Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Ezra 9-10 – Praying through the Bible #146 – A Prayer for Repeat Offenders

| October 22, 2014

Big sins often begin with small steps. Returning from exile, never again do the Jews commit idolatry. But they easily could have, had it not been for Ezra. The leaders report, “the Israelite men have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons;” and “the leaders and officials have taken the […]

Ezra 8:15-32 – Praying through the Bible #145 – A Prayer for Traveling Grace

| October 17, 2014

The phrase is not written in Scripture, but the idea is: Traveling Grace. The idea is spiritual and simple, asking God for safe travels. Most times, most of us probably are too harried by preparation – and kids – and exhausted from the trip upon return, to immediately ask or thank God for “traveling grace.” […]

Ezra 7 – Praying through the Bible #144 – A Prayer of a Qualified Man

| October 16, 2014

“God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Ever hear that? Along those lines, good hearted people encourage others by showing the shortcomings of God’s greatest servants: Abraham was a liar; Sarah a mocker; Jacob a cheater; Moses an excuse maker; Miriam a racist; David a sex maniac; Jonah was prejudiced; Gideon was […]

Ezra 3:10-13 – Praying through the Bible #143 – A Prayer I Can’t Imagine

| October 14, 2014

Imagine what it had to be like. No, I don’t think it possible. It’s good to try, sometimes. Sometimes we just need to accept instead of explaining and failing. Hoping to help by empathizing, compassion ignorantly says, “I know how you feel.” Thankfully most don’t know the tragedy personally. “If I were you,” some boldly […]

Ezra 2 – The other Elam

| October 13, 2014

Anyone familiar with the Newhart shows remembers this: “Hi. I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.” Got reminded of that while reading a Biblical genealogy of Judah’s return to their homeland. Included in the list is “the other Elam’s people.” So there was Elam (Ezra 2:7) and the […]

Ezra 10 – Marriage is a Three-fold Covenantal Contract

| September 24, 2012

Marriage is a threefold covenantal contract: personal, spiritual, and social. It is never just about me, it is about others. If I take the other spouse or children out of the equation, marriage fails and they suffer. If I take God out, I fail and everyone suffers. If I forget it is a social contract, […]

Ezra 1:5-6 – Should I Go or Stay?

| August 5, 2012

Much like Lot is maligned for choosing the land of Sodom, although Scripture only speaks highly of him (2 Peter 2:7-8); those Jewish exiles who chose not to return after Cyrus’ decree are viewed askew, as less holy than the returnees. In staying behind, how could they be as righteous as those who went? However, […]

Ezra – Who Am I? (Finding Jesus)

| July 13, 2012

The book of Ezra foretells and foreshadows the coming of Christ in a rather intriguing and interesting way – not by one person, but through the two returns and their two leaders. Both individuals, Zerubbabel and Ezra, together tell the story of Christ and His coming kingdom. Both returns are equally decreed by a King […]