Tough Love Leading

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 13:1-31 Nehemiah’s leadership skills rise to the surface again in Nehemiah 13. Upon returning to Jerusalem, Nehemiah discovers that his Jewish brothers and sisters have fallen away from following God’s Law in a number of...

Full Out Praise

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 12:1-47 After letting us see the status of the priests and Levites, Nehemiah 12 turns to the dedication of the wall and its gates. It was a grand celebration for sure, with people coming from all the surrounding communities. There were...

Sacrifices

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 11:1-36 As I read the first two verses of Nehemiah 11, the fact that living for God requires us to move out of our comfort zone and make sacrifices came across loud and clear. “And the people blessed all the men who willingly...

God First

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 10:1-39 Nehemiah 10 provides us with the details of the covenant the Israelites entered into with God. The people commit “to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord and his rules and his statutes” (vs. 29)....

Right With God

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 9:1-38 Nehemiah 9 gives us a glimpse of the Israelites observing a time of fasting and confessing to God. In addition to the humble, submitted posture and approach of the people, I was drawn to the picture of worship that was displayed...