Preparing our Hearts for the Holidays — Day 19

Especially at this time of year it is comforting to know that you came, to restore us, to rescue us, to redeem us from the world. In this broken world, you had the grace and mercy we know that you came to take us and make us yours. The words thank you seem so inadequate. But we are forever grateful.

Plea for Grace

JEHOVAH-NISSI “God our banner.”

Under His banner we go from triumph to triumph and say, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Psalm 60:4-5 ESV – 4 You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from the bow. Selah 5 That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!


As many frustrations and falterings that I may have in this broken world, You have immeasurably blessed me to tell me the end of the story — because of Christ paying the debt for my sins; because of Your incredible mercy in providing salvation; because of Your power and might and Sovereignty — You are the Victor! You will reign. The battle is won; Satan is defeated.



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8 Theses for Women of the Modern Day Reformation

I havent read this book, but it sounds like a great read about the women pioneers of the Reformation. What does Godly women ministry look like?

Michelle Lesley

ReformationDay is Thursday, October 31,
and we’re celebrating all week with Reformation-focused articles!

Originally published October 20, 2017

October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and because I’m all theme-y and whatnot, I’m in the midst of a fantastic book called Reformation Women by Rebecca VanDoodewaard who I dearly wish were on social media so I could shamelessly fangirl her and make a general nuisance of myself by asking too many questions. Normally, I would actually finish a book before slobberingly commending it to you, but in case you like being all theme-y and whatnot too, and because time is of the essence, I’m throwing caution to the wind and telling you:

Get this book. Now. You’re welcome.

Normally, when we read about the Reformation, we’re reading about great preachers and leaders like Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and Hus, but preaching was…

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Why Study Ezra?

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One of the most incredible prophecies in the Bible is found in Isaiah 44:24-45:1:

I am Yahweh… who says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill all my purpose”; saying of Jerusalem, “She shall be built,” and of the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.” Thus says Yahweh to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed…”

Isaiah recorded those words, before Cyrus was born. BeforePersia was a world power. Before Judah was sent into captivity. Before Daniel even was, Isaiah had a word from the Lord about a Persian king who would show kindness to Yahweh’s people.

A week and a half ago my youngest, Ezra, was born. It makes me have a deep desire to study the book and the man he was named after. This article is very timely.

Check it out!