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July 21, 2018

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July 21, 2018

Read Exodus 25

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Scripture- Exodus 25:1-2- The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them."

 

Observations- It was going to require a lot of the people of Israel to make joyful and sacrificial offerings to build the Tabernacle along with all of the accompanying items necessary for worship. This wasn't "the Law" per se- at least not without the heart. God wanted people whose hearts had been moved to help with the project to freely step up and say, "Count on me for some goats hair!" 

 

Application- Aren't you glad when we began our 3-year Capital Campaign for a New Social Hall (and now also to purchase and renovate the building currently known as the Boys and Girls Club) that we didn't ask you to collect your best goat hair? By the way, we are doing incredibly well in meeting our hoped for benchmarks after the first 15 months. What so many people did do was faithfully, joyfully, and freely make commitments to help us have buildings that will be tools for mission and ministry to make more and better followers of Jesus for years to come. Thank You, God! Thank You, New Hope!

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for moving in so many people's hearts at New Hope to do something beautiful and honoring for You and the people that You have here now and are on the way that You love so much. We rejoice in Your faithfulness and for Your abiding presence with us on the journey forward. Help and guide us to honor You in the entire process of renovating and building. I pray that we will be good stewards (managers) of the gifts You have given through Your people, in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

"Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and 

generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others." (1 Timothy 6:18),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - If your heart is so "moved," please feel free to make a special offering over and above your regular giving to the Building Fund. Please don't forget how important regular, faithful giving to our general budget is either :)

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July 20, 2018

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July 20, 2018

Read Exodus 24

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Scripture- Exodus 24:15-18 "Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. And the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from inside the cloud. To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights."

 

Observations- Chapter 24 essentially is Israel's acceptance of the Lord's covenant. Previously, it seemed that a lot of things needed to be sorted out for the covenant and now  we are starting to see the symbolism of the bigger things that are coming. Moses has already demonstrated this by reading from the book of the covenant and even splattering the people with the blood of the sacrifice to drive it home. Now he and God will have a 40 day "retreat" at the top of the mountain.

 

Application- I'm so glad that we don't splatter each other with the blood of animal sacrifices. I thank you, God! Jesus was sent for many great reasons and so many wonderful things exist because of him, but I am so thankful for the ritual of communion that we partake in today. But I do understand Moses passion for the Lord. God saw and understood Moses passion as well. It wasn't just all about the covenant and pillars. It was about God and Moses. God and Israel. God and us. That is why Jesus was sent to die for our sins. That is why we drink from the cup. It's not so much the passion for religion, it's the passion for the relationship. 

 

Prayer- God, thank you for this day and all of the beauty that you have blessed us with. The greatest beauty is our relationship with you. God, help us understand what forty days and forty nights, whatever that looks like, will mean to us in our personal, intimate relationship with you. It is amazing at how this history has carved out something for us to learn from and grow closer to you with. Your love is magnificent! Thank you! Amen.

Youth Dude

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