Very good

After God created humans, He looked at everything (every single thing) He had put together--the land formations and the seas; the plant life; the animals, birds, and fish; the sun, moon, and stars; man and woman--and He declared it “very good.” In other words, it was...

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Reflect His image

Have you ever stopped to consider that we are the crowning point of creation? Before God created man, He put this wonderfully ordered world with plants and animals and air and water and light and dark (for a time of rest) together and THEN made man. We are the only...

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Hymn day: “In Times Like These”

HYMN DAY! This isn’t a terribly old hymn. It was written in the 1940s…Depression era, WWII… The words were applicable for those hard times, and they are applicable for the era in which we live today. “In Times Like These” by Ruth Caye Jones. In times like these you...

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He declared it good

This is one of my favorite scripture because it always makes me think of the great Light of the world who came to defeat the darkness of sin and death. But the literal meaning here is that God created an illuminating concept. Interestingly enough, He created LIGHT...

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Our loving and purposeful Creator

Herschel Hobbs’ commentary says, “God spoke the world into existence for His glory.” God SPOKE and the heavens and earth were formed, just like that. From absolutely nothing He formed this world and everything in it. There’s a great theological truth in the first...

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Praise now and forever

A great deal took place between the call to celebrate in Chapter 8 and the gathering to celebrate in Chapter 12. Chapter 9 included a time of national mourning for the people's sins against God. In Chapter 10, Nehemiah led the people in a recommitment to follow God...

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The joy of the Lord

There’s a joke about a child who, after being instructed to bring a religious object to school for show-and-tell, brought a casserole dish. His explanation? “I’m Baptist.” Fellowshipping together is an important part of the Christian life. These people were instructed...

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Our God

When the people heard the Word of the Lord taught, they began to weep. The Word has convicting power. The people were reminded of their disobedience to the Lord, and knowing how they had sinned against the One who loved them created sorrow in their hearts. So they...

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Transformed

If you recall, Ezra led the Levites in studying the Word of the Lord after the walls around Jerusalem had been completed. If you’ve ever been a teacher, you know that not everyone learns the same way. Some are auditory learners; others need to see the words for...

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Listen attentively

Such a simple sentence, but it brings the sting of tears. ALL the people listened. Men, women, children all gathered together. It was unusual for a gathering to include women and children, but the scripture says they were all included. No one was excluded, and no one...

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In one accord

What an amazing request they gave their spiritual leader: bring out the book of the law from the Lord Himself. These people came together in one accord with a common desire to hear the word of the Lord taught to them. Can you imagine God’s pleasure in hearing this...

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