Parables Collection 1 Special Program From the award winning studio that brought you Tomorrow's Hollow comes a Christian Cartoon Collection unlike anything you have ever seen before. In this wondrous film, a series of nine beautifully animated cartoons are seamlessly woven together to create a unique and remarkable experience for the whole family!

Each cartoon is brimming with warmth, comedy, love and adventure. A Bible verse is at the heart of each tale, and cleverly teaches scripture in a way that reaches all ages. Paws and Tales Regular Program In the town of Wildwood, join as five young forest animal friends embark on a series of fun and inspiring adventures, relying on their friendships and trust in each other to face the challenges life has in store for them.

Prince of Peace Special Program See the story unfold as Mary and Joseph are visited by angels while Herod plots to erase any competition to his throne. Join us as we bring lots of puppets and God's Grace presenting the Lord in a new and unique fun way: Puppet Parade! The Puppy That No One Wanted Special Program Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano narrates in this short story to tell the tale of a scraggly, smelly little puppy who never loses hope that one day he will find a home of his own with a family to love. One rainy night, his dream comes true in an unexpected way when he meets a very special family.

The Puzzle Club Christmas Mystery Special Program It's Christmas, and some mysterious events have occurred which require some special investigative talents. Quigley's Village Regular Program Quigley's Village is a long-running Christian children's series designed to teach children "sound Biblical values" in a fun and exciting way.

It is a combination of live acting and puppetry. Red Boots for Christmas Special Program In the small town of Friedensdorf most of the homes and shops are brightly decorated. One shop, however, doesn't have any Christmas decorations on the outside - and no Christmas spirit on the inside! Rocka-Bye Island Regular Program Each day, Sean and Roisin hop in board their school-boat with their schoolfriends and head off to a magical preschool, where they meet their teacher, Mister O'Dear, who just happens to be a deer.

Through imagination, adventure and teamwork, the children learn about their world and how it works, all with the support of their many animal friends on the fantastical and delightful Rockabye Island. Popular characters from the award-winning God Rocks! Saint Anthony Special Program God works in mysterious ways.

So does Saint Anthony. Born with the name of Fernando in medieval Portugal. Son of a nobleman, Anthony decides to become a priest after experiencing the power of God in an encounter with a demonic spirit. He soon joins the Franciscan brotherhood and goes on a holy mission to make the world a better place.. Together with his loyal companion, the frazzled friar Elias, brother Anthony travels allthe way from Africa to Italy, spreading the Word of the Lord. Sarah's Stories Regular Program By story telling from educational children's books, songs and crafts.

Educates and informs children ages Second Chances Special Program Story of a little girl who looses her father and use of her leg but finds hope in a horse named Ginger. The Sleuths and the Savior Special Program From The Smile Isles, the award-winning studio that brought you Tomorrows Hollow and Paradise Parables, comes a brand new cartoon that will captivate the hearts, eyes, and ears of your entire family.

Spunky's Camping Adventure Special Program A favorite of young children, Spunky the dog teaches Christian morals in a fun and easy way. Spunky's Circus Adventure Special Program A favorite of young children, Spunky the dog teaches Christian morals in a fun and entertaining way. Spunky's First Chirstmas Special Program Lovable puppies, a family Christmas and a big city full of excitement all add up to an adventure that every child should experience.

Storykeepers Regular Program Send your kids on thrilling adventures with the first-century Christian underground! Children will see the fall of Jericho, and they'll be reminded of the importance of trusting in God and not in our own strength. When given everything he wants, he discovers that faithful friends are hard to find and that home was not so bad after all. He learns that a Father's love never fails. This comical cast of characters is serious when it comes to ministry.

Naaman, though a great warrior, found himself fighting for his life as he searched for a cure for his illness. He discovered that by listening to God amazing things happen, including miracles! Storytime Circus Theater Special Program This show is hosted by the enchanting story teller, Gwendalynda, and co-stars the mischievous Roland as they tell stories from the Bible in a captivating way Sugar Creek Gang: Secret Hideout Special Program The anticipated follow-up that continues the story that left viewers of the previous episode begging for more!

Black, comes to town. Or is he a two hundred year old canoe-size legend? Poutndoubt who has just launched one of his surprise attacks. This time, he's chosen the strange Dr. Heckle from his Blooper Battalion to upset the seaside town of Wellsley by spreading unbearable pride. SuperBook Regular Program Superbook educates children of all ages by teaching Bible stories that highlight the important character traits children will need in life. Superbook teaches your children about courage, loyalty, friendship and responsibility.

