Day 261

Today’s Reading – Ezra 4-6 and Psalm 137

The neighboring peoples discouraged the people of Judah, made them afraid to build, 
and bribed officials to frustrate their plan. 
They did this throughout the rule of Persia’s King Cyrus until the rule of Persia’s King Darius.  Ezra 4:4-5 CEB


Ezra did not record all the events in the 21 years till the temple was finished.

Ezra makes a theological point that the temple of the Lord was completed despite opposition that might have stopped any other project.

Opposition comes when God’s people try to accomplish the things of God.

We were never promised that it would be easy.

When is the last time you tried to do something hard for God?

When is the last time you stopped when the opposition came?

Ezra reminds us that when we are doing the things of God, nothing can stop us.

What’s stopping you?



I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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