Posted: December 3, 2013 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized
Baptisms, an incredible gift, a church fam from Windsor joining us, a song about Nehemiah written by one of our own, joyful worship … all of that went down Sunday at The Post Office. In the sermon we looked at Nehemiah 12, a flat out praise chapter, and a really fun one too. From this beautiful scene of the dedication of Jerusalem’s walls we learn four great truths about True Worship that should impact us and inform us to this day. You can listen to the message here. As for the title of this blogpost, you’ll have to give the sermon a listen;)
If nothing in you wants to kick up your heels over grace, you need to come to the One who can lift the weight of sin off your shoulders with His nail scarred hands.
Our hearts were massively blessed as 2 people from far different walks of life entered the waters of baptism because of the same glorious gospel. Videos to come. A huge shout out to Heritage Baptist Church of Sterling Heights for an incredibly gracious Thanksgiving offering taken up for Restore. Wow – what an expression of sacrificial love! You can check out our thank you video below. We were also hugely encouraged by Pastor Garth & his wife Patti & several from The Gathering in Windsor, joining us for worship. This brother has taken a stand for the truth of God’s word, at great personal cost, because of his commitment to God’s glory. I can’t wait to hear Garth preach at Restore December 29.
Please pray for 30 of us Restore peeps who will be attending Sola 13 in Lansing on Friday & Saturday. Sunday we will be finishing our series in Nehemiah, & then dedicating a baby named Nehemiah!
Posted: November 25, 2013 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized
“Do I make decisions for myself or the betterment of my community?” That’s a gripping question Pastor Clete raised in his sermon from Nehemiah 11 that keeps running through my mind. It’s going on the Hanafee kitchen chalkboard. Listen here as Clete preaches on an often overlooked but vital section of Nehemiah as he lays out 4 key components to being on mission in the city – exemplification, organization, participation, & globalization. We had a heating glitch (the pilot light went out) so initially the inside temperature was not too far off the 28 degrees outside. Fortunately, the worship team, in heavy jackets, warmed up the congregation;) We have remedied the situation, so we’ll be set with plenty of heat next week (so you better wear T-shirts), just in time for a baptismal service! And because snow is coming, contact Aaron Johnson here to join our hard charging snow removal team!
Posted: November 18, 2013 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized
A lot of people spiritually sleep around – they enjoy benefits of a church/es without relational investment, sacrifice, & accountability. But when God revives His people, repentance is followed by commitment. Not man-centered, moralistic, religious, pull yourself up by the bootstraps commitments, but God-centered commitments rooted in hearts gripped by grace & passionate about reflecting God’s glory. That’s what goes down in Nehemiah 10 as God’s people make 3 clear commitments that directly challenge our idolatry of independence. You can listen here to this 3rd message on revival.
Posted: November 11, 2013 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized
Repentance, like all good gifts, has it’s counterfeits. True Repentance, however, is heart-rending & radically God-centered. And, ironically, it results in what we were searching for when we were walking in rebellion, joy! You can listen to this second message on revival, from Nehemiah 9, here. The message was preceded by a powerful spoken word, Purpose Redefined, by Sarah Gunter of one of our partner churches, First Presbyterian Church Trenton. Finally, a whole crew from Restore is attending Sola 13 in Lansing, December 6 & 7. Detroit peeps, we’d love to have you join us!
Posted: November 5, 2013 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized
“The man knocking on a brothel door is looking for God” wrote GK Chesterton 100 years ago. When God moves through a people they see just that – that the joy they have been searching for in a thousand idolatrous & rebellious ways is found in Jesus and experienced through grace. This work of revival begins when the word of God returns to it’s position of authority. That’s exactly what goes goes down in Nehemiah 8. You can listen here to Signs of Revival, I. The walls have been rebuilt and now the real work begins, that God might be glorified in all the earth!
Posted: October 29, 2013 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized
“Daddy is coming!”, a line from the Adoption Sunday sermon preached by Peter Ashmore from Nehemiah 7:5-73, continues to echo through my soul. Nehemiah did not labor just to build a wall or a city, but a “city within a city” – a nation in which true worship to the only true God was restored. Caring about people is at the core of building a city within a city. You can listen here and watch a video (Depraved Indifference) the sermon closed with below.
Posted: October 22, 2013 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized
In just 52 the wall is rebuilt (whew!) but now the real work begins! Check out this message (& the study questions below) from Nehemiah 6:15-7:4 preached by Pastor Clete to see what what the completion of a wall 2500 years ago means for mission day. We need to be reminded freshly of what does not matter & of what really matters! This Sunday (October 27) Peter Ashmore will be preaching from Nehemiah 7 as we observe Orphan Sunday. Hope to see you!