Superbook Regular Program Chris Quantum is your typical Valleyview Middle School student -- except if you take into account one of his best friends is a robot named Gizmo. Add his best friend Joy Pepper into the mix and you have a recipe for adventure. The adventures begin for this trio when a mysterious device appears and takes them on journeys throughout the Bible.

Travel back with Chris, Joy, and Gizmo and get ready for the journey of a lifetime! The Swamp Critters deal with important issues such as self-esteem, prejudice, and working together. Swiss Family Robinson Regular Program Brought face to face with uncivilized nature, the Robinsons find that life on a deserted island is filled with adventures, dangers and family fun. The Tails of Abbygail Special Program Abbygail, is a cute and curious little Jack Russell Terrier that goes on an adventure of epic proportions with her animal friends. The music is sweet, the characters are fun, and the stories are simple, yet filled with lessons in every scene that children can put to use in their lives.

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Theo Regular Program Theo is an animated series that educates and informs children ages 3 to 8; teaching Biblical truths and basic theology through two friendly mice and their wise friend Theo Tomorrow's Hollow Special Program Two lovable sheep go in search of the Heavenly resort known as "Tomorrow's Hollow. Two lovable and silly characters who are always getting themselves into trouble. Lucky for them, they have Topsy Turvy! She keeps the house in order and uses their crazy situations to teach them about the Bible.

But will Gus and Stew ever learn? Watch to find out. Topsy Turvy is fun and educational. With a mix of live action, 3D, and 2D stories there is something for everyone. Along with Bible stories, kids will also enjoy crafts, trivia, and songs as Topsy, Gus, and Stew take on all kinds of challenges.

Topsy Turvy aims to teach children, ages 3 to 7, Bible-based lessons with a focus on building strong moral character. This gripping episode of the Torchlighters is an amazing story of courage, sacrifice, and forgiveness. As a man, Wesley tries to live out that special purpose on his own strength and good works, but it only brings frustration and failure. Finally, after years of struggle, Wesley embraces saving grace!

But his new message is not welcome in the established churches. Will John break all the rules and take his message outside the church walls to the needy and outcast? Find out in this action-paced episode of The Torchlighters, featuring the founder of the Methodist movement. Perpetua, an affluent young mother, is charged with converting to Christianity and is sent to prison.

Since his father can no longer meet his captors' ransom demands, Kaboo is to be tortured until death. But a bigger plan is about to unfold! A blinding light appears and the ropes that bind him fall away. Renewed strength floods his bruised body, and a heavenly voice urges him, "Run, Kaboo, Run! Torchlighters: The Gladys Alyward Story Special Program With war raging about her and soldiers closing in, the wounded Gladys Aylward sets out on the longest journey of her life, a mile trek over mountains to a safe haven.

We play this show between our regularly scheduled programs Touched by Grace Special Program Cara Jarvis longs to be a part of the in-crowd at her new high school. In an effort to impress town hottie Brandon, she befriends Grace, a girl with Down Syndrome, a friendship she tries to hide when she meets popular girls Skylar and Quinn. Grace wins, is publicly humiliated, and Skylar rigs it so that Cara takes the blame. Cara must win back Brandon, restore her friendship with Grace, and save her reputation at her school.

Tugger the Jeep Special Program Tugger is a little jeep. Kids are already falling in love with the Tunies and laughing along with Colby and Rachel as they learn timeless truths from the bible. Two by 2 Regular Program Upstairs Downstairs Bears Regular Program The Upstairs Downstairs Bears share adventures, fun and friendship in a world where there is so much that is new and changing, when modesty and manners set the tone for the day and lots of misunderstandings. VeggieTales Regular Program Bob, Larry and their Veggie friends share hilarious stories that teach valuable lessons, like kindness, thankfulness and honesty.

Nezzer's plastic egg factory. Easter is almost here, but Mr. Nezzer has a plan to knock down the church and build an amusement park designed around plastic eggs and chocolate bunnies! VeggieTales: God Loves You Very Much Special Program Featuring several classic VeggieTales episodes along with a new original story, this song-filled anthology reminds kids of the many different ways God loves them -- even when they're facing hard times or finding it hard to trust in God. VeggieTales: God Made You Special Program All the vegetable friends gather for this celebration of the qualities that make each one of us unique.

