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Gracious Hand

Ezra and Nehemiah were courageous men who were put in positions during their captivity that got them close to their captor's rulers. However, as loyal they were to them was just a fraction of their loyalty to their home country, its capital, Jerusalem, and the remnant that were still there eking out a living. They stayed informed about the destruction and detestable conditions that Israel had received and was receiving from its present Transjordan rulers, men of other nations. So when they arrived "The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding the Temple…So they approached Zerubbabel, [the governor over Jerusalem,] and the other leaders and said, 'Let us build with you'…but Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel replied, "You may have no part in this work. We alone will build the Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel…"  (Ezra 4:3)  This happened again in Nehemiah 2:19 when Nehemiah was building the wall of the city of J…

Kingdom Evidence

How do you know the Kingdom of God exists today? We see many churches in every city in America but does that mean God's Kingdom exists around them. No. We see many people with bold words and seeming wisdom about God but does that mean God's Kingdom exists around them? No. Paul had established a church in the city of Corinth. It had grown but also had allowed despicable sins to be present inside it. But the church still was there, with wise people and worship services, but merely a shell of what it had been originally. Paul said, "The Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk, it is living by God's power." (1 Corinthians 4:20) The church of God was conceived by the power of God. We see that present on the Day of Pentecost and the response of the people in Jerusalem to Peter's message in Acts 2. Its further growth and advancement had come under the same banner, that of power in the Holy Spirit. Paul came to Corinth in Acts 18 and the story is one of connection, co…

The Deep State

There is a battle going on in Washington D.C. where there are leaks, lies, and serious accusations without any validating proofs given to a willing media. It is happening to hinder our nation's movement forward. It is the effort of the "deep state," factions of previous administrations who do not desire to live under the present administration and seek to destroy it so they can return to their previous ways. This is part of "the swamp" that President Trump's desired to "drain." It wants to frustrate the actions of the present administration. Has this ever been a problem in the past? Certainly, in every nation that seeks change there are those who will work against it. Even way back. The people of Israel were taken into captivity deported to other nations as other nations populations were deported to live in Israel. This was done by world rulers to eliminate rebellion by taking people out of their own country to faraway places therefore forcing them…