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17 August 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s reading in Nehemiah tells of the dedication of the Temple after the return from exile in Babylon. Can Judaism exist without a Temple, Levites and the sacrificial system? Today, […]

16 August 2017 Bible Reading

Zerubbabel was governor of the Persian Province of Yehud Medinata (Haggai 1:1) and the grandson of Jehoiachin. Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews, numbering 42,360, who returned from the […]

15 August 2017 Bible Reading

In today’s reading from 1 Corinthians 9, we read of how Paul brought himself under bondage to all. Rather than remaining ignorant of and distant from those of different faiths, […]

14 August 2017 Bible Reading

A daric was a Persian coin made of gold. A mina is a weight equal to about 1.3 pounds. Today’s passage in 1 Corinthians references Deuteronomy 25:4. Nehemiah 7:61-9:21 61 […]

13 August 2017 Bible Reading

Artaxerxes I (the name meaning “whose rule is through truth”) was the fifth King of Persia from 465 BC to 424 BC. He was the third son of Xerxes I. Artaxerxes commissioned Ezra […]

12 August 2017 Bible Reading

In the 20th year of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, (445/444 b.C.), Nehemiah was cup-bearer to the king. Learning that the remnant in Judah were in distress and that the walls […]

11 August 2017 Bible Reading

The books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther take place in the same approximate time frame, the Babylonian captivity of the children of Israel. However, chronologically, they would be ordered with […]

10 August 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s passage in 1 Corinthians references Genesis 2:24. Ezra 10:1-44 10 Now while Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before God’s house, there was gathered together […]

9 August 2017 Bible Reading

What are some of the benefits of fasting? Besides resting the digestive system and allowing the body to detoxify, it helps mental clarity and inner stillness. Today’s passage in 1 […]

8 August 2017 Bible Reading

Ezra was active from 480–440 b.C. He was a Jewish scribe and a priest. He returned from the Babylonian exile and reintroduced the Torah in Jerusalem (Ezra 7–10 and Neh […]

7 August 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s passage in 1 Corinthians references Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11. 1 Corinthians chapters 1 and 2 reveal divisions that existed among the Christians of Corinth due to faulty reasoning. […]

6 August 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s passage in 1 Corinthians references Isaiah 64:4 and Isaiah 40:13. In chapter one, the Holy Spirit revealed the condition of the congregation in Corinth. Chapter two shows the contrast […]

5 August 2017 Bible Reading

The Book of Ezra was likely written between 460 and 440 B.C. by Ezra. This was after the Israelites returned from Babylonian captivity. In today’s reading from 1 Corinthians, we […]

4 August 2017 Bible Reading

Today starts our reading in 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians was written by the Holy Spirit through Paul some time between 54 and 56 A.D. Corinth is located on an isthmus […]

3 August 2017 Bible Reading

In eastern lands it is common to kiss in salutation, on the cheek, the forehead, the beard, the hands, or the feet. This is likely the kiss referred to as […]

2 August 2017 Bible Reading

Sennacherib, king of Assyria 705 – 681 b.C., is remembered for his military campaigns against Babylon and Judah and for his building programs, notably at his capital Nineveh. The primary […]