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About sbk

I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org

October 5: Comparison Can Paralyze

Read Haggai 2:1-9 Can you picture the final appearance of a remodeling or painting project? I’m can’t! My wife is able to get the little paint thingy (what do they call those things, anyway — a swatch?) from Lowe’s and somehow … Continue reading

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October 4: Today, a Spiritual Milestone

Read Haggai 1:1-15 My life has been punctuated by some very specific dates and times when God challenged me to significant steps of obedience. I suppose I could record some of those dates in a personal spiritual journal. In many … Continue reading

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October 3: Humility

Read Ezra 10:1-44 You don’t have to pay them to do it. Why, you don’t even have to ask them to do it. They do it naturally. They examine your life and recognize your weaknesses and sins. Now, before you … Continue reading

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October 2: Separation

Read Ezra 9:1-15 Years ago, we were made to think that it was somehow odd, perhaps even unnatural, when a man and woman from different races or nationalities got married. Today, it is quite common. In fact, you may look … Continue reading

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October 1: A River Retreat

Read Ezra 8:1-36 Ezra chapter 8 has incredible value, and yet, many of the verses could have been left out without notice. If Ezra had not included it, most of us as readers would not have asked questions like: How … Continue reading

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September 30: Are You a Participant?

Read Ezra 7:1-28 Historian? Spectator? Participant? Which are you? Ezra began writing this book as a historian. He wrote about events that had taken place decades before. He wrote about Israelites who returned as part of a first wave of … Continue reading

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September 29: An Unstoppable Plan

Read Ezra 5:1-6:22 It was in the year 538 b.c. that Cyrus, King of Persia, permitted thousands of Jews to return from their captivity in Babylon to their homeland and its capital city of Jerusalem. Shortly after their homecoming, they … Continue reading

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September 28: Opposition

Read Ezra 4:1-24 The headlines today regularly cover some kind of opposition being expressed towards Israel. That is certainly nothing new. There was evidence of it even before their enslavement in Egypt leading up to the exodus under the leadership … Continue reading

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September 27: No Comparison

Read Ezra 3:1-13 If you trace the history of the Jewish temple to its original roots, you will discover it all began with a portable tent. During the time of Moses and the Exodus, the Tent of Meeting represented the … Continue reading

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September 26: Lots of Numbers!

Read Ezra 2:1-70 For some, today’s reading may have been reminiscent of the genealogies found in other Bible passages. Though no mention of anyone dying, there were lots of names and numbers. Someone in 538 b. c. sure kept great records … Continue reading

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