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March 2018

What Makes a Nehemiah? #6 Community Assessment

By |March 13th, 2018|

 
So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. There was no animal with me but the one on which I rode. I went […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #5 Working Your Plan And Facing Opposition

By |March 12th, 2018|

 
Then I came to the governors of the province beyond the river and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah, the Ammonite servant, heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #4 Planning

By |March 11th, 2018|

 
And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight,
that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.”
And the king said to me… “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?”
So it […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #3 Patience

By |March 10th, 2018|

 
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev,
in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the capital… In the month of Nisan,
in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him,
I took up the wine and gave it to the king… ~ Nehemiah 1:1; 2:1 […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #2 A Man of Prayer

By |March 9th, 2018|

 
And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant
and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear
be attentive and your eyes open,  to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before
you day and night for the people of Israel your […]

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The Testimony of Planning #2

By |March 4th, 2018|

 
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. ~ I Corinthians 3:6
READING: I Corinthians 1:18-31
OK, now let’s look at this young man’s story from a different point of view. While it appears obvious that he’s making plenty of rookie mistakes, and while it would do him good to listen to wiser […]

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The Testimony of Planning #1

By |March 3rd, 2018|

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not
first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money
to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish
it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, “This fellow
began to build and was not able […]

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Impossible Does Not Mean Unsolvable

By |March 2nd, 2018|

Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many? ~ John 6:9
READING: John 6:1-15
Insufficiency is not an uncommon word as we strive to plant churches around the globe. There are various kinds of insufficiency: insufficiency of funds, manpower, talents, skills, abilities, and […]

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February 2018

World of Numbers

By |February 25th, 2018|

Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God. ~ Psalm 20:7

READING: Psalm 20
How can we live in a world of numbers but not be of it, especially in the world of church planting? The measuring of things that are supposed to be growing seems unavoidable. When my baby was born I wanted to know her weight and length because I deeply cared about the health and vitality of my newborn. I did not know a better, clearer way to be reassured that she was doing okay.

Categories like attendance, offering intake, and number of conversions are real and often telling and therefore easy to trust and take comfort in. It’s also easy to use these numbers to be critical or to boast.

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Painting the Dragon Red #2

By |February 25th, 2018|

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ~ Matthew 6:13
READING: I Peter 5:8
In her excellent book, Listening Prayer, gifted Christian psychologist Leann Payne tells the story of a time when she and her ministry team faced daunting and wide-spread spiritual attack. She suspected some degree of demonic warfare by […]

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