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Ezra and Nehemiah

Day: 1

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

The Story of the God of Heaven

Denise J. Hughes

Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lᴏʀᴅ, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. - Ezra 1

Whenever someone writes a memoir, the opening lines usually begin with the time and place of the author's birth.

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Day: 2

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Your Family Tree

Kayla Ferris

Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town. - Ezra 2

When my kids were little, I kept a baby book.

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Day: 3

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

When You're Ready for a New Start

Katy McCown

Now in the second year after their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak made a beginning, together with the rest of their kinsmen … - Ezra 3

When we walked through the door, my memory became reality. The smell alone was enough to remind me.

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Day: 4

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Delayed but Not Defeated

Karen McNary

Then the work on the house of God that is in Jerusalem stopped, and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia. - Ezra 4

Just imagine, God has called you to a specific assignment and you get started. However, before long you experience multi-layered delays.

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Day: 5

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

No To Naysayers

Nicki Koziarz

But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until the report should reach Darius and then an answer be returned by letter concerning it. - Ezra 5

Naysayers can be the most discouraging voices in our lives. And discouragement is in the emotional atmosphere of the Jews as we open Ezra 5 today because naysayers have entered their story.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Promise to the Priesthood

Ezra 1-5 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Celebration Matters

Nicki Koziarz

And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lᴏʀᴅ had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. - Ezra 6

In Ezra 5, a search was requested for the original decree to rebuild the temple (Ezra 5:17) and today, in Ezra 6, we see the search is made, and what is needed to be found is found. (Ezra 6:1-3)

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Day: 7

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Determined

Melissa Spoelstra

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lᴏʀᴅ, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. - Ezra 7

My 22-year-old son recently shared an analogy with me about a guy listening to music with headphones.

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Day: 8

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Practice What You Preach

Kellye Schiffner Carver

For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, 'The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.' - Ezra 8

I'm sometimes grateful I don't have a religious bumper sticker on my car.

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Day: 9

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Handling Community Sin

Karen McNary

O Lᴏʀᴅ, the God of Israel, you are just, for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is today. Behold, we are before you in our guilt, for none can stand before you because of this. - Ezra 9

There's an old African proverb that says, "It takes a village to raise a child."

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Day: 10

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

When our Faith is Broken

Joel Muddamalle

And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: 'We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.' - Ezra 10

All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Responding to Sin in Love

Ezra 6-10 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

A Daughter of the King and a Servant to Others

Denise J. Hughes

O Lᴏʀᴅ, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.’ Now I was cupbearer to the king. - Nehemiah 1

Whenever we meet someone for the first time, one of the first questions we typically ask is: “What do you do?”

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Day: 12

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

3 Signs of a Heart Ready for God’s Work

Katy McCown

Day: 13

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Catching Glimpses of the Good to Come

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 14

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Responding to Criticism

Grace Fox

Day: 15

Plan: Ezra and Nehemiah

Scoring for the Other Team

Marlo Schalesky