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Daily Reflections January 6, 2017

January 06, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Ezra 6 In chapter 6 we witness the completion of the temple.  The Scripture says: 14 They finished their building by decree of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia; 15 and this house was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.16 And the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the returned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. (Ezra...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 4, 2017

January 04, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Ezra 4 Infiltration has often been the strategy of our enemy. Note the opening words of Ezra 4: 1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the LORD, the God of Israel, 2 they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers’ houses and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God as you do, and we have been sacrificing to him ever since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria who brought us here.” (Ezra 4:1–2...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 2, 2017

January 02, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Ezra 2 Modern day Scripture readers struggle to understand why there are so many genealogies in the Bible.  Some of us are story people, some of us are propositional people but very few of us are genealogy people. Why then are these lists in the Bible?  For one thing these lists remind us that God is personal. He doesn’t save “people generally”, he saves these people specifically.  Our brains get tired reading long lists but his doesn’t.  Thank God!  The Bible says...Continue Reading

Special Year End RMM RoundUp

December 31, 2016 By: Paul Carter

2 Chronicles 36  Today will be a day of endings. Each of the 4 chapters we read today brings a certain scene in God’s redemptive story to a close. The scene that is concluded in 2 Chronicles 36 might be titled “The Kingdom Lost”. As we have been talking about over the course of our series “After Darkness Light” the kingdom of Israel reached its high water mark under the reigns of David and Solomon. David defeated all the enemies of God’s people and Solomon built the temple and established...Continue Reading

On January 1st 2017 we will launch a new podcast called “Into The Word”. This podcast is designed to assist people in reading through the Bible using the 2 year version of the Robert Murray M’Cheyne (RMM) Scripture reading plan.  In 2012 we started encouraging our people to read through the Bible using the RMM plan. We tried to support that by following the plan in our preaching calendar and by releasing periodic blogs and reflections throughout the week. Each subsequent year we...Continue Reading

There Are No Red Letters

December 01, 2016 By: Paul Carter

Reality check:  There are no Red Letters in the Bible.   On November 29th 2016 Red Letter champions Tony Campolo and Shayne Claiborne called for Christians to “to repent and be born again again as Red Letter Christians.”[1] Campolo has long held that for Christianity to be viable in the post modern culture it must adopt a trimmed down canon that focuses more on the “pure words of Jesus” and less on the more troublesome teachings found elsewhere in the Bible. Campolo...Continue Reading

Did Jesus Preach The Gospel In Hell?

November 26, 2016 By: Paul Carter

 1 Peter 3:18-22 is one of the most debated passages in all of Holy Scripture. The text reads as follows: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few,...Continue Reading