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National Repentance Is Not Easy | Ezra Tells Israel To Send Away Their Foreign Wives & Children

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Topics: Confession & Repentance,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

Israel sinned by getting too close to the people from other lands. They traded with them, talked with them, got to know them well, and even married their daughters to their sons. We may assume that thus far they did not compromise in idolatrous worship of the false gods of those people, but it is said that they mimicked many of the heathen’s other worldly behaviors. Most notably, they disobeyed God’s clear command not to get too close to these people who did not follow him, especially by marrying them. This was a clear violation of God’s command in at least two regards: 1) The older generation in Israel, while resisting idolatry themselves, sold out their own children’s future by setting the stage for their inevitable apostasy, and 2) Israel was willing to make this deal with the devil because they ultimately did not trust God to protect and provide for them, instead relying on alliances with their neighbors for their strength and support (AKA: The GDP must keep climbing).

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National Repentance Is Not Easy | Ezra Tells Israel To Send Away Their Foreign Wives & Children

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Topics: Confession & Repentance, Confession & Repentance,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

Israel sinned by getting too close to the people from other lands. They traded with them, talked with them, got to know them well, and even married their daughters to their sons. We may assume that thus far they did not compromise in idolatrous worship of the false gods of those people, but it is said that they mimicked many …

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The 3 Enemies Of Christendom: Cowardice, Idleness, & Foolishness

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Scripture: Ezra 6:1-12
Topics: Church Unity, Confession & Repentance, Confession & Repentance, Culture & Politics, Discipleship,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

When God’s time has come for the accomplishing of his gracious purposes concerning his Church, he will raise up instruments to promote his purposes from even the most unlikely places. In the meantime, the Church must be diligent to avoid these three pitfalls: 1) Cowardice, 2) Idleness, and 3) Foolishness.

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America’s Desperate Need For Prophets & Princes.

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Scripture: Ezra 5
Topics: Church Unity, Spiritual Gifts,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

Israel had two faithful ministers, Haggai and Zechariah, who encouraged the people to start building the temple again. These two men began to prophesy for God during the reign of Darius. The kingdom of God is built by prophecy – by hearing the Word of the Lord and responding in obedience. When God sends prophets among his people, we should …

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Caesar Is Not Enough | The Need For Christian Princes & Pastors

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Scripture: Ezra 1
Topics: Confession & Repentance, Confession & Repentance, Culture & Politics, Discipleship, Culture & Politics,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

Leaders from the families of Judah and Benjamin took the initiative. The priests and Levites were also among the first to head back to Zion. When God inspired Cyrus to proclaim freedom, the same divine influence moved both the political and pastoral leaders among the people of Israel to seize the opportunity (Zechariah 4:6). Despite tempting reasons to stay in …