Nehemiah 5 – Unity through Generosity

There’s a spirit of generosity about Nehemiah. He tells us what it cost him. An ox…this is a daily requirement to feed these 150 men and the entourage of diplomats that would stay in the governor’s palace perhaps…an ox and six choice sheep, and fowl of some kind, and every ten days all kind of […]

Posted on: January 30, 2013 - 7:57PM

Nehemiah 4 – Facing Opposition

These people had not only to build the wall of Jerusalem, but to watch against their enemies at the same time. Their case is ours. We have to work for Christ. I hope that all of us who love him are trying to do what we can to build up his kingdom; but we need […]

Posted on: January 24, 2013 - 8:38PM

Nehemiah 3 – Serving Together

Chapter 3 is one of those chapters that consists largely of unpronounceable names and long-forgotten people! It can be discouraging to come to a chapter like this. But it tells the story of the work of repairing the gates and walls of Jerusalem that Nehemiah had been sent there to do. They worked together. All […]

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Make the most of your reading

As I’ve embarked on a two year journey to read through the Bible, I’ve already been reminded of my propensity to read for reading’s sake. Put another way, I’ve seen how easily my focus slips away from reading to have my life transformed by the One I’m meeting with and drifts towards merely reading for […]

Posted on: January 14, 2013 - 4:48PM

Nehemiah 2 – Servant Leadership and Prayer

  The critical moment had arrived. How much hangs upon the next sentence—not the continuance of the royal favour only, but perhaps the very life of the speaker, and, what is of far more value to a patriot, the future destiny of his people! Nehemiah’s perception of its intense importance is apparent in the brief […]

Posted on: January 10, 2013 - 9:07PM

A Passion for the Glory of God (Nehemiah 1)

Perhaps more than ever before – I felt and continue to feel the eternal weight of the message from Sunday.  This week and last have been marked by constant wrestlings to identify the idols in my own heart that would keep me from walking like Nehemiah.  Those things that would hinder my pursuit of Christ-likeness. […]

Posted on: January 9, 2013 - 10:41AM

Nehemiah 1 – Servant Leadership

Now when [Nehemiah] hears about the distress of God’s people and the dishonor to God’s name, he cannot be happy in this great job and these luxurious surroundings. He was willing to give it all up, make the difficult journey to Jerusalem, and to set about the stressful job of mobilizing the people to rebuild […]

Posted on: January 3, 2013 - 10:14PM

Benefits of Remembering

I trust the past few weeks have afforded you opportunities to reflect & consider the evidences of God’s grace throughout 2012. If you’ve yet to make this a priority, let me encourage you to carve out the time & make this happen. As we discussed Sunday, not only does recounting God’s hand at work bring […]

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End of Year 2012 – Evaluating Your Growth in Godliness

What kind of spiritual growth have you experienced during the past year? I strongly believe we should ask ourselves that question. If we are serious about growing spiritually, we must at times measure our progress. That’s the only way we will know where we are in our quest to reach spiritual maturity. Of course, I […]

Posted on: December 27, 2012 - 8:21PM

Advent Week 3 – The Birth of Jesus Reveals Who God Is

  This is a great deep that we stand as it were on the shores of a vast and illimitable sea. We hardly could explore its extremities. We are unable to plumb the unfathomable depths of the meaning and beauty of this marvelous passage. The preeminent Christ: “It pleased God the Father that in Him […]

Posted on: December 20, 2012 - 12:53PM