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Character Study: Peter

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

The name Peter appears in the NRSV 168 times!

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Nehemiah’s Character

January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Nehemiah is an ancient character whose work ethic and service translate easily into today’ world.

He was emotionally vulnerable and honest with the king. As a result, he received royal support to help rebuild Jerusalem’s wall.

He was a shrewd communicator and refused to be pulled into false arguments by his enemies. This allowed the people to focus on fixing their homes.

Finally, Nehemiah had high standards for himself and his followers. He cleaned up the mess left in his hometown. It reminds me of the steps being taken today to clean up the corruption in Albany.

I pray that New York State has leaders who can work as effectively as Nehemiah to clean up our huge messes “in fifty-two days” (Nehemiah 6:15b).

Character Study: Nehemiah

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment

The name Nehemiah appears in the NIV 9 times.

He appears in the book of Ezra and is the author of Nehemiah.

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Character Study: Elisha

February 9, 2014 Leave a comment

The name Elisha appears in The Voice version of the Bible 117 times.

When I think of Elisha, I think of how he cursed the teenagers who made fun of his baldness and caused them to be attacked by bears.

This person is not an idealized archetype. He’s a real person with some great and some awful characteristics.

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Character Study: Joseph

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The name Joseph appears in the NIV 229 times.  The vast majority refer to Joseph of the Old Testament, son of Jacob.

I am looking forward to this two-week study!  Joseph is one of my Bible heroes.

Joseph sets an example that I want to follow.

Gideon: Character Study

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Gideon’s story is found in Judges 6-8, and is also mentioned in Hebrews 11.

My favorite adaptation is Veggie Tales’ Gideon: Tuba Warrior.

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Barnabas: Character Study

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Barnabas’ name appears in the Bible 33 times.

Until the middle of Acts 13, Barnabas was the lead missionary in his partnership with Saul.

In the second half of Acts 13, after Saul was renamed Paul, Barnabas took on a secondary role.

Josiah, Good King of Judah

November 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Josiah’s name appears in 56 verses.

He was one of the greatest kings in Judah’s history.

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February 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Paul debates the Athenians in Acts 17.

Some people “sneer” at the thought of resurrection, but others are open to considering the possibility.

Which side of this issue are you on, Dear Reader? Why?

Greater Than David

February 19, 2009 Leave a comment

In Acts 2:29-36, Peter teaches that Jesus is greater than King David.

David is in the grave; Jesus is not.

King David prophesied about Jesus’ resurrection in Psalm 110.

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