After the murder of George Floyd, I was in shock like everyone else. A few days later I decided to take action. I thought of the man in the Bible named Nehemiah. He was a man of action. I have created a newsletter called “The Nehemiah Effect.” I decided to begin collecting the sermons I’ve done dealing with racism in one spot. I will be adding other resources to this page in the future. Below was my original post on social media.
This week has definitely been an eye-opener with everything that’s happened to George Floyd and now across America. I appreciate all of the prayers and support.
I mentioned in a post earlier how my life would be forever changed by these events. I’ve had many conversations talking about things that must be addressed. God bless you all. Many have asked how they can help. How can YOU be a part of the solution? This question has been on my mind. I have an idea I would like to share with the hope that you will be a part of, as well.
It’s called the Nehemiah Effect. I love the man named Nehemiah in the Bible. He was the epitome of a leader. He heard of great distress and prayed earnestly to God. He would also take action. One man who saw a great need was able to help MANY. As I think about Nehemiah and what he was able to do by the grace of God, I think about what’s happening now.
There are things all of us can do when it comes to racism in America.
In this Newsletter, I will talk about the story of Nehemiah and lessons we can learn from him as we seek to do good in this world. I will share different projects people are doing to promote unity. For example, two preachers reached out to me about projects they would like to do. Another preacher and I, Lord willing, are planning a discussion about race next week that will be available on social media. This is only the tip of the iceberg. There have been other great suggestions shared, too.
All of us have opportunities to make a difference. I’m convinced of that after all of the discussions I’ve had. So many are hurting and looking for ways to help. Know that you can have an impact in the lives of others.
Here’s what you can do right now.
#1: Pray Fervently
#2: Enter your email address on this link so you can receive emails beginning this week. https://mailchi.mp/53345af61321/the-nehemiah-effect
#3: Share this post with those who are looking to be a part of the solution.
#4: Begin to think about how you can be like Nehemiah and provide a positive change for others.
– Benjamin and Nikki Lee
The link below is for a Race Forum conducted in 2017 at the Westside Church of Christ.
“I was very blessed on September 16, 2017 with the opportunity to participate in the Bible Based Race Forum hosted by the Westside Church of Christ in Irving, Texas. You were 1 of the 5 men who spoke that evening. I was encouraged by this event that I have listened to the audio recording so many times that I have lost count.Ephraim D.
This was a sermon I preached at the West Main Church of Christ in Lewisville Texas on October 16, 2017, called, “Dealing with Racism.” The sermon begins at the 14 minute mark.
I conducted a series of lessons at the Twin City Church of Christ in College Station Texas on February 26, 2016. These lessons were for the college students at the congregation.
A Crucial Conversation About Race
Seeking Solutions to Racism. This was preached on February 27, 2016 at the Twin City Church of Christ in College Station Texas. This lesson was part of series of lessons presented to college students on racism.
Racism: Past and Present. This was preached on February 27, 2016 at the Twin City Church of Christ in College Station Texas. This lesson was part of a series of lessons presented to college students on racism.
Segregated Sundays: This was preached on February 27, 2016 at the Twin City Church of Christ in College Station Texas. This lesson was part of a series of lessons presented to college students on racism.
Overcoming Other Barriers with the Gospel: This was a tandem lesson I did in Centerville Texas with Jared Bollman in 2015.