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Final Thoughts From Vatican City

Written by Heather Zempel | March 14, 2011 |

Some final thoughts post-Garden to City. Filmed in Vatican City.

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A Season of Discovery

Written by Heather Zempel | March 9, 2011 | 2 Chronicles 33 - 36

For fifty-seven years, the people of God in Judah were ruled by evil kings. Manasseh erected idols, worshiped false gods, and sacrificed his sons. His successor, Amon, was so bad that his own servants conspired against him. Enter Josiah. Made king at only 8 years of age, something was different about him. For some reason, he made a decision to walk with God.

When he was 26 years old, …

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Grace In The Gap

Written by Maegan Stout | March 7, 2011 | 2 Chronicles 19 - 23

In the beginning was… shalom. Everything was the way it was created to be.  It was good. The creation account shows God’s creation being satisfied and whole – in work, in community, and in God. Then it fell apart. We all know the story. We have brokenness where wholeness once was. All creation seems to know it. The apple left the taste of an appetite that cannot be satisfied.

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2 Hours & 15 Years

Written by Sarah Magallanes | March 2, 2011 | 2 Chronicles 1 - 5

2 Chronicles takes us through the beginning of Solomon’s reign as king, answered prayer of receiving wisdom from the Lord, blessing of wealth, and the provision given for the construction of the temple.  In Chapter 5, Solomon, the elders and leaders, and all of Israel witnessed the Ark of the Covenant being brought into the Holy Temple – the fulfillment of a promise made long ago.

Last …

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Chronicle: an account of history, story, historical record.

Written by Reagan Chaney | February 25, 2011 |

Today I struggled with the reading and figuring out honestly what I was reading. There was a lot of naming of mighty men and meetings with leaders and calling of relatives to Israel, all very important. However I was still struggling. Ironically the definition of chronicle is an account of history, story and historical record. Most historical records don’t make you rethink life and its big questions…or do they?

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What’s in a name?

Written by Kurtis Parks | February 23, 2011 | 1 Chronicles 1 - 5

Well, at first glance, it can seem that 5 chapters of countless names might be a pretty boring read. And if you’re not paying attention to the details, that might certainly ring true. But what I love about these genealogy chapters in 1 Chronicles, are the little stories that follow a few of these names. It’s cool enough to have your name in the Book of all books, and to …

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Now Choose Life!

Written by Nina Schmidgall | February 22, 2011 | Deuteronomy 31 - 34

I am going to cheat a little.  Today’s reading is technically Deuteronomy, chapters 31-34.  But I was so moved by a Scripture in Deuteronomy 30 that I have to focus there. 

Going back a few weeks…I was reading “Soulprint” and Pastor Mark writes how our earliest memories are often some of our most defining.  He encourages an exercise to try to remember some of your very first memories.  As …

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I Do Declare

Written by Sarah Magallanes | February 20, 2011 | Deuteronomy 25 - 27

Deuteronomy 25-27 are chapters full of declarations - strong declarations of laws and decrees for living in functional and just community and also ones for living in relationship with the Lord. Chapter 26 caught my eye in particular because in this passage, God gives specific instructions for how Israel is to place the basket of firstfruits before the Lord in the dwelling of His name (1-2). God also gives specific …

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Promises, promises…

Written by Andy Pisciotti | February 16, 2011 | Deuteronomy 5 - 8

Did you know that God promises the new land to the Israelites 69 times in Deuteronomy? 
That’s a lot of promises.  In fact, it comes out to be a little over 2 per chapter.
 
What kinds of things do you promise?
 
“I promise to keep in touch.
“I promise to be home by 7:00.”
”I promise I won’t …

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No thanks to me

Written by Kurtis Parks | February 16, 2011 | Deuteronomy 9 - 12

Often times when I am given the opportunity to blog about Scripture, I’ll hunt and hunt within a passage until my eyes get crossed, for something that is so profound, that I’m positive whatever my spin on it is, will enlighten the way that humanity thinks about that certain passage, from the most sacred book of all time.
Not this time.
See, right from the beginning of this …

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