The Keystone Habit of Worship

The Keystone Habit of Worship

    This year we are focusing on building our Interior Wall. The goal is that no matter what external challenge you face, you will be internally prepared. The question is: how do you build interior walls? What character traits and habits can prepare you for the storms you face as a leader? Take this picture of Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael as a mental image. The surface winds of our culture are picking up for those who follow Jesus….

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3 Lessons from Father to Son

3 Lessons from Father to Son

Last year, when we studied Nehemiah, we saw how he led a group of down and people to rebuild the exterior wall around Jerusalem.  This year, I want to focus on building an Interior Wall so whatever the external challenge you face, you will be internally prepared. Remember our example of Icebergs from last session: You only see 10%….but what’s driving you…what’s driving the people you lead is the 90% below the surface. The underside of an iceberg is dark. Many people prefer not to…

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The Stream of Your Soul

The Stream of Your Soul

We spent all of last year getting a PHD in Leadership from Nehemiah. If you recall, Nehemiah led a group of down and out people to rebuild the exterior wall around Jerusalem. There are no miracles in the book of Nehemiah, just excellent, obstacle-overcoming leadership. This year I want us to focus on building an interior wall – so that no matter what external challenge you race you will be prepared to internally to face that challenge. The Keeper of…

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Nehemiah Part 15 – A Leverage and a Leap of Faith

Nehemiah Part 15 – A Leverage and a Leap of Faith

Audio Recording from 5/18/18 I want to close our year with Nehemiah by thinking about two things: How do you leverage yourself for the benefit of others, especially those who are in trouble or need? Another way to say it is: What troubled or needy situation might you insert yourself into to cause a change? This leveraging of yourself – How does it stretch your faith? If you truly insert yourself into a problem area (not just talk about a problem,…

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Nehemiah Part 14: Finishing and Celebrating

Nehemiah Part 14: Finishing and Celebrating

Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties during the audio recording of this lesson. There is no podcast episode for this post. You can still read the blog post below. This morning I want to talk about finishing, being a part of a team and celebrating. We will be reading Nehemiah 6:15-16, 12:17, 31, and 40-43. The Re-entry in Apollo 13 is one of my favorite movie scenes. I love the different reactions. Just seeing it makes you want to stand up…

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Nehemiah Part 13: Be Self-Controlled and Alert

Nehemiah Part 13: Be Self-Controlled and Alert

This morning I want to focus on the never ending fight against our enemies.  This scene from All Quiet on the Western Front comes near the end of the movie. It’s WWI, the soldier has survived endless attacks, and many of his friends have not made it through the war. Now, the soldier is writing one last letter home to his girlfriend saying he would see her soon. . . In war, a moment of distraction, a lack of wisdom, a…

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Nehemiah Part 12: Nehemiah’s Generosity – Spence Hackney

Nehemiah Part 12: Nehemiah’s Generosity – Spence Hackney

  Spence Hackney did a great job once again. He taught us about Nehemiah’s generosity. View Spence’s lesson from last year: Daniel: Who’s On Top?   Paul told me I could talk about whatever I wanted to. I didn’t have to talk about Nehemiah, but this next passage was something I just couldn’t get away from. The worlds view of leadership, and a view I fell into in the past if I wasn’t careful, is to lead for the sake…

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Nehemiah Part 11: Resolving Internal Conflict

Nehemiah Part 11: Resolving Internal Conflict

  Last time we talked about leading when facing an external threat. In chapter 4, Nehemiah and his team began to make noticeable progress on rebuilding the wall of protection around the city of Jerusalem. According to Nehemiah 4:6, the wall had reached half of its height. Half-way through the project, Nehemiah faced 2 great threats: external and internal. External Threat: In chapter 4, the powerful people in the surrounding area didn’t want Jerusalem to be rebuilt. So, they began…

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Nehemiah Part 10: Dealing with Discouragement

Nehemiah Part 10: Dealing with Discouragement

To set the foundation of today’s lesson, we’ll watch this clip from The Pursuit of Happyness. These statements are so powerful: Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you can’t do something, not even your Dad.  O how many dreams have died in just one conversation. How many men live with the voice of their father ringing in their memories? Fathers, do you understand the weight of your comments? When people can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you…

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Nehemiah Part 9: Places of Teamwork for You

Nehemiah Part 9: Places of Teamwork for You

  Last week we defined Leadership as moving people from here to there. Nehemiah moves people with 3 basic steps you will use over and over (All found in 2:17). Define Reality (Here) – (v. 17a) Define the Future (There) – (v. 17b) We Can’t Stay Here – (v. 17b) What will it take for Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem? A TEAM. Teamwork is our focus this morning. Building and being on a team is one of my…

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