January 2010 Archives

MDB 20: Esther 6

Article by   January 2010
If ever there was a series of extraordinary coincidences in life, then this chapter records it! An event that had been forgotten, a king who couldn't sleep, a record of the forgotten event being read, an official who comes to... continue

MDB 19: Esther 5

Article by   January 2010
This fifth chapter in the story of Esther becomes a study in contrasts: between a humble and thoughtful queen on the one hand and on the other, a proud and reckless official. The life and conduct of each in their... continue

MDB 18: Esther 4

Article by   January 2010
In our journey through Esther we have been wrestling with the question, 'Where is God in all of this?' - not least because he is not mentioned overtly name. But that does not mean he is not there, or that... continue

MDB 17: Esther 3

Article by   January 2010
Chapter divisions in Bible are sometimes less helpful than they might be, and that is certainly the case as we come to today's reading. In order to make sense of all that's going on in this passage, we need to... continue

MDB 16: Esther 2

Article by   January 2010
Esther 2Esther is one of the most intriguing books in the Bible - not least because it never mentions God's name. Despite the questions and suspicions raised by this, the obvious reason why this is so is quite simply that... continue

MDB 15: Nehemiah 12

Article by   January 2010
"...and they purified the people."--Nehemiah 12:30 Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon and Elijah are names that would show up on any "who's who" list of important biblical characters. Whole books and sermon series have been devoted to each of these... continue

MDB 14: Genesis 22

Article by   January 2010
"Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."--Genesis 22:2 Abraham and Sarai... continue

MDB 13: Acts 20

Article by   January 2010
"I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God"--Acts 20:27 When Paul charges young Timothy to "Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort" (II Tim. 4:2), he knew... continue

MDB 12: Genesis 20

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"There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife."--Genesis 20:11  Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of a royal mess without even being aware of it. Such was... continue

MDB 11: Matthew 18

Article by   January 2010
"See that you do not despise one of these little ones."--Matthew 18:10 The parable of the lost sheep and the verse above arise from a question posed by the disciples at the beginning of this great chapter, "Who is the... continue
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