In this study from the book of the prophet Nehemiah, we can see the hearts and acts of God and of the people. It is condensed so we can see the main struggle in the people of Nehemiah's day.
The church is grappling with what exactly is the role of Christian women in the church and women are trying as best they can to live and serve and grow within the parameters they are allowed. They crave depth in Christ and places to lead and serve, true community and a way to impact the world for Christ, but sometimes are only offered teas, crafts and classes on being a good wife and mother by the church.
In the beginning, God created all things, including the first man, Adam. He told Adam to do four things: cultivate the garden, keep it safe, eat the fruit from any tree but one, and name the animals. All this happened before God made the first woman, Eve, and she came on the scene.
Shifting the blame is a common method to get out of the guilt we would otherwise feel. If I can put the guilt on you, then I’m off the hook at least a little bit. In this study we will look at King Saul in 1 Samuel and his attempt to not take responsibility for his behavior by trying to shift the blame.
We read the word "abide" over and over in John's writings and maybe aren't quite sure what he is trying to tell us. But that can't keep us from finding out exactly what was intended when he used that specific word. Okay, how?