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Mark 5-6

Written by Joel Schmidgall | March 22, 2010 | Mark 5 - 6

The best part of my day is right before I leave my house for work.  My little three year old girl grabs me as I open the door, pulls me downward and gives me a big neck squeeze.  At first it was kind of cute yet kind of annoying, because I don’t like to be late.  But I paused one day to process her gift. And when I did, it …

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Mark 3-4

Written by Nina Schmidgall | March 22, 2010 | Mark 3 - 4

When Joel and I got engaged, we would each tell the engagement story very differently.  He would tell people that he was the headlines and I was the fine print!  Reading the book of Mark is a lot like talking to my husband – not the most flowery wording of the Gospels and much more to the point!  But Mark is a comfortable book, giving exciting highlights and moving quickly …

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Book Background: Mark

Written by Andy Pisciotti | March 21, 2010 |

The Book of Mark was written roughly between 55-65 C.E. and is the shortest of the four gospels, landing at 16 chapters. Each of the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, tells the story of Jesus life, death, burial, and resurrection. Mark is the second book in the New Testament.

Each of the gospels offers a different perspective on the life of Christ. Mark is considered the first …

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Mark 1-2

Written by Mark Batterson | March 21, 2010 | Mark 1 - 2

Mark 1:35 has always inspired me.  “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” 

What’s amazing to me is that he had a long day of ministry the day before. The entire city gathered at his doorstep and “he healed many who were sick with various diseases.”  I’m sure it was a …

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Book Background: Lamentations

Written by Heather Zempel | March 20, 2010 | Lamentations 1 - 5

The book of Lamentations is made up of 5 chapters containing 5 different poems reflecting the laments of Jerusalem’s suffering and defeat at the hands of the Babylonian Empire. As the prophet Jeremiah foresaw and foretold, the people of God were defeated and sent into exile because their hearts had strayed from God. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the book of Lamentations is called “Ekah” or “How”—which is the first word …

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Let’s Tear Down the Wall (Jeremiah 50-52)

Written by Kari Olney | March 19, 2010 |

By Kari Olney
I admit that I skimmed through these chapters when we were on the flight to Nicaragua! I sang the song, “Tear Down the Walls,” and I shared some stories about how God helped me to tear down some walls in my life. When we arrived Nicaragua, we found out that we were actually going to tear down some walls by using a sledge hammer and the …

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Judgments, Judgments, and More Judgments (Jeremiah 48-49)

Written by Heather Zempel | March 18, 2010 | Jeremiah 47 - 49

After pages of prophecy concerning Judah’s discipline and exile for idolatry, Jeremiah now turns his attention to the other nations of the world- the Philistines, the Moabites, the Ammonites, the Edomites, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, and Elam. Today’s reading is an example of the importance of reading the Bible cover to cover because these chapters would never be turned to for a quick personal daily devotional thought, encouraging word for the …

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Idolatry - Jeremiah 44-46

Written by Jenilee LeFors | March 17, 2010 | Jeremiah 44 - 46

Many things take away from our focus from God, and take away from our consuming our hearts and minds from worshipping God completely. We get so caught up in our daily routines, and get consumed with the next biggest thing, consumed with materialism, our salaries, our friends, our comfort, or lack of those things. We forget the reason why we are here, we forget our purpose and our calling, and …

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Distracting Names & Waiting on the Lord (Jeremiah 41-43)

Written by Andy Pisciotti | March 16, 2010 | Jeremiah 41 - 43

Johanan the son of Kareah, son of Elishama, and Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah.

Are all of these weird names hard for anyone else to read? Sometimes I get so lost in the text trying to pronounce the names of people and places in my head that I have trouble concentrating on what the …

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King of the Kingdom

Written by Maegan Stout | March 15, 2010 | Jeremiah 38 - 40

In 38:18-19, Jeremiah says to King Zedekiah, “but if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape,” and the king replies, “but I am afraid to surrender.”

It’s so easy to read through Jeremiah and wonder why on earth nobody listened to him. But if you’re like me, there are some things you’ve been trusting God for, things that are close to your heart, dreams and promises and callings yet …

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