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S.O.A.P June 11, 2017

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June 11, 2017

Read: Exodus 5

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Scripture- Exodus 5:22-23- Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!”

Observations- Well, it looks like things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better. The Pharaoh doubles down on his cruelty and demands the people work even harder under greater levels of punishment. The Israelite foreman blame Moses for these developments, and Moses doesn't understand why this is happening. He cries out to God with his concerns, which is exactly the right place to carry his lament.

Application- God's will is rarely accomplished overnight nor is it accomplished without struggles and difficulties along the way. There will always be a lot we can't comprehend as God's plan slowly unfolds in our lives. It is good for us to carry our fears and wonders directly to the Creator of the universe. Moses didn't turn to Aaron to voice his complaints; rather he carried them to God, the One who had called him to this role. We are allowed, even invited by the Lord, to do the same.

Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) “Today, O Lord- Let me put right before interest: Let me put others before self: Let me put the things of the Spirit before the things of the body: Let me put the attainment of noble ends above the enjoyment of present pleasures: Let me put principle above reputation: Let me put Thee before all else.” Amen.

"From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer." (Psalm 130:1-2),


Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Always remember we have a great option for mid-week worship in The Table at 7pm in Logan Hall on Wednesdays, which is especially good as families travel over the summer. Summer Nights at The Table are quite an event! From June 14 - July 26, join us each Wednesday night during the summer immediately following worship as we have fun activities. For instance on June 14 we have Board Game Night. Come at 6pm and enjoy a great low cost meal with friends.

 

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S.O.A.P June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017

Read: Exodus 4:1-17

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Scripture- Exodus 4:13-14a- But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well."

Observations- Moses tried every way imaginable to get out of his unique calling from God. In spite of having experienced God in the fiery bush that wouldn't be consumed, he questioned God's ability to work through him. Moses not only says, "Send someone else," he says "Send anyone else!" God doesn't let Moses off the hook, but He does finally relent and allow for a spokesman to join him given his fear of speaking in public. 

Application- God cares about our fears and concerns as it relates to our own unique calling, but ultimately, we shouldn't think He'll let us off the hook. There is no calling in Scripture where God simply releases someone: "Oh, you're not interested. OK, do your own thing and go your own way." God picked Moses. God has chosen you as well- perhaps not to lead a nation out of slavery into the Promised Land, but make no mistake that God is inviting you to love and serve Him more fully. 

Prayer- O God, You are my Father, and I am grateful for all of the ways You are at work in my one and only life. You promise in You Word to open doors that no one can shut and shut doors that no one can open. I will wait and watched. I will plan to be ready when You speak. Help me hear Your call and not rest in my own excuses about why I'm inadequate and not up to the task, in Jesus' name.

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Do you have the gift of hospitality? We seeking new volunteers to serve on our Sunday morning Hospitality Teams to welcome our guests and members with smiling faces and snacks and drinks.  We are forming two hospitality teams – would you consider being on one of the teams? Ask Rev. Vicki Harrison for more info (689-4161 or  ).

 

 

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