What is The Church

It has been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and write a devotion. The past two weeks have been a little crazy. The biggest thing is a looming deadline for a training I’m in. Things should be getting back to normal, now. 

One of the things that have been on my mind a lot recently has been the usage of the word Church. When we think about it, it could mean many different things depending on its usage, and who is using it. So, let’s take a look at what it means according to the Word of God

Matthew 18:20 New King James Version (NKJV)

20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

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Nehemiah and the Wall: His Work Completed

This is the last part of our six-piece devotion on Nehemiah. We have been looking at the faithfulness of this man of God. We saw his prayer when he saw the need, the how he prepared the work before starting it, then his response to his enemies threats, and last we saw how he helped his people in more ways than the wall. The last part shows his response when he had the wall nearly completed, and the enemy tried one last thing to disrupt the work.

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Nehemiah and the Wall: His People Forgive

We’ve seen over the past four devotions how Nehemiah rebuilt the wall around the city of Jerusalem. We looked at how he prayed before starting, then at his initial inspection of the walls, and at how his enemies plotted against him, and how he kept working anyway. Now we will see how he handled his people when they found themselves in another bad situation.

Nehemiah 5 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren. For there were those who said, “We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live.”

There were also some who said, “We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine.”

There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them,for other men have our lands and vineyards.”

And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, “Each of you is exacting usury from his brother.” So I called a great assembly against them. And I said to them, “According to our ability we have redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations. Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren? Or should they be sold to us?”

Then they were silenced and found nothing to say. Then I said, “What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies? 10 I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury! 11 Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them.”

12 So they said, “We will restore it, and will require nothing from them; we will do as you say.”

Then I called the priests, and required an oath from them that they would do according to this promise. 13 Then I shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out each man from his house, and from his property, who does not perform this promise. Even thus may he be shaken out and emptied.”

And all the assembly said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord. Then the people did according to this promise. Read more

Good morning!

If you have been following the Devotions, you know we’re in the middle of a series about Nehemiah, and there haven’t been any updates since last Thursday. I wanted to let everyone know that it will continue, but I’ve been hitting somewhat of a writer’s block. I have some deadlines coming up in my training to be a Real Estate Appraiser and it is occupying my mind most of the day. I hope to have a devotion up in the next day or two and should be able to get back into the swing of things soon.

For today, check out one of my other devotions from earlier in the year. You can use the “tag cloud” at the bottom of the screen and click on anything that may interest you. You will see all the devotions that deal with that topic and can choose one. The words that are larger have been used more often than the words which are smaller.

 

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Nehemiah and the Wall: His Work Resumes

Even confronted with enemies more powerful and numerous than him, Nehemiah kept doing God’s work. His faith that the Lord would protect the work and bless them kept him going. We have seen how he answered the call to action, how He started the inspection and his response to the enemies plot. Now we will look at his continued efforts, not letting anything slow him down. Not even the threats of a powerful enemy.

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