7/20/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- Daniels Friends will not bow         Daniel 3:1-18 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. 17 If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your…

7/18/14 – Lost and Excluded

Nehemiah 7:61-73 – Where did I put those records? Late Saturday night I sat with the medical release form for Elena’s Seattle Lacrosse camp. Please include a copy of athlete’s immunization record. My pulse rose, did I have that somewhere? I felt sick. I pictured Elena with her stick, mask and cleats, standing at the…

7/17/2014–More than a Wall

Nehemiah 7:39-60 A wall is only necessary when it’s needed. It’s only needed when people dwell within the walls. Nehemiah’s rebuilding of the wall was predicated on two facts: 1) people lived in Jerusalem, 2) people wanted to return to Jerusalem. Lets put it this way: if Jerusalem was truly abandoned and desolate there may…

7/15/14 – Because the church is for the broken

Nehemiah 7:1-7 Sometimes I witness things that make me immediately think that God put them in front of my face for a reason, like the other day when I was feeling kind of lonely and a new friend invited me to hang out.  Other times, I don’t realize that it wasn’t just chance until later. …

07/14/14 – Reading The Bible With Unmet Desires And Cultural Baggage

Nehemiah 6:1-19 Sorry this is late this morning!   I like the vibe of building a wall for God under intense persecution.  I like to take a group of talented individuals and work together to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in pursuit of a worthwhile goal.  There are lots and lots of movies and books and…

7/13/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Reading Plan

7/13/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan Sermon Notes: How do we live, as Christians, in a world that is hostile to our faith? It’s ­­­­­_____________ to work in the service of a foreign culture. (OK)     Preserving our _____ ___ is more important than life itself (relationship with God)   Branching Out:…

7/11/2014 – Exposure

Nehemiah 5:1-19 Diehard Fandom If you are friends with my husband Kyle, particularly if you follow him on Facebook, you know that he is a diehard Portland Timbers soccer fan. Growing up near the Rose City and playing club soccer throughout his youth it only made sense that when the Timbers FC became an MLS…

7/10/2014–Opposition

Nehemiah 4:1-23 One of the great axioms of leadership of any variety is this: you will face opposition. Anytime you try something new. Anytime you lead people in a new direction. Anytime you rally people around a cause there will be naysayers. There will be people saying this is the wrong goal, this is the…

07/07/14 – Welcome To Nehemiah!

Nehemiah 1:1-11 I used to build walls professionally.  I’ve built lots and lots of concrete walls.  As far as wall building goes, I look at what Nehemiah did in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and how, and with whom, and how fast, and I’m very impressed.  Unfortunately, that’s one of only a few things I’m…