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Book Background: Nehemiah

Written by Heather Zempel | July 31, 2010 | Ezra 9,10 - Nehemiah 1,2

Let’s review some history.

In 586 BC, the Hebrews were conquered by the Babylonians, and God’s people were taken captive and scattered across the Babylonian Empire. This is called the period of the “Exile.” In 539 BC, the Babylonians were conquered by the Medes and the Persians.

Emperor Cyrus of Persia reversed the exile and, in 538 BC, released about 43,000 Hebrews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. …

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Remodeling a Kitchen (Ezra 9-10, Nehemiah 1-2)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | July 31, 2010 | Ezra 9,10 - Nehemiah 1,2

Ezra and Nehemiah are both books that tell the story of the restoration of Jerusalem. I admire Ezra and Nehemiah’s heart for their city, for their people. It didn’t just start and end with them, it started with them and changed the way of life for the Israelites because the temple was restored and eventually, the wall of Jerusalem was restored as well.

Restoration takes time. It takes hard work. …

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Nothing Can Stop It

Written by Ross Middleton | July 30, 2010 |

Favor of the Lord is something many of us pray for and walk in at some level, but I want to propose to you why I think Ezra had so much favor with the king. King Artaxerxes basically gave him everything he wanted, he straight hooked him up.

In Ezra 7:6, it says that Ezra was a teacher well versed in the law of Moses…..the hand of the Lord …

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Favor Of The Lord Is Unstoppable

Written by Ross Middleton | July 30, 2010 | Ezra 5 - 8

Favor of the Lord is something many of us pray for and walk in at some level, but I want to propose to you why I think Ezra had so much favor with the king. King Artaxerxes basically gave him everything he wanted, he straight hooked him up.

In Ezra 7:6, it says that Ezra was a teacher well versed in the law of Moses…..the hand of the Lord …

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Nobody Said it was Easy…

Written by Will Johnston | July 29, 2010 |

...no one ever said it would be this hard.

I don’t know if the guys in Coldplay are theologians, but the line sure resonates, doesn’t it?

Many people believe that following Jesus should be easy.  Some say that if we follow Him our lives will be easy as well.

People preach this, the second part anyway.  It’s called the health and wealth gospel, a belief that God will give …

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Little Horn, Big Mouth

Written by Jeremy Sexton | July 27, 2010 | Daniel 5 - 8

Now, we get to the fun stuff. The parts of Daniel that have people scratching their heads.

Wait, not yet.

Before we talk about chapter 7, go back to 5:6. In the NRSV, it says Belshazzar’s knees knocked together. In your translation, it probably says something similar. Fun fact, that is an ancient euphemism for pooping your pants. There’s no spiritual application here, I just think it’s funny.

Oh, also, …

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Book Background: Daniel

Written by Will Johnston | July 26, 2010 |

You probably know at least a bit about Daniel.  The story about him being thrown to the lions is one of the most popular in the Bible.  Daniel prays to God in defiance of the king’s decree and is ratted out by some bad dudes.  So even though the king likes Daniel, he’s forced to throw him into a pit with hungry lions, but God saves Daniel and the bad …

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The Book of Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature

Written by Jeremy Sexton | July 25, 2010 | Daniel 1 - 4

As we begin the book of Daniel, I felt we needed to go over some basic principles that are going to give us a hand with making it through this book. It’s a complicated book, so this is a complicated post, but trust me it’s worth knowing as we approach Daniel. Try to stick with me here!

One of the most important questions when you step to the text of …

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The Construction of Character (Daniel 1-4)

Written by Heather Zempel | July 25, 2010 | Daniel 1 - 4

Character is built by transformation in the situation not by information. We cannot talk ourselves into character development or intellectually learn our way into integrity. It happens in the small, hidden decisions of every day life.

In Daniel 1-4, we are introduced to four young men who give us a model for character development and we see how it’s built in a couple of different scenarios. First, there was the …

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He’s Gonna Get His Way

Written by Ross Middleton | July 25, 2010 | Jonah 1 - 4

I’m gonna mix it up a little today and let some of my theological bias show. Hopefully it will provide for some lively discussion in our comments. Its hard for my colors not too show in a book like Jonah. In my opinion, Jonah is one of the best books and studies of the sovereignty of God in all of scripture. There are several other amazing scriptures and passages that …

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