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Finding Jesus in Nehemiah

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What makes you weep? As most of you are aware, I cry pretty easily, mostly at happy things. I cried when Jen walked down the aisle at our wedding, I cry at happy endings to movies, and I cry when I see or hear of people impacted by Jesus. In the book of Nehemiah we see him break down and weep...

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Finding Jesus in 1 Kings

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The main book we will be reading through in September is 2 Kings.  Together with 1 Kings, this book describes the period of the monarchy in ancient Israel from 970 B.C. to 586 B.C.  Specifically, in 2 Kings we begin to see the downfall of God’s people as these kings and their...

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Finding Jesus in Ruth

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One of the two books we will read together in July is the book of Ruth (the other being 1 Samuel).  The main theme for the book of Ruth is that of redemption.  In fact, the Hebrew words translated “redeem,” “redeemer,” and “redemption” appear 23...

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Finding Jesus in Judges

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As with Leviticus, Judges is often a neglected book in the Old Testament.  While the narrative genre of the book lends to easy reading, the violent content contained in the book does not.  Most of us find it easier to comprehend the love shown in John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 13 than we...

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Finding Jesus in Joshua

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  Where do we find the strength and courage we need to life for Jesus?  Many of us are aware the living for the Lord is often difficult.  As we seek to do so, we encounter challenges such as overcoming the Enemy in regards to habitual sin, risking isolation by not participating...

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Finding Jesus in Deuteronomy

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Are you ever haunted by a particular failure, so much so that you fear that your life will ultimately be by defined it?  Maybe you are struggling with an addiction.  Maybe you had a marriage that ended in divorce.  Maybe one of your kids made poor choices and you feel you are to...

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Finding Jesus in Numbers

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  Are you a promise doubter?  Although most of us would claim to be people who believe God’s promises are true, in reality many of us doubt His promises on a daily basis.  Will God really provide for my needs?  Does God really love me even though I sin...

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Finding Jesus in Leviticus

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Let’s be honest.  Most of us either dread reading Leviticus in our Bible reading plans or skip over it altogether.  The book comes across as legalistic or out of touch with our reality, given that we have never had to obey kosher or purification laws.  Many Christians...

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Finding Jesus in Exodus

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All of us have endured times of suffering.  We have experienced seasons of financial hardship, lack of acceptance from others, medical hardship, loss of loved ones, and worry over what additional stresses tomorrow will bring.  Moses found himself in season of suffering while pleading...

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Genesis

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Happy New Year, First Baptist!  Last year we read through the New Testament together, and this year we will be reading through the first half of the Old Testament: one chapter a day Monday-Friday and then two chapters each on Saturday and Sunday.  I understand this will be an added...

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