Sermon: (October 11, 2015) “The Second Half”
Date: October 11, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: Nehemiah 4:6-14
It is always more difficult to complete the second half of a task than the first half.
But just as walls are not meant to be left half built, lives are not meant to be left half grown.
Yet across the Christian landscape are far too many half built lives and half built churches.
I believe God is calling us to the second half of wall building … moving from health to strength.
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”-Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
The tribe of Judah by command of God went ahead first … a signal that the praise of God always comes first.
The perfect portrait of pessimism, always predicting the worst, always sensing that defeat is just around the next corner.
That if you live closer to the enemy than you do to the purposes and will of God, you end up with a defeatist perspective on life.
“Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but not discouraged.” –The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
Human responsibility and God’s responsibility are best satisfied when we keep both in view.
To the people of Judah, the cup is always half empty and leaking to boot. But to God the cup is always half full and still filling.
Know what you believe and then really believe what you know.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock …” (Mt. 7:24)