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Stay On The Wall!

Satan devised numerous ploys to get Nehemiah off the wall. But failed!

Four times the wily foe had Sanballat and Geshem invite Nehemiah to meet with them offsite; however, God’s builder saw through their wicked scheme. Desiring to stop the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall, they also sought Nehemiah’s life. “They thought to do me mischief,” he said. (Nehemiah 6:2).

God’s servant then penned his immortalized response to the cunning foe: “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3). The enemy sought other means to destroy Nehemiah’s mission, but failed - every time - and the wall was built!

“Staying on the wall” is a well worn analogy, used many times to inspire the faithful to keep building for God! It's not easy to keep pushing on when obstacles threaten and impending defeat looms large on the horizon. Yet this is standard fare for all who chose to do and dare for the kingdom of God. That pagans have made unstinting efforts to glorify their false gods, is reason enough why Christians should do much more to glorify the One True God.

To spend and to be spent in building walls for God is, at best, infinitesimal compared for what He has done for us. Nonetheless, our part is needful. Further, God requires it. Thus He urges us forward with the assurance of victory if we trust and obey. This is what Nehemiah did. As he faithfully worked on the plan of addition, God faithfully worked on the plan of multiplication, and the job got done!

How often have God’s people got all fired up to build another wall at another time and in another place!? Such thrilling stories are in the Bible and will live forever. Yet how often has enthusiasm fizzled out and courage waned when obstacles arose? And yet God is still fully intent on us, His remnant, to repair the biggest wall yet.He has a renovation project that will dwarf that of Nehemiah's. The question is, are WE up to it? If not, God will find those who are and get the job done regardless.

The broken down wall in question is analogous to the downtrodden law of God, and especially the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. Isaiah 58:13,14, was a call for ancient Israel to rebuild their belief and reverence for God’s neglected and downtrodden day of worship. Rich blessings were promised if Israel would do this. God said, “I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth.” In verse 12, God also described those who would rebuild His sacred landmark as those that “shall build the old waste places. Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”

Israel of old did not make good the breach in God's broken Sabbath and to take this sacred truth to the pagan world. Yet in this final hour, The Great Creator has repeated the call of Isaiah 58 in the book of Revelation, especially for us. In chapter 14:6,7, the first angel calls “Every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people to … worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountains of waters.” This call, from the heart of the fourth commandment - to still worship God every seventh day - is to accompany the final proclamation of the the everlasting gospel. Taking this last message to the world is the broken wall God has called us to rebuild before Jesus returns.

To do so will require a surrender we have never made before. To do so will require a courage we have never had before. To do so will require a determination we have never exhibited before. It will take far more than we've got, and then some! But God will as surely be with us as He was with Nehemiah.

If we are willing to turn from every practice that impedes our spiritual development, God will give us power to actually overcome such desecrators of the soul. If we would fortify our minds and feed the inner being through bible study and memorization (which becomes infectiously joyful. Trust me, I know!) we would experience a conscious realization of spiritual power as never before. Such things, accompanied with soul marinating prayer will infuse our lives with the rich heavenly current of the Spirit’s power. We will become new people, possessing not only the gentle graces of Christ's character, but the brave, determined, bold, and firmer graces also. We shall be transformed into builders for God who need never again fail or quit in spite of conflict with the worst of foes. Fighting our way through difficulties and discouragement, we shall not weaken and quit the conflict as in times past. On the contrary, we shall face what comes as God-ordained opportunities to both grow and conquer.

We are told in Christ's Object Lessons, page 146, “We need to have far less confidence in what man can do, and far more confidence in what God can do for every believing soul.” Nehemiah would certainly say “Amen!” to that. And as builders for God we can and must prove the reality of this passage. So are YOU ready to build? Are YOU ready to give your all for Jesus? This restoration project will be the greatest enterprise you’ll ever know. It will be the greatest privilege you’ll ever have. So get up on the wall with Jesus and build with all the strength that He will give you. So get up on the wall with Jesus and never come down!

No matter how weak, incapable, or unqualified you feel, fear not. Unreservedly give to God your life, your heart, your mind, your all. He will take care of the rest, for He has promised: “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, saith The Lord of Hosts.” Zechariah 4:6.

Mike Thompson, Associate Pastor

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Communion Service

It's a special time when our church family shares in the communion together. Join us this Sabbath (March 9) during the worship service as we reflect on Christ's great sacrifice for all.

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Safety Training

Want to know what to do when a fire threatens the church or your home? What if there's an earthquake or even an active shooter situation. Come to this year's vital safety training Sunday, March 10 at 10AM in the church sanctuary.

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Light Sacramento!

We're told that "one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications" (Ev. 693). Come share the light as we light Sacramento, Sabbath, March 16 at 2PM. 

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Rest: The Calm That Refreshes

Join Central's Health Ministries for a DVD presentation on REST by Creation Health, March 18 at 7 PM in the Camellia Room, and learn how inadequate sleep impacts the immune system. Invite a friend! 

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God's Character & the Final Generation

You don't want to miss this once in a lifetime event. So many misunderstandings. What is the truth? Find out on the weekend of March 22 & 23. Click here for more details.

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Weimar Chamber Singers Concert

You don't want to miss this sacred concert put on by Weimar Chamber Singers. Be blessed as you hear some of the nicest music you will come across. Join us Sabbath, March 30 at 5PM. No reservation needed. All are welcome.

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Spring Work Bee

Did someone say work bee? Yes, it's that time of year again when it's all hands on deck to brush up, touch up, clean up, tidy up, and fix up God's house. Come one, come all Sunday, March 31 from 8AM to noon. 

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The Heart Of Worship: A Spring Concert

All are welcome to attend Central’s Spring Concert held on Sabbath, April 6 at 5PM. Enjoy Christ-centered selections from local talent designed to uplift the spirit and help us see Jesus. This is a free concert for everyone. Click here to learn more.

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Click on the Calendar to find out what else is happening at Central this month - from Sabbath speakers, to events, plus much, much more!

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Receiving the Word on IIW TV!

We are thrilled to announce that It Is Written TV is now airing Central's 30-minute, Receiving the Word programs, timely Bible messages designed for you and your family. Check it out and enjoy Bible-based programming.

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Central Happenings is published by the Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819 www.saccentral.org

Sacramento Central Ministry Team: Chris Buttery, Senior Pastor; Mike Thompson, Associate; Fred Dana, Associate; JeAnn Davis, Bible Instructor

Central Happenings: Chris Buttery, Editor; Chrystal White, Copy Editor/Distributor