The Sin of Hezekiah

Nov 11, 14 The Sin of Hezekiah

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by Shawn Meyer With a few exceptions, the record of the kings of Israel and Judah is a biblical Who’s Who of powerful evil. One of those refreshing exceptions is King Hezekiah. He knew his place, obeyed God, and showed humility before Him. Unlike the kings who preceded him, he displayed a passionate hatred of idolatry. 2 Kings 18:5-6 eulogizes, “Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him.” (NIV). Despite all that counts in his favor, there are at least two blemishes on Hezekiah’s legacy. One was a profoundly foolish decision; the other was an appallingly sinful attitude. Both are recorded in 2 Kings, chapter 20. All eyes were on Assyria. Judah’s brothers to the north had recently fallen to King Shalmaneser. Though God had just delivered Judah from the Assyrians, their brutal campaigns and continued world dominance offered cover for a quietly rising power in the east. Word had reached Babylon that King Hezekiah had fallen ill. In an apparent goodwill gesture, the king of Babylon sent emissaries with gifts. By the time they arrived, God had healed Hezekiah, who was feeling well enough to give them the grand tour, foolishly showing off all the treasures of the palace. Unbeknownst to Hezekiah, they took mental inventory before returning to Babylon. Enter Isaiah the prophet. He rebuked Hezekiah’s indiscretion, saying, “Hear the word of the LORD: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. . . And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood, that will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Instead of the desperate weeping and calling out to God for which Hezekiah was...

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Uncommon Interview With Carl Higbie!

Jan 09, 14 Uncommon Interview With Carl Higbie!

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How about hearing from a great American, a true patriot, former Navy Seal and now candidate for a congressional seat in Connecticut’s 4th District? Yeah, we thought you’d say that- it’s awesome! Have a listen to the hope of America’s future, Uncommon Show style! Uncomon Interview With Carl Higbie Carl Higbie For...

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Uncommon Interview With Wes Walker!

Jan 09, 14 Uncommon Interview With Wes Walker!

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We had a great time with a true gentleman and great Christian, the author of A Blue print For Government That Doesn’t Suck’, Wes Walker! Uncomon Interview With Wes Walker Buy Wes Walker’s Book...

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Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice…

Nov 13, 13 Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice…

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We’re taking the day off tomorrow – all apologies, of course – so in lieu of a new Uncommon Show I hope you’ll enjoy an Uncommon Blog entry. This is my (the Cleaner) response to a few e-mails, and certainly many things that have been taking place on both the Parson’s FacePal wall, as well as mine. A sincere look at an urgent matter, in a way we hope you’ll find meaningful. Enjoy, rant or rave, and we’ll see you all next week! Have you ever looked at or heard something, and before a critical thought crossed your mind found yourself completely captivated by it? Perhaps you have an example or two from your personal experience, here’s one that might hit home for many of us. John Lennon wrote a song back in 1971 called ‘Imagine’. It’s a beautiful sounding piece of music, you almost can’t help but immediately be taken in by it, perhaps even mindlessly sing it. Admit it, you’ve hummed a bar or two on occasion. However, if you, as a Christian, actually listen to the lyrics you may find yourself vomiting at the ease with which you were initially drawn in. The words to Imagine are riddled with atheistic thoughts, even communistic thoughts. The song is antithetical to Christians, to God, yet many sing it with joy. If you wait a bit it won’t take long before you catch an example or two, most likely during some music award show. (Carrie Underwood once sang it on American Idol, and she’s s elf professed Christian.) The song’s message calls for a kind of universal equality, fellowship & sharing, it’s attractive to people, probably as attractive as the forbidden fruit was to Eve in the Garden. So, this begs the question: How are we, as Christians to discern whether or not such a message is appropriate? Perhaps Imagine is an easy one to spot, as the line, “No Hell below us, above us only sky…”, is a dead give away, one would...

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Uncommon Show Webcast – July 11, 2013

For a more enjoyable Uncommon Show experience, download ‘Stitcher’ for either your Smart/i Phone of PC! Stitcher ***If you are having difficulty playing the show; right click on segment and ‘open link in new window.’ That way you will be able to control what you listen to and be able to go back and listen to whatever portion you like once again*** Folks write us in e-mails – AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT… …but… …our comments section has been enabled, so please leave us your thoughts here, and don’t be bashful, we can take it! Cleaner’s Depressed – Illinois Finally Notices The 2nd Amendment – Some Thoughts On Illinois / The Parson’s Foot Problems – Pat Robertson Strikes Again! – Dealing With Infidelity – Pat Goes A Wandering / Discussing Pat’s Errors – Bridges Of Madison County – It’s Not His Face He Wants Touched / The Cambrian Explosion Of Rock Music – Time Capsules – British Invasion – Making Stars / Jurassic Park – Playing God – Cleaner’s Dream – Piece By Amino Acid / Born That Way? – You’re Having A Lesbian! – Born Everything! – Lock ‘Em Up / Man, Soccer Is VIOLENT – Hernandez Good, Zimmerman Bad / Making Righteous Cakes – Cleaner & Parson Have A Cake Catalogue / 2nd Timothy 3:1-4, The Theological Definition of Liberalism – Summing Up The Trial Of The...

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Uncommon Interview With Art Ellingsen

For a more enjoyable Uncommon Show experience, download ‘Stitcher’ for either your Smart/i Phone of PC! Stitcher ***If you are having difficulty playing the show; right click on segment and ‘open link in new window.’ That way you will be able to control what you listen to and be able to go back and listen to whatever portion you like once again*** Folks write us in e-mails – AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT… …but… …our comments section has been enabled, so please leave us your thoughts here, and don’t be bashful, we can take it! Art Ellingsen, President of the Arlington Heights Tea Party – Birthers – Some Illinois Political History – Al Salvi – Lois Lerner – Avi Lipkin / Reassuring Worried Patriots – Tea Partiers – Other Issues – Call Art @...

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