Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 26 – Nehemiah 1-5

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Nehemiah 1-5. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
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Last night I shared with one of my elders that I was going to be out of town next Thursday afternoon and Friday morning so my brother and I could attend a football game. While I am gone our Sr. Minister will be on a cruise ship on vacation. Friday morning there is a surgery and I asked the elder if he would go to the hospital and have prayer with the man before. He said he would and I confessed to him that I felt guilty asking him to do this because I am going to be out of town for a football game. He looked at me and said, not a problem we are a team, we are here to do this together. I love this man and the other men I am serving with.

Today in our reading we saw the ultimate example of team work. It took a team of people each working on their individual tasks to be able to rebuild the walls. When they were faced with outside pressures, it took even more team effort to protect and build at the same time. Our reading ended reminding us that not only do we need to draw together on the task at hand, but we also have to look out for the best interest of others on our team. Nehemiah was righteously angry that his fellow countryman were charging interest and claiming property of their needy brothers. That was wrong, and fortunately they repented of their sin and misdeeds.

To achieve anything in life, especially in the church, we have to be working together as a team. If not, we will not be successful. I am thankful for the reminder I was given last night that I am working on a team. I love my team. What about you?

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