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Do I Really Have to Read Leviticus????

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... Read more

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Because Basins Trump Mirrors…..Everyday

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... Read more

 

The Power of a Time-Out

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... Read more

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The Messiness of True Worship

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... Read more

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Even God Needs Help

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,... Read more

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Because A Battle Precedes An Invitation

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... Read more

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The Thing About Boundaries

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... Read more

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When the Red Sea Isn’t Enough

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... Read more

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Don’t Leave Egypt Alone

If you ever wanted a reason NOT to believe in a loving God, you might consider reading Exodus 12. But if you ever wanted a reason TO believe in Him, you might want to read this very same chapter……again. I’ll never understand His ways. Scripture confirms this in Isaiah 55:8-9. So when I read in... Read more

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He’s Right There In Your Kitchen

Standing before Pharoah had to be terrifying. Like Dorothy approaching the “great and powerful Oz,” I’m sure Moses’ legs trembled and his voice cracked as he came closer and closer to the throne. Who wouldn’t find it difficult to smoothly connect words when placed in front of such a leader – A man with enough... Read more