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Nehemiah: Setting Straight the Relapse

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If the book of Nehemiah had ended at Chapter 12, it would have had a happy ending. At this point in the story, the city had been rebuilt and the people celebrated with a grand dedication service. In fact, their celebration and praise could be heard beyond Jerusalem. The priests and Levites had been reinstated into serving the Lord in the Temple and the people willingly brought their tithes and offerings. As a result the Temple chambers are well stocked and ready to meet the needs of those who served in the temple.

After the Jews were sent into captivity for 70 years because of their rebelliousness against God, God graciously allowed them to return to Jerusalem. They returned in three phases with Nehemiah bringing the last group back. Upon his 1st arrival to Jerusalem, he inspected the wall that surrounded the city. The wall had been destroyed when the city was invaded 70 years earlier. But as they returned, Nehemiah led the people to rebuild it. Once it was rebuilt, they dedicated the wall and set up the temple responsibilities. Then they gathered all the people together for the reading of the law that God gave to Moses. They made promises to keep the law, but then Nehemiah returned to Babylon and while he was away, the people relapsed into their old sins.

And so, rather than a happy ending, we find Chapter 13. And in this chapter, the people failed to keep their promises and they were not faithful to God – the very reason they had been conquered and sent into exile in the first place.

A Relapse

We don’t know how much time lapsed between chapter 12 and 13, but given how far the people had strayed from God, it was probably a long time. So what happened? We find the answer in Nehemiah 13:6-7: “But while all this was going on, I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Some time later I asked his permission and came back to Jerusalem.”

What he saw upon his return, was that the people had fallen back to their old ways. He tells us there were four problems that had cropped back up among the people: 1) the priests had become corrupt, 2) the tithes were not brought in, 3) the Sabbath rest was ignored, and 4) the people had intermarried with foreigners and started following their religious practices.

A relapse of this magnitude does not happen overnight. They are not even new sins that the people fell into. These are old habits resurfacing once Nehemiah had left the city.

Unkept Promises

It wasn’t that they people did not understand what God expected of them. They had heard the Law of Moses read to them back in Chapter 8. In Chapter 9, the people are reminded of their sin and confessed them. Then in Chapter 10, they renewed their vows before God. They promised to obey God’s commands, not to intermarry with foreigners, observe the Sabbath rest, and to not neglect the needs of the house of God. But in Chapter 13, we see every one of these promises broken. It’s easy to say we will do something, but it can be much harder to keep our promise.

Complacency leads to compromise

It’s easy to sing and worship God on Sunday when we are in God’s house and fellowshipping with other believers, but much harder to remain faithful and obedient to God Monday – Saturday. It only takes a few minutes to say your wedding vows, but a lifetime to keep them. And whenever we let our guard down and complacency sets in, compromises are sure to happen.

Problem #1: Corrupted Priesthood

In verses 4-9, Nehemiah found that the high priest, Eliashib (the same priest that had worked with Nehemiah in rebuilding the wall in chapter 3) had been influenced by Tobiah who was Nehemiah’s old enemy. Eliashib provided Tobiah with a large room in the Temple that was supposed to be used to store the offerings of the people and the items needed for worship. Verse 4 tells us that Eliashib “was closely associated with Tobiah.” In other words, they were friends and Tobiah had great influence, status and connections.

Nehemiah’s response

Verses 7-9 tells us how Nehemiah responded when he learned about Eliashib providing Tobiah a room in the courts of the house of God. Verse 9 tells us that Nehemiah was greatly displeased and threw all Tobiah’s household goods out of the room. He then gave the orders, in verse 9, to purify the rooms and to return the items that belongs there – the grain offerings and the incense.

Nehemiah didn’t stop to ask questions or consult with the leaders. He didn’t negotiate or compromise. He just threw Tobiah’s stuff out, re-consecrated the rooms and restored everything back to the temple that belonged there. Whatever length of time Nehemiah had been gone, he did not change. The same zeal and passion he had for God in Chapter 1 is evident in chapter 13. The people and priests may have drifted away from God, but Nehemiah’s commitment to please God remained the same.

