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September 30, 2018

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Read Numbers 27

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+27&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 27:15-17- Then Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community. Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the Lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

 

Observations- God tells Moses to walk up a mountain and get a view of the Promised Land. He can see it, but he can't go into it as a result of his previous disobedience to God when he hit the rock for water instead of speaking to it. Moses isn't bitter. In fact, he doesn't cry out about how unfair this is or ask God to change His mind; rather he asks God to bless the community of faith with a new leader for the benefit of the people going forward without him.

 

Application- Moses knew how important it would be to not only have solid leadership, but to have a new leader with the anointing and blessing of God. Jesus' church 3400 years later needs leaders who spend time with God in His Word and in prayer to wisely discern the best ways to move forward in faith for God's people and the people God has on the way as we make more and better followers of Jesus Christ- both together, not one without the other.

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for godly leaders who long to be in Your presence and to lead others into Your presence. Pour our Your wisdom and discernment in the power of Your Holy Spirit to achieve the goals You set before us. We want to honor the truth in love. We want to be willing to make bold decisions and take risks that honor You and point people to Jesus. Help us remember that New is not "our church;" rather it's Jesus' church. We want to be open to where He will lead us today and well into the future. Amen.

 

"Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything." (Colossians 1:18),

 

Pastor Jamie

P.S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

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September 29, 2018

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Read Numbers 26

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+26&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 26:51-53- In summary, the registered troops of all Israel numbered 601,730. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Divide the land among the tribes, and distribute the grants of land in proportion to the tribes’ populations, as indicated by the number of names on the list."

 

Observations- There are times in the Bible when counting people is called for by God, but there are also times when it indicates a lack of faith and God has not called for a count. In this case, God tells Moses to count the people in all of the tribes. As the people of God prepared to enter into the Promised Land, which would require battle, they needed a good sense of how many soldiers they would have. They also needed to ensure a fair distribution of the land among the various tribes and clans. 

 

Application- In a local church there is always a question of how do measure how well we are living out the mission and ministry God has called us to accomplish. While the ABCs (attendance, buildings, and cash) of a congregation are important and need to be known, they aren't the best ways to measure how well we are making more and better followers of Jesus Christ, who are rooted in God's Word and renewed by the Holy Spirit as we reach out with the love of Jesus to all people. It is said we get more of whatever we measure, so we should be very careful to count what really counts! We count people in all areas of our ministries, because we people count.

 

Prayer- Dear God, thank You for the people You send our way to help say "yes!" to being followers of Jesus who long to be even better followers of Jesus to make more followers of Jesus for Your glory. Help us know that we count to You today, and help us count our blessings today. Amen.

 

"For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:19),

 

Pastor Jamie

P.S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

​​​​​​​To contact me:

 

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

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