There are lots of hints in the biblical book that bears his name that Nehemiah was a person who lived with an ongoing awareness of the presence of the Lord, and who highly valued the importance of communion with God.
This post is for people who are praying seriously about the possibility of serving overseas in long-term cross-cultural missions. It may help you assess where you presently stand in terms of “readiness” for such a ministry assignment.
Two-thirds of everyone who has written about what makes churches grow agree on just six factors. What are those factors? Here are the consensus factors that are found in growing churches in North America.
A search of the Internet will reveal several different kite parables. I’d like to suggest a different kite parable, one that is more in keeping with Christian orthodoxy. My parable focuses on the kite itself as the gospel of salvation through faith in Christ alone, but not a faith that is alone.
As we again engage in the narrative, it is obvious that cooperation by all the residents is crucial. This challenge brings out yet another quality of Nehemiah’s heart: He wisely recruited other leaders in his quest to rebuild the walls for his people.
When listing great leaders, we think of Nehemiah, the man who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem during the time of the great Persian Empire. Many books have been written about his skillful handling of a desperate situation. But I’d like us to look at his heart as he expertly leads.
I believe that when we pray with our children, our children learn about our relationship with the Lord and what we believe about God. Let’s look at three things we teach our children when they listen to us pray.
One of the exercises I have my spiritual formation students do is a prayer exercise in which they are to spend 30 minutes in prayer however they wish, but with one specific instruction – they are not supposed to ask for anything, for themselves or anyone else.