It’s a matter of choice

What made Nehemiah different from the people and priests? Nehemiah and the people faced the same challenges, temptations, problems, and enemies, but Nehemiah chose to honor God and obey Him.

He made a choice.

Joshua had once told the people, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Being faithful to God is always a choice that each one of us must make.

Problem #2: Tithes and Offerings were being brought to the temple

Why was there a room in the temple that was empty enough that Eliashib could provide Tobiah with a room? The answer is simple. The people had stopped brining their tithes and offerings to the Temple, which meant there were not enough grains for the Levites and singers, forcing them to look for their own fields to support themselves. Likewise, since the Levites didn’t have enough, the priests likely did not either because they survived on the tithes from the Levites. As a result, all those responsible for temple worship left their posts to earn a living in the fields. Even if they did not totally abandon their temple duties, they were certainly compromised.

Nehemiah’s Response

Once again, Nehemiah restores everything back to follow God’s commandments. He got the people to once again bring their tithes and offerings to the temple. With the offerings coming in again, the Levites and singers could return to their duties in the temple and worship was restored without interruption.

Nehemiah also made some changes. He appointed new gatekeepers or treasurers over the storehouses – four of them. A priest, a scribe, a Levite, and an assistant. Why these four? Verse 13 tells us they were considered trustworthy and reliable. It would be their responsibility to distribute the supplies to their brothers.

By appointing a team, Nehemiah established accountability and ensured that both the tithes and offering coming in and the distribution of them going out were handled appropriately.

Problem #3: Sabbath rest was ignored

In verses 16-17, we find that Nehemiah discovered the “people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food. Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself!”

The 4th Commandment given to Moses was to “keep the Sabbath day holy.” God intended for the people to work six days and on the 7th day they were worship Him and rest. God set the example for this in the creation of the world. For six days he created and on the 7th day He rested – not because he was tired, but to give us the example of what he expected from us. But the people of Nehemiah’s day were not resting or worshiping. They were working.

Nehemiah’s response

We find the action Nehemiah took against the people profaning the Sabbath in verses 19-22. About sunset before the Sabbath, he commanded that the gates of Jerusalem be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened again until after the Sabbath. He also stationed some of his servants at the gates so no one coming with their wares to sell would be let in. As a result the merchants and sellers camped outside the city walls. So Nehemiah warned them that if they came again on the Sabbath, he would “lay hands on them.” After that, they did not come on the sabbath again. Finally, he commanded the Levites to purify themselves and guard the gates to keep the Sabbath day holy as God commanded.

Problem #4: The people had intermarried with foreigners

In 1 Kings 11:1-8, we find:

“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” …For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. 

For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem.  And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.”

God had called the nation of Israel to be different, set apart from the world, but Israel wanted to be just like the world. It would seem that this was still true in Nehemiah’s day for he found that the men in Jerusalem had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. Many of their children couldn’t even speak the language of Judah. As a result the people had allowed idolatry back into the nation again – the very reason that God had sent the Babylonians in to conquer them and sent them into exile. They had paid a high price for their idolatry and refusal to repent and turn back to God and now they were allowing it all back into the nation again.

Nehemiah’s Response:

Once again we see Nehemiah’s passion and zeal for God overtake him. What does he do? Verse 25 tells us that he confronted them, cursed them, beat some of them, and pulled out their hair. Then he made them take an oath in the name of God saying, “You shall not give your daughter to their sons, or take their daughter for your sons or for yourselves.” Then in verse 26, Nehemiah reminds them of King Solomon’s sin because of the man wives he had taken and who were the cause of him falling into sin.

Nehemiah’s Cleansing and Restoring

Nehemiah identified the problems and quickly cleansed the sin and restored the commandments of God among the people. He removed everything foreign and established the duties of the priests and Levites. He re-established the tithes and offerings and the keeping of the Sabbath. Chapter 13 closes out with Nehemiah, saying, “Remember me, O my God, for good.”

If God sent Nehemiah into your life today, what problems would he identify in your life and how would his passion and zeal for God set things straight? Would he find complacency and compromise? Would he find you in church, worshiping God and brining your tithes and offerings on Sundays? And would he find you being a good steward of what God has given you? Would Nehemiah find in you the same zeal and passion for God? What would he cleanse and restore in your life?


