Jul 18, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — In Ezra 3, As God’s people gather in a specific place and a specific time, their specific purpose is revealed; to rebuild the national altar and restart the the daily sacrifices. This action, despite much opposition, reveals the spiritual priorities of the people and the importance of sacrifice in Judaism. This morning we will examine these examples to gain the same insights and how they will help us as a local congregation to rise and build.
Jul 11, 2021 – Elisha Freeman — Israel hears the proclamation of Cyrus and returns to Judah. 50,000 Jews settle in their own place starting the process of picking up the pieces and setting down roots for their families. It would be easy to concentrate on day-to-day life along with its responsibilities. However, Israel reminds us that the Church is more than just our earthly families. This morning we will see how Israel intentionally gathers together in a specific place at a specific time for a specific purpose and how the Church should adopt the same mindset and practice