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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

Posted by Brian Bailey on

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...

2 Kings 22:11-23:25

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II Kings 22:11-23:25 Do you have any idea what God expects of you? How would you find out? If you were trying to build a piece of furniture, you would follow the instructions. If you wanted to recreate a dish, that your mother used to cook, you would follow the recipe. If you were trying...

King Hezekiah’s Recipe for Success

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Young King Hezekiah became the King of Judah at age 25 and reigned for 29 years and the bible says there was no one like him among all the Kings of Judah before him or after him.   Here is how he did it; He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just like his father David had...

The Whole Story

Posted by Stephen Figert on

As the story goes, Hoshea, the king of Israel in Samaria, betrayed Shalmaneser, the king of Assyria: he sent envoys to So, the king of Egypt, and stopped paying tribute to Shalmaneser.As a result of this political debacle, the Assyrians invaded Samaria, divided the Israelite...

1 Kings 21

Posted by Janet Wingard on

The Bible tells stories of many heroic people, whose lives demonstrate biblical principles and practical applications for godly living. The heroes are easy to admire for their courage, obedience and faithfulness to God. But the great villains of the Bible can teach us plenty, too—and...

God Provides in Big Ways

Posted by Tyler Cadwell on

1 Kings 16:29-17:24 Elijah was the bearer of bad news to a truly brutal king and he had to be terrified of what this king might do to him. Yet, Elijah told him anyway, because that is what God had asked him to do. What Elijah didn't know was what would come next. Two things we can learn from...

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