Celebrate Good Times, C'Mon (Nehemiah 12)

Nehemiah has proven to be a book about many things, most fascinating to me has been the foreshadowing of Jesus and last time I discovered something worth celebrating – the “boring” life!  That celebration comes to the forefront, now, in Chapter 12....

The Boring Life (Nehemiah 11)

While there seemed to be some obvious continuity / progression in the past few chapters, Chapter 11 returns to a “1 Chronicles” listing style similar to Chapter 7.  But something interesting stood out… Chapters Thus Far: 1 – Nehemiah broken...

Purification Leads to Obedience (Nehemiah 10)

The flow the last few chapters as been God’s Word leads to Repentance, Repentance leads to Confession, Confession leads to Purification and in Chapter 10 we’ll see Purification giving birth to actionable promises of Obedience. Chapters Thus Far: 1 –...

Confession Leads to Purification (Nehemiah 9)

In Chapter 8 I wrote about the impact hearing God’s word had on Jerusalem, convicting people of their sin and returning them back to Him.  In other words, Restoration begins in God’s Word. Today we will see the natural overflow of restoration (and...

Restoration through His word (Nehemiah 8)

As a reminder Neh 1-6 focuses on rebuilding the wall, a physical representation of a spiritual broken-ness in us.  Chapters 7-13 focus on the rebuilding of the people and, now, in chapter 8, we see how powerful the Word of God is in that restoration process. Chapters...

Roll Call (Nehemiah 7)

In Nehemiah 6 I learned a great deal about how to handle opposition and, sadly, how very poorly equipped I am to do it!  God is slowly growing this child into his new identity and Nehemiah is an awesome example of someone who I find myself longing to model after.  For...