Storyline #69: Nehemiah 1-2 “The City Life: CBSM in 2010″


Free resources for youth pastors and small group leaders:
1 – Nehemiah 1-2 – CBSM in 2010 (mp3)
1 – Nehemiah 1-2 – CBSM in 2010 (ppt)
1 – Nehemiah 1-2 – CBSM in 2010 (handout)
1 – Nehemiah 1-2 – CBSM in 2010 (sermon)
1 – Nehemiah 1-2 – CBSM in 2010 (commentary)
1 – Nehemiah 1-2 – CBSM in 2010 (service)

Have you ever gotten that haunting feeling that you forgot something that you needed, or worse yet…you left something on (like the oven) that could burn the house down?  That happened to me when I was in college.  I remember driving home with that nauseous feeling, but trying to wipe it out of my mind like every other time.  But this time, I rounded the corner to my apartment and saw 3 fire trucks outside, lights spinning, spot lights exposing my apartment, and hoses out.  I raced inside to see the damage I caused from leaving on the oven, but nothing in our place was harmed.  Everything was fine.  It was a dryer fire from the apartment beneath us.  Whew!

When we look at the book of Nehemiah, we have to remember that its setting is within a major disaster.  Continue reading

Storyline #55: 2 Samuel 11-18 “RELENTLESS: Righteousness in the Kingdom”

introFree files for youth pastors:

3 – 2 Sam 11-18 – Relentless (mp3)

3 – 2 Sam 11-18 – Relentless (fillout sheet)

3 – 2 Sam 11-18 – Relentless (ppt)

3 – 2 Sam 11-18 – Relentless (Scripture)

3 – 2 Sam 11-18 – Relentless (Outline)

3 – 2 Sam 11-18 – Relentless (order of service)

I remember being over at a buddy’s house when I heard he and his brother whispering.  I heard my friend saying, “Don’t do it.  It’s not worth it.”  But his brother left, and my friend was left there hanging his head.  Apparently, not only was my buddy’s brother a state-wide, all-star athlete and a straight “A” student, but he also could have any girl he wanted.  What they were whispering about was that a female friend of his called and asked him to come over because she was lonely and her parents weren’t home.  

2 Samuel 11 is a very similar scene with King David.  Just after being included in God’s eternal covenant of His kingdom and winning many war victories, David goes out on his roof and looks over the kingdom God has given him.  He spots a woman bathing, and keeps checking her out.  He asks some dude who she is, and he tells David her name, her father’s name, and her husband’s name.  David sends someone to get her like a lonely teenage guy texting a girl he’s been thinking about.  This is an OT “booty call”! They had sex together and both committed adultery on their spouses.  She went home and told David soon thereafter that she was pregnant by him.  Notice David’s deep sin right after God covenants with him.  David had others help him in his sin.  David is in deep!   Continue reading