When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was VERY ANGRY!” – Nehemiah 5:6
This is the first time we see Nehemiah angry! Up until this point in the story we have seen him;
- Ask questions
- Hear and listen
- Sit down and weep
- Be sad
- Be afraid
- Plan, organize and lead
- Encourage and exhort
- Praise and honor
BUT now Nehemiah is VERY ANGRY! Why was Nehemiah angry? Read and reflect on Nehemiah 5:1-5 and you will discover that there are some things worth getting angry about! EMOTIONS CHANGE BEHAVIOR NOT INFORMATION! We will talk more about Nehemiah’s anger and what happened on Sunday! The reason for his anger continues to be the Achilles heel in Christ’s church today.
Let us ALL PRAY that the body of Central will experience the same outpouring of the Spirit of God that occurred in Nehemiah 5. The effectiveness of our witness is directly connected to what happens in Nehemiah 5. IT IS WORTH GETTING ANGRY ABOUT! May God stir our hearts in such a way that walls are broken down even while we are building walls.
I look forward to be in the presence of our Holy and Loving God with you on Sunday!
P.S. Let us be in prayer for the 76 women who will be on the SHE RETREAT this weekend. And we give thanks to God for the 16 leaders and 56 students who were on the recent confirmation retreat. THIS WEEK PATH FINDERS at 10:00 will look a little different! All the 1st – 5th graders will join Ryan Braley and some other awesome guys in the Family Life Center and lead them in an awesome journey of play, storytelling, and sharing. Thanks to all the guys who are helping lead this Sunday. The Preschool through K will go into their normal space.