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What You Should Covet

Psalm 19:10, culminating the chapter’s description of God’s word, says, “More to be desired are they than gold, yes than much fine gold.” The Hebrew word for “desired” is “hamad”, which means “desire, take pleasure in; covet” — in fact, lexicographers note that it is most often used in the negative sense of coveting. 161 more words

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His Judgments Are Right

Psalm 19:9 ends: “The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.” This verse should give us confidence both in the Word of God, and in the way that God deals with us personally: 182 more words

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Dealing With A Hostile Environment

Today we call it “living with stress.” In Nehemiah 6:17-19 the godly governor Nehemiah lived in a very difficult environment: the very nobles of Judah who were at court with Nehemiah were in constant communication with his enemy Tobiah; they were also related to Tobiah; and “were speaking of his good deeds in my presence and reported all my words to him.” (:19) Added to this, it says “Then Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.” How do you deal with such a poisonous environment? 322 more words

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Watch Out For This Trap!

Nehemiah’s enemies tried to trap him in Chapter 6 of that book, using a ploy which seems to be a common type of temptation used by the enemy. 349 more words

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As Persistent As They Are

Some people do not give up easily. Unfortunately the wicked often display more persistence than the people of God. It is revealing that in the Book of Nehemiah, Sanballat, Tobiah & Geshem, who were opposing Nehemiah’s work of rebuilding the Temple, did not easily give up their plan to lure Nehemiah out to the plain of Ono. 323 more words

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American Evangelism's "Missing Ingredient"?

Acts Chapter 2:41-47 describes the glorious initial days of the Church, when 3000 were saved in response to Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost. Interestingly enough, although the chapter concludes with a description of how people were being saved daily, not much is said at all about “evangelistic method” or efforts. 278 more words

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Wise As Serpents

The request that Tobiah and Sanballat made of Nehemiah in the second verse of Chapter 6 sounded reasonable and innocent: “Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono.” But as in most situations, there is a context here, and there was more to it. 192 more words

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