Friday, May 31, 2013
Ezra 3,6,8, Nehemiah 8,9,12,13, Sunday School Lesson, Jews, Sheshbazzar, Zerubbabel, Joshua, high priest, Cyrus, Temple, Darius, Joshua, Babylon, Ezra's prayer,Confession, Religion, restoration, Law, Feast of Tabernacle, Levites, Covenant, Jerusalem, dedication,abuses
My Sunday School Lesson is coming from the Books of Ezra & Nehemiah starting June 30,2013 - August 25, 2013.
These books were regarded in ancient times as one.
They may be divided into four parts: 1. Ezra 1-6 describes the first return of the Jews under Sheshbazzar or Zerubbabel and Joshua, the high priest, in the first year of Cyrus (536 B.C.), and the rebuilding of the temple (516 B.C.)... 2. Ezra 7-10 narrates the second migration from Babylon under Ezra, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes Longimaus (458-457 B.C.), and includes Ezra's prayer and confession.
Nehemiah 8-13 describes the combined efforts of Ezra & Nehemiah to effect the restoration of religion,including the solemn reading of the Law, the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, the confession of the Levites, a list of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and other cities, the dedication of the walls, and the removal of certain abuses.
Sunday - June 30, 2013 - Celebrating What Is Meaningful - Ezra 3:1-7
Commencement Of The Rebuilding Of The Temple (Ezra 3:1-4:24)
Sunday - July 7, 2013 - Finding Joy in Restoration - Ezra 3:8-13
Sunday - July 14, 2013 - Celebrating with Joy - Ezra 6:13-22
Completion Of The Rebuilding Of The Temple (Ezra 5:1-6:2)
Sunday - July 21, 2013 - Preparing for a Journey - Ezra 8:21-23
Return of More Jewish Exiles Under Ezra (Ezra 7:1-8:36)
July 28, 2013 - Generous Gifts - Ezra 8:24-30
Sunday - August 4, 2013 - Great Rejoicing - Nehemiah 8:13-18
The Reading & Exposition Of The Law (Nehemiah 7:73b-8:18)
August 11, 2013 - Admitting Shortcomings - Nehemiah 9:2,6-7, 9-10, 30-36
The Renewal Of The Covenant (Nehemiah 9:1-1039)
August 18, 2013 - Taking Pride in Accomplishment - Nehemiah 12:27-36;38,43
The Dedication Of Jerusalem's Walls (Nehemiah 12:27-43)
August 25, 2013 - Getting It Right - Nehemiah 13:15-22
Nehemiah's Second Period of Administration (Nehemiah 13:1-31)
Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible & Zondervan Bible Commentary
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Book Review . Ministers Wives . Private Lives . Public Lives . Author . Parent . Pastor .Unfaithful . Survivor . Divorced . Abuse . Married . Happy Marriage . You Can Have a Dream Marriage
Joel (Husband, Parent, Pastor) and Kathy Davisson sent me their books for review in 2007. Their marriage was restored and I'll share more at a later date.
On May 14, 2013 Kathy emailed me and shared this with me after I contacted her and told her that I was going to share some reviews from her book again: See us in "Unfaithful" on the OWN (Oprah Winfrey) network. Look for "Unfaithful" and "Kathy and Joel" as one of the two couples! (Season 2, 2012. Re-broadcasted often.)
I shared a couple of reviews from this book "Real Life 101 Issues."
Tips from a Book I Reviewed
Joel(Husband, Parent, Pastor) which is one of the authors shares "longsuffering ministers' wives know their husbands are not living the life in private that they are attempting to display in public.
He understands the manipulation and control to which these wives have been subjected behind closed doors. He knows what it means to step out of ministry to go through the painful growth needed to become the man that God has called him to be by becoming the husband that his wife needs him to be.
The point is not that a pastor's wife left him. The point is that his wife's departure was a cumulative response to years of manipulation, abuse and control. This was not a sudden decision.
If someone could have looked at the authors of this book lives they would have seen the truth that his wife and him were fighting a lot.
Joel has openly shared how he mistreated his wife - Kathy in many ways.
Joel and Kathy had to successfully live what they wrote for a long time before they could share it in writing.
Dr. Sandra Hamilton, Miami, Florida shares in the book - she received information on this book at the Global Pastors Network and Women in Ministry Conference.
She recently completed two Doctoral degrees, one of which is in Education with Specialization in Conflict Resolution and the other in Religious Education (seminary). She thoroughly researched domestic violence in the church. She stated it is a silence issue. Her dissertation will be looking at the African American communities...where the epidemic seems to be devasting.
She is a survior. She is divorced.
Rosanna Logan shares in the book - she was married for 25 years to a Bible College director and associate pastor of a big church in Fort Worth. She and her husband got a divorce because he had several affairs with students. Rosanna was a Bible College instructor and Christian journalist (editor of 500,000 circulation Christian newspaper in Dallas).
She wanted her marriage restored but she wanted her husband to come clean on his own and tell the senior pastor.
The senior pastor was not interested in the truth.
Abuse is a cycle that must be broken in families. She recommends "Young people need this book before they get married."
She shares her husband was too arrogant to believe that he needed help.
Rosanna has ministered in 24 countries, built and international Christian newspaper and taught all over the world for 18 years.
She is now married again. She is now on the ground floor of starting new Christian publications, writing books, and Christian college curriculum and she is about to start three new Bible Schools. She says "the devil can knock you down, but he can't knock you out!"
The authors of the book is Joel & Kathy Davisson (Husband, Wife, Parents, Pastors) of "The Man of Her Dreams The Woman of His! Preface by Paul Hegstrom Ph. D., Endorsed by Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty.