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Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Live On God's Terms, Not My Terms" Exodus 12-13, Matthew 16

God makes all things new to those He calls to Himself.  But that dreadful night, all were asked to come to God's terms, not their own terms.  Same for the day that we live for---we shall answer the greatest question ever asked of us.  May we live for God's terms not Bev's.  And the scene is this:  Three days and three nights in the horror by darkness.  Yet, the light broke a far more terrible calamity----their first-born struck by a plague that reached from the heights of the castles to the depths of the dungeons.  No one was exempt.  And that's how it will be on The Last Day.  May we live on God's terms this day.  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

"Can't Live My Life For One Day" Exodus 9-11, Matthew 15:21-39

Behold, the Hand of the Lord was even on the cattle.  Exodus 9:3.  And all the mean cattle of the Israelites lived, while the mean cattle of Egypt died.  Providence cared.  Pharaoh hardened his heart. And Providence hardened it furthermore.  Nothing like that to live so evil on this earth.  To live for this life only bows our heads to the temporal not the eternal.  An Olympic ice skater said tonight:  I can't live my life every day for one gold medal.  I live to give. Barrett said the same thing---you can't always be first but you can live your best. God's Hand is over all we are.  Will we submit not knowing the outcome.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"Water Today, Blood Tomorrow" Exodus 7-8, Matthew 15:1-20

And the whole river turned to blood.  And little Barrett stirred a pot in a party kitchen at a brand new friend's home.  "What are you cooking?"  And the toddler replied: "Blood."  And this momma was aghast.  His reference was Exodus 7:20 and Barrett thought what God did was so cool.  Moses and Aaron obeyed God.  In the sight of Pharaoh, Aaron lifted his rod, smote the waters, and the whole river turned to blood.  "See the mutability of all things under the sun, and what changes we may meet with in them.  That which is water today, may be blood tomorrow." M. Henry. It is evil that turns our waters into blood.  May we all live to obey because of the overall Ruler, not because of any Rule.

Monday, January 22, 2018

"What's In Your Hand?" Exodus 4-6, Matthew 14:22-36

What is in your hand, Moses?
What is in your hand, Bob?
What is in your hand, Bev?
What is in your hand, Britt?
This question from God is targeted not as being unknowledgeable but
graciously guided to move Moses a further step than where he stood. Exo 4:7.
The same with you and me.  We have further things to say, to do, to work, to be.
God puts words to Moses' story and to the working of this miracle.
May He put words, Britt, to your story. 
Open your mouth wide and fill it with Yourself.  Psalm 81:10.
Open our eyes to see what is in our hands.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Found Fully Living in The Moment" Exodus 1-3, Matthew 14:1-21

Moses saw a burning bush but no humans kindling that fire.
Moses heard a booming voice but no face turning over words.
Moses saw no living Being but One burning in that white hot bush.
And that Being called Moses by name.
And that Prince called back by heart.
"Here I Am" replies Moses.
The Prince was found in the moment.
Right where he should be.
Am I?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

"Be Persuaded, God Will Befriend You" Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:31-58

Am I in the place of God? Gen 50:19. "Dare I usurp the prerogative of God." Dare I soften those who have hurt me by killing them with kindness.  Dare I humble myself before people and not think of humbling myself first before God.  Benson Commentary says: "Make your peace with God, and then you will find it an easy matter to make your peace with _____." Oh friends, think about your own experience with the Wonderful Kindness of your God and be persuaded He will still befriend you, whatever you've done.  C.S. Lew in The Weight of Glory wrote that it is far more important what God thinks of us than what we think of Him.

Friday, January 19, 2018

"Kept From All My Troubles" Genesis 46-48, Matthew 13:1-30

Intrigued by last words, you hang on to Jacob's dying sentiments. Jacob speaks of Divine Providence taking care of him all his days. All his suffering days? Yes, his life was chocked to the brim with hardships, however Jacob is a "kept" man from the evil of his troubles.  God gives some and even  more to others. Trust in those hard places that it is all working for good. We are kept people. Kept from evil. Alive to Him