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Job 40-42

Written by Heather Zempel | March 3, 2010 | Job 40 - 42

We finally come to the end of Job…a resolution…and a happy ending. I can’t imagine having to read Job without these chapters. Along with some interesting references to the “Behemoth” and the “Leviathan” and the phrase “dress for action like a man” (which shows up twice), we finally see the vindication and restoration of Job.

Because I get really excited about the theology of community, I can’t help but point …

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Job 37-39

Written by Jenilee LeFors | March 2, 2010 | Job 37 - 39

Have you ever gone through a period of time when you felt like God was distant, in a far away land? Where is he when you have these looming questions and when things seem like they are falling apart? Why hasn’t he answered you? Why am I going through the things I am going through?

I have had so many questions that I have thrown up to God, and …

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Job 34-36

Written by Heather Zempel | March 1, 2010 | Job 34 - 36

Does anyone know what to do with this Elihu kid? For five uninterrupted chapters, he spouts his opinion…some of which seems good while the rest seems no better than contributions of the three “friends.” We learned a couple days ago that Elihu had not yet spoken in deference to the older men. But once he realized they had no solution or satisfactory conclusion for the problem of Job, he entered …

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Job 31-33

Written by Andy Pisciotti | February 28, 2010 | Job 31 - 33

Job 31-33
So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:

“I am young in years, and you are very old;
Therefore I was afraid,
And dared not declare my opinion to you.
7 I said, ‘Age should speak,
And multitude of years should teach wisdom.’
8 But there is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives …

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Job 28-30

Written by Maegan Stout | February 27, 2010 | Job 28 - 30

Job is one of the scariest books of the Bible. I constantly find myself comparing it against my own wisdom and theology, my gut reactions to reading it show me my heart. It forces me to ask and answer questions of why I follow God - do I seek Him because He blesses me, or because He is true? Do I delight to know Him simply for the pleasure of …

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Job 25-27

Posted by Jeremy Sexton | February 26, 2010 | Job 25 - 27 | Vimeo Link

Just thought we’d switch it up and do a little video action today. Enjoy!

Transcript:

Well, hey guys, how’s it goin? I’m Pastor Jeremy. I’m the Media Pastor here at National Community Church and today I’m on blog duty for FromGardentoCity.com. And I figured I’m just as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it, why not do a little video blog?

I’ve gotta be honest though. …

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Job 22-24

Written by Dave Schmidgall | February 25, 2010 | Job 22 - 24

When you’re in the thick of it; when you’re in the throws of a mind-bending decision or a painful circumstance that seems to have thrown your life off-kilter, how many wished people would refrain from giving you the Christian gift-package wrapped in cliches in an attempt to console you?  “You need to pray harder.”  “You’ll just have to dig deep and persevere.”  I love this one:  ”God’s just working on …

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Job 19-21

Written by Ross Middleton | February 24, 2010 | Job 19 - 21

Job is one of the most remarkable people in scripture for many reasons, but here’s one. Few people in history go through what he went through in terms of suffering while on the earth and even fewer have the type of attitude that Job had.

Job 19:23-24 says,

23"Oh that my words were written!
  Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24Oh that with …

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Job 16-18

Written by Andy Pisciotti | February 23, 2010 | Job 16 - 18

As I am reading through the book of Job I find myself challenged in many ways. One particular situation has obviously become illuminated in my mind, suffering. Suffering is followed by so many questions that have been pondered and debated for many years as to why, who causes suffering, and how should we deal with it. Now, here is a disclaimer: I am not omniscient and do not have this …

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Discipline vs. Desire

Written by Heather Zempel | February 22, 2010 |

One of the points that struck me the most from this past weekend’s sermon was the distinction between reading the Scripture out of discipline versus reading the Bible out of desire. I’ve definitely experienced both. The idea that we read out of discipline and that discipline eventually leads to desire resonated very strongly with me. Over the course of this Bible reading challenge, you will experience both. During seasons of …

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