2019 Q4 | Ezra and Nehemiah


PROGRAM 1 (SSP190040)

(September 28 - October 4, 2019)

Lesson 1: Making Sense of History: Zerubbabel and Ezra

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Reading: Jer. 25:11, 12; Dan. 9:1, 2; Ezra 4:1-7; Isa. 55:8, 9; Ezra 7:1-28

Memory Text: “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: ‘All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah’ ” (Ezra 1:2, NKJV)


Sunday (Shelley Quinn) - “The First Return of the Exiles
Monday (John Lomacang) - “Overview of Kings & Events
Tuesday (Jill Morikone) - “The Second Return of the Exiles
Wednesday (Kenny Shelton) - “Artaxerxes' Decree
Thursday (Mollie Steenson) - “Importance of Education


PROGRAM 2 (SSP190041)

(October 5 - 11, 2019)

Lesson 2: Nehemiah

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Reading: ; Nehemiah 1-2; Deut. 7:9; Ps. 23:1-6; Num. 23:19

Memory Text: “So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: ‘I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments’ ” (Nehemiah 1:4, 5, NKJV)


Sunday (Kenny Shelton) - “Nehemiah Receives Bad News
Monday (Mollie Steenson) - “Nehemiah's Prayer
Tuesday (Shelley Quinn) - “Nehemiah Speaks Out
Wednesday (John Lomacang) - “Nehemiah Sent
Thursday (Jill Morikone) - “Nehemiah Prepares for His Task


PROGRAM 3 (SSP190042)

(October 12 - 18, 2019)

Lesson 3: God’s Call

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Reading: Ezra 7:10; Neh. 1:1-11; Dan. 9:24-27; Daniel 8; Rom. 8:28, 29; Romans 9; Exodus 3; Exodus 4

Memory Text: “Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem” (Ezra 7:27, NKJV).


Sunday (Jill Morikone) - “The Calling of Ezra and Nehemiah
Monday (Kenny Shelton) - “Prophetic Timing
Tuesday (John Lomacang) - “The 70 Weeks and the 2,300 Days
Wednesday (Shelley Quinn) - “God's Election
Thursday (Mollie Steenson) - “Our Responsibility


PROGRAM 4 (SSP190043)

(October 19 - 25, 2019)

Lesson 4: Facing Opposition

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Reading: Ezra 4:1-5, 2 Cor. 6:14, Ezra 5:1-5, Haggai 1, Ezra 4:6-24, Nehemiah 4, Neh. 6:1-13

Memory Text: “But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so that they could not make them cease till a report could go to Darius. Then a written answer was returned concerning this matter” (Ezra 5:5, NKJV)


Sunday (John Lomacang) - “Opposition Begins
Monday (Mollie Steenson) - “Prophets Encourage
Tuesday (Kenny Shelton) - “Work Stoppage
Wednesday (Jill Morikone) - “Nehemiah Takes Action (444 B.C.)
Thursday (Shelley Quinn) - “Doing a "Great Work


PROGRAM 5 (SSP190044)

(October 26 - November 1, 2019)

Lesson 5: Violating the Spirit of the Law

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Reading: Neh. 5:1-5, Exod. 21:2-7, Mic. 6:8, Neh. 5:7-12, Deut. 23:21-23, Neh. 5:14-19

Memory Text: : “ ‘Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them’ ” (Nehemiah 5:11, NKJV)


Sunday (Shelley Quinn) - “People's Grievance
Monday (Jill Morikone) - “Against the Spirit of the Law
Tuesday (Kenny Shelton) - “Nehemiah Acts
Wednesday (Mollie Steenson) - “An Oath
Thursday (John Lomacang) - “Nehemiah's Example


PROGRAM 6 (SSP190045)

(November 2 - 8, 2019)

Lesson 6: The Reading of the Word

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Reading: Neh. 8:1-8, Deut. 31:9-13, Matt. 17:5, Acts 8:26-38, Neh. 8:9-12, Lev. 23:39-43

Memory Text: “So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading” (Nehemiah 8:8, NKJV)


Sunday (Kenny Shelton) - “The People Gather
Monday (Shelley Quinn) - “Reading and Hearing the Law
Tuesday (John Lomacang) - “Reading and Interpreting the Word
Wednesday (Jill Morikone) - “The People's Response
Thursday (Mollie Steenson) - “The Joy of the Lord


PROGRAM 7 (SSP190046)

(November 9 - 15, 2019)

Lesson 7: Our Forgiving God

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Reading: Neh. 9:1-3; Dan. 9:4-19; Neh. 9:4-8; Col. 1:16, 17; Neh. 9:9-38; Rom. 5:6-8

