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The Importance of Biblical Community

During this once-in-a-lifetime shutdown and sheltering in place, what a perfect time to term to the book of Daniel to learn more about community. What did the example of a few courageous people do to galvanize and invigorate others to continue to adhere to their understanding of the one God? We explore when Daniel was written and why that is so important to understanding the book’s ability to inspire throughout the centuries, regardless of circumstances. The video is about 13 minutes long and invites you to a virtual Bible study on the same subject to begin April 21, 2020.

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown
April 16, 2020 5:03 pm

Thanks for the great vlog on community. I have found myself reaching out to the homeless community. Before, I did everything I could to keep them off the church property. Now, I have been giving them a spiritual and physical cup of cold water when I find them sleeping on the property. I visit with them and thank them for cleaning up after themselves instead of leaving a mess. My heart has been lifted.

Jan in New Mexico
Jan in New Mexico
April 16, 2020 6:26 pm

Thank you, Maddie, for yet another wonderful inspiring vlog!
Blessings to you & yours,

Ellen Williams
Ellen Williams
April 16, 2020 9:12 pm

Thank you Madelon I am First Reader at the moment and actually am working on a reading “Facing down error”. For this I am using the story of Daniel in the lions den. I dug up an article I came across years ago about this story. In this article each lion was given a mortal mind quality Daniel was facing. The biggest lion was Fear followed by lust, jealousy, hate, deceit, malice and revenge. Facing down what we are facing with the current situation I am again suggesting that the first lion is fear. We could then identify other qualities… Read more »

Karen Wight
Karen Wight
April 17, 2020 8:33 am

Thank you so much, Madelon, for sharing your research and inspiration with us all! As so many of us, I too have always loved the “Daniel” and “fiery furnace” stories, and you have inspired me to delve into the second half of the book and read about the prophecies. Much gratitude!

Judith Hillend
Judith Hillend
April 17, 2020 3:16 pm

Thank you, Ellen, for reminding us that the lions have different faces which identify the human problems we all can face and heal. My grandmother had the picture of Daniel in the lions’ den at the top of her stairs where I could view it before going to bed (we visited often.) I’ve wanted to have a reminder of these feelings. Living in a senior community provides me with many faces which might replicate these feelings, especially fear. I am grateful for the lessons which teach us to remove these feelings in our thinking and show only love. That makes… Read more »

Douglas Eastman
Douglas Eastman
April 18, 2020 11:14 am

Thank you for your latest VLOG on COMMUNITY and what we are facing (down)!

Yesterday I read an article by Madonna Holt where she quotes MBE: “Out of the gloom comes the glory of our Lord, and His divine Love is found in affliction. When a false sense suffers, the true sense comes out, and the bridegroom appears. We are then wedded to a purer, higher affection and ideal.” Misc 276

I am experiencing the above quotation even while sheltering in place! Thank you for supporting this idea!

Douglas Eastman
Douglas Eastman
April 18, 2020 11:15 am

That’s Madora Holt

April 18, 2020 3:17 pm

Thank you so much, Maddie! Knowing the backstory of Daniel and the use of the stories to bring courage to the community is precious. I love the thought that the Bible stories are our community helpers too. Can’t wait for the course next week. 🙂

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