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Weekly Bible Verse: Galatians 5:13-14

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Galatians 5:13-14:

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (ESV). 

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Billy Graham: Honoring America

Honoring America

 

In 1970, Billy Graham spoke in a ceremony honoring America at the Lincoln Memorial. He gave a challenge to her people to continue the tradition and principles set out by our forefathers.

1970 Honor America Day

The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:17: Honor all men. Fear God. Honor the king.

Today … [we] have come together to honor America on her … birthday.

We are not only here to honor America but we have come as citizens to renew our dedication and allegiance to the principles and institutions that made her great.

The Bible says: Honor the nation. As a Christian, or as a Jew, or as an atheist, we have a responsibility to an America that has always stood for liberty, protection and opportunity.

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were moved by a magnificent dream. This dream was rooted in a book called the Bible. It proclaimed freedoms which most of the world thought impossible of fulfillment.

The Bible tells us the God has a standard for men and nations and that His standard must be met. It is right and proper to honor our country, to rejoice in her liberties and to sing her praise. But this can be abused when we make it a substitute for God. We honor America but we do not worship her.

We have stood tall in America in most areas, but on this Independence Day I call upon Americans to bend low before God and go to their knees as Washington and Lincoln called us to our knees many years ago. No nation is ever taller than when on its knees. I submit that we can best honor America by rededicating ourselves to God and the American dream.

Today, I call upon Americans to raise your voices in prayer and dedication to God and in re-commitment to the ideals and dreams upon which our country was founded. Let’s dedicate ourselves to a renewal of faith in God, equality, justice and peace for all. Let’s dedicate ourselves to building rather than burning.

I’m asking American’s today, especially our young people, to pursue this vision under God, to work for freedom and for peace, to labor relentlessly, to love passionately, to serve selflessly, to pray earnestly, and to die nobly if need be. It will not be easy. The journey will be hard. The day will be long. And the obstacles will be many.

The Bible teaches that God will judge any nation that turns its back on Him – especially a nation like America which has been given more privileges and opportunities than any nation in history. Jesus said, “To whom much is give, much is required.”

At President Eisenhower’s first inauguration he put his finger on a verse of Scripture that every American should remember today: If My people which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

This Day is Holy

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 8:9-12 (NASB)

 “Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said to them, ‘Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’  So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, ‘Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.’  All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them.”

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For the first time in two generations, the word of the Lord was read out-loud. As a result, there was conviction, sorrow, and an understanding of what the Israelite people had missed for over seventy years. God used his words to bring the people to a realization of their sinful nature and for the time they missed experiencing Him in their midst. Nehemiah and Ezra the priest recognized what the grief that was unleashed caused among the people. They urged God’s people not to mourn but be joyful because they were entering into a season of feast and festival that would usher in the Day of Atonement.

Today, we are unbelievably fortunate to have access to God’s word the way we do. Several free bible apps as well as multiple translations are available with a few computer keystrokes. A large number of people in America have at least one, if not more than one copy of God’s word in their home, yet we are the most biblically illiterate generation in a very long time. At the same time, we are in an unprecedented time of pandemic, civil unrest, and crazy weather patterns. By cracking open our bibles and reading God’s word, we can discern the season in which we are living.

Do not be grieved by what you may find. Be joyful. In verse 10 it says, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • God’s word will move people
  • God’s word convicts
  • God’s word tells us the times we are in
  • In the midst of weeping and grief, there is a time for joy
  • Celebrate the Day of Atonement to come at the return of Jesus

God wants to communicate with His people, and seeks to communicate the times and seasons we are in. When we read and understand God’s word, there is reason to celebrate.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Am I weeping when God is saying it’s time to be seek His joy?
  2. How can I move from a time of grief into a time of action?
  3. What do I do with what God has given me? How can I share with others?
  4. In what way do I take God’s word for granted, and how can I appreciate easy access to God’s word?

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

Regather

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 Nehemiah 8:1-3 (NASB)

“And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel. Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.”

For seventy years, the God’s word had not been read out loud. For over seventy years, the scrolls had not even been opened, and for over seventy years, the law was locked away so no one had even looked at God’s word.

Nehemiah 8 | Bible Teaching Notes

As I write this post, many churches have been shut for months due to COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine. While most have been able to stream services on line in one format or another, some have closed their doors completely, and some of those churches may never be able to re-open.

After eleven weeks, my church was able to re-open at limited capacity. When I participated in worship, song, and the reading of God’s word, I wept for the entire service.

To celebrate the completion of the project, and on the first day of the seventh month, which is also known as Rosh Hashanah and begins the high holy days, the people gathered and asked to have God’s word read. In verse 3 the Bible says all the people were attentive. An understatement I imagine. If they were anything like me when they gathered for that first time, I would guess they just as emotional as they were attentive. How could they not be? I thought two months was a long time to go without being together with other believers, can you imagine seventy years?

