Sunday Sermon Series – 09/26/21

RIchard SIbbes Puritan Quote - Faith Repentance Over Discouragement

NEHEMIAH 1

CONTEXT: The major theme of Nehemiah 1 is Nehemiah’s prayer. We get that from historical context and written word. Here is the Enduring Word Commentary’s; intro to Nehemiah:

A. Nehemiah hears of Jerusalem’s crisis condition.

1. Some 1,000 years after the time of Moses and some 400 years before the birth of Jesus, the nation of Israel and the Jewish people were in a desperate state.

a. Their nations were destroyed, First the northern Jewish kingdom of Israel and then the southern Jewish kingdom of Judah. The city of Jerusalem was completely conquered by the Babylonians and the once-glorious temple of Solomon was destroyed.

b. When the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, they deported almost everyone from the city and the region – for some 70 years, Jerusalem was something of a ghost town, with the potential to end up like many ancient cities – completely forgotten except to history.

c. When the Jews were deported to Babylon, they began to make homes for themselves there. They settled down, and many still followed the God of their Fathers, but they did it from Babylon, with no desire to return to the land God had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

d. But after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, they were given the opportunity to return to their homeland, the Promised Land. Out of some two or three million Jews deported from the land, only 50,000 decided to return to the Promised Land. That’s only something like 2%! But they did return, and in the days of Ezra, they rebuilt the temple and laid a spiritual foundation for Israel once again.

e. The Book of Nehemiah begins 15 years after the Book of Ezra ends; almost 100 years after the first captives came back to the Promised Land; and some 150 years after the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. After this long time, the walls of the city of Jerusalem were still in rubble.

f. Some of these faithful Jews were raised up to places of prominence in the governments they were deported to. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego became leaders in Babylon; Esther was made queen in the courts of a Persian king.

Matthew Henry breaks down the verses as follows: Here we first meet with Nehemiah at the Persian court, where we find him, I. Inquisitive concerning the state of the Jews and Jerusalem (v. 1, 2). II. Informed of their deplorable condition (v. 3). III. Fasting and praying thereupon (v. 4), with a particular account of his prayer (v. 5-11). Such is the rise of this great man, by piety, not by policy.


SERMON

The Spiritual Favorite at the Throne of Grace

BY RICHARD SIBBES

O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name; and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.—NEH. 1:11.


– – OTHER RESOURCES – –

ORDER AND ARGUMENT IN PRAYER

DELIVERED ON SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 15, 1866,
BY C.H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON

“Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.”

Job 23:3-4


The Essentials of Prayer By E.M.Bounds

Devotional thought for Today – 09/25/21

AW Pink Quote - The Happy Soul Is Awed By the Majesty Of God

1 Chronicles 29

CONTEXT: Chapter 29 is all about the construction of God’s temple. King David knows that, Solomon, who is still very young but the one chosen to do the construction will need a head start, so he builds up a treasure chest so to speak, v.1-5 to fund the construction. The Israelites likewise contribute v.6-9 then in v.1-12 we find David praising the Lord. The key verse being (KJV) v.11:

Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

When one considers God’s majesty or any of His attributes I can think of no better place to begin than A.W. Pink’s the Attributes of God:

You may note that our text is found in Chapter 5 under the Supremacy of God heading, confirming the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: of God for all.

4 Reasons Reagan Should Matter to Millennials, Gen Z

In 1987, as president, Reagan stood on a stage at the Kiwanis International National Convention and said that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

SOURCE: 4 Reasons Reagan Should Matter to Millennials, Gen Z

House Dems vote to legalize abortion up to birth

Democrats proved once again they are the party of thieves (taxes) and murders (abortion) this week.


On a party-line vote, House Democrats passed legislation Friday that, if passed by the Senate, would nullify most state pro-life laws and legalize abortion up to birth nationwide. But the bill’s 218-211 approval is mostly symbolic, as Republican opposition will doom it in the Senate.

SOURCE: House Dems vote to legalize abortion up to birth

Do the rich pay their fair share?

We often hear from certain folks that the “rich” do not pay their fair shar of taxes. yet as this above chart shows that is a BLATANT LIE!

In the following article from The Heritage Foundation, Matthew Dickerson, points out 8 things every citizen needs to know the Democrats Tax Increase Bill.

Source: 8 Things You Need to Know About Democrats’ Tax Increase Bill

QOTW – What is predestination? Is predestination biblical?

QOTW – What is predestination? Is predestination biblical?

Answer: Romans 8:29-30 tells us, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,…

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/predestination.html

More Secular, Less Free

America is more secular than ever before, that’s a fact. America is ALSO less free than ever before. Is there a correlation? How would you react if there was? Dennis has his thoughts. 

See if you agree. 

Attorneys: If Biden gets his way on vax mandate, look out

Some attorneys are making the case that there will be no limits on executive power if the Biden administration is permitted to get away with forcing workers in the private sector to get COVID shots or be tested regularly.

SOURCE: Attorneys: If Biden gets his way on vax mandate, look out