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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.

 

The King’s Question

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, that wine was before him, and I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence.  So the king said to me, “Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.” Then I was very much afraid.  I said to the king, “Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?”  Then the king said to me, “What would you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. I said to the king, “If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it” (Nehemiah 2:1-5, NASB).

 

In chapter one we saw Nehemiah’s heartbreak over the ruins of his beloved homeland, which lead to a season of fasting and prayer. We also saw that he had a unique position in life. He was cup-bearer to the King.

At the opening of chapter two, Nehemiah’s heart remained heavy. He wanted to rebuild the city, but how could he ask such a thing of the king? He had never even allowed himself to be sad in the king’s presence before for fear of his life. What could he do? Yet on this day and in this time, he could not hide his sadness. The king, of course discerned that something was wrong and questioned his servant. Nehemiah, of course was terrified, as this king has been known to kill anyone who would bring sadness or bad news to the court. Even though he was bold in speaking his mind, he remained respectful.

The king, in turn, asked the unusual and unexpected question. “What do you request?”

Don’t we all wish to hear our King, the Almighty God of heaven ask us “What do you request?” I have good news. God asks us this question all the time. However, most of us are either not listening, or are too afraid to answer His question.

Nehemiah, encouraged by the King’s question, prayed. He might have prayed for courage, or for favor, or both, we are not really told specifically, but he received both. He made his request to the king. He wanted to go to the city of his father’s tombs and rebuild it. Wow, what an ask, and what a cliffhanger. I know. We’ll find out the answer next time.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • He had quite a prayer life. Not only did he fast and pray in chapter one, before he ever entered the king’s presence, but he also prayed before he answered the kings question.
  • He remained respectful of the king’s authority.
  • Even though he was afraid of the king’s reputation, it did not stop him from making his feelings, and his desires known.
  • He was specific in his appeal to the King.

 

I am sure we’ve all been in a position of needing assistance or of needing to make the “big ask” and were afraid to speak out. What questions can we ask ourselves so that we can affect change?

  1. What is the King asking us today?
  2. How will we answer Him?
  3. What is making us afraid to ask our request?
  4. How can we be more specific in our prayers?

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 91:1-16

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 91:1-16 (NIV):

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.

As we walk through this new trial in our world with a virus that we never thought we would have to face, we can always remember that God is with us. He is our refuge and our peace. His Word is alive and active. During these times of uncertainty, we can stand on His Word and have a strong foundation. Remember that He is your source of peace and joy. He loves you. He is for you. He is with you. Take joy in His promises.

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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.

 

Nehemiah’s Prayer

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

  “I said, ‘I beseech You, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,  let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned.  We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples;  but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’  They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand.  O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.’ Now I was the cup-bearer to the king” (Nehemiah 1:5-11, NASB).

After hearing of the terrible state of his homeland in verses 1-4, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He fasted and mourned for several days. Then he prayed.

I have been in many seasons of life where I had a good prayer life, and other seasons where I seemed to struggle in my relationship with God. I am sure I am not the only one who craves a better prayer life and to have more intimacy with God.

Let us take a look at Nehemiah’s prayer.

His prayer was bold, as well as specific. We will see in the chapters to come, that this prayer was also effective. There is one thing that I see in the prayer above all else, and that is Nehemiah did not begin with his needs or the needs of the nation. No, he began with a reverence and an acknowledgement of who God is.

  • He is the God of Heaven. (v5)
  • He is the God who preserves the covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and Keep His commandments. (v5)

Even though the needs of God’s people were many, Nehemiah’s next words were not a petition to the Lord for help in time of trouble. No, he confessed the sins of the nation, and reminded God of his promise to bring the scattered people home.

Finally, we see his specific request to God.

  • “I beseech You . . . be attentive to the prayer of your servant . . . make your servant successful today and grant him compassion before the this man.” (v11) He was cup-bearer to the king.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • When he prayed, he declared God’s greatness. God is great no matter what our circumstance and deserves our praise and reverence.
  • He reminded God of His loving kindness and of His promises.
  • He confessed the sins of himself and he confessed the sins of his nation.
  • He asked for a specific request, and that was to be successful when he asked for help from the king.

Nehemiah’s Prayer was simple, but not easy. What questions can we ask ourselves so that we can affect change?

  1. What does it look like to slow down and acknowledge God’s greatness first?
  2. What circumstance has overtaken our ability to see the greatness of God?
  3. What promises of God can remind Him?
  4. What scripture can I turn back into a prayer to God?
  5. What specifics and not general things do I need to ask God to grant?

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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.

 

A Broken Heart

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capitol,  that Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem.  They said to me, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.” When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven (Nehemiah 1:1-4, NASB).

The book of Nehemiah reads as if we are snooping through his private journals. He dated the first entry as the month of Chislev in the 20th year (of the reign of king Artaxerxes.) He even told us he was in the capitol. We will learn later in chapter 2 that he is the official cup bearer to the king.

When Nehemiah’s brothers and friends approach him after they returned from a trip to the homeland of Judah, of course he asked about those who remained in Jerusalem during the exile, and about the conditions they lived in. Nehemiah was devastated to learn the distress his kinsmen were in as well as the utter destruction of the city itself. He was brokenhearted. He sat down, wept, and mourned for days. Then he fasted and prayed.

