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August 2, 2018

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August 2, 2018

Read Exodus 37

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Scripture- Exodus 37:1-2- Next Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood—a sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high. He overlaid it inside and outside with pure gold, and he ran a molding of gold all around it. 

 

Observations- The Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Ten Commandments, was the most holy object for the ancient Israelites. Bezalel fashioned it to the precise specifications Moses received from God. The Ark of the Covenant served to remind the people that God was holy and that He was with them.

 

Application- In our tradition we don't have objects that we think of as "holy" in quite the way as they did 3400 years ago, but there places and things that are designed to remind us that God is both holy and wants a deepening relationship with us. What some places and things that help call you into a closer connection with God? 

 

Prayer- (an Amish prayer) Come, King of Grace, and fill me with your grace in this life, just as you will fill me in heaven with your eternal glory. Reign over me in the gracious kingdom of your Holy Spirit; yes, prepare your kingdom in me, which is justice, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Enlighten my heart, rule my life, and sanctify my thoughts so that they all may be reverent and pleasing to you. Surround me with your grace, that I may never be removed from it. Come to me, Holy Trinity! Make me your dwelling and your temple. Spark in me the light of your knowledge, faith, hope, humility, patience, prayer, perseverance, and reverence. Amen.

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jamie

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August 1, 2018

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August 1, 2018

Read Exodus 36

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Scripture- Exodus 36:5-6- They went to Moses and reported, “The people have given more than enough materials to complete the job the Lord has commanded us to do!”

So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!” So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings.

 

Observations- What an amazing thing God does here through the generosity of His people! They have given so much to construct and supply all of the needs of the Tabernacle they need to be told to stop. I'm not aware of anywhere else in God's Word where this instruction is given to the people. 

 

Application- I remember getting to celebrate this moment once at a previous church related to no more gifts being needed for a very large and specific project...once in 32 years! The bottom line is generous giving to the cause of making more and better followers of Jesus Christ will always make God smile and be of value to the Kingdom of God- whether for a special project or the general budget of Jesus' church.

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for so many faithful and joyful givers to the cause of Christ and for the benefit of His bride, the church. Help us worship You in spirit and in truth so we are renewed by Your Holy Spirit, rooted in Your Word, and committed to reaching with love in the strong name of Jesus with the resources You provide. Amen.

 

Paul: "And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35),

Pastor Jamie

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