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S.O.A.P June 9, 2017

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June 9, 2017
Read Exodus 3:10-14
 
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Scripture- 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” 13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I am who I am.[d] Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh,[e] the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.”
“This is my eternal name,
my name to remember for all generations.”
 
Observations- An angel of God appears to Moses in the form of a bush that's on fire but doesn't burn. Moses being a reactor to situations naturally checked out this burning bush that did not burn. With this, God addresses Moses and tells him that he must help the Israelites out of Egypt and that he will lead the charge. Moses gets a little nervous with this revealing, and being the reactor asks why he has been chosen. God let’s Moses know that it’s time stop reacting and it is time to start to act. This is “the God of your ancestors”….Why wouldn’t he?
 
Applications- Moses became a great leader because he had to learn to act, rather than react. Moses wasn’t perfect on so many levels and he even questioned why God chose to give him certain tasks. God saw through it all and knew how to use his life, but he didn’t change who or what Moses was; he worked on how Moses could be used with what strengths he had been given. God is looking to do the same thing in us.
There is a preparation that God uses in us to find out where we will do the greatest work for his Kingdom. Sometimes we have already been introduced to the “burning bush” and we have a crystal- clear idea of how God is talking to us. Sometimes it is just preparation. We walk into one door and think, “this is it? This can’t be it?” But there may be another door that is ready to swing wide. Or another burning bush. Sometimes it is patience. It is simply God looking at how he can work in you. Now, more than ever, we could learn from Moses’ valuable work, because the problem in letting God work through us is that we abide by our culture’s convenience and instant gratification. We would rather slip into something we want for God because it is here and now, rather than see God prepare it for us. We react instead of act. And this is no way to remember a name for all generations.
 
Prayer- Dear God, give us the power to restrain ourselves from what we want to do, but rather listen and abide by what it is that you truly feel would work better in your Kingdom and for your Kingdom. Give us the strength to be patient with what you have in store for us. Let us know that the glory we could be used for and guided to will be for the eternal life. We love you God because you love us more!
 
Chris Temple, Youth Dude
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S.O.A.P June 8, 2017

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June 8, 2017

Read: Exodus 2:11-25

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Scripture- Exodus 2:23-25- Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.

Observations- Moses becomes a murderer, runs away from the punishment of Pharaoh, and settles down in Midian. Little does he know God is preparing him to fulfill his unique calling to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land. God heard the people crying out to Him, and He responded in His timing. 

Application- The Israelite Moses confronted wondered, "Who appointed you to be our prince and judge?" This actually served as a word of prophecy about the call of God that was on the way at some point in the future of Moses. When it is time for God to act, it's important for us to be ready to seize that moment. Moses spend 40 years in Midian being prepared. As I turn 55 today, I wonder what else God has prepared for me to take up. God may well be taking His time in preparing you for what He has in store for you to accomplish for His glory next. How could God use the experiences you've had for His glory in the future? 

Prayer- (by A. W. Tozer- 1897-1963) O God, I have tasted Thy goodness and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - On June 18 we will be preparing and sending out our next Military Mailing. You can join us in the honoring our troops by volunteering at the next military mailing, June 18, at 11:00am in the Social Hall.  We’ll have cards in the social hall to sign on June 4 and 11.  Donations of homemade cookies, sunflower seeds, beef jerky, other goodies (no chocolate please), and puzzle books, are needed and can be brought to church on Sunday OR dropped by the church office.  Monetary donations are welcome to help pay for shipping.  Please call or email John Dukes if you have a friend or family member currently serving.  We would love to send them a care package if they are overseas or a card if they are stateside.  For more info, contact John Dukes at 813-494-4334 or 

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