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Understanding Nehemiah

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Nehemiah is an interesting book. Nehemiah is given permission to go to Jerusalem and rebuild its walls and the temple. That’s the storyline that everyone is familiar (if you are in fact familiar with Nehemiah). I would encourage you to read it for yourself, it’s a relatively short book. Read it here.

The storyline that people can easily miss if they don’t know what they are looking for is how important it was to Nehemiah and the people of the day to reestablish one of the most important aspects of daily life in Jerusalem: Laus Perennis.

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Acts Bible Study

Definitions Of Terms In Acts

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I’ve noticed that many people misunderstand and misinterpret many things in the book of Acts when they don’t have some foundational understandings of a few simple terms used in Acts. Here they are:

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Acts Bible Study

Names In The Book Of Acts

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This is just for fun today…

Names are an interesting cultural difference between us and the ancients in the book of Acts. For us, names are largely set in stone at birth. Very few people in our culture legally change their names at any point in life, and often that’s seen as a little strange. Most people have a first and middle name and if they don’t like one they simply go by the other.

Back in the days of Acts, things were different. They didn’t have a social security number or a birth certificate on file in a centralized government. The nobles might have, but record-keeping didn’t extend to the masses. People were often given new names by their friends and cohorts which stuck. Other times, especially in the case of Jews, people would change their names to something more appropriate for trade in whatever culture they were in.

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Bible Study Revelation

No One Agrees On Revelation

“I don’t like to read Revelation because no one ever agrees on it. It’ll all pan out in the end anyway.”

Ever heard that before? I know I have countless times. They didn’t come up with the idea themselves, though, and that’s what makes me sad. The only people who can say this are people who’ve spent more time listening to what others say about Revelation instead of just reading for themselves. Anyone who’s ever read Revelation for themselves is going to know that they should definitely read it over and over again.

How can I be so sure? Let’s look at some of the very first words in the book:

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

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Acts Bible Study

Gentiles Should Love Acts 9-11

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By Acts chapter 9, Luke has already turned his attention to Paul, whom he’ll follow through most of the rest of the book. So why does Acts chapters 9-11 quickly turn back to Peter?

It is because this was a tremendous watershed moment in the life of the church. Up until now the church was comprised of only Jews or Gentiles who had already converted to Judaism and then to Christianity. No true Gentiles had believed yet. We find out in the first part of chapter 9 that Saul (or Paul as we know him) is going to be God’s witness to the Gentiles, but he apparently doesn’t share this with anyone for at least three years as he explains in Galatians 1.