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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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The Cove Schedules and Information

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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

 


 

The Cove Schedules and Information

 

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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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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A Merry Christmas from The Cove

We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We feel incredibly blessed to have welcomed people from all over the world this past year and to be a part of God’s kingdom work. “…Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8, NIV). 

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Reason for Christmas: 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 “Reason for Christmas” is a great reminder of God’s love for us.

Reason for Christmas

Christmas time is a wonderful time

It is a time where people sing with joy to God

It is a time where we give gifts to each other

But most important, it is the time when Jesus came to save us

He came to this world with one plan

That plan was to take us from the grasp of sin

Sin is what separated man and God

God wanted us to be with Him always,

but sin dug a trench in-between

The only way it could be bridged was by His Son’s death

God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us

Jesus took our place in death to allow us to go to heaven with Him

Christmas to many may be about joy, songs, and gifts

But Christmas is most importantly about God’s love for us

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