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Nehemiah 2


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Prayer leads to action. It is not always quick and immediate, but faithful praying will lead to faithful obedience. As we lay our requests before the Lord over months and years, we ready ourselves to act and obey when opportunities arise. This is what happens in the life of Nehemiah. We looked at his prayer in chapter 1 last week and according to verse 1 of chapter 2, Nehemiah has been praying for around four months. He has been asking for success and mercy in the sight of this man (the king) for four months. And finally the day for action comes. And Nehemiah is ready.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2016 )
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Nehemiah 1: Who You Know, How You Pray Print E-mail

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What we believe about God will inform how we pray to Him. Our theology drives our prayers. This is true no matter what circumstances we might face. If things are going well, then we know that all thanksgiving belongs to the Lord. When things are difficult, we know that He hears our cries and never leaves us alone. At the end of our days, we will pray expectantly: ĎLord, bring us home to you.í Theology shapes the way we approach God in prayer.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2016 )
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Ezra 9-10: Disobedience to the Word Print E-mail

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Much has been made of the Supreme Courtís decision to legalize same-sex marriage. For the record, I believe that such marriages are disobedient to what the Bible teaches about marriage. And I understand that such belief could be costly to Christians in the near future. Yet, that is not what bothers me most about the current climate. Truth is, I am not surprised by the legalization of same-sex unions. I oppose it morally, but many do not. I am surprised at how quickly things changed, but I am not surprised that it happened. The cultural shift was rapid, but not necessarily unexpected. After all, people without Christ will continue to behave like people without Christ. That should not surprise us or bother us all that much. Yet, what does bother me the most is the response by many in the Church. Many professing Christians have embraced what the culture is saying about marriage and have abandoned what the Bible says about it. Unfortunately, we have done the same thing with divorce over the last 50 years or so. So what do you do when the Church, seemingly Godís people, abandons the Bibleís teaching on marriage?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2016 )
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Ezra 7-8: Staying True to the Word Print E-mail

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Being a new parent of two boys, I often wonder about the best way to pass on the faith to my children. How do I make sure that they hear the good news and see it lived out in a way that is true and winsome? For me, I wonder how to avoid the Ďpreacher's kidsí stereotype. How do I do my best to serve the Church and point my boys to the truth and the beauty of the gospel? I am sure that if you are a parent or a teacher or a coach or anyone who ever works with kids, then you have often thought to yourself: How do we pass on the faith to the next generation?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 April 2016 )
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Ezra 4-6: Trust God and His Word through Opposition Print E-mail

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God uses opposition to accomplish His purposes. We can usually identify our opposition. Whether it is the rival to our favorite sports team (Iím looking at you Chicago Cubs) or something more serious like another partyís presidential candidate or a group like ISIS. We normally know how to recognize those that we consider to be our opposition. But what about the people of God? Who is our opposition? According to Paul, we know it is not flesh and blood, it is not people, but we fight against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). Normally these forces will use people and governments and leaders to oppose Godís people. So what is our hope when that happens (or maybe as that continues to happen)? Our hope is that God uses such opposition to accomplish His purposes.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 )
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Ezra 3: Return to the Word in Obedience Print E-mail

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Trying to recover from difficult times can lead businesses in different directions. Some want to try something new. The old ways have led to the hardships, so they want to try something, anything new. They want to be innovative and creative, which are surely good things, and they want to let go of anything that they feel has held them back. They want to study the markets and appeal to the next generation. They want to move forward. Yet, others want to get back to the basics, back to doing things like they have always done them. They often feel that innovation is actually the problem. Thus, they want to get back to what made them successful in the first place. Two different approaches to the same problem.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 March 2016 )
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