Autumn Blessings ~

Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:
Autumn brings to the soul relief, as hot Summer days, slip to an end God sent the season for weary hearts to restore, repair and mend. Unlike the Autumn trees, that shed their changing leaves God sent the season for failing hearts to adhere, embrace and cleave. Just as with the Autumn winds, there comes a new… Continue reading Autumn Blessings ~

The Full Armor of God

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
Last week we saw the beginning of the opposition as Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The struggle was not just physical in nature, but spiritual as well. Behind the scenes in the spiritual realm a fierce battle was going on. What many people forget is that everything we do has a spiritual implication. You cannot separate it from… Continue reading The Full Armor of God

Preparing for Battle – Nehemiah 4:1-5

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
In 1896 at the Battle of Adwa in Ethopia, the Italian forces led by General Baratieri fought against The King of Ethiopia, King Menelik. Menelik’s forces had an estimated 100,000 soldiers while the Italians only had 25,000. A few years earlier Italy had given the Ethiopians state of the art rifles and ammunition in hopes of annexing the nation… Continue reading Preparing for Battle – Nehemiah 4:1-5

Reconstruction Begins – Opposition Begins

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
When we finished last week we saw Nehemiah inspecting the walls of Jerusalem carefully. The Hebrew word speaks to one who is not just looking at the damage, but also what needs to be done in the way of repairs. Reading about how methodically Nehemiah went about the wall with a thorough examination begs the question, “Do we examine… Continue reading Reconstruction Begins – Opposition Begins

Carrying Out the Will of God Requires Sacrifice

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
When we finished last time we saw that the queen mentioned in Artaxerxes chamber was more than likely his step mother, Queen Esther. The very Esther which rescued the Jews from the evil Haman was again being used by God to influence King Artaxerxes to consider Nehemiah’s request. Scripture tells us in Nehemiah 2:6 that “it pleased the king”… Continue reading Carrying Out the Will of God Requires Sacrifice

Romans 8:1: No Condemnation

Originally posted on Rooted+Relevant:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 This speaks to being justified before God. That God is declaring a believer to be righteous by imputing Christ’s righteousness to them. “no condemnation” (οὐδείς κατάκριμα) “ou” is the strongest negative in Greek. “eis” is the masculine form of “one.” Properly, “no one.” The best… Continue reading Romans 8:1: No Condemnation

Athanasia: The Great Insurrection – A basic introduction to my book.

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
I wanted to do a short post on the epic fantasy novel that I have written. It is the first book in a six book series and is called, “Athanasia: The Great Insurrection”. In 2011 I had an insatiable desire to write a book, but I was unsure as to what I would write, so I committed it to… Continue reading Athanasia: The Great Insurrection – A basic introduction to my book.

Making A Request Before the King

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
When we finished last week Nehemiah was mourning over the remnant in Jerusalem. This mourning led him to introspection and his introspection led him to confession of sin for Israel, his family, and himself. After his confession he reminded God of His promises and remembered His goodness. It was at this point at the very end of the chapter… Continue reading Making A Request Before the King

God’s Call to Action Starts with Mourning

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
When we finished last week Nehemiah had just found out all the evil that was happening to the remnant in Jerusalem. People in the city were being pillaged, enslaved, and murdered by the surrounding peoples. Nehemiah’s response to this in verse four was, “When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I… Continue reading God’s Call to Action Starts with Mourning