Memory Text: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13, NKJV)


Sunday (Jill Morikone) - “Fasting and Worship
Monday (Mollie Steenson) - “Beginning of the Prayer
Tuesday (John Lomacang) - “Lessons From the Past
Wednesday (Shelley Quinn) - “The Law and the Prophets
Thursday (Kenny Shelton) - “Praise and Petition


PROGRAM 8 (SSP190047)

(November 16 - 22, 2019)

Lesson 8: God and the Covenant

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Reading: Neh. 10:1-29, Gen. 4:8-19, Heb. 13:20, Joshua 24, Neh. 10:30-39, Heb. 8:1-7

Memory Text: “ ‘And because of all this, we make a sure covenant and write it; our leaders, our Levites, and our priests seal it.’ We will not neglect the house of our God” (Nehemiah 9:38; 10:39b, NKJV)


Sunday (John Lomacang) - “The Idea of the Covenant
Monday (Shelley Quinn) - “Covenants in History
Tuesday (Kenny Shelton) - “Covenantal Structure
Wednesday (Mollie Steenson) - “Pledges
Thursday (Jill Morikone) - “The Temple


PROGRAM 9 (SSP190048)

(November 23 - 29, 2019)

Lesson 9: Trials, Tribulations, and Lists

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Reading: Ezra 1:9-11.; Dan. 1:1, 2; Daniel 5; Ezra 8:1-23; Deut. 30:1-6; Neh. 11:1, 2; 12:1-26

Memory Text: “These joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes” (Nehemiah 10:29, NKJV)


Sunday (Shelley Quinn) - “The God of History
Monday (Kenny Shelton) - “In Their Cities
Tuesday (Jill Morikone) - “Where are the Priests?
Wednesday (John Lomacang) - “Humbled Before God
Thursday (John Dinzey) - “In the Holy City


PROGRAM 10 (SSP190049)

(November 30 - December 6, 2019)

Lesson 10: Worshiping the Lord

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Reading: Neh. 12:27-47; 1 Chron. 25:6-8; 1 John 1:7-9; John 1:29, 36; 1 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 9:1-11

Memory Text: “And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: ‘For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel’ ” (Ezra 3:11, NKJV)


Sunday (Kenny Shelton) - “Singing the Songs of the Lord
Monday (Jill Morikone) - “Purification
Tuesday (John Dinzey) - “Two Large Thanksgiving Choirs
Wednesday (Shelley Quinn) - “Sacrifices as Part of Worship
Thursday (John Lomacang) - “Priests and Levites as Part of Worship


PROGRAM 11 (SSP190050)

(December 7 - 13, 2019)

Lesson 11: Backslidden People

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Reading: Neh. 13:1–9, Deut. 23:3–6, Neh. 13:10–14, Num. 18:21–24, Neh. 13:15–22, John 5:5–16.

Memory Text: “And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy!” (Nehemiah 13:22, NKJV).


Sunday (Jill Morikone) - “Tainted Temple Leadership
Monday (Kenny Shelton) - “The Levites in the Fields
Tuesday (Shelley Quinn) - “Tithes and Offerings
Wednesday (John Lomacang) - “Treading the Wine Presses on Sabbath
Thursday (John Dinzey) - “Did Not Your Fathers Do Thus?


PROGRAM 12 (SSP190051)

(December 14 - 20, 2019)

Lesson 12: Dealing With Bad Decisions

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Reading: Neh. 13:23-25; Deut. 7:3, 4; 2 Cor. 6:14; Ezra 9; Ezra 10; 1 Cor. 7:10-17

Memory Text: “And I said: ‘O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens’ ” (Ezra 9:6, NKJV)


Sunday (John Lomacang) - “Nehemiah's Reaction
Monday (Kenny Shelton) - “Nehemiah's Reproof
Tuesday (Shelley Quinn) - “Ezra Reacts
Wednesday (John Dinzey) - “Ezra Acts
Thursday (Jill Morikone) - “Marriage Today


PROGRAM 13 (SSP190052)

(December 21 - 27, 2019)

Lesson 13: Leaders in Israel

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Reading: 1 Kings 12:1-16; Acts 15:7-11; John 11:46-53; Neh. 4:7-23; Ezra 8:21-23, 31, 32

Memory Text: “And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them” (Nehemiah 8:12, NKJV)


Sunday (John Dinzey) - “The Influence of Leaders
Monday (Kenny Shelton) - “Evil in the Sight of the Lord
Tuesday (Jill Morikone) - “Courage and Empowerment
Wednesday (John Lomacang) - “Purpose and Passion
Thursday (Shelley Quinn) - “Humility and Perseverance