by Jeff Schreve

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Take No Prisoners (11 of 11)
Series: Arise and Build
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Nehemiah 13:4-31

….the cross was enough.

If you have your Bible, please turn to Nehemiah chapter 13, Nehemiah chapter 13. I want to speak to you this morning on a message I've entitled, "Take No Prisoners." Now how many people in here have gotten caught up in March Madness, can I see your hands? March Madness. You know, most people won't believe this, but I had Northern Iowa from the start (laughter). Maybe not! No, I have Kansas playing Texas, so I'm not going to win, no.

You know, March is the month of basketball. It's not just in college basketball. It's also in high school basketball. And just weekend ago there were the high school state basketball playoffs and the basketball state finals for high school. And there's a team in 4A from Houston, Houston Yates, that finished the year 34 and 0. They were voted #1 in the state, obviously. And they won the state tournament. They were voted the #1 team in the nation by a couple of national publications - an incredible basketball team, Houston Yates. Their record, 34 and 0, in twenty of those games they scored 100 points. They scored 100 points fifteen times in a row. These guys were guys that had the attitude, We take no prisoners! We are ruthless, and we are determined, and we're going to get after you from the opening tip till the final buzzer. We don't care what the score is. We press the whole game. They played Houston Lee. The score at halftime was 100-12. That's a beating. And they kept pressing. The final score was 170-35. Now we're not going to talk a lot about the sportsmanship of Houston Yates, but one thing's for certain. Man, their mindset, We take no prisoners!

Now in Nehemiah chapter 13, as we end up this series that we've entitled, "Arise and Build," the story of God's people coming back together and rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem under the leadership, the human leadership, of Nehemiah, we're going to see in ...

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