April 22, 2022

“Where Do I Begin?”

Every time I read that title, I hear that five note melody from the movie,  Love Story in my mind. Oh the power of a musical hook!

On Sunday, we’ll be asking that question as it relates to rebuilding the broken walls in our lives. Our broken walls might be the testimony of our lives, a marriage, a friendship, our peace, our hope, or even our soul.

Sunday’s text is Nehemiah 1:1-11. In this passage, Nehemiah takes five steps that help us know where to begin in our rebuilding process.

These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” 4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. 5 Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! 7 We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses. 8 “Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. 9 But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’ 10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.

I hope you’re able to join us as we get this new sermon series underway. I know there’s a place in all of us where God desires to bring His restoration and healing. As Nehemiah 2:17 states, “Let us rebuild the wall…and end this disgrace.”

On the wall,

pastor jamie