Voted on by the show's fans, this retrospective includes the classic tunes "Monkey" and "The Cheeseburger Song. Will Philip realize what the "true light of Christmas" is really all about and find a way to help Larry? VeggieTales: Silly Little Thing Called Love Special Program A trio of stories provides positive examples of three kinds of love -- for your neighbor, for your family and for God -- in this edition of the Christian-based series. In between the tales, the Veggie Kids share their thoughts about love.

VeggieTales: The Star of Christmas Special Program Get set for a grand musical adventure that teaches kids and grown-ups about God's great love for us, and that because of His love, we should love each other. Fresh from the success of writing their advertisements for Durling's Dental Wax, these aspiring playwrights decide to put on a big musical production called "The Princess and the Plumber" to teach 19th century London how to love.

But they worry that their spectacular opening night could be ruined when they hear that the local church will be displaying an ancient relic as part of their Christmas pageant on the same night. See how Cavis, Millward and the rest of the Veggie gang learn about love. Nezzer, owner of the Nezzer Toy Factory, has a new toy this Christmas Buzzsaw Louie! Push its nose, and it tells you the True Meaning of Christmas VeggieTales: Twas the Night Before Easter Special Program Do-gooder Marlee Meade wants to present an Easter play stocked with Crisper County's finest thespians and a foot bunny, but in this tale of backstage intrigue, Marlee plans to steal a star from another engagement and cast her in her own pageant.

Where the Red Fern Grows Special Program Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs. Mariette has committed herself to fighting for the rights of animals for over 20 years. Wild's Life Regular Program Each episode explores the world of animals, plants and fish exciting the minds of children and parents alike. Wind Dancer Special Program When a young girl is injured by a riding accident, she overcomes her injury with the help of her family and her beloved horse. The Witness Special Program This powerful animated production confirms that those who seek, often find more than they were searching for The Woodcarver Special Program Matthew is a troubled boy from a broken home.

When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest John Ratzenberger , an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life. Word 4 Word Special Program "For Lucy there is nothing strange about having a bear for a brother, a talking kitchen table, an angel for scaring away bad guys, pro-skaters for daily entertainment or Bible characters for live help.

Here are 20 songs by Yancy and friends. Young America Outdoors Regular Program Young America Outdoors is an educational and informational television program produced to demonstrate various outdoor activities and show children ages how to participate and enjoy them. Zoo Clues Regular Program How much do you really know about animals? Can birds fly backwards?


Could a whale really swallow a person? How do animals with no external ears hear? Do dogs sweat? What are the fastest animals? Why do zebras have stripes and leopards have spots? Are bats a type of bird? Are whales considered fish? Are insects classified as an animal? Come along on an entertaining tour of the animal kingdom as we look for the answers to these questions, and more! The Zula Patrol Regular Program A wacky fun-filled show about science and a group of aliens who travel the galaxies exploring and getting in and out of danger, all the while teaching young kids about space, our galaxy, and friendship.

The science topics are based on earth and solar science. The show also promotes tolerance and non-violent conflict resolution. Privacy Policy. Terms and Conditions. Another Sommer-Time Adventure Regular Program Children will be captivated when they hear author Carl Sommer tell these interesting and exciting award-winning stories. Babushka's Christmas Special Program. Children's Heroes of the Bible Regular Program. Fluffy Gardens Regular Program Fluffy Gardens is a wonderful place where happy, playful little animals go about their daily lives.

Fun Food Adventures Regular Program Nathan Godsey is the spunky young host of a TV show that educates and entertains while holding the attention of all ages. Hazael attacked their eastern border. His son Jehoahaz replaced him as king. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored.

So he was hidden from Athaliah and escaped execution. One third of the unit that is on duty during the Sabbath will guard the royal palace. Still another third of you will be stationed at the gate behind the royal guard. You will take turns guarding the palace. Each of you must hold his weapon in his hand. Whoever approaches your ranks must be killed. You must accompany the king wherever he goes. Each of them took his men, those who were on duty during the Sabbath as well as those who were off duty on the Sabbath, and reported to Jehoiada the priest. They lined up from the south side of the temple to the north side and stood near the altar and the temple, surrounding the king.

They proclaimed him king and poured olive oil on his head. The officers stood beside the king with their trumpets and all the people of the land were celebrating and blowing trumpets. Put the sword to anyone who follows her. There she was executed. They smashed its altars and idols to bits. They killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altar.

