Contributed on Jan 9, 2011
Be zealous for the glory of God. Be passionate in prayer. Be God's answer to the need of the moment.
Ever had this experience? You are excited about being a Christian and living for God, and then something happen and everything changes. • The warm fuzzy feelings suddenly fizzle. You lost interest in anything spiritual. That's not bad or wrong. Feelings come and go all the time. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2011
Nehemiah trusted God and made himself available. He never lose sight of his dependence on God and was fully committed to doing his best for the work of God. God used him to finish His work. One man can make a great difference.
Nehemiah 2:1-9 The Mountain Starts to Move ES 16Jan11 2134 It really doesn’t matter how big your mountain is, Jesus says if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, and say to the mountain, “Move from here to there”, it can be moved. • Jesus challenges us to exercise ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2011
When God originates, He orchestrates. God will grant us the strength we need to finish His work. Expect challenges when doing God's will. Choose to look at problems with eyes of faith, not fear.
Nehemiah 2:11-20 Overcoming All Odds ES 30Jan11 2072 What God originates, He orchestrates. • It started off with a burden, and a desire to do something. Nehemiah shared this with God. • God puts the pieces in place (so to speak) and Nehemiah got what he needed. The will of God ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2011
God uses all kinds of people to do His work. You have a place in His church and your contribution is valuable. With such diversity in the team, it is senseless to compete and compare; we are called to cooperate. We serve to glorify God, He alone is our
What we learn last week: ?What God originates, He orchestrates. ?Expect challenges when doing God’s will. ?Don’t fear difficulties. Choose to look at them with eyes of faith, and not fear. Last Tuesday, I read these words from Bill Hybels?The Power of a Whisper (p.110-111): “Don’t ever ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2011
We can be easily defeated by words or ridicule. Pray and focus on what God has called us to do. Overcome fatigue, frustrations and fears by asking God for help, getting reinforcements and remembering the great and awesome God.
What we learn last week: • God uses anyone who is willing to offer themselves to serve. He looks for availability, not capability. • So you and I have a place in God’s church, and being a member of this Body, our contribution is valuable and vital. • Since we are ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2011
The greatest problem in ministry is often the fight within. Beware of the seeds of discontent, distrust and rivalry that the evil One can sow within the Body of Christ. Don't let selfishness gets the better of us.
What we learn last week: There will be oppositions in ministry. • We cannot stop what people will say but we can choose not to allow their words or deeds to discourage us from doing what is good and right, what is the will of God. • We choose not to be distracted; we FOCUS on what ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2011
Don’t be distracted, practice ’planned neglect’ and give priority to God. Don’t be worried about reputation, watch your character. Don’t fear men, fear God and do His will.
Let’s read Neh 6:1-16 The devil is relentless when it comes to the destroying God’s work. • Remember this, he never gives up. After one great event or a successful ministry, don’t let your guard down. It is not the end. • We need to be as watchful after the victory as before the battle. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2011
A nation is more than just the walls but the people. For the people to be a people of God, they need to return to the worship of God. 2 things we learn from this chapter, that we need to take note of: (1) watch our character, and (2) remember our identi
RECAP Last Week Sermon Pointers - Schemes of the Enemy - He seeks to: (1) Distract you. We overcome it by planned neglect. Focus on the GREAT work. (2) Defame you (rumours & gossips). We take care of our character; trust God to take care of our reputation. (3) Discredit you (intimidate you). ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2011
The Word of God transforms. It brings conviction and joy. Do not undermine the intake of God's Word. Cultivate a respect for His Word.
RECAP last week's message – Rebuilding the People of God (1) Watch Your Character. Nehemiah chose people who are faithful and fear God. Your greatest ability is dependability. (2) Remember Your Identity. Nehemiah organised the people and reinstated the worship of God among the people. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2011
TRUE CHANGE or RENEWAL can only happen when these 3 things take place: (1) Admit our wrongs (confession), (2) Acknowledge God’s ways (repentance), and (3) Act on It (commitment).
We have come to Nehemiah 9. Let’s take a quick glance at the setting. • The Jewish people had been in captivity in Babylon. Their Temple and the entire city of Jerusalem had been destroyed. • Now, after 70 years, they have returned and rebuilt their city. Although we ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2011
We commit because it reflects the character of our God, it helps us stay on the right track and it helps us stay focused on God.
In the past 2 chapters we see a nation’s attempts at re-connecting with God. • It started with the reading of the Book of the Law (Torah, Pentateuch), the Word of God. • They were convicted by the Spirit of God and convinced of a need to change. Last week, we saw the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 17, 2011
The people offered their presence in the city, their praise to God and their possessions for His house.
RECAP: Neh 10 - The nation made a binding agreement before God, in writing. • Committing themselves, and the generations to come, to SUBMIT to God’s Word (obey Him), to SEPARATE themselves as God’s people (to be a good testimony), and to SUPPORT the Lord’s ministry in the ...read more
Contributed on May 2, 2011
Make the effort to stay faithful (winning over complacency) and make the choice to obey God (winning over compromise).
It easy to make promises, but to keep them is another matter altogether. • You may be passionate and sincere when you make a stand, but to stay on course requires much, much more. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, say this: “It is in the nature of a fire to go out, you must keep it ...read more