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Bible studies for writers | Esther 5

When I think of a banquet, I picture a large gathering full of eating and merriment, so if your Bible uses the word “banquet” as well, you may be wondering, why so many parties? But banquet in this case is just a fancy word for a fancy dinner. Haman alludes to the fact that it… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Esther 5

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Bible studies for writers | Esther 4

Now, how does a queen living inside a kingdom with a king not know about a decree that took nearly two years to put into effect? Well, queens had their own things back then, I guess, and there weren’t any TVs, so I’ll just have to accept the fact that Queen Esther was kept in… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Esther 4

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Bible studies for writers | Esther 3

We know from this chapter that evil is on the horizon, but let’s break down how long it took to get us to the point where every Jew in the Persian empire is about to be executed. We learned from the first two chapters that King Xerxes was in the seventh year of his reign… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Esther 3

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Bible studies for writers | Esther 2

I think it’s interesting that we consider Esther the main character of this book, but we don’t meet her until the second chapter. Her introduction gives us a lot to consider, too. We talked about what kind of man King Xerxes might be when we met him in the first chapter. If you remember, he… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Esther 2

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Bible studies for writers | Esther 1

I couldn’t have been more giddy about starting the Book of Esther today. I’ve been a little down in the lockdown dumps, and this book may be just what I need to fan the spark. But no spoilers! So, on with today’s reading. If you’ve never read the Book of Esther or even heard of… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Esther 1

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Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 13

Wasn’t it just in the last chapter that we were rejoicing with the Israelites after they had completed the wall and vowed during a ginormous celebration that they would be true and faithful to God and His commands? Whoa, Nellie. That didn’t last long. The final chapter of Nehemiah details the next slip in the… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 13

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Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 12

If the first half of this very long chapter bored you to tears, I hope the middle section revived your soul and had your heart leaping with joy. Admittedly, the first section of this chapter is a snoozefest, but if you read along, you will recognize some important names and might find some interesting tidbits.… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 12

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Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 11

So, the wall has been built, and the people who will live inside the wall have been chosen. And all I can do is sing, “Teeeeeamwork,” from a kids’ show my girls used to watch. If you were a little bored with this chapter, I can’t blame you. It’s full of names I can’t pronounce… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 11

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Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 10

Are you still thinking about how the city/town in which you live was founded? Man, I am. Nehemiah’s been giving me hometown vibes big time. This chapter summarizes the founding fathers and the promises the citizens made - as a community - to do what it takes to keep the new city thriving while honoring… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 10

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Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 9

Most people can’t fathom standing in reverence of God for six hours. It’s a tough thing to do, but it also can be one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can ever have. During missions training, we spent hours at a time sometimes praying for others and singing praise and worship songs. I’m not… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Nehemiah 9