I’ve never participated in a marathon or driven a car in an all-day race, so I don’t know what it feels like to reach a place of exhaustion that requires a break just long enough to sip a cup of cold water or have my tires changed. But I do have a job that in some ways feels like a marathon or the Indy 500.... Read more

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Yesterday we said goodbye to Moses. Left him on Mt. Nebo, overlooking the Promised Land as he took his final breath. We turned the page on the early history of the Israelites, completing our reading of the first five books of the Old Testament. Forty years in the wilderness slipped by for us in just a couple of months, but for the Israelites these years... Read more

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I didn’t want to read the last few chapters of Deuteronomy this morning. Maybe because I knew what was coming. If I could just skip these chapters, maybe it wouldn’t seem as real. Moses was about to die. That’s right. The man who entered our story as a tiny baby, floating down the Nile River in a basket made of reeds, was going to be... Read more

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If Deuteronomy were a musical, the background music would be swelling today as the intensity of Moses’ last words to the Israelites surely draws a speechless crowd. Moses briefly reviews all they have witnessed in the wilderness, reminding them once again of God’s faithful presence every step of the way. At the same time, he pleads with them to do more than “see” God. He... Read more

 

When I finish reading a section of Scripture and then find myself staring at my blank computer screen, I sometimes read the next days’ chapter selection in my chronological Bible…….. hoping for something to stir my thoughts. This morning was one of those mornings. The first few chapters I read left me wordless, so I kept reading. Hoping for something. But if I’m honest, the... Read more

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There are so many rules and regulations in today’s reading. From Festival guidelines to rules for appointing a king to recognizing a true prophet to dealing with people involved in occult practices. Like a father sending his child off to college, God goes over every possible thing He can think of before releasing His children into the Promised Land. I can almost see the Israelites... Read more

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It’s funny how a song you haven’t thought about in years can suddenly pop into your mind while reading the Bible. This morning as I read Deuteronomy 12 – 15, I began hearing a song in my head. A song I had not thought of since church camp over thirty-five years ago: “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We... Read more

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Where Power Rests

March 20th, 2019

 

Were they able to see the blessing in the manna they received every day, even though they grumbled about it from time to time along the way? Did they ever reflect on and talk about the times God sent water from a rock just when they thought they would die of thirst? And most of all, did they ever look back on their forty-year journey... Read more