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Job 1

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In the book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, by Judith Viorst, Alexander the main character undergoes a series of difficult events which result in a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is...

Esther 9

Posted by Elizabeth Moore on

I have to be honest that in my research of Chapter 9 in Esther, I really needed to focus. The chapter is a little violent so I decided to zero in on one event: Purim. But in my further online research of Purim, I saw a link that said, “How to make a fishtail braid in 5 easy steps&rdquo...

Esther 3

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The story of Esther is one of my favorites in the Bible.  The ups and downs and plot twists have always made me wish it would be turned into a Disney animated movie. This chapter is all about the “bad guy” Haman and his plot to do away with the Jews in Babylon.  The reason...

You Might be a Stiff-Neck If...

Posted by Claudia Mitchell on

Nehemiah 9:17 “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and...

Pray First

Posted by Roger Clark on

Nehemiah was a man with a burden. Jerusalem, the city of his ancestors, was in ruins. He had a God-sized vision to rebuild the walls. What should he do first? If it were me, I would make a plan, start a “to do” list and get busy with the first steps. Instead, Nehemiah prayed...

Ezra 9

Posted by Tom Ellsworth on

In the 9th chapter of Ezra, the priestly leader is made aware of a great problem among the remnant of Jews who had returned to help rebuild the city of Jerusalem and re-inhabit the land of Judah.  Many of them – contrary to God’s commands – had married spouses from...

Ezra 1

Posted by Tobin Wingard on

Read Ezra 1 When I awoke this morning, opened the curtains of our hotel room (directly across the street from where over a decade ago the Twin Towers were decimated) I observed a "temple" of sorts under construction. The "Freedom Tower" reaches high above any other structure in New York City...

Over and Over Again

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The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. (2 Chronicles 36:15 NIV)In spite of the multiple kings doing evil in the sight of God throughout this book of the Bible, God continues to...

Finding a Cure for the Double Standard

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​There have been many times in my life where I have felt like a living, breathing double standard. Although I was raised in the Church, I have not been able to escape the pitfall of saying I am following the Lord when in actuality my actions speak otherwise. In these periods of wandering...

2 Chronicles 2

Posted by Donna Pruet on

The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him? 2...

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