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Sermon on Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

God’s Powerful Word Inspires

1. Renewal,  2. Repentance,  3. Rejoicing

Text:  Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6. 8-10

Intro

“Let there be light.”  “Be still.”  “Little girl, I say to you, ‘Get up.’” “Come out of him.”  “Be opened.”  “Get up, take your mat, and go home.”  “Lazarus, come forth.”

There is power in those words.  They aren’t magical.  There’s no hocus pocus or abracadabra going on.  Those words simply have true power.  For the one speaking them is true God.  And when God combines his power with human words—and thus they become God’s words—miracles happen.  The universe is made.  Storms are calmed.  Demons are cast out.  The dead come back to life.  The blind can see.  The deaf can hear.  The paralyzed can walk.

Maybe you would like to see a little of God’s power.  Maybe you would like to have God touch you and change you and help you.  Maybe, just once, you would like to see a bit of the miraculous in your life.

Listen to Peter, Prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Listen to Paul, All Scripture is God breathed.” Do you want miracles?  Do you want power?  Do you want God to work in and change your lives?  Then open up the Bible.  Then come to church.  Then listen to the Bible.

Peter and Paul remind us that the Bible is not man’s word, it is God’s Word, holy and inspired.  We just reviewed what God’s Word can do.  We know that God’s Word is powerful.

That powerful Word of God can and will change your life.  Today we have chance to see the life-changing Word of God in action with the people of Israel.  As we review the words of Nehemiah 8, listen to and learn from the Israelites.  See that

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