The significance of Rosh Hashanah is also not lost on me. This is the day also known as the blowing of the trumpet, and this day starts a ten day festival that leads up to the Day of Atonement or the one day of the year the people would have their sins forgiven.

For us as, Jesus paid it all for us. We are forgiven, and we have almost unlimited to God’s word and every form and translation at our fingertips. Today, we wait in expectant hope for the day of the ultimate regathering of the saints at Jesus’ return.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • Don’t take our easy access to God’s word for granted
  • Don’t take the ability to congregate and worship as a corporate body, for granted
  • Whenever possible, do not neglect the gathering together for corporate worship.
  • The reading of God’s word aloud is powerful and has the ability to pull people in and convict as the spirit moves.

The other thing I noticed in this passage is that Nehemiah appointed priests to explain the law to those who could not understand. We need to constantly seek understanding when we read God’s word. As I study the Bible each day I ask myself these three questions. What does it say? What does it mean? And What does it mean to me? I learned this method of study when I attended an Anne Graham Lotz seminar. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a deeper understanding into God’s word.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Is there something I have taken for granted that I need to appreciate more?
  2. How can I be a better student of God’s word?
  3. What can I do today, in light of the times we live in, to participate more in corporate prayer and worship?
  4. What can I do to receive more instruction so I have a better understanding of God’s word?

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God’s Got You: A Psalm By Quinn Graham

We have a modern-day psalmist on our hands: Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, has written a special  psalm to share. This one, entitled “God’s Got You”  is a great reminder that God is with you in every season and every situation. 

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God’s got your back

He will never give up on you

He will never let you down

He will never desert you

He has your back even in the toughest times

It may seem like you are alone

No one to rely on

But God is always there

He works in many different ways

Usually, ways we never think of

All you need is faith in Him

Because God will always be there when you need Him

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

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Return to the Homeland

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 “Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt.  So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there:  These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town” (Nehemiah 7:4-6)

The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the temple servants, along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelite’s, settled in their own towns” (Nehemiah 7: 73).

Chapter 7 is an interesting part of Nehemiah’s story and contains many verses of genealogy. A wall now protects God’s holy city and Nehemiah has set guards in place, yet the city remains virtually uninhabited. In order to rectify the problem, Nehemiah conducted a census of all who returned from exile and compared it to the records of those taken away.

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Family groups, priests, gatekeepers, temple servants, and even gentiles grafted in to the faith are named in the passage. After seventy years of captivity, I wondered about those who were old enough to return to the land of their youth. Did they question if they would ever see their homeland again? Did they question God’s faithfulness or did they believe they would one day set foot on the Promised Land and worship in the temple of God as their ancestors did?

One other thing that struck me in the long list of names was God knew each person taken and who returned from their family. God kept the promises made years before. The listing of each name is the proof of his faithfulness.

In the uncertainty that we live in today, we can trust in God’s great character. If He was faithful then, He will be faithful today. As those who lived during the exile may have wondered where God was during the trials they endured at the hands of evil kings in an idolatrous pagan land, when they set foot in their long lost homeland, they were assured they were not forgotten.

We too can trust God sees the events of our day and has not forgotten us His children. He knows everything you are going through, and the promises He fulfilled for the ancient Israeli people, He will also fulfill in our day. He is faithful.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done” (Genesis 50:20, NASB).

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • God is trustworthy and faithful to His promises.
  • Even though we may not “feel” God’s presence, He has not left us, nor has He forgotten us.
  • God’s character never changes.
  • Look for the good in the midst of the trial

While it is true, God returned His people to their homeland after a long exile, He never promised things would be easy. The Israelite people had a daunting task ahead of them. The project took obedience to God, a commitment of all to work together, and Godly leadership to rebuild the walls of protection around the Holy City. Then, they could begin the process to move into the promise.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What promises of God have I either forgotten about or given up on seeing an outcome?
  2. How can I be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone who has given up hope?
  3. What “land “is God telling me it is time to return and re-occupy?
  4. Where has God sent me that I did not expect the task to be so daunting?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:16-19

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Ephesians 3:16-19:

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God

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Tuesday Devotion: A Study in Nehemiah

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Build the Spiritual Walls

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 6:15-16 

 “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.  When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God” (NASB). 

In an amazing span of fifty-two days and in the midst of one attack after another, along with wave, after wave of trials, including a famine, the walls around God’s holy city were completed. Not only did Nehemiah and the Israelites finish the work in record time, the day they completed the work was on the 25th of Elul, which “happened” to be the Day of Atonement, otherwise known as Rash Hashanah.

