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S.O.A.P June 12, 2017

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June 12, 2017

Read: Exodus 6:1-13

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Scripture- Exodus 6:9- So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.

Observations- Under the oppression of the Egyptians the Israelites found it too good to be true that God would actually do as He had promised to Moses in leading them to a far better place. That didn't, however, let Moses off the hook from following through with what the Lord commanded of him. God urged Moses to push on with the plan of confronting Pharaoh to let the people go.

Application- It's great when we get lots of support from people around us for doing what's good and right and God's plan for us, but the fact is- just like it was for Moses- we won't always get the support and backing from others in the way we want or expect. There will be times when it is good and right to go against the grain, and this will require us to have a rich and deep connection with the living God, the inscrutable One who declares "I Am Who I Am."

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for being with us to guide and direct us, especially during those times when it doesn't feel like we have very much support from those around us for doing what we've discerned is good and right and in Your plan. Give us strength, wisdom, and courage to press into the future You have declared for us, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P June 11, 2017

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June 11, 2017

Read: Exodus 5

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Scripture- Exodus 5:22-23- Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!”

Observations- Well, it looks like things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better. The Pharaoh doubles down on his cruelty and demands the people work even harder under greater levels of punishment. The Israelite foreman blame Moses for these developments, and Moses doesn't understand why this is happening. He cries out to God with his concerns, which is exactly the right place to carry his lament.

Application- God's will is rarely accomplished overnight nor is it accomplished without struggles and difficulties along the way. There will always be a lot we can't comprehend as God's plan slowly unfolds in our lives. It is good for us to carry our fears and wonders directly to the Creator of the universe. Moses didn't turn to Aaron to voice his complaints; rather he carried them to God, the One who had called him to this role. We are allowed, even invited by the Lord, to do the same.

Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) “Today, O Lord- Let me put right before interest: Let me put others before self: Let me put the things of the Spirit before the things of the body: Let me put the attainment of noble ends above the enjoyment of present pleasures: Let me put principle above reputation: Let me put Thee before all else.” Amen.

"From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer." (Psalm 130:1-2),


Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Always remember we have a great option for mid-week worship in The Table at 7pm in Logan Hall on Wednesdays, which is especially good as families travel over the summer. Summer Nights at The Table are quite an event! From June 14 - July 26, join us each Wednesday night during the summer immediately following worship as we have fun activities. For instance on June 14 we have Board Game Night. Come at 6pm and enjoy a great low cost meal with friends.

 

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