Sunday, April 24, 2022

Celebrating God's Accomplishments - Nathan Rages

In Neh. 6:15-16 and 12:27-43 we have the joyous conclusion to the Jerusalem wall-building project.  Those events can be summarized with these four concepts:
1. The SPEED of project completion.  (6:15)
2. The HUMILIATION of the enemies.  (6:16)
3. The PURITY of the worshippers.  (12:30)
4. The REJOICING in the Lord.  (12:27-43)

Sunday, April 10, 2022

7 Ways to Destroy a Good Leader - Nathan Rages

In Nehemiah 6:1-14, the enemies of God turn their attention completely on Nehemiah himself, attempting to destroy this good leader using the following seven tactics -- tactics which the Devil still uses against believers today:
1. Isolation (v2)
2. Distraction (v3)
3. Repetition (of temptations) (v4)
4. Slander (v5-8)
5. Fear (v9,13,14)
6. Bad advice (v10-14)
7. Irreverence (v10,13)

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Restoring Unity Among Believers - Nathan Rages

Nehemiah chapter 5 describes the greatest threat to the Jerusalem wall-building project: disunity among the Jewish people.  Through Nehemiah's wise leadership, God quickly and amazingly restored their unity.

1. The *problem* of disunity.
2. Nehemiah’s *response* to the disunity:
(a) His emotion
(b) His courage
(c) His persuasion
(d) His repentance
(e) His integrity