Summary: Bad news is the genesis of breakthroughs sometimes everything works out in a fairytale outcome… sometimes it doesn’t but either way, there are breakthroughs. God is the only person who brings good out from bad.

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This is a monumental series…

First time all four Mariners churches have done a church-wide campaign together

All sermons… all life groups… (including students) for 7 weeks

building toward a very special “Dream” event

Plus the book, FAVOR WITH KINGS, for daily reading

book is only $10 on patio—can’t get it cheaper

we hope EVERYONE joins in the fun and reads… even if you’re not a reader, you can do this—short, inspirational chapters that will make the story of Nehemiah come alive and make sense to your life

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Bad news is the genesis of breakthroughs

sometimes everything works out in a fairytale outcome… sometimes it doesn’t

but either way, there are breakthroughs

God is the only person who brings good from out bad

Sometimes life blows up in our face

And we can go down with it… or we can believe there is more

Is there hope for a broken person in this broke world? Does God really have a bigger plan for me, despite everything?

That’s what we’re talking about today…

Where there is no vision, the people perish… Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. Proverbs 29:18 (MSG)


Seeing what God has already done…

…Sensing what He’s doing now…

…Anticipating what He might do next.

“I have a dream” (MLK)

You have a dream

Maybe you had one and gave up on it

Maybe you want one but aren’t clear yet

We want to help you get clear on your dream and take steps toward it over the next 7 weeks.

Hint: You will one day be able to say this about your dream:

I have a mission from God that motivates me and matters to someone else.

Nehemiah 1:1-4

These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.

3 They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”

4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept…


Babylon takes Jerusalem, captivity

Persia takes Babylon

Persian kings allow some Jews to go back and settle again in Jerusalem

Decades pass, rebuilt temple, but can’t make any progress on walls

Vulnerable, unsafe, disrespected, hopeless

Nehemiah’s brother and others come visit Nehemiah

800 mile trip

Nehemiah is cupbearer to King of Persia, Artaxerxes


Good to be Nehemiah

Eats like a king

Lives in luxury

Is in king’s presence constantly

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