I wish you a happy Easter weekend!

This weekend consists of the most important celebrations in all of Christianity. Good Friday represents the death of Jesus and the limitless love of God in sending a savior to redeem us. Easter Sunday represents God’s power over death and gives us the eternal hope that all those who have confessed Christ will one day raise again and live an eternity with Jesus. We will inherent the promised the Kingdom of God!

I wish you a great weekend full of discovering the goodness of God. I hope that as you hear the stories of Jesus, your heart will both mourn and celebrate. We mourn the sinfulness of our own humanity and celebrate the redemption offered to us through the resurrection!

Be blessed!

Trouble and Triumph, Nehemiah 6: Part II

Good advice for anyone who desires to accomplish great things: “Follow God and do what He says.”

The funny thing about Christianity is how it can be misrepresented. We don’t come to Christ in hopes that all of our problems will go away. Everyone, including our great heroes in the faith, suffered through tribulation. They faced opposition from people who were both pagan and of the family of faith. They all pleaded for God’s help. Yet, for some reason, many feel as though faith in Jesus will somehow exempt us from suffering in this lifetime.


Quick hits: My 5 favorite things from Nehemiah 1-6

#1- Nehemiah didn’t need the heavens to open up to find his purpose. He heard the problem, prayed and fasted, then set out to be the solution to the problem (Nehemiah 1:3-4). We should also be a solution in our churches and in the lives of others!

#2- Nehemiah wasn’t afraid to ask for help from a non-Jew. There are many people who do not assist the church who would offer help if asked. We need to be able to put our religion aside and welcome all people with the end result to be the glory of God. (Nehemiah 2:7-8)


Trouble and Triumph, Nehemiah 6: Part I

In the previous five chapters, we see that Nehemiah confronts the enormous task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Not only was he tasked with motivating a group of victimized people who were living without the protection of city walls, but he was also challenged by the trio of Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem (referred to as the unholy trinity) and had to deal with the internal strife of Jews behaving badly with their own people.

However, the third attack upon Nehemiah may be the saddest of them all. Nehemiah 6:10-14 describes how the unholy trinity bribed Shemaiah into using the word of God (in prophecy) to scare him into hiding and to defame and to taunt the man of God. Yes, a “prophet” of God, a person whose job it was to hear from the Lord, was bribed in order to work against the purposes of God (just like Judas).

As Christians, we must be careful about lending an ear to anyone who says that they heard from God. Even the people who look, sound, and talk spiritual are not always representing God but rather their own agenda. Consider the following:


Moses, the Promised Land, and My Ministry.

The reality is that most who enter the ministry do so because of the love they have for God, the passion to fulfill their call, and to minister effectively to people. If it was for the money, most of us would not have chosen the ministry. (And we are thankful that God provides!).

However, that idealism can lead us to make the great mistake in which we take ownership of our congregations and people. The term “my church” should be used more so as a reference of belonging, not in reference ownership. It is, and will always be, God’s church! We are stewards of the churches that God gives us the pleasure of serving.

Consider the story of Moses as he leads the people out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. The people murmured constantly and worked against the purposes of God. They consistently undermined Moses’ leadership. Some of them tried to go back to Egypt (who had tried to kill them all before crossing the Red Sea).

Ultimately, God grew tired of the Israelite’s rebellion. He tells Moses (in Numbers 14:11-12):