Slowly Fading

Ignoring Heaven’s Voice Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 13:1-22   The post works best when you read the passage first–just a suggestion. She felt prompted to ask, “Was it a slow fade?” Another skeptically asked, “The Word of God, it disappeared overnight?”  Apparently the written Word’s influence disappeared during bleak and silent nights when Heaven’s voice was ignored.  WithoutContinue reading “Slowly Fading”

So Many Names; A Gracious Invitation

Resource Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 12, in the current Thoughtful Study Series Reading some portions of the Hebrew Bible—the Old Testament—may leave you wondering, “Why are so many historical details considered sufficiently important to be included as holy writ?” This is a great question. Thanks for asking.  The expansive range of Scripture’s teaching moves from theContinue reading “So Many Names; A Gracious Invitation”

Tough Teaching for Serious Disciples; Marriage Controversy from the Long Ago

Scripture Resource Passage: Ezra 10 Does God know best? Truly, we ask, “Does God know best?” Reading today’s Scripture Resource Passage will not make you happy. The passage screams with discrimination and discrimination toward women. Highlight the following: If you’re not in a good soul-place, it might be best to read a more gentle passage,Continue reading “Tough Teaching for Serious Disciples; Marriage Controversy from the Long Ago”

Persistence Persists

Faith’s Heartbeat Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 7             I thought persistence during a pandemic was going to be the source of disruption and the leading news story for 2020. Tonight (as I shape these sentences) riots continue in the streets of North America. Anger flows like a swollen river across cities as supposedly aggrieved citizens burn,Continue reading “Persistence Persists”

Social Injustice

Leadership, Plugging the Leaks Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 5             Living in a time of thundering silence Nehemiah is willing to speak. He provides a voice for the voiceless. He champions oppressed people. He does so fully aware that his commitment will not be popular; at least it will not be popular in the court yardsContinue reading “Social Injustice”

Courage, Opposition, Fear

Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 4             The Bible has construction reports? Yes, including a construction report with spiritual values which calls for lioness-like determination.              Hopefully, your personal fear-level is completely unlike the City of Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah. Their fearfully begun construction project required courage as well as cooperation.             Yet, there is more. The armed-ready-to-kill-you-oppositionContinue reading “Courage, Opposition, Fear”