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Order In The Court! - God's Court That Is! (7 of 13)
Series: Book Of Nehemiah
INTRO: A great deal of effort had gone into building the city of God, the temple first and then the massive walls around the city. The people had really put their shoulders to the task for both jobs and now a firm city was established ... but one important thing was yet missing!
While they had built the city of God they hadn't reflected on the need to build the citizenship of the city of God! While they could rightly rejoice over the city being ready ... they needed to reflect on the citizenship being ready to begin again as the people of God, a special calling and unique lifestyle. They needed to find each other and become one again with joy before God.
ILLUS: It was early January and in the doctor's waiting room every seat was occupied. There was the usual atmosphere of tension, each person concerned with his own problems. We looked down at our feet, flipped through old magazines, gazed at the pictures on the walls. Suddenly a woman sitting across the room from me spoke up. "Why don't we sing? Are you tired of Christmas carols?"
Every head turned in her direction. Startled at such an idea, we couldn't help returning the smile on her happy face. Without waiting for an answer, her strong soprano voice began, "O Come, All Ye Faithful." My husband, always ready to sing, joined in with his tenor. A bit more timidly, I added an alto and soon others joined in. We sang one carol after another, filling the room with joyous music. -- Florence E. Parkes, Laurel, MD. Christian Reader, "Lite Fare."
And so, as the people prepare to rejoice over the finished product of the city, Nehemiah takes the initiative to reestablish the proper order of the people themselves and their unique calling as the people of God! ... THEN REJOICING WOULD BE FULL!
PROP.SENT: All healthy life forms have a correct order to their existence in order for that life ...
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