Nehemiah Part XXII - Delighting in our Duties (12:44-47)
When the people of God are under the influence of the Spirit of God, the Spirit of thankfulness,He leads them to a more faithful performance of their several duties – and leads them to do these duties with joy and rejoicing. But when that thankfulness, when the Spirit of God, is absent, the activity may still be going on but Christian community is not truly present; indeed, Christian community is rapidly disappearing and the entire structure may soon explode.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.