Clearly, the hand of God was all over the project. Verse 16 tells us all of the enemies lost confidence for they recognized the work was accomplished with the help from God.

As I write this, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, plus, the American people are embroiled in an unrest that I have never seen in my lifetime. An unjust murder sparked peaceful protests and has intensified the situation and exposed racial division across our land like never before.

My spirit grieves along with the family of the lost, as well as with those whose businesses were destroyed. I wonder if we as a nation will ever recover. I wept for days, and days, and have travailed in prayer. I’ve cried out to God for His hand to cover this nation and to heal our land.

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As I prepared for this week’s study in Nehemiah, I was drawn to the fact that in a very short period of time, God’s people, from all walks of life, regardless of skill stepped in to do the work. Farmers, priests, goldsmiths, blacksmiths, and soldiers fortified the holy city, and build the walls of security around their homes. People from neighboring cities joined in the build. In less than two months’ time, and on the Day of Atonement, their work was completed.

If the Israelite people could do what they did, then why can’t we the Church rise up and seek God’s help to build the spiritual walls around this country? Imagine what we could accomplish if we each took a “section” and committed to prayer.

Philippians 4:13 

 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (NASB). 

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • God’s timing was perfect. Not only did they finish in record time, they also finished on the holiest day of the year.
  • The situation may seem hopeless, but just as in the days of Nehemiah, there is power in working together with other believers.
  • Even when we do come together, it is God’s hand, along with our obedience, when impossible things are accomplished.

On the Day of Atonement God’s people found security not only in a fortified city, but in God himself when He atoned for their sins. Today, Jesus paid for our sins by nailing them to the cross. What a beautiful picture. When we come together in unity as the body of Christ, no matter our skin color, no matter our background, we fortify the spiritual walls of security for our families and our nation.

Let us be the ones who bring this nation back together.

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Who can I partner with in prayer?
  2. How can I serve others who are hurting today?
  3. What can I do to affect change on my section of the wall today?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 18: 1-2

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 18: 1-2 (NIV)

I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

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As you begin your week, seek the Lord and open His Word. He will set your feet on a solid foundation. Let Him be your refuge and strength.
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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

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“Fake News”

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 6:5-9 (NASB)

 “Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand.In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu says, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports. You have also appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem concerning you, ‘A king is in Judah!’ And now it will be reported to the king according to these reports. So come now, let us take counsel together.” Then I sent a message to him saying, “Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are inventing them in your own mind.” For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.”

Last week Sanballat, under the guise of “friendship” sent messages on four separate occasions for Nehemiah to meet. With Godly discernment, Nehemiah refused the repeated invitations. Today, we see yet another tactic employed by the enemy, an open letter read to all the people of Israel, accusing Nehemiah of plotting to make himself king in Jerusalem. The letter further states that the real reason for rebuilding the walls was to keep King Artaxerxes and his men out of the city.

Nehemiah answered back in a message saying Sanballat invented the accusations in his own mind. Talk about fake news! He rightfully understood and fired back, the reason for the letter was to discourage the people and therefore, leave the work unfinished. Finally, Nehemiah prayed that God would strengthen his hands.

In the weeks to come, we will see even more attacks. In fifty eight days, just under two months, we’ve seen attacks come in many different forms, and it’s not over yet. Everything from rumors, to physical battles, to now, an attack on Nehemiah’s motives and personal character. Through it all Nehemiah remained focused and unwavering in the assignment God had given him.

At this writing, we are well past two months in the trial of the Coronavirus. I can’t help see the parallel between Nehemiah, the Israelites and the trials they endured, to what we are experiencing today.

We have seen everything from fear and anxiety to conspiracy theories, and anger. We have also seen amazing heroism, as well as the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed in ways we have never imagined before.

 

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7, NASB). 

Nehemiah certainly did not have a spirit of fear or timidity but he demonstrated perfectly the power of discipline and a sound mind in the midst of a difficult situation.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • As in the days of Nehemiah, the enemy will employ many tactics in an attempt to render us ineffective in our calling.
  • Combat deception and take a stand for truth. Do not let lies take us down.
  • Recognize the scheme and seek God’s strength in the situation.
  • I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

 

Speaking truth in love is easily said, but hard to walk out in practice. Nehemiah did not mince his words when he disputed the charge against him. I can’t even imagine the struggle he endured to keep the peace amongst the people, while still accomplishing the daunting task of rebuilding the broken down walls of the city.

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What do you do to stay encouraged when you encounter new trials?
  2. How do you walk out the practice of speaking truth in love?
  3. What can we do to build the walls around our relationships that cannot be broken?
  4. How do we combat lies, while showing Christs love at the same time?

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