31 Days – Esther and the Provision of Deliverance {Day 11}

October 11, 2012
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After the Jews had been held captive for many years in Babylon, the area is conquered by the Medes and the Persians. Under the Persian king Cyrus, the Jews are given the opportunity to return to Jerusalem. Only a fraction of the Israelite population takes advantage of the offer. Ezra and Nehemiah give accounts of […]

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31 Days – Elijah and the Provision of Rest {Day 10}

October 10, 2012
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The prophet Elijah lives during a time of rising prominence for the prophet and diminishing significance for the priest. His story takes place long after the reigns of David and Solomon. Following the death of King Solomon, his son assumes leadership, but a challenge to that rule fractures the kingdom leaving it divided. The usurper […]

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31 Days – Moses and the Provision of Hope {Day 9}

October 9, 2012
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The story of Moses begins in the Old Testament book of Exodus. Several generations before, Jewish patriarch Jacob had moved his family to Egypt, where his son Joseph held a prominent role in the Egyptian government. This move included eleven additional sons, their wives and children, all of which numbered about 70 people. Over the […]

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31 Days – Nehemiah and the Provision of Joy {Day 8}

October 8, 2012
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This story takes place during the Persian reign of King Artaxerxes, following the 70-year captivity in Babylon. Cyrus, a previous king of Persia had given permission for the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Only a remnant chose to return, however, and they do so under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Ezra. […]

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31 Days – The Samaritan Woman and the Provision of Forgiveness {Day 7}

October 7, 2012
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The story of the Samaritan woman, or the woman at the well, takes place during Jesus’ ministry, and is found in John chapter 4. He and his disciples have left Judea and are traveling back to Galilee. On the way they stop at a Samaritan town called Sychar. On the outskirts of this town is […]

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31 Days – The Three Friends and the Provision of Preservation {Day 6}

October 6, 2012
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This famous story centers on three Hebrew friends of the prophet Daniel, and takes place during the Babylonian captivity, around 600 B.C. Although this account is found in chapter three of the Old Testament book of Daniel, the events leading up to this narrative really begin in chapter two. Daniel and his friends are four […]

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31 Days – Hannah and the Provision of Answered Prayer {Day 5}

October 5, 2012
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The story of Hannah is found in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel. During this period, Israel was in a time of transition. Previously, God had communicated to his people by way of the high priest, but now he would begin to speak through a series of prophets. Leadership of the nation was moving […]

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31 Days – Daniel and the Provision of Protection {Day 4}

October 4, 2012
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During the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, Jerusalem was besieged by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. After plundering treasures from the temple, the conquering king had his people round up Israelites from the royal family and from ranks of the nobility. It was the habit of Nebuchadnezzar to carry away not only valuable artifacts from […]

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31 Days – The Adulteress and the Provision of Grace {Day 3}

October 3, 2012
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The story of the adulteress takes place during the time of Jesus’ ministry, when he was teaching, healing, and performing miracles. Whether in the temple courts or in an open field, crowds gathered to hear him speak. Many who heard his teachings or witnessed healings, believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Most of the […]

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31 Days – David and the Provision of Courage {Day 2}

October 2, 2012
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The story of David starts in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, at a time when Israel is under the rule of her first king. Things don’t go so well for King Saul, and after disobeying God, the prophet Samuel is sent to the house of Jesse to anoint his youngest son David to […]

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