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Ezra

The book of Ezra is one of the historical books in the Old Testament. The book is named after it’s primary character, Ezra. Chronologically, Ezra picks up over a century after the conclusion of Second Kings and Second Chronicles. (The books of Esther and Daniel give us some insight into what happened during this time, […]

The Books of the Bible

The Books of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Apocrypha of the Bible. (See the alphabetical listing of the books of the Bible.) Books in the Old Testament Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth 1 & 2 Samuel 1& 2 Kings 1 & 2 Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Today, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks for all we have. However, it’s morphed into a day of eating too much, watching football on television, and maybe even starting Christmas shopping. No matter where you live or what you’re doing today, take a moment to thank God for what […]

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Amen in the Bible

Amen in the Bible I recently blogged about the use and meaning of amen. Although its use in modern circles is a bit perplexing – especially from preachers – amen does occur in the Bible. The NIV uses amen fifty-two times. In forty-nine instances, over 90% of the time, the Bible uses “Amen” to conclude […]

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Judge Deborah

Deborah is another familiar judge, with two chapters in the book of Judges devoted to her. There are some noteworthy facts about her: 1) She is the only female judge in the entire book. This was very counter-cultural for the day — and very cool! 2) She was the only judge who actually “held court” […]

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Hananiah, Shelemiah, Zadok, Pedaiah, and Hanan

You’ve heard about Hananiah, right?  How about Shelemiah?  Zadok?  Perhaps Pedaiah?  Or Hanan? Although these men are all mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, don’t feel bad if they’re not familiar to you.  They did not accomplish great feats, rule a kingdom, lead an army, spark a revival, or do anything seemingly notable. […]

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How Soon They Forget

So, Moses receives ten commandments from God and teaches them to the people.  God gives other directions and instructions, too, which Moses also passes on. But the people begin to disregard and then forget what God told them to do.  This displeases him, so eventually he sends a series of wake-up calls, first in the […]

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In Summary…

While some may have been distracted — or irritated — by my series of posts about adding to or taking away from the Bible, I feel it is an important question to consider. Here is a list of the relevant posts on this subject — in the order presented — in case you want to […]

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Where’s Daniel?

You may know about Daniel, the guy noted for spending the night with a bunch of hungry lions and emerging the next morning unscathed. The bigger story is that as a youth he was captured by an invading army, forcibly relocated to Babylon, stripped of his culture, indoctrinated with new philosophies, and forced to work […]