• The Moment of Decision

    Esther 4

    Matthew Henry comments on Esther’s decision to intervene: She “said not this in despair or passion, but in a holy resolution to do her duty and trust God with the issue; welcome his holy will.” We may not have to ...Read More

  • Dedicating the Wall of Jerusalem

    Nehemiah 12:27–47

    Are we known as people who rejoice in our salvation? We should be, and yet it is easy for us to take our redemption for granted, to focus on the difficulties of this life and the hardships we face. Yet, ...Read More

  • Arming the Builders

    Nehemiah 4

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “the reigning fear of God is the best antidote against the ensnaring fear of man.” Good preparations and plans are vital, but the only way not to fear our enemies is to fear ...Read More

  • Work on the Wall Begins

    Nehemiah 2:9–3:32

    God’s plan for the church is that we would be united in one faith and mission, and when this occurs we will not be tossed about by cunning and craftiness but will be a mighty army, conquering His enemies (Eph. ...Read More

  • Nehemiah Approaches Artaxerxes

    Nehemiah 2:1–8

    Scripture does not oppose trusting in God and wisely planning our steps. To plan wisely, in fact, is an act of faith, for the Lord has blessed us with godly wisdom in the Scriptures, and to learn from this wisdom ...Read More

  • The Journey to Jerusalem

    Ezra 8:24–36

    From what we read in Ezra 8, it is clear that Ezra was a man of integrity who was committed to obeying the Word of God. Such integrity should be a mark of every leader of the Lord’s people, but ...Read More

  • Opportunism and Partiality

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  • The Jews Complete the Temple

    Ezra 6:13–22

    Just as the returned exiles were faithful to God in an era of lesser glory, so must we be faithful to the Lord when things are difficult and we are not seeing much return on our work. The Lord wants ...Read More

  • Momentary Atheism

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  • Is Confronting Unloving?

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