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Lessons for church planters from the book of Ezra

I don’t know if I’ve ever consider the book of Ezra (also Nehemiah, Haggai & Zechariah) as helpful resources for church planters but a recent reading taught me a number of important lessons. First a  little bit of background; after years of rebellion Israel & then Judah are defeated by Nebuchadnezzar and carried off into exile in Babylon for 70 years. In that time Babylon is in turn defeated by the Persians. King Cyrus adopts a different strategy and resettled captive peoples back in their lands, where they will be subject to Persia.…

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