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Elijah: Rebuilding Yahweh's Altar
156-page book
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson


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Elijah is one tough dude! God calls him to an awesome task: to turn an entire nation back to God. Perhaps the most spectacular event in Elijah's long ministry takes place on Mount Carmel, where he has challenged the 400 prophets of Baal to a contest. He watches while they utterly fail to see fire fall on their sacrifice. The Scripture records:

"Then Elijah said to all the people, 'Come here to me.' They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins." (1 Kings 18:30)

Yahweh has set before Elijah a huge task, to "repair the altar of Yahweh," to repair the knowledge of the Lord and return a whole nation to their God. To turn the hearts of the fathers and the children away from Baal and towards the true God. All this in a deeply backslidden nation.

Elijah's mission field is the northern kingdom of Israel, a nation of backslidden Yahweh worshippers, now worshipping a golden calf in Bethel or Dan. Jezebel the Queen has been hunting down the prophets of Yahweh and vigorously promoting the worship of Baal. Most true believers are in hiding.

It's hard to imagine that your mission and mission field are more difficult than Elijah's. God may have placed you in a resistant community. Or in a cold, dead church that desperately needs to know the Living God! We can learn from Elijah something of what it takes to be that man, that woman in the situation in which God has placed you. To make a difference against long odds.

I pray that as you study and ponder the life of Elijah, you'll learn some things to do -- and some things not to do. You'll also learn from the supporting cast of Ahab, Jezebel, Micaiah, Jehoshaphat, and Elisha. And in your learning you'll be able to better discern how God would have you live and minister where you are.

Initially developed as an online study, this book is ideal for personal spiritual development. Footnotes and probing discussion questions make it useful for teachers, small group leaders, and for sermon development.

Sign up today! Here's the outline of this 7-week study.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Elijah Declares a Drought (1 Kings 17)
  2. Elijah Challenges Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18)

  3. Elijah and the Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19)
  4. Ahab's Syrian Wars (1 Kings 20)
  5. Naboth's Vineyard: Judgment and Grace (1 Kings 21)

  6. Prophecies against Ahab, Azariah, and Jehoram (1 Kings 22, 2 Kings 1, 2 Chronicles 21:12-15)
  7. Elijah and the Whirlwind (2 Kings 2;1-18) and Elijah's Legacy
  • Appendix 1. Participant Handouts (may be duplicated for a small group or class free of charge)

This study is available in book format (below) or at no cost delivered via e-mail over an seven-week period.

Participant lesson handouts can be downloaded and printed for your group or class at no charge.

This study is available in book formats (below), or at no cost delivered via e-mail, with lessons arriving each Saturday over 8 weeks. The book format, however, is more convenient for some.

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  Elijah: Rebuilding Yahweh's Altar, by Dr. Ralph F. WilsonPaperback format, US $15.95  Length 156 pages. Must be ordered through The paperback size is 7.5 in  x 9.25 in.  ISBN: 979-8839769946. ASIN: B0B5KXFB3S. Available now.

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Reprint license to make copiesReprint License, $2.50 per copy. This allows you to print additional copies for your own group. One license is required for each additional copy you make beyond the initial book you purchased. This reprint license prohibits sale of the book to individuals outside your local area or congregation. You'll probably want to order a single copy of the e-book also, so you'll have the text from which to reprint. So if you have a group of 6 people, you'll need to order one e-book (for the first reprint) and 5 reprint licenses.

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