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  1. Politicians seem to have the same characteristics world wide. They often fail to listen to the people they are supposed to represent. And, when they finally get convinced there is a problem, think they have solved it by throwing a few million dollars at it.

    Problem solving, particularly with people, requires a lot of listening and sometimes we are very short on listening skills. The problem in Nehemiah's time was atypical. People, including their wives were making a noise about it. In our time issues and problems may be vocally silent. People are feeling their needs are not being met simply move silently out the door and they go elsewhere. A Church does not exist to be successful and prosperous. It is a place to meet people's needs.

    Handel's Messiah commences with a tenor solo based on Isaiah 40:

    Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

    Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.

    The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

    Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

    And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isa 40;1-5

    This is not just a messianic prophecy but a call to all Christians to provide comfort to those in need. And that is a lot more than just a heap of money!

  2. Chapter five, there is no mention of working on the wall, indicating that the work had stopped.
    The enemy could not stop the work of God by direct attack, but the work stopped when God’s people weren’t unified and working together.
    When God’s people fight one another they certainly are neither fighting the real enemy nor getting God’s work done.
    If you want to spend much time directly ministering to the needs of God’s people and in spreading the gospel, in most cases it will affect your ability to provide for your everyday needs.. Ministry takes time, and frequently, time spent on ministry is time you aren’t making money.

    Christ my Anchor
    Posted on September 24, 2019 by William Earnhardt
    "Since I work as though I were working for the Lord and not for people, it is the Lord and not the people or the church that I hold accountable for my salary or benefits. That is not to say that God does not use the church to meet my needs. He does. But I do not trust or hold the church accountable. I trust Christ alone and I hold Christ accountable for all my needs. The church is not my anchor. The church needs an anchor. Christ is the anchor."

    May God bless us as we learn to depend on him alone for all our needs.

  3. Hi was this not the famine God had sent becsuse they settled down in their own homes n did not build the temple? The poor are always hard pressed when the rulers do notdo their job.

  4. I have never been well off, but I have always had enough to eat and a roof over my head. I have found that living on the bread line brings me closer to the LORD because I have to depend on Him. I believe the LORD blesses some with plenty so they have the privilege of helping others.

    • Prayer to satisfy the human wants carries 'less' attention to God. Likewise, our prayer should be that of Solomon "wisdom first".
      We tend to forget God in our bounty and invariably cry for help only when distressed.
      Let God be God in all our life situations. This Christian path ain't a straight path but a crooked way. The Revelator wrote, concerning the saints, " these are they that OVERCAME..." We only overcome when we pass and defeat certain hurdles.
      Fight on brother! With an onward look Christ will always be on our side dear sister.

  5. The message we should take from the fact that the Bible often addresses economic oppression is that it was always happening and still does; also we should realize how important it is to work to keep this from happening, not throw our hands up in the air and say there is no way to fix it, or I'm only one person and those with the power needed won't listen to me. I think living in the U.S. we don't see this type of oppression as much as other countries, so we may become lackadaisical about it. Staying in the Word helps us remember these things and what we can do about them.


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