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

Amazing Things Can Happen…When We Stay Steadfast

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We are now over the hill in our study of the Book of Nehemiah. The last five Sundays, we have been learning how Amazing Things Can Happen when we pray, when we plan, when we work together, when we overcome antagonism, and when we stop strife. Today is the sixth message of eleventh on the topic of, “Amazing Things Can Happen When We Stay Steadfast.” To be “steadfast” means to stay focused, persistent, and unwavering about fulfilling a goal or task. In other words, you know what needs to be done, and you won’t stop until you make it happen. Is this something you need to hear and learn about? I mean, are you easily distracted or discouraged when you … Read More

Amazing Things Can Happen…When We Stop Strife

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The last four Sundays, we have been learning from the book of Nehemiah how Amazing Things Can Happen. So far, we have explored how amazing things happen when we pray, when we plan, when we work together, and when we overcome antagonism. Today’s message is Amazing Things Can Happen When We Stop Strife. Before we get into the subject, let’s quickly recap the context of the book of Nehemiah. The historical context of this story is the fifth century B.C. About 100 years before, the Babylonians conquered and destroyed Jerusalem. The walls and the city were left in rubble, the Temple was sacked and burned, and many people were taken as slaves. However, over the years, some were allowed to return—only to … Read More

Amazing Things Can Happen…When We Overcome Antagonism

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Today we are studying the fourth chapter of the book of Nehemiah for the fourth message on the series “Amazing Things Can Happen.” So far, we have learned that “Amazing Things Can Happen When We Pray,” “Amazing Things Can Happen When We Plan,” and “Amazing Things Can Happen When We Work Together.” Today’s message is “Amazing Things Can Happen When We Overcome Antagonism.” Here is a quick recap of the context of the book of Nehemiah. We have explained that the historical context of this story happened in the 5th century B.C. About 100 years before, the Babylonians conquered and destroyed Jerusalem. The walls and the city were left in rubbles, the Temple was sacked and burned, and many people were taken … Read More