Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Sealing a spiritual commitment is not enough; we must strengthen our commitments daily. Twelve years after dedicating the wall, God's peopled strayed from their commitments. They grew lax on Sabbath practice, stewardship, and pure marriages. Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to confront the people and ask them to reaffirm their commitments.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016
Confession may sound like a bad word. It is a spiritual purging, akin to a thick sweat or dry heave. But confession is actually a grace. God invites us to let go of our guilt and the sin that so easily entangles us in exchange for his forgiveness and perfect righteousness. The confession service in Nehemiah 9 provides a powerful model of corporate confession, illustrating the long back story of sin as a learned behavior, but the longer fuse of God, who is merciful.
Sun, Jul 03, 2016
Duration: 22 mins 29 secs
Christians should learn a lesson from Nehemiah (and the OT Jewish Calendar) about turning a meal into a feast. Food can be a signal for gratitude, joy, and hope when eaten with the right people in the right way. In fact, Jesus turned regular meals into feasts throughout his ministry. Learn to feast with joy in this short message.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Duration: 44 mins 58 secs
Finishing a task is often harder than it seems. To finish pushes us beyond our comfort zones, stirs up fears, and creates opposition (internal and external). We face distractions and give into short-term gratification, rather than long-term satisfaction. Nehemiah exemplifies how to resist obstacles and finish his task. He builds a wall in Jerusalem, in spite of constant interruptions. He calls us to live as finishers.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Duration: 46 mins 31 secs
Most of us have enough. The problem is that we want more, rather than share more. However, when God's people learn to share, letting generosity not greed drive them, they push back injustice and elevate others. Nehemiah fights economic ills related to the wall rebuilding project. He models a compassionate generosity that should be lived out in the church.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
Duration: 44 mins 53 secs
Nehemiah stood against his opponents, whose taunts and plots disturbed the people of Jerusalem, but did not stop their work. Any building project for God's glory will face opposition, but good leaders and workers stand firm through the fear, knowing their God fights for them. This integrates stories of modern day bullies, imprecatory psalms, bands of brothers, and God's strength.
Sun, Jun 05, 2016
Nehemiah coordinates an efficient and effective building project. In fifty-two days with more than forty teams, he reuilds the walls around Jerusalem. While the reading is not riveting, the building lessons in Nehemiah are priceless. every building effort -- a wall, marriage, family, career, ministry or social network -- benefits from a vision and plan where leaders and laborers apply their skills to local needs. One does not need to be handy to build for God's purposes.
Sun, May 29, 2016
Duration: 43 mins 48 secs
Asking can open unlikely doors. Unfortunately, we may ask in the wrong ways with the wrong motives. We may manipulate and disrespect. Learning to ASK in the right ways with the right motives grants dignity to others and opportunities for success. Nehemiah demonstrates two great ASKS. This sermon gives several principles for good asking, bolstered by a few intriguing grammatical notes. I ask you to listen and apply!
Sun, May 22, 2016
Duration: 37 mins 47 secs
When Nehemiah gets news of the broken walls and distressed people in Jerusalem, he weeps. His passion turns to prayer - a great model of praise, penitence, faith, and petition. And because he is a cupbearer to the king of Persia, he has the position to ask the king for a building permit in Jerusalem. More than a model prayer, Nehemiah illustrates God using someone's passion and position to achieve God's purposes. We do well to pray along with our passions and position.