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Episode #32: Death is absurd

"Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless!" So goes the opening line of Ecclesiastes. Or does it? What if the Teacher's message was quite the opposite. And what if we have missed the healing power of what has been right under our noses all along?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 32

Hi everyone,

Bit of wisdom for you this week. This is the only moment during the year that a book gets broken in two. 2 Chronicles starts and then makes way for Ecclesiastes. Keep on going! Nearly at the end of Rung 8!

6 Aug: 1 Chr 22:2 – 23:32; Psalm 91:9 – 16; 1 Cor 2:6 – 2:16
7 Aug: 1 Chr 24:1 – 26:19; Psalm 92:1 – 15; 1 Cor 3:1 – 3:23
8 Aug: 1 Chr 26:20 – 27:34; Proverbs 19:13 – 22; 1 Cor 4:1 – 4:21
9 Aug: 1 Chr 28:1 – 29:30; Psalm 93:1 – 5; 1 Cor 5:1 – 5:13
10 Aug: 2 Chr 1:1 – 1:17; Psalm 94:1 – 11; 1 Cor 6:1 – 6:20
11 Aug: Ecc 1:1 – 3:22; Psalm 94:12 – 23; 1 Cor 7:1 – 7:16
12 Aug: Ecc 4:1 – 6:12; Proverbs 19:23 – 20:4; 1 Cor 7:17 – 7:35

Have a great week!
Monkey


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Episode #31: A matter of opinion

With 1 Chronicles we take a step back, to relive David and Solomon all over again. But this is a different story told by different people. Is the Word of God a matter of opinion? How should we approach the Bible's contradictions? And what is the truth anyway?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 31

Hi everyone,

Getting that sense of déjà vu?? Don't worry - the repeated history will be over soon! As is Romans.

30 Jul: 1 Chr 7:1 – 9:1a; Psalm 89:38 – 45; Rom 13:1 – 13:14
31 Jul: 1 Chr 9:1b – 10:14; Proverbs 18:17 – 19:2; Rom 14:1 – 14:18
1 Aug: 1 Chr 11:1 – 12:22; Psalm 89:46 – 52; Rom 14:19 – 15:13
2 Aug: 1 Chr 12:23 – 14:17; Psalm 90:1 – 10; Rom 15:14 – 15:33
3 Aug: 1 Chr 15:1 – 16:36; Psalm 90:11 – 17; Rom 16:1 – 16:27
4 Aug: 1 Chr 16:37 – 18:17; Proverbs 19:3 – 12; 1 Cor 1:1 – 1:17
5 Aug: 1 Chr 19:1 – 22:1; Psalm 91:1 – 8; 1 Cor 1:18 – 2:5

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #30: Back for good

Hosea's prophecy is a watershed moment for Israel. Instead of describing Israel's first exile as cold covenant failure, he narrates their experience in terms of a passionate love affair. But this is no sloppy romance. There is a power at work more terrible than all the armies of the Assyrians. And a story which reaches right through Jesus to our broken world.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 30

Hi everyone,

A quick shimmy back into a bit of history in the Old Testament this week. But it won't last long before some wisdom and more prophecy take over. Oh, and did I say carry on - you're doing great!

23 Jul: Hos 8:1 – 9:17; Proverbs 17:25 – 18:6; Rom 8:1 – 8:17
24 Jul: Hos 10:1 – 11:11; Psalm 89:1 – 8; Rom 8:18 – 8:39
25 Jul: Hos 11:12 – 14:9; Psalm 89:9 – 13; Rom 9:1 – 9:21
26 Jul: 1 Chr 1:1 – 2:17; Psalm 89:14 – 18; Rom 9:22 – 10:4
27 Jul: 1 Chr 2:18 – 4:8; Proverbs 18:7 – 16; Rom 10:5 – 11:10
28 Jul: 1 Chr 4:9 – 5:26; Psalm 89:19 – 29; Rom 11:11 – 11:32
29 Jul: 1 Chr 6:1 – 6:81; Psalm 89:30 – 37; Rom 11:33 – 12:21

Enjoy
Monkey


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Episode #29: Rotten religion

Amos is a prophet of thunder. Against a society that had grown fat on gold but lost its soul, the shepherd from Tekoa delivers a damning challenge. Out with rotten religion and in with justice! Do we sense similarities? If Amos' God came to our church, what would he say?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 29

Hi everyone,

Moving on with the prophets this week - and going deeper into Romans.

16 Jul: Amos 3:1 – 4:13; Psalm 85:8 – 13; Rom 3:9 – 3:31
17 Jul: Amos 5:1 – 5:27; Psalm 86:1 – 10; Rom 4:1 – 4:15
18 Jul: Amos 6:1 – 7:17; Psalm 86:11 – 17; Rom 4:16 – 5:11
19 Jul: Amos 8:1 – 9:15; Proverbs 17:15 – 24; Rom 5:12 – 5:21
20 Jul: Hos 1:1 – 2:23; Psalm 87:1 – 7; Rom 6:1 – 6:14
21 Jul: Hos 3:1 – 5:15; Psalm 88:1 – 9a; Rom 6:15 – 7:6
22 Jul: Hos 6:1 – 7:16; Psalm 88:9b – 18; Rom 7:7 – 7:25

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #28: God goes too far

Jonah is a classic. A runaway man gets eaten by a big fish and learns his lesson. At least that's how it's usually told. But what if that's not the story at all? What if there's an experience the other side of the fish supper which blows Jewish faith out the water? And what if it's Yahweh who set the charges?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 28

Hi everyone,

A big turning point this week! We finish the history section in the Old Testament and start with the prophets. And we finish the account of the early church in the New Testament and begin the letters. It's the biggest change moment of the year - so, once again, if you've got a bit behind just cut your losses and pick up from here.

9 Jul: 2 Kgs 18:1 – 19:13; Psalm 82:1 – 8; Acts 27:13 – 27:44
10 Jul: 2 Kgs 19:14 – 20:21; Psalm 83:1 – 18; Acts 28:1 – 28:16
11 Jul: 2 Kgs 21:1 – 22:20; Proverbs 16:28 – 17:4; Acts 28:17 – 28:31
12 Jul: 2 Kgs 23:1 – 24:7; Psalm 84:1 – 7; Rom 1:1 – 1:17
13 Jul: 2 Kgs 24:8 – 25:30; Psalm 84:8 – 12; Rom 1:18 – 1:32
14 Jul: Jonah 1:1 – 4:11; Psalm 85:1 – 7; Rom 2:1 – 2:16
15 Jul: Amos 1:1 – 2:16; Proverbs 17:5 – 14; Rom 2:17 – 3:8

Enjoy!
Monkey