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  • Grey polyester; embroidered with inspirational quote
  • Pray boldly in designer font
  • Piped edges in white; zipper opening
  • Solid color to match on the reverse side
  • Poly fiberfill
461814: God Shed His Grace On Thee, Small Flag

God Shed His Grace On Thee, Small Flag

By Beth Albert / Carson Home Accents

  • Art flag God shed His grace on thee
  • Beth Albert
  • Garden Flag; 13″ x 18″
  • Durasoft fabric is extremely durable; Indoor or outdoor use
  • Readable from both sidesPlease note: We have displayed this flag on a stand so our customers can see how it will look. Please order a flag stand separately since it is not included with the flag.
239841: Blessed Is the Nation House with Picture Clip

Blessed Is the Nation House with Picture Clip

By Divinity Boutique

Patriotic rustic appeal for shelf or desktop display; wooden house shaped photo clip with star trim and primitive accents. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12Weathered clip is designed to hold your latest and most favorite snapshot or family photo. Picture clip house is 10″ x 6″ x 3″; red, white and blue.

052903: Wash Your Hands and Say Your Prayers Soap Dispenser

Wash Your Hands and Say Your Prayers Soap Dispenser

By Dexsa-the Giving Company

Trending words of inspiration on glass soap dispenser for kitchen, bath, or powder room; clear glass with typography design screened on; pump top. Fill with your favorite detergent, soap, or lotion. 8 ounce capacity.Wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus and germs are everywhere.

336234: God Bless You Tissue Basket with Black Lining

God Bless You Tissue Basket with Black Lining

By Lyons Baskets

Handy tissue basket holds a box of boutique tissues, God bless you is embroidered on fabric liner, with wood lid. 6″ x 6″ x 6″; adds style to your room decor. Black with white lettering; button closure.Personalization is available!
To order with embroidered personalization, just add to your cart and follow the prompts.
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471343: Faith Over Fear Stainless Steel Tumbler, Teal

Faith Over Fear Stainless Steel Tumbler, Teal

By Kerusso Activewear

Steel tumbler with sipper lid, 10 ounce capacity for a generous cup of coffee plus your favorite add-ins

    Dual-walled stainless steel tumbler
  • Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours
  • Slide lid
  • Sweat-free
  • Hand wash
  • Boxed
  • Faith over fear. Psalm 118:6trending design graphics on teal tumbler
8471388: Nope Not Today Satan Stainless Steel Tumbler, Pink

Nope Not Today Satan Stainless Steel Tumbler, Pink

By Kerusso Activewear

Steel tumbler with sipper lid, 10 ounce capacity for a generous cup of coffee plus your favorite add-ins

    Dual-walled stainless steel tumbler
  • Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours
  • Slide lid
  • Sweat-free
  • Hand wash
  • Boxed
  • Nope. Not today satan. . Trending graphics on hot pink tumbler
470546: Faith Over Fear Cap, Denim

Faith Over Fear Cap, Denim

By Kerusso Activewear

When God is for us, no person, and no challenge, can stop us in our tracks. Because of our faith, we don’t have to give in to fear — it’s that simple. Wear this stylish Christian cap from Kerusso’s grace & truth® collection to share this brave message with those who don’t yet know the Lord.

Cool baseball cap in blue denim with embroidered Scripture reference from Psalm 56:4 in tan.

Front: Faith Over Fear
Visor: Psalm 56:4
Side: grace & truth

  • Cotton Twill for durability
  • Top stitching and embroidery
  • Mid-profile, 6-panel cap with pre-curved visor
  • Adjustable velcro closure
  • One size fits most

Cover_mGod, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press
There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

 

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One Year Bible Reading Plan: April 17

Psalm 119:18. Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction.

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April 17

1 Samuel 22-24

Luke 16:1-18

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Alabama

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Don’t forget to learn this week’s memory verse:

Memorize and hide in your heart one memory verse each week in 2020. If you didn’t start the challenge at the beginning of the year, just jump in now and be sure to sign up to get our weekly Memory verse in your email so you don’t miss a week.

memory verse logoIn 2020 our emphasis is on revival for America with three key words: revive, renew, and redeem. You will begin to see the elements of our website and posts reflect this emphasis. We hope you’ll join us in praying for God to pour out the Holy Spirit with a mighty rushing wind of revival for our nation and around the world.

