Remembering the Wilderness

What, in the Western mindset, should have taken Israel only a couple of weeks, took forty years. The goal of Israel’s sojourn in the wilderness wasn’t reaching the Promised Land so much as it was the transformation that took place on the journey. This was the Function of the Wilderness. Rebekah Joy writes, “God does […]

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Genesis 21 Encounter & Autheticity

Sometimes, who God has made us and what we pursue is at odds with what others want from us. As we grow into the people God has called us to be, we’ll face opposition and even loss. The good news is, we can always be real with God, who always meets us where we are […]

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Exodus 3 “Eye to See, Ears to Hear”

Both Moses & Elijah spent time in the wilderness. Though hundreds of years apart, they had a shared experience at Mt. Horeb. Moses’ wilderness experience gave him eyes to see God showing up unexpectedly. Elijah’s time in the wilderness gave him ears to hear God’s still, small voice. Our wilderness experiences help us to develop […]

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Exodus 16:1-3 “Engage the Process”

When we find ourselves in difficult circumstances we often only focus on the way out those difficulties. It took the Hebrews forty years of wilderness journey to get from Egypt to the Promised Land. The only thing they wished for was to either begin their new and better life in the Land of Milk and […]

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1 Corinthians 16:1-4 “Creating Communion”

PPT Many of the Jewish believers in Jerusalem rejected the inclusion of gentile believers who were uncircumcised and didn’t observe Jewish Law and traditions. Paul leads the gentile churches in a response of love, taking up a gentile collection for the poor in the Jerusalem Church. This demonstration of love revealed the gentile Christian’s acceptance […]

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2 Samuel 24:1-17 “In God We Trust”

PPT Why does God punish Israel for taking a census to determine how large and strong their military could be? It is because Israel’s future depended on their placing trust in God not men. In the same way, those who live by faith must continually choose live by faith and not schemes of men. We […]

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