52 days. That’s all it took for the nation of Israel, under the guidance of Nehemiah, to rebuild the walls that were once burnt out and decimated rubble. We have been in the book of Nehemiah for the last ten weeks, with three more weeks to go in September. Let me ask us all a question: how has the book changed you? Have you and I taken time to consider that the same God that helped fuel a 52-day-rebuild is the same God that wants to work in your life, your place of business, your marriage, your outreach, your parenting, and your finances? What about in the life of the church? How has walking through this great and powerful ancient text given us insight into the decisions we need to make for outreach and to provide for our community?
During the next 52 days in the life of our church, our Awana ministry will start a new fall session and we will have our annual Fall Festival in October; both of these are amazing ministries of outreach, discipleship and fellowship. My second question to us all is, what can God do inside not only those programs, but other outreach and service projects over the next 52 days as well? Remember, Nehemiah took three months of prayer before he went before his boss. We are coming to the end of our 3 months of prayer as we approach our October conference, asking God to direct and lead this church in his direction – not ours – with everything that He has given us.
In light of the fact that everything we have comes from God, I would like to share a need that has come to my attention this week through our Leesville Elementary School Back Pack Buddies. In talking with the program director, her heart’s desire is to have an emergency fund of $1000.00 dollars on hand to help families when unexpected disaster strikes. Last year a student and her family lost all of their belongings in an apartment fire. While our church helped out in various ways, which they were thankful for, if we contributed to this emergency fund it would be a step of faith closer to the Lord. Currently there are (26) children, but more will be added as Kindergarten classes start the week after Labor Day. More children in need, who can be fed through the contributions of Leesville Baptist and other churches in the area. What an amazing opportunity to step up and provide not only food, but extra funds, and yes – maybe even clothes, shoes and jackets as the weather turns cold.Please be in prayer for our church in the days of ahead.
Matt Chambers, Pastor, Leesville Baptist Church
This Sermon Series: “Rebuilding Broken Walls and Lives”
August 28th: Our Confession, Nehemiah 9 (Part 1)
September 4th: Our Restorer, Nehemiah 9 (Part 2)
September 11th: Our Dedication, Nehemiah 12:27-30
September 18th: Our Offerings, Nehemiah 13:9-14