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Bible Doctrine in a Nutshell

Ezra 1:1 gives us a “doctrine in a nutshell” for what we believe about scripture: “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah …”. 169 more words

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Trust His Purposes

Ezra 1:1 begins with a reminder that God’s purposes are always fulfilled:
“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying:” — and following was Cyrus’ decree that he would gather God’s people back to Jerusalem, and rebuild the temple of Yahweh there. 291 more words

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"Heart-Knower"

In Acts 1:24-25, the disciples, seeking God’s direction for a man to fill the apostleship vacated by Judas, prayed: “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship …”. 216 more words

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The Most Important Thing

It is no accident that David opens Psalm 18:1 by saying, “I love You, O Lord my strength.” His love for Yahweh was the first and most important thing in his life — and should be in ours as well. 362 more words

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God's Word: Desire or Discipline?

In light of I Peter 2:2’s command to “long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation”, one might ask if spending time in the Bible should be considered to be a “discipline”, or a more natural “desire.” The answer is: both! 287 more words

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Read The Word: Public Reading of Scripture

In II Kings 23, King Josiah led a revival in Judah when God’s word was rediscovered in the Temple. The book of the Law was read aloud to him by Shaphan the scribe (22:10) and it had a profound effect on the king. 342 more words

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He Didn't Get Away With It

II Kings 21 doesn’t seem to end right. With all the evil described of King Manasseh & Judah in verses 2-16 (that they were worse than the pagan nations which had preceded them) and the punishment promised by the prophets (:10-15), verse 18 says that Manasseh died and “slept with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house.” That was his end? 212 more words

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