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Phil LeMaster was my minister for years. He walked many wonderful and many painful roads with our family. Preached funerals for us no preacher ever wants to preach. Welcomed each new son we brought into the world after we moved to Kentucky. And introduced our newly-adopted daughter to the congregation just days after she arrived from India. He was also with us in the sudden... Read more

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God created the world in just six days. Yet took forty days to explain the creation of the tabernacle to Moses. One chapter in Genesis transforms vast darkness into a world filled with all kinds living creatures. Yet six chapters in Exodus are needed for laying out the specifics of God’s dwelling place with the Israelites. The tabernacle mattered to God, and He wanted the... Read more

The Power of a Time-Out

February 18th, 2019

 

Imagine the relief Moses felt when he heard these words, And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people. Exodus 32:14 Just a few verses earlier, God was ready to destroy the entire Israelite nation. Their worship of a golden calf had crossed the line. Pushed God to a breaking point. Like the days of Noah, He was ready for... Read more

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The Messiness of True Worship

February 15th, 2019

 

I knew this would get difficult. How could I forget? So many verses in the Old Testament cause me to cringe. And today’s reading includes some of them. I’d love to stop reading. Change the subject. Talk about a sunrise or the coming of spring. But here I sit, having made a commitment to write through every chapter, I push through the instructions for sacrificing... Read more

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Even God Needs Help

February 14th, 2019

 

As the Israelites moved from one camp site to the next, they followed a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God’s presence was always out before them, leading the way. When the pillar moved, the mass of several hundred thousand people packed up their belongings, took down their tents, and herded their animals right along with it. At some... Read more

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He appeared for the very first time in Old Testament history a few chapters ago. Seemingly out of nowhere, Moses calls Joshua to battle saying, “Select some men for us and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand.” Without hesitation, “Joshua did as Moses had told him….while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the... Read more

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The Thing About Boundaries

February 12th, 2019

 

Fences are part of my family’s story. My great grandma’s garden was enclosed by one. My grandma’s chickens were protected by one. My grandpa’s horses and cattle were all kept safe by one. One of the first things I wanted when we moved into each of our homes was a fence. Not so much as a way of keeping people out, but more as a... Read more

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When the Red Sea Isn’t Enough

February 11th, 2019

 

Sometimes when I read the Bible, I try to imagine what it would have been like to be an Israelite in the days of Moses. Following a pillar of cloud or fire, hearing the voice of God rumble from them. I feel like that would have been enough. Enough for me to know how blessed I was. Saved from the bondage of slavery. Rescued by... Read more