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July 27, 2018

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July 27, 2018
Exodus 31
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Scripture: Exodus 31:1-6, Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft! “And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant.
 
Observation: God chose people specifically gifted with metal-working and wood-working skills to lead the construction of the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant.  What’s most interesting about this is that this was so important, the Biblical author chose to mention their names.  God had given them specific skills that contributed toward his overall, very important purpose. 
 
Application: All good gifts and talents come from God and God intends for you to use them for his Kingdom in some way.  We typically think of those gifted with the ability to preach, teach, sing, play musical instruments, or lead as being important for God’s work on earth.  But really, all our gifts are meant to be used in revealing God’s Kingdom to the world.  When you don’t use your gifts for the church, the body of Christ is incomplete.  How has God gifted you and how can you use those skills for the glory of God?
 
Prayer:  Lord, help me use the gifts you gave me to better reveal your Kingdom here on earth.  Help me realize that no gift is too small or insignificant to be used by you.  I love you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
I Corinthians 12:4-6, There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
 
Blessings,
Rev. Vicki
 
P.S. On August 5, on the patio, a representative from the Florida United Methodist Children Home’s Foster Care Program here in Tampa will have a table with information.  Have you ever considered fostering a child? Maybe nurturing and caring for children without guardians is your gift!  Please pray about your involvement with this extremely important ministry.
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July 26, 2018

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July 26, 2018

Read Exodus 30

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Scripture- Exodus 30:34-35- Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather fragrant spices-resin droplets, mollusk shell, and galbanum- and mix these fragrant spices with pure frankincense, weighed out in equal amounts. Using the usual techniques of the incense maker, blend the spices together and sprinkle them with salt to produce a pure and holy incense. 

 

Observations- The incense served as a symbol of the prayers of the people being lifted up to God, who wanted to hear from His people. Everything was designed in the Tabernacle to help connect people with God and one another as a community of faith 

and individuals in need of receiving forgiveness. All of the symbols helped point to that reality.

 

Application- Ephesians 5:2- in remembering the sacrifices on the altar and the incense burned- says, "Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God." Paul was saying our lives are to be a beautiful offering to the living God. How can that be so for you today?

 

Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) Jesus Christ said, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said,  Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Do good and lend, hoping for nothing again. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Love your enemies. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Fear not, only believe. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Except ye turn again and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Amen. 

 

"The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out." (Revelation 8:4),

Pastor Jamie

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