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September 26, 2018

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Read Numbers 23

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=numbers+23&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 23:11-12- Then King Balak demanded of Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies. Instead, you have blessed them!” But Balaam replied, “I will speak only the message that the Lord puts in my mouth.”

 

Observations- King Balak tried to manipulate Balaam to give him the curse over Israel that he wanted so badly, but Balaam honored his commitment to only speak what the Lord told him to say. Each time Balak took him to a new vantage point he probably slipped Balaam more cash to see if he could coax a good old fashioned pagan curse out of him. 

 

Application- Often times we know clearly what God wants us to do, because He has spoken quite clearly already through His Word, but we push and press to hear a new Word- a Word that will reflect our personal desires and preferences better. That's way it's so important for us to be rooted in God's Word, renewed by God's Spirit, and reaching our with the love of Jesus. The Holy Spirit who has made a home within us will not speak a word to us that contradicts the Word we've been given, and the Holy Spirit is alive and leading us to bless all kinds of people in all kinds of ways. 

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the words of blessing You speak into our lives. Help us be people who seek to honor You through our words of blessing. Take all of our temptation to utter words that curse others and cast it far away from us. You have called us to be a people at New Hope who reach out with the love of Jesus, which means speaking and doing that which blesses others. Amen.

 

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

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September 25, 2018

The Dover Campus Sanctuary

 

Read Numbers 22

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+22&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 22:18-19- But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God. But stay here one more night, and I will see if the Lord has anything else to say to me.”

 

Observations- We mostly know about Balaam's talking donkey, which is a reminder that God can speak through anyone He chooses! Even though Balaam commits to only speaking what the Lord tells him, we will see over the next few chapters his weaknesses and errors- loving money more than the truth, being a false and unfaithful prophet, and attempting to manipulate God when he already knew what God wanted him to do.

 

Application- Money is an essential tool for doing ministry, but it's a terrible master for any of our lives. Balaam wanted money for himself. He wasn't interested in being the hands, feet, and voice of God for people in need. Our faithful gifts to God's church help guide us to do what brings God glory and point people to Jesus. For instance, on our Dover campus this past month we discovered many problems in several of the buildings that needed immediate attention. It would have been easy to put off the repairs; that is, if God wasn't moving in mighty ways there, but we have 85 people gathering in Dover for worship, discipleship training, English as a second language classes, and much more. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the opportunities and challenges before us to come alongside You in making more and better followers of Jesus Christ. Help us avoid the errors of Balaam along the way. Help us have goals that are completely in line with Your vision for New Hope to be one church in two languages in three locations. We pray for You to bless us with the resources we need to keep doing the ministry and mission to which You've called us, in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

"They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong. But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice." (2 Peter 2:15-16),

 

Thank you for your faithful, joyful giving to God's church,

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

​​​​​​​To contact me:

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

 

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