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Stepping Out

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Posted by Joe Paris on

Do you remember that story in the Bible where the disciples are going across the sea of Galilee, and Jesus is seen walking on water? The disciples are freaked out because they have no idea who or what is coming towards them. At first, they assume it is a ghost. Immediately, Jesus reveals himself ...

A Powerful Progression

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Posted by Steve Glenn on

The first few chapters of Nehemiah show us some solid steps that led to Nehemiah’s success. There is a blueprint embedded in the story that can help us to bear good fruit as children of God. 1. Nehemiah had passion. The first thing that jumps off the pages of Nehemiah to me is the fact ...

Purpose, Process and Payoff

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Posted by Pat Cooper on

The waiting game: a game no one likes to play, but everyone will. The grocery store checkout line we get in is the fastest one until we roll our cart into it. No brake lights are glowing in the traffic to our right or left until we change lanes. Fast food, convenience stores and one-click buying ...

Where Do You Turn?

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Posted by Blake Clickner on

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his com...

Facing Consequences

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Posted by Casey Coats on

If you are a parent, you have probably seen the following scene play out more than once: Parent says, “Sit your bottom in your chair.” Child ignores parent, keeps leaning over. Parent says, “Sit your bottom in your chair, or you’re going to fall and hurt ...

Our Purpose, God's Plan

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Posted by Valerie Williams on

God entrusted Nehemiah with a unique role. Nehemiah was a cupbearer. It would be really easy to see his job as insignificant. After all, if he were to drink something tainted, or even poisonous, he could be replaced. But what if we were to look beyond what seems obvious to man? Nehemiah saw ...

Begin with Praise

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Posted by Joy Vroonland on

Nehemiah prayed before he went to the king on behalf of his people. He began this prayer with praise: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments…” (Nehemiah 1:5). He went on to confess his ...

Lights, Camera, Drama!

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Posted by Andrew Knight on

My son loves action movies. Marvel superhero movies, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings — these are among his favorites. Whether it’s in the movies or life itself, we can all appreciate strong, decisive action that leads to a positive outcome in the face of crisis and danger. In Nehemiah 1, ...

Living In Community

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Posted by Luke Bedford on

When I first started attending c|Life four and a half years ago, I heard almost every Sunday about the importance of living in community with others, but I never allowed myself to truly experience what that meant until September of 2015. At that time, my wife and I began leading a discussion group ...

Hiding and Sweating

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Posted by Kevin Kelley on

Subsequent to Adam and Eve’s rebellious assertion of independence in Eden’s garden, their immediate response was a shameful awareness of their nakedness. Then came the pathetic attempt at covering themselves by sewing fig leaves together. (I don’t imagine Coco Channel or Oscar de ...

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