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The Story: (The Detour on) The Long Road Home

February 1, 2016

Location: Woodvale Community Home, Site #12, Edmonds

Starting projects and good intentions. Two things that we all can relate to. The Jews experienced both of these elements when they went to rebuild the temple after the exile.



  • “I really wanted to help you, BUT…”, “I was planning on being there, BUT…”, “I know I promised, BUT…”
  • “It was raining. I overslept. Traffic was terrible. I could not find my phone. I didn’t feel good. Something else came up. I lost track of time.”
  • Ask a group of people “On a scale of 1 to 10, if you promise something, what is the probability you will actually do it?”, and you’ll find out that the average is likely to be in the 5 – 6 range, depending on the culture.
  • The first promises to go are the ones we make to ourselves (like New Year’s resolutions). Why? Maybe it is because there are no immediate consequences. Nobody will get mad or be disappointed, and things will go on as they always have.
  • What does it really mean if we pray “God, we love you” and just a few minutes later we say “but my own needs come first.”
  • What happens when we cannot fulfill our obligations or priorities because we are opposed, or face difficult challenges? How do we as believers press through adversity and conflict? We can do this through God, only with His power, His connections, and His ability to change hearts… ours included!

As you read through Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, and Zechariah, listen for God’s voice encouraging you to complete his work in your life…


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