Occupations in Bible Times, Part II: In the Market Place

The market place in Bible times was a busy, diverse, and important place. Not only for selling goods, but for many other occupations and activities.

As we learned in Part One of this series, the occupations and tasks carried out by men and women were many and varied. And we also learned that because many trades were a mix of cottage industry and manufacturing on a larger scale, the home and field section tends to cross over with jobs in the marketplace.

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The Fix-It Mom

As parents, it hurts to see our kids, grandkids, or spiritual children go through difficulties, doesn’t it? And if you’re like me, you’d like to fix all…

As parents, it hurts to see our kids, grandkids, or spiritual children go through difficulties, doesn’t it? And if you’re like me, you’d like to fix all their problems. Kiss it and make it better like when they were small.

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Hidden in Silence [Saturday Spotlight]

The true, heart-warming, and gripping story of a young Polish woman courageously hiding 13 Jews in her attic during WWII…

I don’t know about you, but finances can get pretty tight around here. Our outings usually mean strolling up the street on Saturday night for wonderful piping hot pizzas from our favorite pizzeria-hangout, The Red Wolf. Eating out (unless you go elegant or eat a lot) is really pretty inexpensive here. We can get 2 round pizzas, water, and wine for about $10!! And I’m talking GOOD pizza! 🙂

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Eyes That Don’t See: A Spiritual Vision Checkup

With healthy eyes we see well. Or at least we think we do…

It snuck up quietly, a little at a time. That’s the way some things happen. And we’re unaware until it’s too late (or almost). Like with my eyesight. I was convinced I could see. But truth is, I was going blind.

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Walking to God’s Heartbeat

To truly walk to God’s heartbeat takes going against the current, and at times, even at great personal cost…

I want to walk to God’s heartbeat. Don’t you? Then why do we so often take the easy way out? Our early church fathers, the early missionaries, and even Christ himself purposely chose the hard way, the way of self-denial. They chose to follow God’s way – regardless of the cost and even when it made things harder. But we often fall into the tendency of pleasing ourselves. Or doing just enough to get by, don’t we?

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Occupations in Bible Times Part 1: In the Home and Field

Much of the cottage industry in Bible times was carried out in or around the home as a family enterprise, involving everyone, young to old…

Work and vocation, as instituted by God, are good. Scripture opens with God at work, creating the entire world and giving man and woman their first occupations: farming and homemaking. He set them to care for the earth, work for their own living, and make or grow what they needed. And although Israel always remained an agriculturally-based economy in ancient times, occupations naturally expanded over time, becoming more skilled and complex.

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Free Bible Images [Saturday Spotlight]

If you struggle to find high quality Bible-based images for your lesson or blog, your struggle is over!

Has a scarcity of good Bible-based images ever frustrated you? Then check out Free Bible Images.org. This amazing site contains over 930 sets of Bible story scenes available for free download and use. And yes, you read that right: free! As long as you agree to the terms of use for each image set and don’t use them in any way that would undermine the Christian faith and gospel.

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