2024-03-21 10:08:26 · 43

193 Thrive Deeper: Nehemiah 1-7

Episode Notes

In the book of Nehemiah, we encounter a man named Nehemiah, who serves as the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes in the citadel of Susa – capital of the reigning Persian empire. Nehemiah receives distressing news about the state of Jerusalem: its walls lie in ruins, and its gates have been burned down. Deeply moved, Nehemiah prays to the God of heaven, confessing the sins of the Israelites and seeking divine intervention. The king grants Nehemiah permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city. Nehemiah faces opposition from enemies who mock the restoration efforts, but he perseveres. With determination and leadership, Nehemiah organizes a citywide construction crew, and within weeks, the walls of Jerusalem stand tall once more, instilling confidence and hope among the Jewish remnant.

Meet The Presenters

Dr Matt Jacoby

Matt is the teaching pastor at his church in Victoria, Australia, lecturer at the Melbourne School of Theology, an author, a songwriter and, a musician leading the Psalms project band Sons of Korah.

Matt has a doctorate in philosophy and theology from the University of Melbourne, and is the author of the daily Bible reading guide Thrive launched in 2005. Matt's most recent work as an author is his book Deeper Places (Baker Books USA 2013) with an expanded edition released in 2019. In Deeper Places, Matt shares a rich portrait of authentic spirituality. A gifted teacher and Bible scholar, Matthew is invited to speak at conferences and churches where he brings a fresh but foundational perspective to Scripture.

“I do a lot of teaching these days in my various roles but I always see myself more as a learner. I love learning. I enjoy academic learning and because of that I am a perpetual student of many disciplines. But most of all I love learning to live life the way God made me to live it.” MJ

DJ Paine

DJ is a podcaster, photographer and has had a number of years experience as a Christian Radio Breakfast announcer. He would consider himself a professional Christian music geek & amateur Bible nerd. DJ was raised on the Gold Coast and studied at Word Of Life Bible College in Sydney.

Devoted husband of Benita Paine and proud of their three boys: the #BrothersPaine

“If you have ever wondered if God has a place for you in His plan... or if you have ever felt you are just a round peg trying to fit into a square hole... well I want to encourage you: if God can use a goof like me then we are all in good hands! I love the scriptures and if I can leave any legacy behind it is simply to say: read the Bible, the Bible is God’s light by which we can really see the universe.” DJ

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