Text: Ezra 3:1-13 Priest Jeshua and others rebuilt the altar on the foundation where Solomon’s altar once stood. The altar is a good place to begin worship. At the altar, the worshipper acknowledges that he is a sinner, meaning, that he has broken God’s laws and deserves the penalty of death. But God graciously provides for a[…]

Text: Ezra 2:1-70 In this chapter, the long list of names is not a genealogy, which is a line of descendance. These are the names of those who were among the captives of Judah, who were taken to Babylon. Specially important to note is the listing of the priests. In order for proper worship to resume, there[…]

Text: Ezra 1:1-11 As was mentioned above in the introduction, the beginning of this chapter is almost identical with the end of 2 Chr.36. The story there is being continued here. The people of God have been returned from exile to rebuild the Temple of Yahweh, and God used Persian King Cyrus to do it, which had[…]

OPPORTUNITY FOR INCREASED MINISTRY

“Enlarge the place of your tent. Strengthen your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cord, strengthen your stakes” Is 54:2 The Cell and Pastoral Care Ministry takes this opportunity to praise God for taking us through this year, difficult though it has been, and for enabling many cells to continue fellowshipping, praying[…]

Behold the Lamb of God (John 1:29)

I want us to begin the year with this clear question, do you know Jesus? When you sing the song, But I know whom I have believed and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I‘ve committed; unto him against that day. Are you a witness? John introduced the man Je-[…]

Text: Zechariah 1:1-21. God was faithful to His promise of bringing His people back to their homeland (Jer.29:10). But they cannot remain as they were. They must repent, meaning, turn away from their former ways, and turn toward God in obedience from a grateful heart of love. God then gives them promises of peace. The riders in[…]

Text: Zephaniah 3:1-20 Zephaniah has prophesied against evil nations (vv.1-7), and now he turns to pronounce punishment upon Jerusalem and four groups of leaders who are singled out: 1. Princes; (2). Judges; 3. Prophets and 4. Priests. The priests pretended to serve God yet they did not (vv. 3-5). They could not learn from the punishment that God had inflicted[…]

Text: Zephaniah 1:1-18 When Israelites arrived in the Promised Land, God commanded them to completely eliminate the pagan occupants with their Idols, but they did not. With time the Israelites began to worship Idols too (vv.4-6). The chief god was Baal which symbolised strength and fertility. This made God very angry with His children for He cannot share His glory[…]

Text: Habakkuk 3:1-9 God answered all the questions that Habakkuk raised, and the prophet praised God for that (v.1ff). Let us trust God for He is in control of every situation. He will vindicate us. We only need to be patient as we wait on Him to act (v.16). As part of God’s punishment to Judah, crops will fail and[…]

Text: Habakkuk 1:1-17 While other prophets were bringing God’s Word to the people, Prophet Habakkuk is bringing people’s questions to God. Habakkuk is saddened by what he is seeing around himself; violence and corruption grow seemingly unchecked (vv.2-4). And God responds to him that He is about to do amazing acts that would astonish Habakkuk and the inhabitants of Jerusalem (v.5).[…]