Rebuilding: Rebuilding on God’s Word

Nehemiah knew that God’s word had to be central to God’s people. For far too long, they had ignored it and disobeyed it. He made sure that it became central to their lives. We must make certain that we make God’s word central to our lives individually and in our families, as well as our […]

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Rebuilding: Facing Distractions

Nehemiah’s enemies tried to distract him by asking for meetings and then by making false accusations against him and the work. Distractions are part of our everyday life and can often take our eyes off the vision. Distractions can produce opportunities, accusations, and fear. We must stay alert to the many distractions that come our […]

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Rebuilding: Dealing with Conflict

Sometimes, opposition comes from those who are working to make changes. Once Nehemiah was made aware of how the others were treating those who were a part of the solution, he became angry, thought it over, and then took action. When conflict arises, at home, work, or wherever we need to pray and consider our […]

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Rebuilding: Protect the Vision

Enemies always show up when you are doing a good work. Nehemiah and those working with him knew they were doing a good work. They also knew that they needed God, and they needed each other. You and I need to remember the same; there are always enemies around when we try to do what […]

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Facing Opposition

No matter what the need is and how much it is needed, there will always be those who oppose what you are doing. We will always face someone or something that will make the task much harder. So, don’t be surprised when it happens. Nehemiah and those with him were willing to do whatever it […]

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Rebuilding: Taking Your Time

Summary: Once Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem, he took his time before sharing what God was birthing in him. Nehemiah took the time to see the real needs up close. We need to assess a situation and clarify what needs to be done before bringing others into it. We need to confirm that God is the one […]

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Rebuilding: Getting on Your Knees

Nehemiah was concerned about what was happening to his people in their homeland, even though he had never been there. Hearing what they were facing and the reputation of His God broke his heart. Nehemiah was driven to his knees. We must take the time to find out what people are facing and become concerned […]

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  “Feasting”... Ancient Christians used that very word to describe their Gathered Worship – the Feast! They would meet together regularly to share a meal and do life together. They would also pause to remember the sacrifice and death of Jesus on their behalf. To break bread with someone is to enter communion with them, […]

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The Posture of Worship

We are undone in the presence of God. When we see Him, we will see ourselves as we really are. We own our sin and cry out for help. When we worship-we cannot but go and tell others about the one we worship. True worship cannot be contained but must be shared with others. Pastor […]

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The Sacrifice of Worship

Worship requires action. It is not just an emotional experience – from the gift given to us to the offering made by us. Because Jesus offered himself FOR us and offers himself TO us, we can offer our sacrifices as well: our bodies, our praise, our resources, and all because he who died for us […]

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