Sunday, September 16th - Nehemiah Helps The Poor

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This week we see a different part of Nehemiah's story. In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severally mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was a in charge of rebuilding the wall, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to help them figure out a solution.

Bottom Line: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need. When kids see people in need, we pray that they take initiative to help instead of thinking it is someone else's problem. God can use them along with the trusted adults in their life to make an impact in the lives of others. 

Scripture this week: Nehemiah 5:1-12

“What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies? I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let us stop charging interest! Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil."

  • Life Application: Initiative - see what needs o be done and doing it

  • Bottom Line: Don't Wait for Someone Else to Help People In Need

  • Memory Verse: "Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord.” - Colossians 2:23a

Next Steps for Parents & Grandparents: At Bedtime read Nehemiah 2:11-18. Brainstorm some
things you’ve seen that need to be done that your family could do together. Maybe it’s inviting
a new family in the neighborhood for dinner, or cleaning up the trash in an empty lot. Then, don’t wait for someone else to do it. Instead, plan a time this week for your family to jump into
action. Pray together and ask God to help you follow through.

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Weekly Take Home Devotionals for Kids: