The Nehemiah Project: Changing Life
Categories: Pastor Dave's eNote
“Our enemies were trying to frighten us and to keep us from our work. But I asked God to give me strength.” Nehemiah 6:9
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
It is a little pessimistic, almost fatalistic. Yet, there is something that rings true. I remember being at a conference for ministers years ago and the key note speaker quoted Bill Gates, “In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time you’re gone!” This was terrifying for me to hear.
So often in life our greatest fear is that it’s too late.
If you listen carefully to people, or the news and media, you’ll hear this pessimism. “It’s too late for our nation.” “It’s too late for the church.” “It’s too late for me to find love.” “It’s too late for us.” “It’s too late for my child.”
Like an old Carole King song playing over and over again, “It’s too late baby now, it’s too late. We really did try to make it, something inside has died and I can’t hide it and I just can’t fake it.”
It is a sad thought and too often we give into a culture that tells us it is too late. It is too late for hope, love, grace, people and change. As Alexander Bell once said, “Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing we see too late the one that is opening.”
We long for change.
Change has many dimensions. Positive change is restoration, reconstruction, renewal, improvement, advancement, victory and sometimes re-creation. These are the things for which the human heart longs. We long for these things to break into our lives, homes, country and world. Who doesn’t think things could be better?
Maybe you are asking these same questions in your own life – Can change still come? What about my own life and heart? Is it too late for me to change, for my life to change? Or, will everything always be like this?
When your life feels like it is in ruins, hope is hard to find. Yet, the Bible promises us hope can be found. It also promises that change and transformation is not only possible but it is a part of God’s plan.
Join us in worship and rediscover the journey, change and transformation of a man named Nehemiah.
Nehemiah was an ordinary man of humble means. He was born into a family of exiles and served as a part of The Kings Kitchen Staff in a foreign nation. Yet, his life changed dramatically and he changed the history of a nation. He knew the power of discontent. However, he also understood the power of prayer, teamwork, strength, clarity and most of all how to tap into the amazing power of God.
For those who love to study the passage before each Sunday, below you will find the text and titles. Feel free to join the conversation. I’d love to hear from you about the kind of change you’d like to see come into your life. And, if you have questions you would like to share with the community I’d love a chance to respond.
Sunday August 11, 2013
Praying in Discontent
Sunday August 18, 2013
Setting a Time
Sunday August 25, 2013
Nehemiah 3:1-8. 4:6
Doing your Part
Sunday September 1, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
The Key to Spiritual Strength
Sunday September 15, 2013
Power of Celebration
Last, we have over 70 young people participating in 6th grade confirmation beginning this Sunday, August 11, 2013. This means these families will be in church at 11:00am. Last Sunday, we were packed at 11:00am and school had not yet started! So, it will be a full Sunday! If you don’t have children and there is any way possible you can join us for worship at 8:15am, I hope you’ll prayerfully consider joining us then.
I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you on Sunday.