Entries by Jarrod Manning

13 Years of God’s Faithfulness

Dear Grace Family, On February 3, 2003, Jonell and I and our 4 children loaded up in Springfield, IL and began our journey to the Brazosport area of Texas. We arrived in town 2 days later and Joined about 12 other families who made up Grace Community Bible Church (now Grace Bible Church) where I […]

Abide Together: Reflection on Psalm 31

This psalm of David is a confession of sin and reminder that to us that our lives are not our own, but rather we belong to God. In the midst of David’s sorrow for sin, he reminds himself and reminds us that God is going to ultimately save him, not because of David’s deeds or […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Esther 7

The irony continues in chapter 7 of Esther. After Mordecai receives the honor and the parade that Haman expected for himself, he is invited in to a feast that was prepared by Queen Esther. (This is the feast she asked the king to attend when she was in his court.) While at the feast, the […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Daniel 5

Daniel 5 records when Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar & King of Babylon, had a drunken party to worship the false gods of Babylon. The LORD sent a hand to write a prophecy on the wall, which really shook Belshazzar. Belshazzar could not find anyone to interpret the writing, so the people told him about Daniel. Belshazzar […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Daniel 3

In Daniel 3, Nebuchadnezzar builds a golden image and commands that everyone in Babylon bow down in worship to the image. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego refuse to so. They are thrown into the furnace that was heated 7 times hotter than normal. The Lord sends someone to deliver them from the flames that Nebuchadnezzar says […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Daniel 1

In Daniel 1, Daniel and his three friends are part of the people whom the LORD allows King Nebuchadnezzar take captive to Babylon. They are actually chosen to be trained for 3 years to be a part of the king’s personal service. They are given new names that refer to some of the many gods […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Ezekiel 4

In Ezekiel 4, the LORD has Ezekiel do certain things physically to illustrate his judgment on Israel and Judah, as well as their inability to do anything about it. Ezekiel obeys the LORD even though it is very difficult. Once again Ezekiel is an example of the priority of obedience to the LORD over comforts […]