Just Say No, Don't Let Go, and Watch God Steal the Show (6 of 10) by Steve Wagers

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Just Say No, Don't Let Go, and Watch God Steal the Show (6 of 10)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: NEHEMIAH
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Nehemiah 6
February 15. 2009

Sermon Outline
1. A Bitter Rival!
A) Relentlessly Deceptive
B) Ruthlessly Destructive
1) To Intentionally Discredit Him
2) To Ultimately Destroy Him
2. A Bold Resolve!
A) The Position He would not Compromise
B) The Purpose He could not Jeopardize
3. A Blessed Result!
A) An Impossible Task Accomplished
B) An Incredible Truth Announced

As a young boy, and before I moved to Indianapolis and became a Colts fan, my team was the Washington Redskins. When George Allen became the head coach of the Redskins, he promised the nation's capital the moon. He promised them a Super Bowl championship by the 2nd season.

The team had a brilliant preseason the first year. Then, early in the regular season, they won several amazing games. It appeared that the Redskins had be lifted out of the basement of consistent defeat, and elevated to a powerhouse. As time passed, however, the inevitable occurred. They began to lose, and lose, and lose. Some of the blame fell on Coach Allen, but a vast majority of the blame landed on the shoulders of then quarterback, Sonny Jurgenson.

One day, after another defeat, Sonny was getting ready to hit the showers. As sportswriter leaned over to him in the locker room and said, "Sonny, be honest. Don't all of these off-the-wall remarks and all this public flak disturb you? Doesn't it make you want to quit when people throw things at you from the stands, and you get all sorts of dirty letters?"

Sonny Jurgenson leaned back, gave a big, toothless grin, and said, "No, I don't want to quit. I've been in the game long enough to know that every quarterback, every leader, spends his time either in the penthouse or the outhouse."

The average person has no concept as to the tremendous pressures faced by those in positions of leadership. Leaders are either t ...

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