Spiritual Rants: “The Great Divorce” August 10 Daily Bible Readings in a year: Ezra 10:1-44 1 Corinthians 6:1-20 Psalm 31:9-18 Proverbs 21:3

Old Testament:  Ezra 10:1-44 Read this passage on BibleGateway.com Ezra 10:1-44 The Great Divorce There are many remarkable passages of Scripture and this one ranks right up there.  In the last chapter we saw that Ezra as representative of the people confessed the sins of the nation and prayed for them.  In this chapter we […]

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Spiritual Rants: “One Bad Apple” August 9 Daily Bible Readings in a year: Ezra 8:21-9:15 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Psalm 31:1-8 Proverbs 21:1-2

Old Testament:  Ezra 8:21-9:15 Read this passage on BibleGateway.com Ezra 8:21-9:15    A Slow Fast Ezra proclaimed a fast.  The purpose was that the Jews could humble themselves before God.  Have you heard of fasting?  It means to go without food for a period of time.  Do you know why you haven’t heard of it? […]

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Spiritual Rants: “Pity The Fool” August 8 Daily Bible Readings in a year: Ezra 7:1-8:20 1 Corinthians 4:1-21 Psalm 30:1-12 Proverbs 20:28-30

Old Testament:  Ezra 7:1-8:20 Read this passage on BibleGateway.com Ezra 7:1-8:20  A “Good Hands” Person Ezra returned to Jerusalem in the seventh year of Artaxerxes’ reign (v.7).  It took him about four months of traveling to get there.  He was not in the first wave of exiles to return.  He brought about 2,000 more exiles […]

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Spiritual Rants: “Don’t Look A Gift Teacher In The Mouth” August 7 Daily Bible Readings in a year: Ezra 4:24-6:22 1 Corinthians 3:5-23 Psalm 29:1-11 Proverbs 20:26-27

Old Testament: Ezra 4:24-6:22 Read this passage on BibleGateway.com Ezra 4:24-6:22    Tattenai Tattooed The enemy’s ploy worked and the work on the Temple stopped.  But Haggai and Zechariah (yes, that Haggai and Zechariah) began prophesying and encouraging the Israelites to restart the work on the Temple (v. 5). Of course, they were met with […]

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Spiritual Rants: August 6 “Attacked!” Readings to read through the Bible in a year: Ezra 3:1-4:23 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4 Psalm 28:1-9 Proverbs 20:24-25

Old Testament:  Ezra 3:1-4:23 Read this passage on BibleGateway.com Ezra 3:1-4:23 Attacked! It’s a shame that it takes a disaster to wake God’s people up to do what they should.  After our one hundred thirty year-old church building burnt down (I had recently warned them to install better security), everyone was happy to get back […]

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