The Jerusalem Revival

Tonight (Wednesday, 3/1, 7:00 pm), gather with your Calvary Chapel family in the Holy Grounds Cafe’ or on our website (

), Facebook, and Youtube (Calvary Inverness) as we continue with our three-year journey through the Bible (Nehemiah 9-13).
Fourteen years after the reformation that Ezra led, news arrived in Susa, the capital of Persia, that the captives who had returned to Jerusalem were in distress and danger. And the walls of Jerusalem lay in ruins. The news was given to the King’s cupbearer named, Nehemiah.
Nehemiah loved God and his people. However, the news that Jerusalem, a city he had never seen, lay in ruins was more than he could bear. Taking his life into his own hands, he dared show sorrow in the presence of the King. This could have meant certain death, for Kings of that day, much like rulers today wanted to be shielded from the harsh realities of life outside the palace.
But, as Nehemiah later recounted, the hand of God’s favor and grace was upon him. Therefore, King Artaxerxes’s heart was moved with compassion and mercy. He questioned Nehemiah wanting to know what he requested. Nehemiah said a quick prayer and decided to take a risk. He asked the King for food, building materials, and finances and to permit a group of skilled men from among the Jews to return with him to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. The King graciously granted Nehemiah everything he requested, which set the course for “the third wave” of exiles to return to Jerusalem.
Through many trials, tribulations, and troubles from all sides, Nehemiah steadfastly set his mind on finishing the walls of Jerusalem. He became an example of how God works through ordinary people committed to Him to do extraordinary exploits.
After the completion of the wall, Ezra and Nehemiah held a convocation so that the exiles of Jerusalem could gather to hear the Word of God, pray, and worship the Lord. The Holy Spirit moved on the hearts of those that attended, and they reflected this by taking measures to return to the God who had loved, delivered, strengthened, healed, and prospered them. What followed was one of the Bible’s significant reformation periods. 
Please pray that this three-year journey through the Word of God will be received by open hearts that long to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus. Moreover, He would do deep and abiding work in and through us for a world in desperate need of a Savior.
In His Strong Love,

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