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We SHALL Overcome!

Nehemiah 9-10 | “God’s Word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from God’s Word.” The gathering would have filled more than half of Memorial Stadium. These were the neighbors they had been partnering with for that last couple of months. These were the wives and kids you had teamed up to protect and for whom you labored morning to night. But there you ar...

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Rebuilding The People of God

Nehemiah 8 When the heavy lifting is over, the hard work begins. Building walls is easy. Rebuilding the people of God? That takes time. But revival and rebuilding begins when spiritually hungry people begin to crave and receive the Word of God! The miracle restoration was now complete. 52 days of challenging, exhausting, discouraging, fear-inducing labor was in th...

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Turn Our Cares Into Prayers

Its time to turn our cares to prayers! We were advised to purchase tickets to land in Burbank rather than at LAX due to the turmoil. It was the last weekend of April, 1992, and as our plane made its final approach, the rising smoke from the downtown riots was thick in the sky. From the airport we drove north to our intended destination, only to pull into a completely va...

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Come Together…Right NOW!

Nehemiah 5:1-19 | Sometimes it is necessary to get angry! “Then I was VERY ANGRY when I had heard their outcry and these words.” (v. 6) What changed? ...

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The Best Week of the Year

...VBS at Faith Bible Church! #4thegospel #4thekidz “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth…before the days draw near of which you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them…’ Ecclesiastes 12:1...

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Ministry: Non-Negotiably A Team Sport

Nehemiah 3:1-32 The repetitions ring out like rim shots on a snare drum from an impassioned musician! “And next to him…and next to him…and next to him…” 15 times! “After him…after him…after him…after him…” 15 more times! The simple rule of Bible interpretation begins with reading aloud and listening for repeated lines and phrases. In Nehemiah ...

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Pray and Plan

Nehemiah 1:11-2:20 “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.” Nehemiah 1:3 The people are in despair and the walls in disrepair. What now? Nehemiah is the final volume of a three-volume trilogy of Old Testament Jewish history....

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Building Faith: The Power of One

Where would one even start? Disaster, destruction, and debris lies everywhere you look. It has the appearance of a bomb having gone off in there! No. I am not referring to your teenager’s bedroom or your “man-cave” at home. ☺ I am speaking of the glorious city of God, the City of David, the place where Yahweh would meet with His people. Jerusalem...

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Shepherdology 101

Acts 20 | Aren’t you glad they no longer record the names of those who fall asleep in church? With Memorial Day a week away, I was reminded of the story of a young boy leaving the Sunday service with his father. As Dad chatted up the pastor, the lad looked around the foyer and noticed a wall hanging with numerous names engraved in brass. Interrupting his father he sai...

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The Way Is One Way

Acts 18 & 19 | “And they took him aside and explained to him The Way of God more accurately!” Acts 18:26 Solomon wrote, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 His father, David the great king sent a new worship tune over to his worship director including these words, “Teach me Your way, Oh Lord, and lead ...

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