They entered the royal palace through the Gate of the Royal Bodyguard, and the king sat down on the royal throne. His mother was Zibiah, who was from Beer Sheba. Now, take no more silver from your treasurers unless you intend to use it to repair the damage. Hazael then decided to attack Jerusalem.

He sent it all to King Hazael of Syria, who then withdrew from Jerusalem. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Amaziah replaced him as king. He reigned in Samaria for seventeen years. He continued in the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who had encouraged Israel to sin; he did not repudiate those sins.

The Israelites once more lived in security. There was even an Asherah pole standing in Samaria. The king of Syria had destroyed his troops and trampled on them like dust. His son Joash replaced him as king. He reigned in Samaria for sixteen years. He did not repudiate the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who encouraged Israel to sin; he continued in those sins.

Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. King Joash of Israel went down to visit him. The chariot and horsemen of Israel! You will annihilate Syria in Aphek! But now, you will defeat Syria only three times. Moabite raiding parties invaded the land at the beginning of the year. He extended his favor to them because of the promise he had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has been unwilling to destroy them or remove them from his presence to this very day. Joash defeated him three times and recovered the Israelite cities. Lord, Your prophesies always come true, even though fallen man makes things messier than they need to be.

May I trust You and not try to rush things that You have ordained. You use the available tools to fulfill Your prophesy and the occasional willing leader to purge the land of evil. May I be more than available, and more than occasionally willing, but rather strive to be always-available and always-willing. Partial faithfulness to You results in partial blessings from You. May I mature day by day so that I draw ever closer and more obedient to You. Elisha sent one of his young student prophets to Jehu with instructions to privately anoint him with oil and inform him that he would become king of Israel in place of Joram, a descendant of Ahab.

The young prophet did as he was told. Jehu tried to pretend with his nearby friends that the young prophet said nothing worth repeating but they chided him until he shared and then they laid down their jackets and celebrated as if he was already king. Jehu immediately began a conspiracy to kill Joram. Jehu marched to Jezreel where king Joram of Israel was recovering from his battle injuries and king Ahaziah of Judah was visiting him. When Jehu refused to reply to the two messengers he sent, and they were informed that the chariot driver drove wildly in the style of Jehu, Joram and Ahaziah rode out to meet him.

Jehu murdered Joram and then chased and murdered Ahaziah as well. Jehu then went into Jezreel and was challenged by Jezebel. He challenged her eunuchs to prove their loyalty to him as their new king and they threw her out the window. She died and was devoured by dogs as had been prophesied. Jehu convinced the frightened leaders in the home town of Ahab to kill his sons, then he killed the rest of his family and associates. He also killed forty-two of the relatives of Ahaziah. Jehu then tricked the priest of Baal into their temple and had them all killed, he destroyed their temple, and their idols and altars.

Jehu did not destroy the sacred cows and therefore was only partially obedient to the Lord God. He was promised only four generations of descendants as kings. Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah conspired to destroy the rest of the family line after his death, but his sister hid his son Joash. The priest Jehoiada gathered warriors to protect Joash and then crowned him king of Judah. They executed Athaliah, and Mattan the priest of Baal, and destroyed the temples and artifacts of the worship of the false god of Baal. He commanded that the temple silver be used to repair the temple but the priests failed to get the job done and some time later he challenged Jehoiada the high priest to get the job done, so they hired contractors and the work was immediately begun.

Jehoahaz was disobedient to the Lord God so the Syrians were allowed to destroy their army and oppress them for a time. Jehoahaz cried out to the Lord and He broke the hold of the Syrians. There is no explanation given as to why each translation would not choose one or the other in order to avoid confusion.

Jehu used clever strategy to fulfill part of the prophesy of the Lord God, to purge the land of the descendants of disobedient kings, and to purge the places of worship of Baal. It was a form of warfare, just as was the original taking of the Promised Land, which made the strategy and violence acceptable before the Lord. Does it not seem that the arrogance of Jezebel contributed to her death? Rather than welcome Jehu and attempt an alliance she insulted him. Why would Jehu not get rid of the golden calves at the same time he was getting rid of the Baal worship?

Why would the priests have failed to make repairs to the temple? The prophet had not instructed Jehu to kill either of the kings, though when He sent the prophesy to Jehu via the prophet the Lord God surely knew that he was not a mature or patient man. The Lord God used the aunt of young Joash to keep him alive, then the priest and many soldiers to protect him as they elevated him to king of Judah. This was a pattern of God, choosing to work through several faithful and willing people.

