Author Archives: Pastor Mark

Day 38 (Job 25:1-41:34)

Job cries out to God.

Good Eventide Lords and Ladies~

 Just to clear up one point of confusion– the main point to Fellowship February is to strengthen the level of community at CRBC.  The idea is to spend time with someone, couple, or family from CRBC in order to create a higher level of friendship, love, and comradery. 

 A have to confess, I got to chapter 32 of Job and completely changed my mind about the book.  I was not to keen on it early on.  Probably the bad press Job’s three friends dish out.  Job’s friend Elihu is cut from a different bolt of cloth.  Then when Ch. 38 rolled around, I felt the size of a pea.  Jeepers.  What a mighty God we serve, eh?
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Day 36 of 2011 B90X

Good Saturday Saints~

I just got off the phone with someone participating in the B90X challenge.  He was so pumped.  First, because he never thought he could keep up with the daily reading.  And secondly, because he has been a Christ-follower for oh, several decades and never really had a contextual flow for the events in the Bible and now sees it.  And, lastly, sees how much more present Father is in his life than ever before.

A bit of time-line to help with when and where things happened: (recall some dates are specific, others speculative based on the historian)
587 BC (all dates below)  Fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians (Kings and Chronicles)
539 Fall of Babylon to the Persians
538- 515 Zerubbabel’s return and leadership in Jerusalem
520- 515 Temple rebuilding under Zerubbabel
486-465 Xerxes (Ahasueras) reigns in Persian (Esther)
483 Initial banquet described in Esther ch. 1
481-479 Greek and Persian Wars
478 Esther summoned before Xerxes, becomes queen
458 Ezra returns to Jerusalem from Babylon after Persians take over (Ezra)
445 Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem (Nehemiah)
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Day 32 B90X (2 Ch 7:11- 2 Ch 23:15)

Good work saints~  I hope all is so well for you this chilly day.  Jesus bless you today as you minister missionally within your spheres of influence.
 
I had mentioned in an earlier email, Day 13, two of the things I am looking for in reading through the Bible this go round are points of redemption/reconciliation and dwelling/presence.  These points show at a much greater clip than I had originally anticipated.  
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Day 29 B90X (1Chron 1:1- 9:44)

Another beautiful January morning for us to enjoy Saints~ 

 It may seem today that you are repeating yourself and you wonder why in the world we would be reading something so similar to something written before.  Why would the Holy Spirit consider the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles to be included in the Bible if they are duplicates?  Let’s look closer at what is going on.

The books of Chronicles are uniquely special.  They possess a richness of texture and and interpretative challenges that surpasses that of most OT historical books.  Much of the richness is due to the close parallel to the four books previous to them.  Fifty percent of Chronicles is the same material found in Samuel and Kings.  Yet in actuality, the remaining 50% which is not found in the previous four books, contains the rich theological and spiritual material so important to its hearers and us today.
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Day Twenty Eight B90X (2 Ki 15:27-2 Ki 25:30)

Good morning everyone.

 In finishing up 2 Kings today, we just blew through roughly 400 years in

On their way to Babylon as the City of Jerusalem falls

 both the Kings books.  That was a lot of names, dates, mothers, “doing evil in the eyes of the Lord”‘s, setting up and tearing down Asherah poles.  Yet through it all, there were glimpses of hope in kings, people, and the presence of God.  Joshiah is a bright spot in the road.  While some kings reigned for a few months or a year, Josiah had the longest at 69 years.  Way to go Joe!  He is a great example for us to look to as a radical for the Lord.

 2 Kings 14:25  Did you see the prophet Jonah made an appearance?  This is the same one who heads to Nineveh to preach repentance and has a book named after himself.
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