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Amos, the Shepherd-Prophet

Written by Will Johnston | August 31, 2010 |

Amos, the shepherd from Tekoa chosen by God to proclaim judgment on Israel, prophesied during the reigns of Jeroboam II of Israel and Uzziah of Judah, a period spanning from the 790s to the 740s BC.  It is difficult to date his prophetic work precisely, but it is likely to have taken place somewhere in the 760s-750s.  It was a period of temporary decline in the Assyrian Empire, which led …

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Book Background: Habakkuk

Written by Heather Zempel | August 29, 2010 | Habakkuk 1 - 3

The book of Habakkuk is a fascinating book of Scripture because it openly questions the wisdom and actions of God. When the prophet finds himself in the midst of circumstances that don’t make sense, he doesn’t hesitate to throw some questions up in God’s face. He is not afraid to shoot back with raw, unfiltered emotion.

Habakkuk was most likely a Temple priest, and his name means “to embrace” …

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We Should Worship

Written by Ross Middleton | August 29, 2010 | Habakkuk 1 - 3

Habukkuk is unique among the prophetic writings in the OT because its not like a prophet just downloaded a message from God on iTunes and then told it to the people as most of the prophetic books are. This is a prophet who we get to see have a conversation with God. He asks God something, God responds. Its pretty unique.

What I love about this book and what …

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Nahum Book Intro

Written by Maegan Stout | August 27, 2010 | Nahum 1 - 3

The Book of Nahum is a message about the restoration of Judah and the destruction of Assyria.  It takes place in Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.

Nahum wrote this book after the fall of Thebes, dating his prophetic ministry between 663 and 612 BC. The Assyrians were the inhabitants of Nineveh – a city in the Southern Kingdom near Judah. They were the most powerful nation on earth, with …

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A Panoramic View Getting to the City | Zechariah 11-14

Written by Sarah Magallanes | August 26, 2010 |

If there were a set of consecutive verses to give a vision of From Garden to City, this would be it. The chapters begin with the weeping and burning of the beautiful and grand forest – the garden. The chapters end with the restoration of Jerusalem. 14:10 “…But Jerusalem will be raised up in its original place and will be inhabited all the way from the Benjamin Gate over to …

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Zechariah 1-3

Written by Andy Pisciotti | August 23, 2010 | Zechariah 1 - 3

Again, the Lord endears Himself back to the people of Israel through a prophet, this time it’s Zechariah.  The book begins with the recounting of the fact that the fathers of those living in that day had not listened to the prophets of the past.  He speaks of the other times that the Lord approached them, pleading with the people to repent and turn back to the Lord to no …

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Emmanuel (Haggai 1-2)

Written by Joel Schmidgall | August 22, 2010 | Haggai 1 - 2

“Be strong, all your peoples of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you…” Haggai 2:4

Every week I find myself praying for miracles.  Miracles of healing, miracles of restoration, miracles in circumstances, provision, protection.  These are things that we seek God to move his hand of blessing upon.  We ask Him to change what we cannot.  It’s not our right but we pray that it would …

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Book Background: Haggai

Written by Heather Zempel | August 22, 2010 | Haggai 1 - 2

Here is the quick snapshot of today’s reading:

Date: thought to have commenced his public ministry about 16 years after the return from the Babylonian exile); prophecies given to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the high priest — given in the second year of King Darius (520 B.C.) within a period of four months (the sixth month through the ninth month of the Jewish calendar, or roughly, …

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The Faithful (Malachi 1-4)

Written by Nina Schmidgall | August 21, 2010 | Malachi 1 - 4

I double-heart loved college.  I attended a gorgeous liberal arts Christian college in the beautiful beach town of Santa Barbara, California.  My classes challenged me, my professors engaged me, and I had a community of fun friends who were passionate about seeking and honoring the Lord. 

As students, we attended chapel three mornings a week.  My senior year, there is one particularly challenging chapel message on which I still …

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Malachi, International Man of Mystery

Written by Will Johnston | August 20, 2010 |

The prophet Malachi is a shadowy figure, cloaked in mystery.  No one is sure precisely who he was or where he came from.  It is also unknown whether or not he penned the book that contains his prophecies.

Prophesying sometime between the late sixth and fifth centuries BC, just prior to or during the ministries of Ezra and Nehemiah, it was a time of despondency among the Israelites. Their captivity …

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