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Job 13-15

Written by Chris Jarrell | February 22, 2010 | Job 13 - 15

So often when I look at Job, I try to to place myself in his shoes.  I ask myself what my reaction would be.  I can only imagine the deep despair, the sorrow, the cries from his deep soul.  How would I ask react to such loss in my life.  How would view myself, God and those around me?  I think human tendency is find some one to place blame …

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Job 10-12

Written by Andy Pisciotti | February 21, 2010 | Job 10 - 12

It’s ok to ask God questions. It’s ok to express your frustrations and concerns to Him about the events and circumstances of your life. We have a limited view of God if we view our lives apart from God’s greater story that surrounds and involves all of creation. Job doesn’t understand why the things that are happening to him are happening. God has given him all that he has—his family, …

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Job 7-9

Written by Andy Pisciotti | February 20, 2010 | Job 7 - 9

It is fascinating to watch the way in which Job handles the testing and affliction.  We get a window into his heart and soul, and through the writing of this book, we are allowed to see all of the wrestling that he goes through as he encounters trouble.  What is interesting to observe specifically is how he progresses throughout the chapters.  In the first few, we read that he did …

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Job 4-6

Written by Joel Schmidgall | February 19, 2010 |

The underpinning of the story of Job is that suffering and God can exist in the same room.  Often, our 21st century, polished, and untested faith subscribes to the idea that following God immunizes us from suffering.  But the book of Job brings a dose of reality to the conversation of faith in a fallen world.  It also brings a breath of fresh air as we face up to the …

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Job 1-3

Written by Mark Batterson | February 18, 2010 |

I’m reading Job 1-3 as I take off from Reagan National Airport headed for Nashville, TN and I think it taught me an important lesson as it relates to the book of Job.  If you read Job “on the ground” it makes no sense. You’ve got to read it at 30,000 feet.  What I mean by that is this: chapter 1 won’t make sense until you get to chapter 42.  …

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Book Background: Job

Written by Heather Zempel | February 18, 2010 |

The book of Job, most likely written sometime around 2000 BC, is the oldest book in Scripture, and it revolves around the age-old theological conundrum: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Located in the section known as “poetry,” Job can be found in the middle of the Bible right before the famous book of Psalms. The book represents masterful storytelling. Though written about an ancient man to …

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The Tears Series

Written by Heather Zempel | February 18, 2010 |

It was great to kick off the Garden to City Bible Reading Challenge with Psalm 119! I love the way it frames the reading for the upcoming year.

For the rest of the year, the readings are divided into “series” that focus on certain themes or topics. Since we have just entered the Lenten season, the first series will be “Tears.” Lent is a season that historically focuses on …

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Psalm 119

Written by Heather Zempel | February 17, 2010 | Psalm 119

Today, we kick off the Garden to City Bible reading challenge! For the next year (and a few days), we will be exploring the story of God through the 66 books of Scripture. What better place to begin than Psalm 119?

The longest chapter of the Bible, Psalm 119 extols the life-giving value of the Word of God. The 176 verses are divided into twenty-two stanzas of eight lines each …

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Before We Start

Written by Heather Zempel | February 13, 2010 |

Welcome to the Garden to City reading challenge! Before we get started, let me give you some ideas for making it as engaging and beneficial as possible.

1.    Make it a habit. I would recommend establishing a daily time and place for reading.  If you simply wait for a time to do it each day, you probably will never get around to it.

2.    Choose …

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What our staff is reading

Written by Jeremy Sexton | February 12, 2010 |

So, we did a little informal poll of our pastoral staff to see what translations they would be reading for this year and why. Here’s what they said:

Heather Zempel, Discipleship Pastor
ESV Slimline
“I’m reading the ESV because I wanted to switch back to a newer word-for-word translation, and the slimline version makes it easily transportable. I keep the bigger ESV Study Bible in the office for …

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