Keeping It All Together (8 of 17) by Chuck McAlister

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Dr. Chuck McAlister
(Nehemiah 5:1-13)


-- Have you ever had a car that was out of alignment? ... You notice that your car is pulling to one side or the other ... You get out on a country road all by yourself -- you take your hands off the wheel for a brief moment and the car pulls to the left or right.
-- Or you notice that a tire is wearing inordinately on one side or the other.
-- When the front end of your car is out of alignment it means that parts which were designed to work together, in unity with each other, are actually working against each other ... There is disunity.
-- There can still be forward motion - your car will still go down the road. But the disunity caused by the misalignment can ruin your tires and result in the need for major repairs if it is not corrected ... It could even cause a breakdown!

(A) What is true of a car can also be true of any team or organization.
1- We are all a part of some team that is directly involved in helping us live out our dreams (because we need others to help us with our dreams) ... that team can be called a family (live out our personal dreams) ... a business (our financial/ leadership dreams) ... a group of friends (our relational dreams) ... a church (our life purpose -- eternal dreams).
2- When a team ... an organization ... business ... family ... church ... is out of alignment ... it means that there are people pulling against each instead of unity -- there is disunity!
* If that disunity is not confronted ... it could cause a breakdown of your team ... and the loss of your dreams!
3- Nehemiah ... was living out the dream that he was given by God to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem and restore those things that made the people of God distinct from the world and their culture ...

a- He faced overwhelming challenges ... Chapter 4 --
External Opposition a ...

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