 

Our key verse for revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  For the past few  weeks, we have been focusing on repentance. This week, we look at the spiritual transformation that takes place when we surrender our heart to God.

This week’s memory verse:

Matthew 28:5-6

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

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074217: Anxious for Nothing, Softcover

Anxious for Nothing, Softcover

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

High anxiety is prevalent in our fast-paced society—but here’s a biblical prescription for it! Inviting you to reflect on Philippians 4:6–7, Lucado offers insights into ways God will help you cope with life’s inevitable calamities. Discover how to view bad news through the window of God’s sovereignty, discern Satan’s lies, recognize the truth, and more. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

140463: Putting an X Through Anxiety: Breaking Free from the Grip of Worry and Stress

Putting an X Through Anxiety: Breaking Free from the Grip of Worry and Stress

By Louie Giglio / Christian Book Distributors

Fighting anxiety can be so overwhelming it makes you feel like David confronting Goliath. But Giglio says you can slay that giant! Assuring you that God has already won the battle, he equips you with a mighty weapon—the cross of Jesus—to help you face your fear, let it go, and trust that God’s got your back. A companion to Giglio’s book, Goliath Must Fall.

438393: Fundamentals of the Faith: 13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace  &amp; Knowledge of Jesus Christ

Fundamentals of the Faith: 13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace & Knowledge of Jesus Christ

By John MacArthur / Moody Publishers

“On Sunday mornings at Grace Community Church, small groups of people gather together in ‘Fundamentals of the Faith’ classes to use this manual of thirteen lessons, which blend basic biblical truths with personal obedience and service. Many young believers take these classes to grow in their understanding of biblical truths.”

For the first time ever, Fundamentals of the Faith is available to the trade. With topics ranging from “God: His Character and Attributes” to “The Church: Fellowship and Worship,” this workbook is ideal to disciple new believers or help more mature Christians sharpen their understanding of key doctrines and equip them for evangelism.

Each of the thirteen lessons comes with a link to a required free downloadable message from John MacArthur.

707710: Praying for Your Prodigal

Praying for Your Prodigal

By Kyle Idleman / David C Cook

Have some of your loved ones wandered far from their heavenly Father’s embrace? Ask God to lead them back home! In this companion guide to his best-selling AHA, Idleman offers heartfelt petitions that speak to the spiritual needs of your family members and friends who are still seeking the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 96 pages, softcover from Cook.

343126: Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe

Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe

By Craig Groeschel / Zondervan

Are you stuck in a lackluster spiritual rut? Best-selling author Groeschel wants to dig you out…because following Jesus was never meant to be risk-free or boring! In this bracing volume, he challenges you to pray bold, specific, passionate prayers that will lead you out of your comfort zone—and into a God-led adventure. 192 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

342958: Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not

Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not

By Craig Groeschel / Zondervan

Why was my child born with a disability? Why did the cancer come back? It can feel impossible to reconcile our intensely painful experiences with the image of a loving and all-powerful God. Groeschel explores this contradiction with honesty, biblical truth, and the stories of people &ndash; including himself &ndash; who’ve wrestled with these deep questions and rediscovered faith.

343069: Liking Jesus: Intimacy and Contentment in a Selfie-Centered World

Liking Jesus: Intimacy and Contentment in a Selfie-Centered World

By Craig Groeschel / Zondervan

How can we keep our eyes focused on Christ in a world saturated with streaming screens, “likes,” and emojis? Groeschel offers help! Learn how to use social media to strengthen your faith; rediscover authenticity and contentment; create safeguards for your digital devices; and put God and others first in a selfie-centered world. 256 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

332221: Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn&amp;quot;t Exist, Softcover

Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist, Softcover

By Craig Groeschel / Zondervan

Do you believe in God but live as if he didn’t exist? You could be a Christian atheist. Sharing his personal journey from lackluster childhood faith to his calling as a pastor, Groeschel reveals the different ways he experienced Christian atheism—and helps you avoid similar pitfalls so you can live a Christ-filled life! 256 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