When have you experienced or observed someone who believed they were receiving a promotion and either tried to rush the process or began to act as if they had already been promoted? When have you observed leaders dealing with one obvious problem but leaving another equally-obvious problem unaddressed?

When have you experienced or observed a situation where the resources to do a good work were available but were hoarded rather than used for the intended purpose? Today I will ask a fellow believer to pray in-agreement, and be my accountability-partner so that I do not get out ahead of the Lord and that I am careful to use my new authority to meet my responsibilities with wisdom from Him. I will celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, in removing one idol, and I will partner with Him to remove the one that I previously ignored, missed, or have tolerated.

It may be too much attention focused on a mere human celebrity, displacing the Lord God. He reigned for forty years in Jerusalem. Be quick about it! They went through this routine every day and collected a large amount of silver. The king listened to their advice. Because of this sinful activity, God was angry with Judah and Jerusalem.

They warned the people, but they would not pay attention. You will not be prosperous! Because you have rejected the Lord, he has rejected you! They wiped out all the leaders of the people and sent all the plunder they gathered to the king of Damascus. The Syrians gave Joash what he deserved. His servants plotted against him because of what he had done to the son of Jehoiada the priest. They murdered him on his bed. Thus he died and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. His mother was Jehoaddan, who was from Jerusalem.

He followed the example of his father Joash. A man must be put to death only for his own sin. Gloat over your success, but stay in your palace. Why bring calamity on yourself? Why bring down yourself and Judah along with you? He attacked Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate — a distance of about six hundred feet. Then he went back to Samaria.

His son Jeroboam replaced him as king. But they sent assassins after him and they killed him there. A man must be executed only for his own sin. He counted those twenty years old and up and discovered there were , young men of fighting age equipped with spears and shields. God is capable of helping or defeating. They were very angry at Judah and returned home incensed. They took them to the top of a cliff and threw them over.

All the captives fell to their death. They killed 3, people and carried off a large amount of plunder. He bowed down before them and offered them sacrifices. Stop prophesying or else you will be killed! He broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate — a distance of about six hundred feet. Lord, given the clear history of failure from rebellion king after king still chose rebellion against You and brought trouble to the people. May I take care not to drift into rebellion. Joash was only seven years old so Jehoiada assisted him greatly in purging the land of false idols.

When Jehoiada died Joash listened to the bad counsel of members of his court and turned-away from the Lord God. As he died Zechariah asked the Lord God to take notice and punish Joash. God empowered the weaker Syrians to overwhelm the army of Judah and Joash was badly injured. Joash was murdered in his bed for killing Zechariah. He was not buried in the royal tombs. Amaziah began his time as king in loyalty to the Lord God but after the Lord gave him victory over the Edomites he brought home their false idols and worshiped them.

When a prophet of God challenged him he was threatened with execution, so the prophet did not trouble him further, other than to inform him that God had decided to end his reign and his life badly. Amaziah became king of Judah and led a very successful battle against the Edomites and then he challenged King Joash of Israel.

Joash warned him to not be too bold after only one victory but Amaziah continued to threaten them so Israel attacked and defeated Judah. He was captured, and the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed. He was in captivity many years and then assassinated. The pattern of blessed loyalty to the Lord God versus troubles for rebellion continued for the kings and the people of Israel and Judah.

Why would the kings, sons of blessed kings, choose the path of rebellion and trouble rather than that of faithfulness and blessing? The prophets had a tough time of things, sometimes kings and other leaders listened, and sometimes they were ignored — and even killed — in their service to the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone who is being faithful to the Lord and who faces challenges as a result. Today I will diligently pray for, and as is appropriate, otherwise assist the one to whom the Lord God directs my attention.

They may be domestic or foreign missionaries, leaders or members in a local fellowship, or activists within the larger community of faith. He traveled to Joppa and found a merchant ship heading to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went aboard it to go with them to Tarshish far away from the Lord.

Such a violent tempest arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break up! Jonah, meanwhile, had gone down into the hold below deck, had lain down, and was sound asleep. Get up! Cry out to your god! Perhaps your god might take notice of us so that we might not die! Where do you come from? And who are your people? And I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.

After all, you, Lord, have done just as you pleased. Now Nineveh was an enormous city — it required three days to walk through it! Perhaps God might be willing to change his mind and relent and turn from his fierce anger so that we might not die. This is what I tried to prevent by attempting to escape to Tarshish! He made a shelter for himself there and sat down under it in the shade to see what would happen to the city. Now Jonah was very delighted about the little plant.

