The Cupbearer Who Rebuilt a City

January 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Nehemiah | 1 Comment
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The Book of Nehemiah reminds us that, even when things seem to be at their worst, there is never a reason for God’s people to throw up their hands and quit. Even in Chapter 13, which deals with separating out those who were forbidden by law to enter into the congregation, Nehemiah saw opportunities rather than obstacles, and was not afraid to face problems head-on. He believed he was doing a great work because he was doing it for the great God. Here is a list of links to the previous lessons on Nehemiah:

1. Petitioning the King
2. Scorn, Schemes, Scoundrels, Schizophrenics, and Scares
3. The Strait Gate and the Wall that Will Not Fall *
4. Defeating Slander, Intimidation, and Discouragement
5. Beware Familial Fidelity
6. Power in Many Voices (Nehemiah 5:7)
7. Just Say (O)No *
8. Learning, Loving, and Living the Word
9. Confession and True Revival
10. The Connection between Giving and Trusting
11. Getting Kicked to the Glory of God

* most-read posts in series

The Connection between Giving and Trusting

December 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Nehemiah | 1 Comment
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It is important for Christians to support the work of the Lord with financial offerings.

For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.

Nehemiah 10:33

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21). Giving your best to God shows trust, but it also keeps your focus on God.

In Nehemiah Chapters 11 and 12 the people, having dedicated themselves to the Lord, dedicated the walls and the gates and the city to the Lord. Chapter 13 shows that when the promises made to God – and our part of the covenant – are broken, it’s a serious matter, but not a reason to throw up our hands and quit. Standing with God is a fight, and problems must be dealt with: sometimes with separation, but always with love.


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