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I heard about a man who brought a parrot. It was a beautiful parrot but he had a problem with swearing. It seemed whenever the man was entertaining the parrot would embarrass him greatly by swearing in front of his guests.
He tried to appeal to the obviously smart parrot by asking him to clean up his language. The parrot promised to change, but nothing happened, in fact, his swearing seemed only to increase!
Finally, it got to be too much, so the man grabbed the bird by the throat and started shaking him and yelled, you've got to stop swearing, but this just made the parrot angry and he swore all the more.
Then the guy got really mad and locked him in a kitchen cabinet. That really aggravated the bird and he started clawing and scratching with all kinds or racket.
When the guy finally let him out, the parrot let loose with a stream of curse words that made the man blush. At that point the man so lost his temper that he threw the parrot into the freezer.
For the first few seconds the bird squawked and screamed and thrashed around. And then there was silence. At first the guy just waited, but then he started to wonder if the bird was hurt. After a couple of minutes he opened the freezer door. The bird calmly climbed onto the man's outstretched arm and said, "I'm really sorry about all the trouble I've been giving you. I make a solemn vow to clean up my language from now on.
The man was astounded. He couldn't believe the transformation that had come over the parrot as a result of being in the freezer for only a few minutes.
Then the parrot turned to the man and said, I have just one question - what did turkey do?"
Well, today we are going to look at a vow that Nehemiah and his people made concerning the work of God and the importance of vowing to the Lord
We begin today a brand new study in the book of Nehemiah called "Rebuilding." Rebuilding is an extremely useful endeavor. You can take an old house, neglected for years, and rebuild it and often it will look better than it did when it was new.
Some of you are interested in rebuilding cars. Taking a vintage car sitting somewhere in a junk yard, rebuilding the body, the interior, and the engine and then you have a classic.
There is much value in the idea of rebuilding. There are marriages that are on the brink because of neglect, but they can be rebuilt. There are individual lives which have been ravaged by disobedience and rebellion, but they can be rebuilt.
There are relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, or brothers and sisters that can flourish again if they are rebuilt.
Now, in the book of Nehemiah, you find Israel in this kind of situation. God had sent Nehemiah back to the land of Israel after 70 years of captivity ...
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