I’ve lost count of the many times have I seen a disturbing scene on the news of a natural disaster that took many lives, or of the devastation of a madman wielding some kind of weapon that took away many precious lives. In my lifetime I have witnessed the events of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and many other terrible, terrible things. I will be the first to admit that on occasion, I have become a bit desensitized to the sheer level of destruction, evil, and depravity that we live under almost every single day that I do not do what Nehemiah did. That is to truly be brokenhearted by what I have seen and heard to the point that I spent days fasting and praying.

 

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • He asked sincere questions of his brothers
  • He listened to what they had to say without interruption
  • He was brokenhearted at their answers
  • He fasted and prayed earnestly to Almighty God

What questions can we ask ourselves so that we can affect change?

  1. When I ask someone how they are doing, do I really want to hear their answer?
  2. When I hear of the distress of others, what is my reaction?
  3. Am I honest to others when I tell them I will pray for them?
  4. Am I heartbroken for the desperate needs of others, or am I numb to their plight?
  5. Do I go into real mourning for others needs?

Nehemiah’s Prayer was not a simple “God help my brothers and sisters get through this hard time.”  No, we are told he mourned for days, then, he fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Questions for your prayer life:

  1. Will I forge ahead with any solution that I can think of, or will I put the matter to serious fasting and prayer?
  2. How do I view the urgent and effectiveness of prayer in times of trouble?

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 18:6

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 18:6 (KJV):

“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.”

 

 

These are simple but powerful words. God is with you in every trial and He hears every prayer. Trust Him today with your requests. He is with you.

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Kendra Graham Online Bible Study Notes: #UNRESTRAINED

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study entitled, “UNRESTRAINED.”

We will be posting the notes from each week of the Bible study on this page. If you would like to view the Bible study online, click here. This is a link to her Facebook page where the Bible study takes place every Tuesday evening at 7pm (EST). * If you also have any questions about your relationship with God or the Bible, please email: biblestudy@billygraham.org.

For this Bible Study, Kendra mentioned a book in the first week’s introduction entitled, “Spiritual Profiling” by Tom Hovestal.  Click here to purchase this book on eBay, if you would like.

There is a spiritual profiling assessment that is also a great tool for you to use in understanding how you relate to those around you that are different from you. If you would like to take this free assessment, click here.

If you would like to order a copy of The Complete Jewish Study Bible, click here. 

How to Do Your Homework? Here is a video to show you the three questions to ask when reading God’s Word. Click Here for the video.

INTRO WEEK  

INTRO NOTES-Intro Week Notes KG

Week One Workshop and Instructions on How to Study Your Bible-  Online Unrestrained Workshop John 21

 

WEEK ONE 

WEEK ONE NOTES– Download Kendra Graham Week ONE Notes 14

 

WEEK TWO 

WEEK TWO NOTES- Download Kendra Graham Week Two Notes

 

WEEK THREE

WEEK THREE NOTES– Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK THREE NOTES

 

WEEK FOUR

WEEK FOUR NOTES-  Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK FOUR NOTES

 

WEEK FIVE 

WEEK FIVE NOTES- Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK FIVE NOTES HERE

 

WEEK SIX

WEEK SIX NOTES- Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK SIX HERE

 

WEEK SEVEN

WEEK SEVEN NOTES- Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK SEVEN NOTES HERE

 

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Patty Stump Online Bible Study Notes

Welcome to the online Bible study with Patty Stump entitled “Refreshed in Christ from Head to Toe.”

We will be posting the notes from each week of the Bible study on this page. If you would like to view the Bible study online, click here. Also, if you have any questions about the Bible or a relationship with Jesus Christ, please email biblestudy@billygraham.org.

WEEK ONE (Jan. 14th: NOTES) – Download WEEK ONE NOTES HERE

WEEK TWO (Jan. 21st: NOTES)- Download Week Two Notes Here

WEEK THREE (Jan. 28th; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK THREE NOTES HERE

WEEK FOUR (Feb. 4th; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK FOUR NOTES HERE

WEEK FIVE (Feb. 11; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK FIVE NOTES PS

WEEK SIX (Feb. 18th; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK SIX NOTES

WEEK SEVEN (Feb. 25th; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK SEVEN NOTES HERE

 


 

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Free Online Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove

We are excited to announce the addition of two free, online women’s Bible studies. These studies are available via Periscope and Facebook. You can also find Bible study notes on our blog. This is a great opportunity to gather a group in your home, church, or workplace and take part in these together.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Refreshed in Christ from Head to Toe

This Bible study is led by Patty Stump every Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.

God refreshes us as we draw near to Him, letting His Word take root as truth in our hearts, minds, and daily decisions. Come experience meaningful moments in Scripture that can enrich your life—and the people you encounter.

Watch this short video for details on the Bible study.

Join Patty online via Periscope.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study: #UNRESTRAINED

This Bible study is led by Kendra Graham every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

 

Are you ready to step into the #UNRESTRAINED life and walk in the calling and authority God has for you? In the book of Acts, the apostles lived #UNRESTRAINED in the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, that same power is available to you.

Join Kendra Graham online.

Watch a short video to learn more about this Bible study.

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:18-19

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 43:18-19:

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (NIV). 

This verse is a great reminder that God is faithful and is good to us. As you step into this new year, you can be confident that He is with you in every season.


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Weekly Bible Verse: John 1:9-14

Our weekly Bible verse come from John 1:9-14 (NIV)

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:9-14) 

We pray that you take time this week to remember what Christmas is truly all about. It is the birth of our dear Savior, Jesus Christ.

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