God of New Beginnings: “Looking Back…and Forward”

Fellow Wordzpreadians (yes, this is a word I’ve created and who knows? It may be in the dictionary one day… 🙂 thank you for joining me on the ride through the God of New Beginnings series, including embedded devotionals. I’d love to get your feedback on any special learning point(s) you drew from the messages. … Continue reading God of New Beginnings: “Looking Back…and Forward”

God of New Beginnings: “The Ultimate Reset”

I recently listened to a sermon where the preacher relived his memories of playing video games as a boy. Whenever a game wasn’t going someone’s way, he said, all they had to do was dive for the reset button. And just like that, the playing field was even again. Wouldn’t it be great if life … Continue reading God of New Beginnings: “The Ultimate Reset”

God of New Beginnings: “A People Reborn”

In a stunning fulfillment of prophecy declared 150 years earlier by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 44:28), King Cyrus of Persia proclaimed that God’ people (now broadly known as Jews) should return to their homeland and rebuild God’s temple (Ezra 1:1-4). So up went the tribal leaders, priests and Levites who felt God’s urging to execute … Continue reading God of New Beginnings: “A People Reborn”

God of New Beginnings: “Foreshadowing Easter”

Daniel served prominently in the Babylonian court for decades, gaining the favor of one king after the other. Eventually, his counterparts got fed up - Daniel’s exceptional qualities were making the rest of them look bad. Seeing no other way to trip him up, a bold plan was hatched to attack him on the subject … Continue reading God of New Beginnings: “Foreshadowing Easter”

God of New Beginnings: “What Next?”

No sooner did Daniel and his friends arrive in Babylon than they were cherry picked to serve in the royal court. Over the course of an intensive three year training period, they were to eat from the king’s table, learn the language and literature of the Chaldeans and even obtain new identities. No question about … Continue reading God of New Beginnings: “What Next?”

God of New Beginnings: “How Did We Get Here?”

Things started going downhill when Israel clamored for a king. “No,” they responded to Samuel’s pleas to reconsider. “but we will have a king over us, that we may also be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:19b – … Continue reading God of New Beginnings: “How Did We Get Here?”

God of New Beginnings

Israel had fallen to the Assyrians years before.  Yet Judah, believing herself favored of God, did not amend her ways.  Before long, she too was in chains.  The temple was destroyed and the land abandoned as exiles were carried off to Babylon and those that were left fled to Egypt.  God had forsaken His people … Continue reading God of New Beginnings