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…so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:5

Most of my adult life has been spent either as a teacher or training to be a teacher. The new school year has begun, and I find myself outside of the classroom. However, I think that God has provided me with a new kind of classroom, one in which I’ve become the student and my… Continue reading …so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:5

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Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices. Ezra 3:3

If you've been to Walmart or any similar store lately, you've surely noticed what time of year we have entered. It's back-to-school season. I remember the nervous-excitement of the first day of school as a student. Living in the country, I didn’t spend a lot of time with many of my classmates over the summer,… Continue reading Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices. Ezra 3:3

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Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. Ezra 1:5

The book of Ezra opens with a decree from King Cyrus allowing the Jews, who had been taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar, to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Verse 5 says that "everyone whose heart God had moved" prepared to make the journey. Chapter 2 tells us that over 42,000 people committed to… Continue reading Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. Ezra 1:5

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

Summer vacation is nearly over; a new school year is only weeks away. I remember thinking in May that summer would give me so much more time to read my Bible, reflect, and write. The truth is, though, that I have squandered that time. It’s not that I’ve been unproductive; our list of completed household… Continue reading Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure: then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

Anyone with kids knows the dangers of a broken promise - no matter how out of our control the situation is. According to a five year old, a sudden rain storm is no excuse to cancel an evening of fishing because “you promised that we’d go.” To an eight year old, the mention of possibly… Continue reading But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure: then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

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You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. James 2:24

Though I'm not quite finished sharing my experiences with Ezekiel, I have decided to change things up a little. I've recently read the book of James (it's pretty short, so it's no major feat that I've accomplished), and God has used it to speak to me concerning my leap of faith in quitting my teaching… Continue reading You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. James 2:24

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This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. Ezekiel 17:22

One of the first years we were married, we decided to plant a garden, but we didn't have a place for it in the yard of the house we were renting. We came up with the "genius" idea to start the plants in small pots in our house. We had three plastic tubs full of… Continue reading This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. Ezekiel 17:22