Today’s Devotional – He Makes the Bitter Sweet

Drawn from my archives I remember the first time I stepped through the doors of Carriage House Lane. It was my kind of beautiful. Everything from the smell of cinnamon apple pie to the country-styled decor felt like home. I came in with a few hand-made quilts hoping the woman might sell them for me and I left with a part-time job. It was part of our deal–she would sell my quilts on…

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Ezra: Rebuilding the Temple, Restoring the Heart

While Ezra chronicles the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, we also see a parallel to the purification of one’s heart. In fact, the purpose of the 70-year captivity was to do this very thing. It was a process of refining and trying their faith so that God’s people would turn away from their sin and return to the Lord.

As we go through this six-week study we’ll discover the many ways that Ezra typifies the Holy Spirit.  I’ll point out some of those characteristics and their parallel to the Spirit at work in our life. We’ll see how he grieves, how he leads, how he teaches, and how he makes intersession for the people in prayer.

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