by Steve Wagers

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It's Game Time (2 of 10)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: NEHEMIAH
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Nehemiah 2
January 18. 2009

Sermon Outline
1. Wait Patiently on God!
A) Be Faithful
B) Be Fruitful
2. Watch Purposefully for God!
A) Opportunity Arises
1) Permission
2) Promotion
3) Provision
4) Protection
5) Providence
B) Opposition Awaits
3. Work Passionately with God!
A) He Counts the Cost
B) He Confronts the Critics
C) He Confirms the Call
1) Motivation
2) Participation

I love the story of Yogi Berra, hall of fame catcher for the New York Yankees, and Hank Aaron; who, at that time, was the power hitter for the Milwaukee Braves. The Yankees/Braves were playing in the World Series, and as usual, Yogi Berra was up to his old tricks of playing mind games with the batters.

As Hank Aaron stepped up to the plate, Yogi tried to distract him by saying, "Henry, you're holding the bat wrong. You're supposed to hold it so you can read the trademark name." Aaron didn't say a word, but just hit the next pitch 400 feet into the left-field bleachers. After the rounding the bases, Aaron tagged home plate, looked at Yogi Berra and said, "I didn't come up here to read."

I once read the story of a Civil War soldier by the name of Peter Apples. One day in battle, the command was given to "Charge!" Peter Apples along with the rest of his unit charged. They came under such heavy attack that retreat was sounded, but Peter Apples didn't hear it. He kept charging into "No-Man's Land;" right into the heart of the enemy.

He came upon a ditch where the enemy soldiers were lined up one behind the other. He took hold of the first one in the ditch, hit him two or three times, grabbed him by the nap of the neck, dragged him out of the ditch and started back toward his unit. The enemy soldiers took aim and started to shoot, but were afraid they would hit their own soldier.

Peter Apples continued to drag the soldier and finally dragged him back to h ...

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