A Scripture says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1), and there is no doubt about it. G.K. Chesterton said, “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors and to love our enemies probably because they are generally the same people.” In the case of Nehemiah, all four sides of Jerusalem were enemies. It is their … Continue reading Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 4)
Projects are sometimes complicated and slow. However, the organization of a group can prove to be a useful companion in accomplishing tasks. Chapter three shares in a detailed log how the people were divided into groups (primarily by families) and the particular area that they rebuilt and repaired. It is the first of four lists of names found in the book (3, 7, 10, and 11-12). Skipping … Continue reading Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 3)
One thing that I notice about leaders of organizations is that there is a significant amount of confusion between vision and mission. Especially when it comes to the small church. These guiding principles are essential for keeping the members aligned to God’s will for a congregation’s ministry and areas of focus. The short way of understanding the distinctiveness of vision is a robust, long-term view … Continue reading Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Mission & Vision)
In the week before the Christian Baptist Camp Meeting, preparations are still being made, sermons are still developing, songs are being practiced, volunteers recruited, tasks assigned, numbers crunched, and reports written. It is effortless to come into camp and think that everything picks up and continues from where we ended the previous year. In reality, life happens the other 51 weeks of the year. Bills … Continue reading How to pray the week before camp 2017 and take action.
By the time the second chapter opens, Nehemiah carried his burden for Jerusalem and his people very close to his heart for almost four months. He had been able to keep straight faced until this period while at work. We are told that before this time that Nehemiah, “had not been beforetime sad in his presence” (Neh. 2:1), speaking about King Artaxerxes. Yet, his countenance betrayed … Continue reading Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 2)