Scripture Reading Challenge (#9)

Trouble was in the house of Isaac.  God already told Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, that their twin sons would strive for dominance and that the older would serve the younger.  They, however, seemed to dismiss this word and went on their way.  A family that appeared to have so much promise ended up inContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#9)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#8)

One of the hardest experiences is to receive something extraordinary and then either misplace it or have it taken away.  We see this type of thing happening to Abraham.  However, we will also see just how strong his faith had become.  As the Hebrew writer penned, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered upContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#8)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#5)

Learning another language can be hard. In our text today, however, we learn that humanity shared a common language. After an act of rebellion before God, we lost that gift. God has ways of reminding us that we are not in control, but that He is. Read Genesis 11:1-9 This passage unveils basic human needs.  TheseContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#5)”

Reading Scripture Challenge (#4)

Do you know anyone that is absent-minded?  Forgetfulness is something that we have to deal with in this world.  God, however, always has us on His mind.  Psalm 139:17-18 reads, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!  How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are moreContinue reading “Reading Scripture Challenge (#4)”

CFCB Scripture Reading Challenge (#2)

God’s creation included freewill.  Adam could use this freedom to voluntarily choose to love God and obey his commands, or he could abuse this freedom and decide to disobey God.  The reading today focuses on the fall of man and how sin entered into creation. Read Genesis 3:1-24 In this third chapter, we are introducedContinue reading “CFCB Scripture Reading Challenge (#2)”

Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 3)

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 namesContinue reading “Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 3)”

Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Mission & Vision)

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 ofContinue reading “Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Mission & Vision)”

How to pray the week before camp 2017 and take action.

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,Continue reading “How to pray the week before camp 2017 and take action.”

Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 2)

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”Continue reading “Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 2)”

Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 1)

After being in captivity for 70 years in Babylon, in 536 B.C., the first group of Jews returned to Israel under the leadership of Zerubbabel, the kingly descendant. In 458 B.C., Ezra the priest led the second group, and in 444 B.C. a third group was led by Nehemiah.  Zerubbabel led the rebuilding of theContinue reading “Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 1)”