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Restoring Prayer

Nehemiah 1-2

January 31, 2021 • Steve Poole • Refresh and Renew

RESTORING PRAYER Nehemiah 1-2 1. Prayer - Just do it! “Doing it is better than not praying because you are self-conscious about not doing it enough or in the right way.” 2. Why do we pray? We pray because WE NEED God. 3. When do we pray? Nehemiah 2:4 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. We pray without ceasing. 4. What is the purpose of prayer? Prayer aligns our will with His. Prayer invites God to act powerfully on our behalf 5. How do we pray? a. Follow the A.C.T.S. prayer model Adoration - Neh. 1:5 Confession = Neh. 1:6-7 Thanksgiving = Neh. 1:10. Supplication = Neh. 1:8-11 b. Pray God’s Word back to Him

Restore Obedience

Refresh and Renew • February 14, 2021 • Pastor Kent Landhuis

RESTORE OBEDIENCE Restored memory yields restored obedience. Nehemiah 8:1-3 Pastor Kent Landhuis OUTLINE 1. All-in attention to the Word resurrects memory. (8:1-3,8) • Understanding the Word. • Affirming the Word. 2. Full-bodied wonder of the Word enlivens worship. (8:6, 9:5-38) • Remembering the Word. • Engaging the Word. 3. Whole-hearted response to the Word animates obedience. (8:9-10) • Tears and laughter. • Fasting and feasting. ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE • Deuteronomy 6:1-9 • Ezekiel 37:1-14 • Psalm 119 • 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Renewed Vitality

January 3, 2021 • Pastor Kent Landhuis

RENEWED VITALITY January 3, 2021 Pastor Kent Landhuis SCRIPTURE READING Ezra 1:1-4 There was good reason in Old Testament times for God to call his people to renew their devotion to God. God’s people frequently forgot God and drifted in their devotion to him. This forgetfulness and drift has happened to every generation of believers and still happens today! We fail to appreciate God’s goodness, the depth of our spiritual laziness, and our indifference to the things that matter most. Begin 2021 with a celebration of God’s promises and find renewal and restoration of spiritual vitality. OUTLINE 1. Fresh start characters who need vitality. - Three Persian Kings - Three Jewish Leaders - People of God ready for a fresh start. - Villains opposed to a fresh start. 2. Fresh start themes that point toward vitality. - Rebuild livelihoods. - Refresh relationships. - Revive worship. 3. Fresh start moments on the journey to vitality. - Return from exile. - Restore worship. - Renew promises. - Rebuild the city. - Repent and restart. SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF CEDAR HILLS www.cedarhillscr.org/give Support the show (https://pushpay.com/g/cedarhillscr)

Restore Grit

February 7, 2021 • Pastor Kent Landhuis

RESTORE GRIT Pastor Kent Landhuis Nehemiah 4:1-18 One of the great tests we face is how we handle trouble. OUTLINE 1. Grit starts when trouble hits. • Ridicule (4:1-3, 11-12) • Resistance (7-9) 2. Grit builds while fighting trouble. • Rely on God. (4-5) • Reinforce weaknesses. (12-13) • Refuse to quit. (14-18) 3. Grit triumphs when we find our great work. • Our great work overcomes distractions. (6:3) • Our great work gets done. (6:15) • Our great work honors God, (6:16) ADDITIONAL TEXTS Nehemiah 3 and 6 SUPPORT CEDAR HILLS http://www.cedarhillscr.org/give