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The Eye of God - Ezra 5

Regime change in Iran? Sure; but during the time of Darius the Great. During this time, the prophets Haggai and Zechariah promote restoration of the temple by first restoring the people through preaching God's word! The result is an Aramaic document that declares to the world that it is God who is truly in control -- everything happens before His eyes -- do we live like this is true?

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How Do You See It Now? (pt 2) - Haggai 2

The 3rd oracle of Haggai aims at convicting a people thought to be faithful in their building a place for God; but who ignored His place in every other arena of life. This persistent sin of Israel is also a matter for our own life too. Haggai's final oracle will again express the Jewish eschatological hope -- a Messiah will come! For Haggai, Zerubabbel (a descendant of King David) prominently pre-figures the choice of God to deliver God's chosen on the Day of Judgment. (a mini-review of the main points of Haggai 2 concludes this message).

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How Do You See It Now? (pt 1) - Haggai 2

The 2nd oracle of Haggai leads us to consider what it means to be a "balanced believer." To be sure, the Christian life is dependent upon things that have happened in the past. But we are also called to look forward to the "hope of glory." Which aspect of the Christian life captures your attention most? The past or the future? Haggai states that dwelling in the past, even if it was glorious, does not compare to a "future glory" yet to be revealed. The Lord's Table is a great place to maintain our balance: proclaiming the death of Christ (past event) until he returns (future event).

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The Spirit Stirs Again - Haggai 1

Haggai is considered a, "minor prophet." But his short ministry brought about a major revival for the Old Testament remnant who had returned from captivity. Haggai is exactly the prophetic word the church needs to hear today! The political, social, and economic landscape of our day can tempt the church to ignore the call to seek God's kingdom first. Haggai will remind us about the importance of truth, God's reputation, the importance of leadership, and the power of the Spirit to stir the hearts of God's people. (Message given on Pentecost Sunday).

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The Opposition is Always Organized - Ezra 4

Of course they want to stop the folks from having Bible Studies in their homes! Do you know what happens in those gatherings? They are little "training camps" where people are taught how to become disciples of Jesus -- and Jesus wants to rule over the entire world! That always scares the neighbors! It scared the neighbors when the sons of captivity came back to rebuild their temple again! What did the neighbors do historically (and what should we expect today) in their attempts to stop the building of God's kingdom?

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