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Some time ago, while reading in the book of 2 Kings, the Lord showed me a great example of true revival. Please consider a few parallels to revival from this passage in our weekly devotional.

Revival occurs only when we are willing to make repairs.

2 Kings 22:5, "And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,"

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As we consider this week's events (the Lord's denial, betrayal, and crucifixion) in light of Palm Sunday, it all culminates on Sunday morning with the precious announcement of Matthew 28:6, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." This verse can be broken up into three easy sections or thoughts:

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There are many high points and low points in life. One moment everything seems to be going very well in our lives and we are on a proverbial mountain. The next moment everything seems to be falling apart and we are experiencing a very hard time and a low valley. If we are not careful, we will allow the circumstances of life to dictate our outlook on reality. We see one example of this in scripture in I Kings 19 with the story of Elijah. We see his mountain top experience in I Kings 18 when God used Elijah to proclaim the name of God to all the people of Israel. We see God manifesting Himself in such a powerful way through the life and testimony of Elijah. Yet he enters into one of the most discouraging times of his life immediately following in I Kings 19. Discouragement can come at any point in our lives, but often manifests itself after great mountain top experiences through false commanding thoughts of the mind and an improper focus on the words of man rather than the promises and presence of God.

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"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14).

We often engage in sports, competitions, and contests among each other in order to earn a prize for our earthly endeavors. Recently the children and teens of our church engaged in competitions over church ministry, Bible content, presentations, and activities. In contemplating the purposes of these competitions, and seeking to help our youth understand them, the Lord spoke to me about our endeavors as Christians.

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Text: Hebrews 11

Before we get started on our study today, I want to take a moment to thank our church for your involvement in all of our activities, ministries, and outreaches, especially during the past few weeks. Between volunteer workers and teens, there were over 100 of our church people involved in the Regional Teen Talent Contest this past weekend alone. It was a big success, thanks to all the people who sacrificed their time to make it happen. I greatly appreciate your involvement! This event is more than a competition; it is a chance for teens to prepare to serve God in their local church. What I love is that at the event, so many of you modeled to our teens what serving God in the local church looks like! Thank you for investing in our young people. They are our church. They are our leaders.

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