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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today Heavenly Father, thank you for this days awakening. May we all praise and think You for this divine blessing, because none of  us deserve Your grace and mercy. Watch over us as we go through our daily routines and chores. Bless our children, grand-children and great-grand children through out this summer vacation from their respected schools. Bless the sick, secular--that they may accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, whore-mongers, homosexuals and lesbians that they will turn to their God given natural affection. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. - Min. Lynwood F. Mundy

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

June 19: The Story behind the Story
Ezra 7:1–8:36

The Bible is full of unexpected moments. Some events seem almost coincidental, where people are in the right place at the right time. This is exactly the case with Ezra.
In ancient times, it was unusual for a king to honor a foreigner with a decree. It was even stranger for a king to offer his own wealth to help such a foreigner. Yet that’s what happened to Ezra: King Artaxerxes of Persia sent Ezra, and any Israelite willing to go with him, to his own land (and the people living there) with the blessing of silver and gold (Ezra 7:11–28).
The Bible doesn’t give the reason for Artaxerxes’ spontaneous generosity. He may have been motivated by politics, trying to gain the allegiance of the Israelites, govern the population in Babylonia, or inhabit a new land to control the native people there. Yet the most convincing reason for his actions seems to be that his heart was moved.
While the text doesn’t explicitly say, it appears that Yahweh motiva…