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August 13th, 2022

Restoring the Paths — Ezra and Nehemiah Rebuilding the Walls

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Ezra and Nehemiah

Ezra the scribe had returned to Jerusalem with a valuable cargo of precious vessels to restore the temple worship. But he was greatly dismayed by the moral and spiritual state of the people. It would seem that they had  fallen back into many of the harmful practices that had led to their captivity in the first place. Eventually, as a result of dealing with dangers without, and betrayal within the community, Ezra knew he would need help.  He understood the importance of rebuilding the walls, both literally and metaphorically. They were needed to protect a pure relationship with God and defend against corrupting outside influences. More

August 10th, 2022

Restoring the Paths — Rebuilding the Temple

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Challenges to Overcome

The biblical story of Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and their brothers has many important lessons for those who see the need to restore the paths of God today. They faced many obstacles  in fulfilling God’s purpose by rebuilding the temple of God at Jerusalem. Though they had received the permission and blessing of King Cyrus of Persia to do the work, the building project was hindered on many fronts. The political powers of the local area felt threatened and were constantly harassing the workers. Some of the workers became weary and turned to their own business interests. Others, seeing the enormity of the task before them and feeling discouraged by very real impediments, just wanted to give up. Others lamented that they were not able to replicate the majesty and beauty of the previous temple. Some wondered if the temple would ever be restored. More

August 3rd, 2022

Restoring the Path — Reviving the Household of God

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A Great Commission

The church of God is in a state of disrepair as a result of decades of attacks from without and within. This has divided the people of God and limited their effectiveness in performing God’s will. And what is God’s will? Often referred to as the ‘Great Commission,’ the will of God is that his people should ‘teach all nations (ethnic groups) to observe all the things that were commanded in the scriptures.’ And in so doing, they would make more disciples to carry on this work. Christ would be working through his people, generation after generation, and this work would continue to be done until the time of Christ’s return.  So are we working to restore the paths as Christ would desire us to do? More

July 31st, 2022

Restoring the Paths — Repairing the Breaches

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Isaiah’s Message of Hope

The prophet Isaiah wrote to encourage the people of God with a message of hope in restoring the paths and rebuilding the ruins. This was all predicated on the people returning to God and re-establishing justice based on the truth of scripture. History offers us the examples of those who put the pursuit of the truth and doing what was right, ahead of personal ambition or ideology. General Robert E. Lee was such a person, one who was willing to suffer, if need be, to do what was right and honourable. He was willing to act without pride, and to do what was best for his people in suing for peace, instead of pursuing a protracted guerrilla war. What about us? Are we restoring the path and repairing the breaches?


July 21st, 2022

In the Lord’s Service — Freedom and Duty

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Are we willingly engaged in the Lord’s service? We are free to choose who we will serve, but we will serve someone or something. We have many examples of compelled service in scripture, as often the people of God lived under oppressive governments with laws that included forced labour. God on the other hand, gives us freedom to choose. He asks those who serve him to do so willingly, even joyfully. He wants his people to be conscientious and motivated by love to serve voluntarily and not out of compulsion. It is important to God that our service is whole-hearted and flows from a desire to follow Christ’s example of service to others. More

July 17th, 2022

Our Messiah — Humanity’s Hope

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Many religions talk of the coming of a Messiah. But often the view whether biblical or secular, is limited in scope. People are looking for a charismatic individual to save them from their plight and the heavy-handed rule of tyrants or foreign powers. And though the Messiah of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures will come to deliver the oppressed, to rule over the nations, and to establish justice, he was anointed to perform an even greater mission. Do you know who the Messiah is, the mission he was given, and how he will fulfill his destiny ? More

July 11th, 2022

Enemies: Dealing with the Adversaries

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Jesus had enemies, those who hated his message and denied his authority to speak for God. And those who follow in Jesus’ footsteps as his disciples will also need to deal with enemies. Yet, ultimately, Jesus, the Lord of Lords, will return and when he does his adversaries will attempt to fight against him. But the Lord of Hosts will defeat those who hate him and remain hostile to his way of life. The Lord will destroy all of his enemies, but this is only the final chapter in a long history.
So what about now? And what about us? What should our attitude and approach be when it comes to our adversaries?
The scriptures provide ample guidance. More