Nehemiah – Someone Like Us

I love to study the Book of Nehemiah.  Frankly, there isn’t any Book of the Bible that I don’t love to study, but each has its own wonderful distinctions. 

The distinction that I enjoy most about Nehemiah is that he is very similar to us.  Sure, there can be arguments made to the contrary.  You could argue that we have virtually nothing in common at all with Nehemiah.  But there is one very specific spiritual way that we can relate to Nehemiah.


Physical Pictures of Spiritual Realities

The Old Testament is full of the very graphic and, for the most part, tragic history of God’s people. 

Something that will help you tremendously when you study the Old Testament is to understand that the physical things that you are reading are most often representations of spiritual realities.


Another Favorite!

This week we’re discussing another of my favorite people from the Old Testament, King Josiah. 

There are four chapters committed to Josiah, 2 Kings 22 & 23 and 2 Chronicles 34 & 35.  I cannot recommend enough that you read these four chapters this week and do a deep dive into everything that Josiah did as king.


Some of My Favorites

In the month of December, we’re going to take a short break from our ongoing study of Matthew.  For the four Sundays of December, we will have a four-part series called, “Prepare for 2022.”

Each week we’re going to look at teachings from the Old Testament that will prepare us to live as God intends His people to live.  The lessons are some of my favorites.


The Season of Opportunity

This holiday season, we will all face a multitude of opportunities.  Opportunities to do good to others, opportunities to be selfish, opportunities to do good things for those that we love and those that we don’t necessarily like.

One of the best things that I learned when I worked in Recovery Ministry was to ask myself the question, “What is the best thing you can do in this situation?”  The situations always varied, but the question applied the same.


Hide and Seek

Have you ever allowed someone to win a game you were playing?  How about hide and seek?  Would you be surprised to know that God allows us to win at hide and seek?


The Touchstones of My Faith

I think that there are too many Christians today who fear that when they die or when the Lord Jesus returns, whichever comes first, that they will not go to heaven to live with the Lord.

Of course, they have good reason to feel this way if they have never obeyed the gospel, but if they have obeyed the gospel, why do so many live with uncertainty?


What God Expects

Did you know that God expects more from some than others?  It’s true.  Just listen to Jesus’ words from this week’s text in Matthew 25:15-

15 To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability…

If there is only one thing that you remember about the Parable of the Talents, remember this: When Jesus says “talent,” He is not referring to a person’s natural aptitude or skill.  He’s referring to a measurement of weight.  And in the parable, it’s a weight of money.


True Repentance

Do you ever question the legitimacy of another person’s repentance?  Sometimes it just does not seem like the person is genuinely sorry for what they have done, but rather, it appears they are only sorry they got caught. 

In recent years we have seen disgusting displays of insincere apologies from athletes who were caught cheating and politicians who were caught lying.  Why do I say that their apologies were disgusting and insincere?  It is because, along with the apologies, there was no accompanying, “fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8).

The Bible teaches that when a person is truly sorrowful, truly repentant, that fruit is produced by that repentance.  I think that is one of the easier theological concepts for us to grasp.  We begin evaluating whether or not a person is truly sorry from our youth.  For example, if a child punches another child, typically, the offender is made to apologize. But is the offender sorry?  Sometimes yes, but sometimes no.  How do we tell the difference?  We wait to see what happens next.

If I say I am sorry but nothing about my life changes and there is no evidence of “fruit” of repentance, my words are meaningless.  True repentance always produces positive change.  It’s good for us to have a means to determine if we are truly repentant and therefore, truly followers of Jesus. 

When you sin, are you sorry?  If so, that’s great news.  Feeling sorry for your sin is the beginning of repentance.  If feeling sorry is the beginning of repentance, then what is the end?  Following Jesus. True repentance is a trading of my ways for His ways; A turning from sin to righteous living.

Much love and happy repenting!

Wes LeFlore – (918) 607-8489 or


Religious Rumors

One of the top religious rumors in our world today is that following Jesus doesn’t require you to change anything about yourself.

The truth of the matter is that following Jesus means losing yourself.

Here’s what that does not mean.  It does not mean that you have no personality.  It does not mean that you are not unique.  It does not mean that God didn’t create you with a special design and for special purposes.