Archive for November, 2014

Wonders from the Word – When In Doubt Leave It Out (Nehemiah 7:63-65)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

My High School English teacher often said of commas, “When in doubt, leave it out.” She didn’t realize she was also affirming a great hermeneutical principle to apply to Biblical authority. When members of the remnant tried to prove their priesthood, “These searched for their entries in the genealogical records, but they could not be […]

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Praying through the Bible #154 – Nehemiah 6:10-14 – A Prayer Against God’s “Friends”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

My friend, an ex-Satanist to whom I had taught Jesus, returned to his former master and threatened to cut off my head. For some of God’s servants, such threats are carried out. For Nehemiah, such terrorization comes through a death threat delivered by a “friend.” This threat comes under the veil of holiness and pomposity […]

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Praying through the Bible #153 – Nehemiah 6:1-9 – A Prayer About Blackmail

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Great leaders attract great enemies and are attacked by great means. One of America’s great leaders was Martin Luther King, leading a great cause to break down the walls of inequality among the races. Studying history we learn he attracted great enemies such as J. Edgar Hoover, who stooped to blackmail to discredit and stop […]

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Praying through the Bible #152 – Nehemiah 5:14-19 – A Prayer About Political Perks

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Pardon me for this political rant, but this tirade crosses political parties. No doubt this diatribe is not only cross-cultural, but cross-national. There is a story that when Leonid Brezhnev became Premier of the Soviet Union, he showed his mother the lavish palace which now served as his home. She asked, “Do the Communists know […]

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Praying through the Bible #151 – Nehemiah 5:1-13 – A Prayer that is Expensive

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

To whom should God’s people show more care? Should believers show equal care to believers and unbelievers? What about more to those outside the faith, evangelistically? Nehemiah 5.1-13 describes the disloyal treatment of Jews to Jews during the reconstruction of the city’s wall. Looking outward at the enemies, the remnant protected one another (4.6-23). Looking […]

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