It grew up overnight and died the next day. There are more than one hundred twenty thousand people in it who do not know right from wrong, as well as many animals! Lord, Your desire to bring hope to wretches like us, as well as to the historically-brutal Ninevites, is consistent with Your character as a loving God of grace and of mercy. May I praise You for Your patient and persistent love for me.

You brought Jonah where he could recognize and repent of his sin, then You rescued him. May I not make it necessary for You to get my attention in such a profound way. Jonah tried to foil Your plan to offer mercy to the enemies of his people, but You overcame his resistance. May I be a willing instrument of Your mercy no matter to whom You may choose to offer it.

The beneficiaries of the prophetic ministry assigned to Jonah were the people of Ninevah. Jonah and his people despised them because of their exceptionally brutal conduct during war and their vicious treatment of captive people. Jonah discovered that what David had written was true — there is nowhere one may go to escape the presence of the Lord God. Because of his rebellion Jonah placed many others, the Ninevites and the sailors and fellow passengers in jeopardy. When confronted Jonah finally acknowledged his responsibility for the trouble and accepted that he had to sacrifice himself to save the others, despite their resistance he finally persuaded them to throw him overboard, which they reluctantly did.

Jonah was rescued by the Lord God Who sent a great fish to swallow him, keeping him from drowning. While inside the fish Jonah prayed and reflected — confessed his sin and his fear that his separation from the Lord God could be permanent - then he repented. Jonah observed that just as he thought he would die the Lord God reached-out and saved him. He also observed that those who worshiped false idols would miss that mercy. The Lord caused the fish to swim to a beach near the city of Ninevah and to spit-out Jonah there.

The Lord God was impressed by their repentance and relented from His angry judgment. Jonah, who despised the Ninevites for their violence against his people, was angry — for the Lord had done as he feared — shown mercy, and He had used him as His agent to make that possible. He declared that he would rather die than see the Ninevites forgiven and that he had fled from his mission from the Lord God because he wanted to prevent them from being forgiven.

The Lord God questioned him if he was really that angry and watched as Jonah left the city, made himself a shelter from the sun, and watched in hope that the city would not succeed in avoiding destruction. The Lord God caused a small plant to grow very large and to provide Jonah with a great deal more shade than his little shelter and so Jonah was quite pleased with the plant. Why would Jonah have thought he could disobey and then hide from the Lord God? Why would the Lord God have confronted Jonah rather than discarding him and replacing him?

Why would Jonah have continued to watch the city in expectation of destruction when the Lord God had already told him that He had decided to withhold it? The sailors were placed in a terrible predicament, to die in a storm that was caused by a prophet of the Lord God, or to throw that prophet into the sea to die and maybe survive the storm — then be punished by the Lord God. When have you been trapped between emotional desires of the world and what you know to be different expectations of the Lord?

When have you benefited from the mercy of the Lord? Today I will give praise and thanks to the Lord God for His patience with me. I will confess and repent of that place in my life where I have been allowing anger, bitterness, greed, laziness, lust, revenge, selfishness, or some other emotion to hold first-place instead of the fruits of Your Holy Spirit Who lives in me. It may be confronting a brother or sister in sin, it may be sharing the Word with someone who is considering-Christ, it may be confessing your own sin, it may be seeking forgiveness from someone you find difficult to deal with, or something else.

I will humbly and prayerfully ask that I be shown another place where I may be doubting the mercy, or some other redemptive action, of the Lord - so that I may again learn to trust His grace and wisdom even more. They are offspring who do wrong, children who do wicked things.

They have abandoned the Lord, and rejected the Holy One of Israel. They are alienated from him. Why do you continue to rebel? Your head has a massive wound, your whole body is weak. There are only bruises, cuts, and open wounds. They have not been cleansed or bandaged, nor have they been treated with olive oil. Right before your eyes your crops are being destroyed by foreign invaders. They leave behind devastation and destruction. The blood of bulls, lambs, and goats I do not want. You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations, but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations!

Cleanse yourselves! Remove your sinful deeds from my sight. Stop sinning! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate!

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Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow! She was once a center of justice, fairness resided in her, but now only murderers. All of them love bribery, and look for payoffs. They do not take up the cause of the orphan, or defend the rights of the widow. I will remove all your slag. All the nations will stream to it,. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war. For diviners from the east are everywhere; they consult omen readers like the Philistines do. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. Get away from the dreadful judgment of the Lord, from his royal splendor!

