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Pull Out Their Hair

April 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Nehemiah 13:23-25 (New Living Translation) 23 About the same time I realized that some of the men of Judah had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 Furthermore, half their children spoke the language of Ashdod or of some other people and could not speak the language of Judah at all. 25 So I […]

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This isn’t Working

April 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Nehemiah 9:36-37 (New Living Translation) 36 “So now today we are slaves in the land of plenty that you gave our ancestors for their enjoyment! We are slaves here in this good land. 37 The lush produce of this land piles up in the hands of the kings whom you have set over us because […]

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Grace Through People

September 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Nehemiah 2:7-8 (The Living Bible) 7 Then I added this to my request: “If it pleases the king, give me letters to the governors west of the Euphrates River instructing them to let me travel through their countries on my way to Judah; 8 also a letter the Asap, the manager of the king’s forest, […]

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Remember Me

March 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Nehemiah 13:31b Remember me, O my God, for good. Nehemiah prayed often. Sometimes about big things and sometimes about little things. One of the lessons I learned from Nehemiah is that with God there are probably fewer little and big things than there are with me. One of the prayers Nehemiah says several times is […]

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Even More Wrath

September 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Nehemiah 13:15-18 (New Living Translation) 15 In those days I saw men of Judah treading out their winepresses on the Sabbath. They were also bringing in grain, loading it on donkeys, and bringing their wine, grapes, figs, and all sorts of produce to Jerusalem to sell on the Sabbath. So I rebuked them for selling […]

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Still a Great Answer

September 18th, 2011 · No Comments

This is an answer from several thousand years ago. It is still a great one: Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head. – Nehemiah 6:8 (New International Version 2011)  

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With the Help of Our God

November 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Nehemiah 6:16 (New International Version) When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah wrote these words as a small group of Jews are rebuilding Jerusalem after the captivity in Babylon. […]

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Please Listen

January 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Nehemiah was cup bearer to King Artaxerxes. He was troubled by the news that came from Jerusalem. Nehemiah wanted to ask the king for a favor – actually a huge favor; the kind of favor that you don’t ask often; the kind of favor that if answered with a “no” comes with an execution for […]

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