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July 31, 2018

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Demolition of the Social Hall has really begun!

 

July 31, 2018

Read Exodus 35

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Scripture- Exodus 35:21- All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, for the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments.

 

Observations- Even though the people had recently bowed down before a golden calf when Moses was spending time with God receiving the commandments, they were now willing to express their faithfulness to God's call on their lives through their generous and sacrificial gifts to supply all that was necessary to build and supply the Tabernacle.

 

Application- We human beings haven't changed so much over the last 3400 years. We remain pretty fickle. One moment we moment we are engaging in idolatry or believing the worst about someone and soon thereafter we are again ready to bring our free and sacrificial offerings to the living Lord. May New Hope always experience far more Exodus 35 moments and far fewer Exodus 32 moments.

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your abiding presence. Challenge us in our idolatry when we stray from You and receive our best and most sacrificial gifts to honor You. There will always be many times when we are not sure what to do, but help us keep our eyes on You, O Lord, instead of on shiny baubles that mean nothing in the Big Picture. Amen.

 

"Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!" (2 Corinthians 9:15),

Pastor Jamie

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

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July 30, 2018

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July 30, 2018

Read Exodus 34

To read this text click HERE.

Scripture- Exodus 34:29- When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.

 

Observations- There was something visibly and tangibly different about Moses after he had spend significant and quality time with the living God, Yahweh, the One who said "I Am Who I Am." Moses wasn't even aware of the radiance that glowed from him. We see this (and more) with Jesus when He was on the Mt. of Transfiguration with Peter, James, and John being visited by Moses and Elijah and they heard God say,  “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5)

 

Application- This serves as a reminder that when we spend time with God it is designed to change us, to renew us, to be in the process of becoming the new creations God has already declared us to be for His glory. As Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 5:17, " This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" We are now made new! He doesn't say "one day you will become a new person...today you are new. Our challenge is to let what what God has done on the inside shine on the outside.

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for making me Your new person. Keep helping me become the person You already see me to be for Your glory, my long term benefit, and to serve and bless others. Let Your glory be made real in my life today, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

 

"I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." (Philippians 3:14),

Pastor Jamie

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

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