by Jeff Ginn

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How to Handle Hecklers (4 of 10)
Series: From Ruin to Renewal
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Nehemiah 4
September 28, 2003


a. One of the greatest feats of engineering is the Panama Canal. In the late 1800s the French began the Canal but abandoned the project because of the difficulties. When Roosevelt became President he decided to take action. He bought the rights for some $50,000,000 and dispatched those who would undertake the work.
b. It was built with great difficulty and cost. Mountains were moved. Landslides hampered the work. Disease-carrying mosquitoes were so thick that workers complained that you would get a mouthful with every breath. 500 lives were lost for every mile of the canal.
c. Vociferous critics began to assail the project. Someone asked the Commander, Col. George W. Goethals, how he would answer his critics. His simple reply--"With time and the canal." Ten years and almost $400,000,000 later, the answer was unveiled when the first ship slipped through the canal.
d. Those who would accomplish much will face difficulty and criticism. Nehemiah was such a man. He set about, under God's direction, to rebuild the ruined walls of Jerusalem. How did he handle his hecklers? With time and the wall.
e. Read Nehemiah 4.


a. Transition: If we are to overcome opposition we must be willing to work. Nehemiah 4:6 says, "So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart" (emphasis added). There is nothing that we cannot do if our heart is in the work. Note two traits that characterized their willing work:
b. There must be teamwork
i. If we are to make progress and overcome the opposition, we must work together.
ii. Two men were riding a bicycle built for two when they came to a steep hill. It took a great deal of struggle for the men to complete what proved to be a very steep climb. When they got to the top the man in front said to t ...

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