894933: Altar Ego: A DVD Study: Becoming Who God Says You Are

Altar Ego: A DVD Study: Becoming Who God Says You Are

By Craig Groeschel / Zondervan

You are not who you think you are. You are not even who you think you are. Take your idea of your own identity; lay it down on the altar and sacrifice it. Why? Because you are who God says you are. Until you’ve sacrificed your broken concept of your identity, you won’t become who you are meant to be. In these five sessions, pastor Craig Groeschel shares the truth of who you are in Christ. Designed for use with the&nbsp;Altar Ego Study Guide. Approx. 60 minutes total.

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333821: Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World

Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World

By Craig Groeschel / Zondervan

Every day we’re infected with spiritual toxins from our corrupt culture. How can we purify ourselves from poisonous influences, emotions, and behaviors? Shining the light of truth on moral ambiguity, Groeschel encourages you to embrace the radical new life Jesus calls you to, and become cleansed as you immerse yourself in the waters of holiness. Softcover.

0343059: Divine Direction: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life

Divine Direction: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life

By Craig Groeschel / Zondervan

You make decisions every day—and added together, they make you! Groeschel shows how these choices, when aligned with seven biblical principles, can lead to a life you never imagined. He’ll help you stop what’s holding you back, start redirecting your path, determine when to stay committed to a situation and when to go.

88244: Twelve Ordinary Men

Twelve Ordinary Men

By John MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

In John MacArthur’s Twelve Ordinary Men, you’ll discover that contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. Join MacArthur as he draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you! Paperback.

214695: Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name

Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Come and meet the One at the center of the greatest story ever told! Inviting you to reflect on the heart of Christ, this updated edition of Lucado’s best-selling work introduces you to Jesus as Immanuel, friend, teacher, miracle worker, Lamb of God, returning king, and the God who knows and loves you. Includes additional never-before-published material. 230 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

0108085: Follower: Becoming More than Just a Fan of Jesus

Follower: Becoming More than Just a Fan of Jesus

By Kyle Idleman / Zondervan

Jesus calls us to chase after him—not cheer for his cause! Idleman invites you to take an honest look at your relationship with the Lord. He believes Christian faith isn’t about walking a comfortable and reassuring path, but stepping into a new identity as a follower of Christ. Based on his bestseller Not a Fan. 160 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

019421: Don&amp;quot;t Give Up: Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going

Don’t Give Up: Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going

By Kyle Idleman / Baker Books

There are times in life when the giants seem too big and the game gets too intense. We want to throw in the towel, preserve ourselves, and hide. But we are called to more!

In Don’t Give Up, Kyle Idleman explores the seasons of life where we feel as if we are hanging by a thread. Through relatable stories and Biblical encouragement, he encourages us to cast our concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.

 

078924: A Nation in Crisis

A Nation in Crisis

By Ray Stedman / Discovery House

Every day the headlines announce more violence and evil. Our hearts groan as we wonder what life will be like for the next generation. It all seems hopeless, which is probably how Jeremiah felt as he lived among the people of the nation of Judah.

Jeremiah was a reluctant but faithful prophet who spent forty-two years serving God and warning the people to repent. His heart was saddened and angered by the people’s indifference to God and the moral decay that surrounded him. Everything was falling apart–yet Jeremiah continued to seek the Lord.

As we face personal trauma and national crisis, we can learn from the prophet’s example. Ray Stedman walks us through the book of Jeremiah, revealing that repentance was the only answer then–and it’s the only answer today. When people repent, God is faithful to His Word, planting the seeds of new life and giving us hope.

710399: Come Down, Lord!

Come Down, Lord!

By Roger Ellsworth / Banner of Truth

Come Down, Lord! is a succinct, readable and biblically-based treatment of the vital theme of revival. Its seven short chapters go directly to the heart of the matter, as their headings indicate: We miss You; We need you; We wait for You; We will meet You; We have wronged You; We belong to You; We beseech You.Taking as his starting place the widespread absence of the sense of God’s holy presence and our need of his grace, Roger Ellsworth traces the profound analysis of the church’s spiritual decay outlined in Isaiah 63:3-64:12, and applies its message to our times.

