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What happens after the Exile?
The effects of the global Covid pandemic have been greater than spending a year in isolation or the emotional and mental tolls that the stress of separation caused for many. In fact, what we are seeing now that many of the restrictions are behind us is that during the pandemic people replaced their old routines for new ones. Having talked with other pastors, business people, even community program leaders, participation is down. So what do we do with a new reality where people are just not as involved as they once had been? It’s easy to get down, or wish and wait until things return back to what they once were, but I am not convinced that they are going to do that. I believe that the challenges of new seasons require new and creative approaches. And in the wake of a less committed culture, I believe that the hour that we find ourselves in is one where we need to rebuild. We need to recognize that without a concerted effort that momentum will not return and we need to understand that we need to help people rediscover the value of being at church. We are a generation tasked with rebuilding. Not putting something back to what it once was, but making it even better than it ever was.
In this Sermon
We are going to relate our current situation to the time after the Babylonian Exile where Nehemiah was tasked with rebuilding the city. We will look at 3 things that God does in exile, why exile is a useful tool, and what we need to do after the exile is over.
Deuteronomy 4:25-29, Jeremiah 17:10, Malachi 3:3, Isaiah 43:18-19, Numbers 13:30, Psalm 121:1-8
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