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The Rebuild – Building For The Future

There's more to church than buildings. There's more to a city than security. There is joy. And if a church or city is going to build for the future, they need to build on the joy that God gives generously ...
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The Rebuild – Facing Opposition (Part 3)

Keeping going is hard. There are so many things that are likely to distract us and tempt us to give up. Nehemiah knew that experience all those years ago. And the way he dealt with it is still helpful to us today ...
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The Rebuild – Facing Opposition (Part 2)

How can reminding ourselves of our covenant relationships help us to see the bigger picture when we face opposition from within? ...
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The Rebuild – Facing Opposition (Part 1)

It's a common experience. We begin projects with all the best intentions. We think it's the right moment, the right cause, the right strategy. And it starts well but then everything hits the fan. And we can be left floundering. It happened to Nehemiah, it will happen to you. His story helps. It's worth listening to and living out in our own contexts ...
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The Rebuild – Who built the wall? We did.

Chapter 3 of Nehemiah includes the names of people who worked selflessly for the sake of others. Some were not particularly prepared; some seemed to have a better deal than others. Together they rebuild. They have a memory of how things should be, and they are determined to all work towards the restoration of what they had once known. You may not feel equipped or trained, but you are given a place. What does it look like when you feel that your 'place' is not what you would want? ...
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The Rebuild – Getting Started

Seeing a need, hearing a call, or even getting a vision isn't the hard bit. What many of us find difficult is moving from that stage to knowing what to do. Nehemiah's experience offers timeless help for those who want to make a difference in the world ...
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The Rebuild – Facing Reality

It’s the year 426 BC and it’s a time of despondency and discouragement. The story starts not with a call to a prophet or a builder, but someone who is some distance away – a thousand miles away – who hears the news. And it’s not good news. Nehemiah is not a priest, nor a prophet, nor a governor. He is ‘just’ a cupbearer to a foreign king, working for the ‘civil service’. But when he hears the news, he knows 2 things:
  1. He needs to pray.
  2. He is in the right place.
What can we learn from his response for ourselves today? ...
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Stand Firm In Finances

There is often a cynicism about religion and money. How can we be known for our generosity rather than always looking like we are begging for money? And how do we shape our own lives so that we are not gripped by financial fears, but learn a different way of approaching our personal financial affairs? ...
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Stand Firm In Embracing Life

If we are to be pastors to those around us, how can we make sure that we show what a full life looks like, rather than allowing people to believe that Christianity leads to a reduced, limited life? In other words, how do we make the good news look like good news? ...
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Stand Firm As A Leader

Timothy is given extensive guidance about what Christian maturity looks like, and how the mature folks can lead in church. These are the people we are becoming, so how do we grow in those characteristics? ...
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Stand Firm When Gender Roles Are The Battlefield

There are probably few topics that are quite as difficult to navigate these days as those connected to gender, sex and identity. Knowing what to say and do can be a problem for all of us. Two thousand years ago, Timothy was in Ephesus facing the gender issues of the day. Does Paul's advice to Timothy help us in any way with our situation today? ...
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Stand Firm When People Fight

Paul has left Timothy in Ephesus to be a man who can make a difference. It’s a place where there are people who love controversy, who love arguments, who create anxiety by the way everything becomes a confrontation. Paul calls Timothy to maintain a pure heart, have a good conscience, and a sincere faith. In this way he will stand out. He will be able to fight the right fight with faith and (again) a good conscience. Along the way Paul tells his story to give Timothy hope about the possibility that God does reach those who are so determined to be a troublemaker ...
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