For why should they be given special consideration? Youths will proudly defy the elderly and riffraff will challenge those who were once respected. This heap of ruins will be under your control. Too bad for them! For they bring disaster on themselves. For they will get exactly what they deserve. You have stashed in your houses what you have stolen from the poor. They walk with their heads high and flirt with their eyes. They skip along and the jewelry on their ankles jingles.

My love had a vineyard on a fertile hill. He built a tower in the middle of it, and constructed a winepress. He waited for it to produce edible grapes, but it produced sour ones instead. When I waited for it to produce edible grapes, why did it produce sour ones instead? I will order the clouds not to drop any rain on it. He waited for justice, but look what he got — disobedience! He waited for fairness, but look what he got — cries for help!

So they do not recognize what the Lord is doing, they do not perceive what he is bringing about. Their leaders will have nothing to eat, their masses will have nothing to drink. For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies, they have spurned the commands of the Holy One of Israel. The mountains shake, and corpses lie like manure in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. Look, they come quickly and swiftly. The hooves of their horses are hard as flint, and their chariot wheels are like a windstorm.

They growl and seize their prey; they drag it away and no one can come to the rescue. One will look out over the land and see the darkness of disaster, clouds will turn the light into darkness. Lord, You are holy and righteous and in return for your grace, protection, and provision You require that we respond in obedience and righteousness. May I be increasingly grateful and therefore increasingly faithful in seeking after righteousness through surrender to the working of the Holy Spirit in and through me. You love the people whom You created, and Your desire is to bless them.

You ask for integrity, in our relationship with You, and with fellow humankind. May I be attentive to what it is that You want, rather than what the world values, and so become a conduit of Your blessing and truth to others. Isaiah was a prophet to Israel a little over years after the reign of King Solomon. Isaiah delivered the message of the Lord God which compared the people of Israel to an ox and a donkey and found the people wanting because of their foolish rebellion. The Lord observed that they are beaten and bruised, suffering and over-run by their enemies, yet they persisted in their rebellion.

He further observed that it was only the Lord God who preserved a few survivors, otherwise they would have been utterly destroyed as were the people in Sodom and Gomorrah.

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The Lord God said, through Isaiah, that He did not want their sacrifices while they were in active rebellion, and that He would not listen to their prayers either. His final word of the first chapter is that He would purify them by fire, all who rebelled — regardless of their station in life — would be destroyed.

Only righteousness could result in a reconciliation and restoration of their relationship with the Lord God — and the blessings that would flow from that. He continued to detail the consequences, beginning with facial sores on the women whose pride and abuse of their sexuality was offensive to Him, then make the fronts of their heads bald, followed by destitution and slavery. He would also cause the strong young men to die in battle so that there would be seven women begging one man to marry them so that they would no longer be without husbands.

The desire of the Lord God would be to make the crops of those who remained in Jerusalem, those whom He had found to be obedient, to be exceptional and He would wipe clean the shame of the women. Despite all of the losses they had experienced, and the reprieves they had received when they were momentarily repentant, the people continued their rebellious ways.

Why would the people have bothered to pray and to make sacrifices when they refused to obey the Lord God? Why was it so difficult for the people to see that the Lord God wanted to bless them and that all of their rebellion was getting them nowhere? Despite their persistent rebellion the Lord God stood ready and willing to forgive and restore them. When have you experienced or observed that a leader who practiced justice and created a healthier environment rather than one that was arbitrary and selfish? Today I will confess and repent, seek and receive forgiveness from the Lord God, and make the necessary changes to better align my words with my deeds and to surrender more completely to the Lordship of Christ in my life.

It may be in a gray area of financial dealings, integrity in academics, truth-telling in social relationships, or in some other area. The hem of his robe filled the temple. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and they used the remaining two to fly.

His majestic splendor fills the entire earth! I am destroyed, for my lips are contaminated by sin, and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin. My eyes have seen the king, the Lord who commands armies. In his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. Your evil is removed; your sin is forgiven. Who will go on our behalf?

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Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed. That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation. If your faith does not remain firm, then you will not remain secure. You can even ask for something miraculous.

Do you consider it too insignificant to try the patience of men? Is that why you are also trying the patience of my God? Look, this young woman is about to conceive and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him Immanuel. Indeed, everyone left in the heart of the land will eat sour milk and honey. Cattle will graze there and sheep will trample on them. It will reach flood stage and overflow its banks. He will spread his wings out over your entire land, O Immanuel. Pay attention, all you distant lands of the earth! Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered!

