Category Archives: Nehemiah

The Joy Was Heard

Back from a week of visiting family. Back, Lord willing, into my morning routine. Finished off Nehemiah this morning. Always mixed emotions as I read these last chapters. Not really sure how I should read Nehemiah’s nationally enforced obedience in … Continue reading

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Nevertheless

To mess with Dickens’ well-known line . . . It can be the best of words, it can be the worst of words. The word? Nevertheless. It’s been over three weeks since they gathered to hear Ezra read from the … Continue reading

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Ready to Receive the Word

Facedown or face to the ground? That is the question. Well, not really. It is a question. But in the overall scheme of things, not that important a question. Nevertheless, one I am chewing on this morning. And not because … Continue reading

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We’re Gonna Sing

To sing, or not to sing, that is the question. At least for some. And, a few weeks ago, for us as elders as we anticipated our church gathering again in our building this Sunday. Lot to think about when … Continue reading

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Next To

What I recall from most couples I’ve met who have talked of taking on home renovation projects together, is that while they may have saved some money, they stressed their marriage. Whether tiling together, painting together, or hanging pictures together, … Continue reading

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The God of Heaven

Okay, not sure how this thought’s going to play out. More noodling than concluding. But need to work through an observation that keeps getting observed over the past few days through my reading plan. So, what am I chewing on … Continue reading

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It’s Not You, It’s Us

Hovering over Nehemiah 9 this morning. For over three weeks the people who built the wall have been listening to the Word. What began on the first day of the seventh month with standing before Ezra as he read from … Continue reading

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Do Not Be Afraid . . . Remember the Lord . . . and Fight!

Earlier this week, I was talking to a young friend you has been going through a crisis of faith over the last few years and is kind of wound tight now as she quickly approaches a season of change and … Continue reading

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A Curse-based Oath vs. Grace-based Determination

You gotta hand it to Nehemiah & Co. They did it! Despite unrelenting opposition they rebuilt the walls. But perhaps more impressive, after decades of exile in a foreign land they rediscovered the Word. The Law read resulted in hearts … Continue reading

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The Word Had Its Way

Though rebuilt it was still a shadow of the glory it had been in the day. Sure the walls were in place, the gates re-hung, the temple again marked by the ascending smoke of offerings to the Lord, but it … Continue reading

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