0132689: Pray Boldly Pillow, Gray

Pray Boldly Pillow, Gray

By Christian Art Gifts

Decorator pillow 18″ x 18″

  • Grey polyester; embroidered with inspirational quote
  • Pray boldly in designer font
  • Piped edges in white; zipper opening
  • Solid color to match on the reverse side
  • Poly fiberfill
461814: God Shed His Grace On Thee, Small Flag

God Shed His Grace On Thee, Small Flag

By Beth Albert / Carson Home Accents

  • Art flag God shed His grace on thee
  • Beth Albert
  • Garden Flag; 13″ x 18″
  • Durasoft fabric is extremely durable; Indoor or outdoor use
  • Readable from both sidesPlease note: We have displayed this flag on a stand so our customers can see how it will look. Please order a flag stand separately since it is not included with the flag.
239841: Blessed Is the Nation House with Picture Clip

Blessed Is the Nation House with Picture Clip

By Divinity Boutique

Patriotic rustic appeal for shelf or desktop display; wooden house shaped photo clip with star trim and primitive accents. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12Weathered clip is designed to hold your latest and most favorite snapshot or family photo. Picture clip house is 10″ x 6″ x 3″; red, white and blue.

052903: Wash Your Hands and Say Your Prayers Soap Dispenser

Wash Your Hands and Say Your Prayers Soap Dispenser

By Dexsa-the Giving Company

Trending words of inspiration on glass soap dispenser for kitchen, bath, or powder room; clear glass with typography design screened on; pump top. Fill with your favorite detergent, soap, or lotion. 8 ounce capacity.Wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus and germs are everywhere.

336234: God Bless You Tissue Basket with Black Lining

God Bless You Tissue Basket with Black Lining

By Lyons Baskets

Handy tissue basket holds a box of boutique tissues, God bless you is embroidered on fabric liner, with wood lid. 6″ x 6″ x 6″; adds style to your room decor. Black with white lettering; button closure.Personalization is available!
To order with embroidered personalization, just add to your cart and follow the prompts.
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Personalized with one line of your choice consisting of 20 characters.
Please Note: Font and thread colors cannot be changed.

471343: Faith Over Fear Stainless Steel Tumbler, Teal

Faith Over Fear Stainless Steel Tumbler, Teal

By Kerusso Activewear

Steel tumbler with sipper lid, 10 ounce capacity for a generous cup of coffee plus your favorite add-ins

    Dual-walled stainless steel tumbler
  • Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours
  • Slide lid
  • Sweat-free
  • Hand wash
  • Boxed
  • Faith over fear. Psalm 118:6trending design graphics on teal tumbler
8471388: Nope Not Today Satan Stainless Steel Tumbler, Pink

Nope Not Today Satan Stainless Steel Tumbler, Pink

By Kerusso Activewear

Steel tumbler with sipper lid, 10 ounce capacity for a generous cup of coffee plus your favorite add-ins

    Dual-walled stainless steel tumbler
  • Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours
  • Slide lid
  • Sweat-free
  • Hand wash
  • Boxed
  • Nope. Not today satan. . Trending graphics on hot pink tumbler
470546: Faith Over Fear Cap, Denim

Faith Over Fear Cap, Denim

By Kerusso Activewear

When God is for us, no person, and no challenge, can stop us in our tracks. Because of our faith, we don’t have to give in to fear — it’s that simple. Wear this stylish Christian cap from Kerusso’s grace & truth® collection to share this brave message with those who don’t yet know the Lord.

Cool baseball cap in blue denim with embroidered Scripture reference from Psalm 56:4 in tan.

