Summary: This was a presentation to the Canadian Valley Technology Center near OKC) on the anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that destroyed their facilities. They are in the process of rebuilding. This was to encourage their moral in the effort.

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1. Daniel and Ezekiel Webster Doing Nothing

Lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster was a powerful orator who gave early evidence of his quick mind and his way with words. One day Webster’s father, was to be absent from the home. He left Daniel and his brother Ezekiel specific work instructions.

But on his return he found the task still undone, and questioned his sons about their idleness. "What have you been doing, Ezekiel?" he asked. "Nothing, sir." "Well, Daniel, what have you been doing?" "Helping Zeke, sir."

That sounds like some people today. “Why should I do something if no one else is?” Some reason this way: “I don’t see anybody else around here doing anything, so why should I?”

2. Not so with the Canadian Valley Vo-Tech

a. You have been through a major tragedy and bounced back

b. The leaders of this institution have led you into action as you anticipate the building of a new and improved facility

1) No sitting and waiting until the new facility is finished

2) Sacrificial efforts on the part of the whole organization have kept things going

3) SYCoC is very honored to have a part in hosting the CVVT-CDC; in a small way we get to partner with you to serve this community

3. There are many Stories in the Bible and in Life of Persevering People

4. God has put something in us that just does not roll over when tragedies happen, whether it is tornadoes; illnesses; disruption; or whatever the case may be.

I. Face the Challenges as they Come – and they WILL Come – Nehemiah 4

The original “Murphy” of “Murphy’s Law” fame was an engineer who conducted an experiment to test human acceleration tolerances. Unfortunately for him, he installed 16 motion sensors the wrong way, leading to the now famous quotation, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” I guess the corollary is also true: “If anything can’t go wrong, it will anyway.”

Here are some other laws blamed on poor Mr. Murphy:

• Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

• Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.

• You will never find a lost article until you replace it.

• Everything goes wrong all at once.

• If everything seems to be going well, you’ve obviously overlooked something.

A. Recap of Nehemiah

1. Chapter 1 – Nehemiah’s prayer for the city of Jerusalem

2. Chapter 2 – God moves Nehemiah from the prosperity of Persia to the desolation of Israel

3. Chapter 3 – Progress in the rebuilding – a place for everyone to work

B. Challenge of the Loyal Opposition – If anything can go wrong – Nehemiah 4

1. Ridicule

2. Reprisal – enemies angry and begin plotting to stop the Jews

C. Challenges from within

1. Fatigue – Nehemiah 4.10 “Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, ‘The strength of the laborers is giving out…” they were tired

2. Frustration -- Verse 10 continues by saying that there is “so much rubble” that they cannot rebuild the wall.

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