Contributed on Oct 3, 2002
Caution: Studying the book of Nehemiah may lead to doing things God’s way. You will find the world will marvel, worldly Christians will snipe and criticize, and...God will be pleased.
October 6, 2002 A few short quotes about the man called Nehemiah, before we dig-in to the book called after the man: “Nehemiah was an energetic leader who combined a deep trust in the Lord with precise planning, careful organization, and discreet but energetic action.”(1) “He stood like an ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2002
The joy and excitement of laying it all on the line for Christ.
October 13, 2002 1And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. 2Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2002
How prayer is the right response to opposition of any type -- spiritual, financial, physical, etc.
November 3, 2002 The job to which God called Nehemiah was to leave being a comfortable captive in the service of Persian king (Artaxerxes), and travel to the home of his ancestors, Jerusalem; it was there the work of rebuilding the crumbling walls of a defeated people was to take ...read more
Contributed on Nov 11, 2002
Life can be frightening; How do I follow God through my most overwhelming fears?
November 10, 2002 7But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall were being repaired, they became furious. 8They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and to bring about confusion there. 9But ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2002
Social action -- sticking up for your weaker brother/neighbor is always right in God’s eyes.
November 17, 2002 1About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews. 2They were saying, ¡§We have such large families. We need more money just so we can buy the food we need to survive.¡¨ 3Others said, ¡§We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2002
How can I stand as a godly person with discernment in a society that does not recognize spiritual success?
November 24, 2002 1Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, 2then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2002
The price of a successful family life is a watchful eye over the essentials.
August 11, 2002 My daughter, Jennifer, sent me the story of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, "This is good!" One day the king and his friend ...read more
Contributed on Jan 3, 2003
Today, amid all the laughter of entertainment, parties and such we are a joyless society. I like joy; I like the genuine kind that starts deep down within and bubbles up to the surface. It is irrepressible, unstoppable and it is what Jesus died to bring
January 5, 2003 1And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel. 2Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who ...read more