Front: Faith Over Fear
Visor: Psalm 56:4
Side: grace & truth

  • Cotton Twill for durability
  • Top stitching and embroidery
  • Mid-profile, 6-panel cap with pre-curved visor
  • Adjustable velcro closure
  • One size fits most

Cover_mGod, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press
There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

 

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Luke 4:31-32. Teaching with Authority

March 24 Luke 4 31-32 NKJV

Jesus was raised in a poor family. He did not go to “Priest Seminary School.” Sons were taught the trade of their fathers. Jesus was taught Joseph’s trade – carpentry. Yet when He went into the synagogue and started teaching, He taught with authority – the kind that comes directly from God. The people listening were amazed because of His teaching. Because Jesus is God, there is no better authority to teach us. After all, the commands and laws were handed down by God to Moses and the prophets. Throughout His ministry, Jesus would upset the priests, scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees as He openly confronted their pious acts and false teachings. The authority of His teaching, wasn’t just in the words He taught, but His authority also worked to prick the consciences of the people who listened. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Jesus’ teachings is the word of God, so as He taught, His words had the same results as Hebrews 4:12. However, the priests, scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees, did not want to be confronted. They wanted to go about their own self-righteous ways, looking better than everyone else. As a result, their pride and sin kept them from realizing the promised Messiah was standing right there with them.

If you think about the people you have most enjoyed listening to when the preach or teach, you could probably say the same thing – they taught with authority. It wasn’t that they were good entertainers with great stories and illustrations. It was that you felt you heard from God and you hung on every word. But when those teaching confronts our sin, are we like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day and allow our pride to keep us from realizing that the Messiah is gently holding out his hand and inviting us to repent?

What if Jesus came to your church this coming Sunday as a guest speaker? Would you recognize the authority with which He spoke? What might Jesus confront you with? Would your own pride and sin keep you locked in to your own self-righteousness?

God, thank you for the Scriptures you gave us to show us how we should live and how we should glorify You. When, through the Holy Spirit, Your Word confronts us, help us to humbly submit to Your teaching and to be obedient so that the intentions of our heart aligns with Yours. 

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coronavirus prayer guide logoJoin us in 52 days of prayer as each day we pray for a different state. Commit to one day of fasting on the day we unite in prayer for your state. On the day we pray for your state, get a group of your Christian family and friends together via phone or video conference and lead a prayer meeting for your sate. As you pray each day pray for the following:

  1. Pray for God to remove the Coronavirus from that state. We will pray for states in order of most affected to least affected as reported on the World Health Organization Website.
  2. Pray for God to heal each person who has the virus in the state for which we are praying
  3. Pray for the family members who have lost loved ones due to the virus. Ask God to comfort them and to make His presence known to them.
  4. Pray for God to humble the hearts of His people and that they will seek His face with all their heart, mind, and soul
  5. Pray for repentant hearts that will confess any sin and to be willing to turn from sin and set their minds on Christ 
  6. Ask God to hear us from Heaven, to forgive our sin (both individually and nationally) and heal our land
  7. Invite God to be Lord in our nation, our government, and in our homes

Download the 52 day prayer guide by clicking the image below: coronavirus prayer guide logoThe prayer guide is available for free download to individuals and churches and may be reproduced in any quantity both printed and electronically through websites, email, social media, apps, or any other method. 

#Chronovirus #fastandpray #judgement #repentance #revivalin2020 #WCM

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Don’t forget to learn this week’s memory verse:

Memorize and hide in your heart one memory verse each week in 2020. If you didn’t start the challenge at the beginning of the year, just jump in now and be sure to sign up to get our weekly Memory verse in your email so you don’t miss a week.

memory verse logoIn 2020 our emphasis is on revival for America with three key words: revive, renew, and redeem. You will begin to see the elements of our website and posts reflect this emphasis. We hope you’ll join us in praying for God to pour out the Holy Spirit with a mighty rushing wind of revival for our nation and around the world.

 

Our key verse for revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  For the past few  weeks, we have been focusing on repentance. This week, we look at the spiritual transformation that takes place when we surrender our heart to God.

This week’s memory verse:

2 Chronicles 20:9

 ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ 

Meditate and apply:

Will you commit to praying with us in 2020 that God will revive His people, renew our faith, and redeem our land? We feel such an urgency and desperation for revival. If God is moving your heart for revival, write your revival prayer in the comments along with your state or country. 

#Chronovirus #fastandpray #judgement #repentance #revivalin2020 #WCM

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This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

Learn more about hosting this event at your church or conference site by clicking here.

About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

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