Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Confession Comes First

April 2nd, 2015 Viewed 1320 times

One of the things we learn about Nehemiah early on is that he has a close relationship with God– often going to him in prayer as a reflex.  In the first part of this book, he hears a report that his people are living in poor conditions.  Nehemiah is concerned about them, but rather than Nehemiah immediately getting on a horse, organizing a food drive, or trying to get things done under his own power, he turns to God, but in an interesting way.

Do You Care For Other Believers?

April 1st, 2015 Viewed 1746 times

The book of Nehemiah is one of my favorites.  Here we have a man who was not a prophet, priest, or king, but was a lay worker– a food tester for a king.  This man had risen through the ranks, being part of an occupied people, and he was in a position of importance because he held the king’s life in his hands.

As we journey through this book together, think about his perspective and let’s ask some of the questions that he asked and think through what he thought

Telling Their Children About God

October 8th, 2006 Viewed 4691 times

One of the biggest responsibilities that we have as fathers is to develop a passion for God in our children. That being said, the Bible has a lot to say on the topic.

That this may be a sign among you, [that] when your children ask [their fathers] in time to come, saying, What [mean] ye by these stones? – Joshua 4:6

And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where [be] all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. – Judges 6:13

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: – Psalm 78:5

God was constantly having the children of Israel place markers so that they would remember what He had done.  He then instructed the fathers to impart that knowledge in the house, by the way, etc.  That’s why you see in the Joshua passage that children would ask their fathers– because they were supposed to know what happened.

No Local Census?

December 28th, 2004 Viewed 1558 times

Wooden Nativity Page 6

Summary: Meacham starts out by saying that Luke has a problem in getting Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem since he has them living in Nazareth, so Luke apparently grabs at history to select an event– a census– to get Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Meacham quotes Brown who claims that Luke’s history is “dubious on almost every score.” Meacham claims there was no global or local census.


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.