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Nehemiah: The Obedient Rebuilder

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Posted by Doug Hall on

Nehemiah modeled an example of obedience to God. Nehemiah prayed. When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. — Nehemiah 1:4 Nehemiah was so emotionally distraught about the condition of the people of Judah and ...

Walls Don't Rebuild Themselves

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Posted by Laci Jackson on

I cannot imagine having the weight of a nation on my shoulders or the task of restoring its glory by building a wall. Get your political mind out of the gutter! I’m obviously referring to Nehemiah and his task of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. As modern Americans, we can have a hard ...

Strengthening Our Walls

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Posted by Rebecca Spence on

“…Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and the burned ones at that?” — Nehemiah 4:2 Sometimes our lives become heaps of rubbish. What was once a beautiful, pristine wall of our own making turns into a pile of burned bricks of our own doing. One of our ...

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 ...

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