Give Thanks and Celebrate

Dear Friends in Christ, “They offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. The joy of Jerusalem was heard far away” (Nehemiah 12:43). At the end of the Book of Nehemiah, the people...

Four Directional Praying

Dear Friends in Christ, “Stand up and bless the Lord your God from everlasting to everlasting…” (Nehemiah 9:5b) The longest prayer in the Bible is recorded in Nehemiah 9:5b-37. Upon the completion of the wall, God’s people gather for the public reading of Scripture...

Let giving be joyful…

Dear Friends in Christ, “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9) This past weekend I was blessed to worship with...

A Transformational Gift

Dear Friends in Christ, “When the seventh month came-the people of Israel being settled in their towns- all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had...

“Your kingdom come…”

Dear Friends in Christ, “Your kingdom come…” (Matthew 6:10a). We pray the Lord’s Prayer a lot. This is the last prayer I pray at the end of my personal morning petitions. Every morning of every day. This is the prayer we pray corporately at...

Yes and No!

Dear Friends in Christ, “Now when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built the wall and that there was no gap left in it (though up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates),...