June 28 2020 – The New Normal – Ezra & Nehemiah

Admin John Mulholland, Transitions

After 70 years of exile, God’s people begin re-gathering. They return to Jerusalem and attempt to get back to normal by rebuilding the Temple, implementing the rules and regulations of their religion, and strengthening the walls of the city. Would it be enough? Questions: When the foundation of the Temple was set in place, the people experienced mixed emotions. As …

June 21 2020 – For a Time Such as This – Esther 4

Admin John Mulholland, Transitions

Esther has become queen. She has power, place, and position. What will she do with these things? Questions: Read Esther 4:11. She seems reluctant to help. Talk about a time you’ve been reluctant to help others because of the cost. In placing Esther in the palace, God has given her an opportunity to be involved in His rescue/salvation plan. Do …

June 14 2020 – In, not Of – Daniel 1-6

Admin John Mulholland, Transitions

Daniel was “in the Empire” but “not of the Empire.” Daniel does this by maintaining his identity, maintaining his allegiance to God, and by speaking truth to power. Questions: How did the identities of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah as followers of God impact their actions throughout this book? Daniel is a story of competing allegiances. Have you ever felt …

June 07 2020 – Embrace the Transition – Jeremiah 29

Admin John Mulholland, Transitions

After hundreds of years of disobedience, God judges his people by allowing Babylon to invade and destroy Judah. Many people from Jerusalem are taken back to Babylon in captivity. God has a message for them: “Embrace this as my discipline.”  Questions:  There are a few ways we can respond to God: we can reject Him, we can grudgingly submit to …