Amazing Things Can Happen Despite Us

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We come to the end of the sermon series “Amazing Things Can Happen…” Today is the eleventh and last message. In the last couple of months, we have learned many significant lessons from the book of Nehemiah: Amazing Things Can Happen when we pray, when we plan, when we work together, when we overcome antagonism, when we stop strife, when we stay steadfast, when we welcome joy, when we confess, when we are committed, and with thanksgiving. Today’s message is “Amazing Things Can Happen Despite Us.” Now, we arrive at this final chapter after journeying alongside Nehemiah, Ezra, and the people of God in Jerusalem. In the previous chapters, the walls of the city are finished and all the gates … Read More

Amazing Things Can Happen With Thanksgiving

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This is the tenth of eleven messages in the series of “Amazing Things Can Happen.” So far, we have learned how Amazing Things Can Happen when we pray, when we plan, when we work together, when we overcome antagonism, when we stop strife, when we stay steadfast, when we welcome joy, when we confess, and when we are committed. Today’s message is “Amazing Things Can Happen With Thanksgiving.” “Thanksgiving” is a recurring theme in the Bible. It is often mentioned as an act of worship. For example, Psalm 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.” And Psalm 50:23, “Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me.” Here, worship … Read More

Amazing Things Can Happen When We Are Committed

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This is the ninth of eleven messages in the series of “Amazing Things Can Happen.” So far, we have learned how Amazing Things Can Happen when we pray, when we plan, when we work together, when we overcome antagonism, when we stop strife, when we stay steadfast, when we welcome joy, and when we confess. Today’s message is about the significance of being faithful and staying committed to God, so the title is “Amazing Things Can Happen When We Are Committed.” Let’s do a quick review of the last couple of weeks. We have studied chapters 8 and 9 of the book of Nehemiah. In those chapters, we see the priest Ezra reading the Book of the Law to the … Read More

Amazing Things Can Happen When We Confess

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This is the eight message of eleventh in this series of “Amazing Things Can Happen.” So far, we have learned how Amazing Things Can Happen when we pray, when we plan, when we work together, when we overcome antagonism, when we stop strife, when we stay steadfast, and when we welcome joy. Today’s message is about God’s inexplicable patience with us and his grace for us, so it is titled “Amazing Things Can Happen When We Confess.” Last week, as we studied Nehemiah chapter 8, we learned that God’s people were told to stop grieving their shame and guilt and start rejoicing in God’s love and mercy. Now we come to chapter 9, and this episode is mainly a beautiful … Read More

Amazing Things Can Happen…When We Welcome Joy

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This is the seventh message of eleventh in this series of “Amazing Things Can Happen.” So far, we have learned how Amazing Things Can Happen when we pray, when we plan, when we work together, when we overcome antagonism, when we stop strife, and when we stay steadfast. Today’s message is about moving from shame and guilt to joy by not dwelling in or staying captive to hurtful experiences or memories in our lives. Most of us probably already know how shame and guilt cause deep grief in our hearts and take over our thoughts, constantly telling us how bad or unworthy we are. How many of you have done or said something wrong and hurtful, and you deeply regret … Read More