Issue your orders, but they will not be executed! For God is with us! He took hold of me firmly and warned me not to act like these people:. He is the one you must respect; he is the one you must fear. He will become a trap and a snare to the residents of Jerusalem. Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living? Certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened.

Their hunger will make them angry, and they will curse their king and their God as they look upward. Lord, You are holy, we are not. May I be as aware of Your holiness as was Isaiah. You rule over all armies and nations, therefore You may choose which will fail and which will have victory — especially where it impacts Your people. May I never fear as a child of God that in the battles of life anything of significance, in the eyes of the Lord, will go other than the way that You decide. You loved the people and they rejected You, and after generations of grace Your discipline fell upon them.

May I remember to respond appropriately and obediently to Your love and not give you a reason to discipline me. My eyes have seen the king, the Lord He was correct. The news had come the king of Judah of the former nation of Israel, since divided into Israel and Judah that King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah of Israel and the nation of Ephraim which had splintered off from Judah were about to attack, and they were terrified because they were unable to resist such a combined military force. Before he was of the age of accountability the king of Assyria was to plunder Ephraim and Syria as prophesied.

The Lord then prophesied that after obliterating Ephraim and Syria the Assyrians would over-run Israel and Judah and all of the nations around them. The Lord God warned Isaiah to take care not to follow the actions and thinking of the people:. Many will stumble over the stone and the rock, and will fall and be seriously injured, and will be ensnared and captured.

Look, I and the sons whom the Lord has given me are reminders and object lessons in Israel, sent from the Lord who commands armies, who lives on Mount Zion. Isaiah was warned further that the people, filled with spiritual darkness in their rebellion, would ask him to call upon demons and ghosts and witches in the hope that the dead might tell them of the future of the living.

It would be yet another act of foolishness and of rebellion; he was to ignore them as their due punishment descended upon them. The celebration of the holiness of the Lord God in Heaven is an amazing thing to imagine. The people of Judah saw things only through their human eyes, and so they were terrified, but the Lord God saw their enemies as already defeated; indeed, destroyed. The Lord God would protect Isaiah, and others, who honored their relationship with Him but would bring trouble to rebels and create challenges for others who denied His presence. Why might Ahaz have been so fearful of asking the Lord God for a sign or a miracle?

At one moment the people of Judah were terrified and in the next they learned that their fearful enemies were soon to be wiped from the map, by the Lord God. When have you experienced or observed a moment in praise and worship, or in prayerful and intense study of the Word of God, where a sense of His unique holiness overwhelmed you? When have you been fearful of a person or situation only to have your prayers answered and the entire threat disappear?

When have you observed people acting and thinking in pagan ways in hopes of a God-less magical solution to their problems? Today I will confess and repent, ask forgiveness and receive it from the Lord, and then surrender to the Holy Spirit as He leads me to listen with His ears, understand with His wisdom, see with His filter so that I notice what He says is important , and perceive with His perspective of eternity. I will raise grateful prayers of praise and thanks to the Lord God.

I will begin a daily discipline to bring everything to the Lord in prayer. He was one of the herdsmen from Tekoa. These prophecies about Israel were revealed to him during the time of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake. They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth. I will remove the ruler from Wicked Valley, the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden. The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.

They deported a whole community and sold them to Edom. I will strike Ekron with my hand; the rest of the Philistines will also die. They sold a whole community to Edom; they failed to observe a treaty of brotherhood. He chased his brother with a sword; he wiped out his allies.

In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest; in his fury he relentlessly attacked them. War cries will be heard on the day of battle; a strong gale will blow on the day of the windstorm. Their false gods, to which their fathers were loyal, led them astray. They sold the innocent for silver, the needy for a pair of sandals.

A man and his father go to the same girl; in this way they show disrespect for my moral purity. They drink wine bought with the fines they have levied; they do so right in the temple of their God! They were as tall as cedars and as strong as oaks, but I destroyed the fruit on their branches and their roots in the ground. Is this not true, you Israelites? I will press you down, like a cart loaded down with grain presses down. Therefore I will punish you for all your sins. Does a young lion bellow from his den if he has not caught something?

Does a trap spring up from the ground unless it has surely caught something? If disaster overtakes a city, is the Lord not responsible? Who is not afraid? The sovereign Lord has spoken! Who can refuse to prophesy?