by Jeff Schreve

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A Labor of Love (4 of 11)
Series: Arise and Build
Jeff Schreve
Nehemiah 3:1-32

If you have your Bibles, please turn to Nehemiah chapter 3. I want to speak to you this morning on a message I've entitled, ''A Labor of Love.''

Now, some years ago when my girls were little, my aunt and uncle came. They used to come to visit us every, ah, Thanksgiving. My uncle was a great man and, ah, just so generous and so kind, and he was, he was fairly wealthy. And he would always want to buy for the kids, and the little kids, especially. You know, once I got to a certain age, he quit buying for me, but he started buying for my kids. And they said, ''Listen, we want to get your, ah, kids something really, really nice, and don't worry about the cost.'' And so Debbie and I talked and, and we said, ''Well, you know what would really be cool would be a nice swing set, a really nice swing set for the girls.'' And so my uncle, ah, took us to Toys R Us and we found the coolest swing set. It had two swings. It had this thing called a glider, which was like a two-seater thing. And then it had a, a carriage where you could put four people in it. And it had a slide. And the girls just thought, Man, this is the coolest thing. And, and, ah, we were all excited about it. The only problem with that swing set were two words: assembly required (laughter).

Now putting together a swing set's not a big deal for the average guy. But make no mistake about it, your pastor is not average (laughter). I mean, putting together the swing set was like brain surgery for me. It was so difficult. When I was young, I had a mechanical by-pass. I'm just not good at that kind of thing (laughter).

And so here I am, and I get all the boxes in the back yard. I get everything out of the boxes. I'm looking at all these parts, and it's like standing at the foot of Mount Everest. It's just like, how am I going to do this? And so I got to work. I struggled all day on a Saturday, all day struggling, griping ...

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