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Making Amends to Those I Have Hurt

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they had promised. Nehemiah 5:12  When Nehemiah discovered that the local leaders had taken advantage of the poor he called them out in public. He made them promise to give land back which they had stolen from...

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Tags: action plan, repentence

Shame on You

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil. Nehemiah 5:11  Jerusalem's city leaders had a difficult task. The elite of the city had been sent into...

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Tags: community, integrity

Building Community

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. Nehemiah 5:1 Nehemiah had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall of the city. It broke his heart that the leadership was so weak they allowed the walls to remain in ruins. As they began to rebuild the wall, he...

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Tags: community

Trust Big--Work Hard

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Our God will fight for us! So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. Nehemiah 4:20-21  Nehemiah called for the people to trust God to fight their battle for them, then made sure they had men with spears guarding...

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Tags: confidence

Believe

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14 The people of Jerusalem were scared--for good reason. They had no army, but those who threatened them did. Nehemiah saw...

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Tags: faith, leadership

Don't Give Up

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

“The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” Nehemiah 4:10 There was so much excitement when they  began building the wall. Then the people around began to threaten to attack them. It took longer than they thought...

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Tags: faith

God, I Need Some Help

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Nehemiah 4:4 Turning to God for help is a sign of strength--not weakness. We use the strengths we have when we are threatened. A muscular will use strength; the...

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Tags: surrender

Expect Opposition

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will...

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Tags: fear, power

God's Restoration Project

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. Nehemiah 3:8 It is a boring chapter of the Bible for all it shows is a bunch of neighbors pitching in to restore a wall. Actually, there is more to it. It is about God using people to restore the city of Jerusalem. It is about God answering the...

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Tags: jesus, salvation

Working Side by Side

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Beyond them, Benjamin and Hasshub made repairs in front of their house; and next to them, Azariah son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, made repairs beside his house. Nehemiah 3:23 30 times--this chapter of the Bible refers to how people rebuilt sections of the wall of Jerusalem next to each...

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Tags: community, hope

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