by Steve Wagers

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A Man with a Plan (1 of 10)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: NEHEMIAH
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Nehemiah 1
January 11. 2009

Sermon Outline
1. A Special Person!
A) His Providential Location
B) His Prestigious Occupation
2. A Serious Problem!
A) The Report that was Provided
1) Spiritual Discouragement
2) Structural Depletion
B) The Response that was Provoked
1) Lamentation
2) Desperation
3. A Strategic Petition!
A) The God He Approached
1) A Powerful God
2) A Faithful God
B) The Grace He Acknowledged
C) The Goal He Aspired

I recently read an article entitled, "Why Men are Happier?" It read:

"Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant.

You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell YOU the truth. The world is your urinal.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. A wedding dress is $5000; a tux rental is $100, and people never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. You can be in one mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wa ...

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