May 12th News

May 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will continue our series in the Book of Nehemiah. We have been talking about bricks we see in the story that can help us rebuild and restore walls in our own lives. In week one, we set up the series by looking at the historical context of the book and how Nehemiah is a type of Christ– foreshadowing the life and work of Jesus. In week 2, we were handed bricks of listening, compassion, and action (Nehemiah took his concerns to God). In week 3, we saw the brick of prayer as a primary initial action to take when facing any problem. Finally, in week 4, we grabbed the brick of patience.

This Sunday we will look at another brick that is important in all of our lives. We find it in Nehemiah 2:1-10 (especially in verses 6-9… see if you can discover it ahead of time!).

I want to thank everyone who participated in last week’s prayer service. It is great to know that when I am gone we still gather together to worship. I had a great time in South Florida speaking at Lighthouse of Life church. As a special bonus I got to spend a lot of time with my day and his wife as they happened to be visiting at the same time. Thanks for your prayers!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

 

 

April 28th News

April 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we are continuing our series in the Book of Nehemiah entitled Hand me Another Brick. Last week, we focused on Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah 1:5-11. We discovered 6 elements to effective prayer– and I thought that I would remind us of those points to consider as we go through our week…

6 elements of effective prayer

1) Praise the characteristics or attributes of God

2) Confess the characteristics and attributes of man

3) Remember God’s promise

4) Receive God’s promise

5) Make a specific request

6) Keep asking

A couple of key questions to consider as we think about prayer:

“Is there a limit to God’s power?”

“Is there a limit to God’s love and compassion?”

This week, we will grab another “brick” from the story of Nehemiah from Nehemiah 2:1-9. Read these verses to prepare for Sunday and see what God reveals to you about this story, your own life, and his incredible grace in Jesus.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug