How Do You Finish Well?

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” – Matthew 25:21 We’ve made it to the final test exhibited in Samson’s life: finishing well. As we’ve learned from Samson’s story, his life … Read more

From Independence to Unity

Nehemiah 10:39 – “…We will not neglect the house of our God.” For generations, these families had professed a faith that they did not practice, and often did not possess. They gave lip-service to God but did not live a lifestyle that was godly. The Bible had been ignored, worship services had stopped, people were … Read more

True Revival Brings Real Transformation

Nehemiah 10:30 – We will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons. The people were devoting their spiritual life, family, schedule, budget, and sexuality fully to God without reservation. When a true revival movement of God the Holy Spirit occurs, every aspect of life is … Read more

8 Lessons from Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 7:5 – Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. In this chapter we learn many principles about God and people including the following: God made people and saves people because, in His mercy, He cares for us. God … Read more

The People Return Part 2

Nehemiah 7:66 – The whole assembly together was 42,360… Nehemiah lists just over 4,000 priests who were descendants of Moses’ brother Aaron. Listed with them are the Levites who descended from one of the 12 patriarchs in Genesis and assisted the priests in doing the pastoral work of caring for people. The singers who lead … Read more

The People Return Part 1

Nehemiah 7:66 – The whole assembly together was 42,360… Having completed the wall and establishing leadership to care for people in the city and church, the stage was now set for an influx of people and their conversion to the God of the Bible. The leadership principle here is that a leader labors to establish … Read more

Jesus’ List is the Most Important

Philippians 4:3 – …the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. As we read through Nehemiah, this incredibly practical book on leadership, it would be easy to skip chapter 3, thinking that it’s too boring and just reads like the Hebrew phone book. However, imagine if your name, your … Read more

For Good to Start, Bad Must End

Joshua 24:2 – Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham, and of Nahor; and they served other gods.’” Genesis 11:27-28 – …Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran…in the land of his kindred, in Ur of … Read more

Links in the Chain of Faith

Genesis 12:2 – And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Throughout the last 25+ years as a senior pastor working in full-time ministry, preaching through books of the Bible, I’ve found that a helpful visual of … Read more