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Powered by 4 - Sept. 22, 2010

  • 2010 Sep 22

Wednesday, September 22

People Matter

today's reading.
Nehemiah 5:1-19     Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers...
Nehemiah 5  

think about it.
What problems come to Nehemiah's attention? How does he tackle this? What kept Nehemiah from taking advantage of his position and power (5:15)? How has "the fear of the Lord" influenced your choices or position?

the blog.
We just started a new series from Nehemiah on Back to the Bible called Effective Leadership for the 21st Century. (If you haven't joined our study yet, check it out.) But what we see in Nehemiah 5 today is key for us as Christians whether or not we're in a leadership position. You see Nehemiah valued people. So when he discovered that many were struggling and suffering and not able to take care of their families, he stepped up and did something about it. He also made sure he and those working with him were not over indulging.

So what can we do to make sure we are valuing others and that we're sensitive to, as well as acting upon, their needs? Did you see anything from Nehemiah's example that you could put into practice? Tami W.

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