The first six chapters tell the story of the man whom God commissioned to rebuild the fallen walls of Jerusalem, Israel. Jerusalem lay a post-war wasteland, and many prisoners of war had been carried away. Nehemiah served the King in his palace (1:1) and was his ‘cupbearer’ (1:11) Far from his homeland and concerned for his people, Nehemiah began to enquire about their welfare (1:1-4) and once aware, he began to pray for them (1:5-11) More than a story about the rebuilding []

God’s Gift to Men

TEXT: Romans 6 (23) 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. BR: Romans 6 (17-23) INTRO: In I Cor. 12-14 – The mighty works of God through His Holy Spirit are called “the gifts of the Spirit”  This is healing for the body, mind and heart, and anything else that is needed; a word of encouragement, knowledge, wisdom, faith, power! All GIFTS from God, not just on Christmas, but EVERY []

Merry Christmas

 “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” (Desmond Tutu) This statement perfectly expresses our feelings about you all; you are our family and a gift from God to us. You inspire and challenge us everyday, and we count it a privilege to serve the Lord together with you. Our prayer is that God will supply all your needs and bless you with every good and perfect gift, that His presence will encompass you and His []

There are many human ant-eaters!

(Charles Spurgeon, “Treasury of David”) “Their throat is an open sepulcher! They flatter with their tongue.” Psalm 5:9 “Their throat is an open sepulcher!” That is–a sepulcher full of loathsomeness, of pollution, of pestilence, and death! But, worse than that, it is an open sepulcher, with all its evil gases issuing forth, to spread death and destruction all around. It is just so with the throat of the wicked! It would be a great mercy if the mouth of the wicked could always be closed. If we could seal it in continual []

Ephesians Lesson Three – by Mike Kekel

This isn’t a teaching of a full chapter, but rather a look at the idea expressed in Eph. 2 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Cornerstone from NTCC St. Louis, MO – right) Jesus is God’s Cornerstone The Cornerstone (or []

Ephesians Lesson Two – by Mike Kekel

Lesson One gives a lot of information about Ephesus itself, and the greatest part is knowing God can establish a church in a place like that. Again, chapters 1-3 are doctrinal, while 4-6 are practical. It seems that Paul is hoping to enlighten them, (1:18-19) that they would understand (comprehend) the benefits they had in Christ; then they could stand for God (Eph. 6:14) or in other words, walk worthy (4:1). Those first three chapters layout in detail a HUGE lading of benefits, []