Calvary FMC Newsletter

Published 9/24/19

Hello Calvary FMC Family!

This Sunday we will begin a new series on the book of Nehemiah. The name Nehemiah means ‘the Lord has had compassion’ and certainly God has, for the people of Israel who were exiled to Babylon because of their idolatry and sin against God have now been allowed to return to their homeland. They have rebuilt their Temple and their homes and are once again back in Jerusalem.

And yet not all is well. Some of the people remain in exile. One such man, Nehemiah, we find in the city of Susa, the winter capital of the Medo-Persian Empire. And while he is there, a delegation arrives from Jerusalem. He enquires from them the status of his people and the city of Jerusalem, and he is not pleased with their reply:

Nehemiah 1:3 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.”

The city of Jerusalem was thus defenseless against her enemies, and as a result, we see Nehemiah mourn for his people and city a number of days. But Nehemiah not only mourns, he also takes his concerns to God. And, even though he is in a lofty position inside the king’s court, he offers himself as an instrument for God to use to rebuild those walls and gates.

And God answers that petition of Nehemiah by causing the king to be sympathetic to Nehemiah’s concerns. The king thus sends Nehemiah as governor to Jerusalem, grants him the materials he needs to rebuild and gives him the authority to carry out his mission.

And despite much opposition from the local enemies of the Jews, the people of Israel work together and miraculously rebuild those walls in a very short time.

While this story has little to say to us of historical importance, yet its lessons can speak to us a great deal about rebuilding. We will see the importance of prayer, of working together, of maintaining vigilance against the enemies’ attacks, and many other lessons which are so necessary for God’s people today.

So,come and join us for this important sermon series as well as many other exciting events at CFMC.

  • Adult Sunday school each Sunday @ 9:00 in the Living Room followed by fellowship time @ 10:00
  • Sunday worship @ 10:30
  • Study & Prayer–Wednesday nights @ 6:30
    • If you haven’t joined us in the past, or if you haven’t been with us in a while, I encourage you to join us! Wednesday’s are always a great time of inter-generational discipleship. Right now we are in the midst of a study on the fruits of the Spirit.
  • Community Potluck–3rd Sunday of each month, following the service.
  • Serving Meals at the Hope Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 5:00

Blessing on your week,

Pastor Brian