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Show and tell (Ezekiel 1-4)

Written by Joel Schmidgall | August 9, 2010 | Ezekiel 1 - 4

We all loved show and tell as kids. It was that one part of the week when we didn’t have to listen to our teacher drone on and on about history, fractions, etc. Instead we would get to learn through seeing.  Learning came to life in show and tell.

Ezekiel doesn’t get props like some of the other prophets, Jeremiah and Isaiah. But you gotta love this guy.  Because he …

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Scandalous Breakdown

Written by Maegan Stout | August 8, 2010 | Esther 9 - 10

Sex. Lies. Ethnic cleansing. Rebellion. Chance.

Chance? Never chance.

The story of Esther begins with the king displaying his queen to impress his entourage.  After she denies him, he banishes his wife and arranges for a beauty pageant based on sex. It was win or lose situation; all wrapped around their first night. To protect the throne, the girls didn’t get to go home. They were either queen …

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Pride and Prejudice

Written by Sarah Magallanes | August 6, 2010 | Esther 5 - 6

Pride and Prejudice

In these verses we witness a crescendo of events taking place as we read about Haman’s evil plot to annihilate all of the Jews in King Xerxes’ kingdom. Selected to a place of honor above all of the nobles, one offence from Mordecai threatens Haman’s false sense of pride, entitlement, and power. Meanwhile, Esther, once an orphan but cared for by Mordecai, is also selected to a …

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God Is Trustworthy

Written by Maegan Stout | August 5, 2010 | Esther 3 - 4

Esther is my favorite book of the Bible. And NOT because it’s about a girl.

It’s because there are themes of redemption, courage, and risk rewarded. It’s about how God is at work when it doesn’t look like it. And it has all the elements of a great drama with near tragic events, surprise, and an ending that is better than anyone could have ever asked or imagined. It …

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Esther Book Intro

Written by Maegan Stout | August 4, 2010 | Esther 1 - 2

The Book of Esther is the story of God’s providence to deliver the Israelites from persecution under the Persian Empire. The Persians had conquered much of what is now the Middle East and Central Asia. The Jews were scattered throughout the empire: they had a relative amount of political freedom that allowed them to migrate into communities all over Persia. The scene in Esther takes place in the capital city …

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Esther was a Star

Written by Kari Olney | August 4, 2010 |

“She asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her… the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen…”

She won! She …

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Nehemiah 13: Guard The Gates

Written by Maegan Stout | August 3, 2010 | Nehemiah 9 - 13

The building of the wall wasn’t finished until people “rebuilt” their lives spiritually.

The book of Nehemiah is about building a wall. Not building the city, building the wall. The wall provided safety and security. It protected what was inside. There were specific entry and exit gates that were heavily guarded, and served as points of commerce and culture.

If the word of God is timely for all …

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I am Doing a Great Work

Written by Will Johnston | August 2, 2010 |

“I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.  Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

Nehemiah set out to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, and he wasn’t going to stop come hell or high water.  His enemies tried to distract and manipulate him, even threatened him, but he kept on working.  “So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day …

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Nehemiah 3-5

Written by Andy Pisciotti | August 1, 2010 | Nehemiah 3 - 5

I’m subbing in on the blog today, and I am kind of happy to have landed on this day’s reading.  As I prepare to head off to Germany I am participating in an online course that is prepping me for cross-cultural ministry, missions, etc.  It has been really good for me and the work and reading in association with it has been challenging thus far.  One of the topics that …

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