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The SHOUT Heard Round the World (9 of 10)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: NEHEMIAH
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
March 15. 2009
1. TAKE our PLACE for God!
A) Men of Valor
B) Men of Virtue
C) Men of Vigilance
2. GIVE our PRAISE to God!
3. KEEP our PROMISE with God!
A) Reverential Living
B) Sacrificial Giving
In April, 1775, British troops were planning a march to Lexington, Massachusetts to arrest John Hancock and Sam Adams. At midnight, on April 18, Paul Revere hung a two-lantern signal in the steeple of Old North Church, alerting his comrades that the Redcoats were crossing the harbor.
Revere then made his famous ride to Lexington and pressed on to Concord, where he was captured by a British patrol. Questioned at gunpoint, Revere was released after divulging nothing but misinformation.
By the light of dawn, April 19, 1775, 77 Minutemen had reached Lexington, where they were met by more than 700 Redcoats. The Minutemen were farmers and laborers trained to be "ready in a minute." Suddenly, one musket went off. Historians still debate which side fired the first shot, but it became known as 'The Shot Heard 'Round the World," beginning the American Revolution.
In Nehemiah 12, we are introduced to the SHOUT heard 'round the world.
"God had made them rejoice with great joy... so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off." [12: 43]
I recently read something that really spoke to my heart. It spoke of 6 things that are to happen every time we assemble together to worship.
I believe you would agree, if those 6 things took place every time we walked through these doors, it would give a new meaning to the word 'worship.' If, when we congregate, we would ever turn loose and celebrate, commemorate, communicate, consecrate, and contemplate, it cou ...
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