All Hands On Deck

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Nehemiah 3    Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel...

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For the next two weeks we'll be reading through and considering Nehemiah as Dr. Kroll teaches from this incredible book on Back to the Bible. Our reading is starting in chapter 3, but in the first two chapters we've been told that Nehemiah is in captivity, that he is the cup-bearer to Artaxerxes, the King of Persia, and that he has gotten word that the city of Jerusalem is in a state of shambles. Nehemiah is heartbroken and after seeking the Lord's direction, he gets permission from King Artaxerxes to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild its walls. As we come to chapter 3, Nehemiah is in Jerusalem. He's met with the Jewish people and gotten their support to rebuild the walls.

Nehemiah was an exceptional leader, but what caught my attention today, wasn't so much Nehemiah and his actions, but all the other people and names in this passage who stepped up to work on this massive building project. Talk about a picture of unity and the Body working together. It was simply impressive—goldsmiths, priests, merchants, temple servants, women, perfumers—all contributed to this important undertaking. 

So what from Nehemiah 3 can you use and apply to your own life situation? Was there anything in particular that really spoke to your heart from this passage today? Tami W. 

P.S. I hope you can join Dr. Kroll and me for this series on Nehemiah. It's called Effective Leadership in the 21st Century and it's full of information and guidelines that we can use every single day.

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