Beauty of Christ in us

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The ability to see the faces of our family, friends; the beauty of streams, seas, valleys and mountains, is a great gift from our Creator. How much more vital is to have ‘eyes to see’ in the profound spiritual sense – to read and believe God’s Word, to trust His promise of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, and then to live by His power and direction.

As God’s children and followers of the Lord Jesus, the  Spirit continues to illumine the character of Christ, so we may know and love Him better, and grow more like Him.

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Covenant Renewal (1)

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Deuteronomy 29

Covenant Renewal

Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”

Moses repeats again for the people what God has done for them.

The stories are not yet written down; they only have an oral history to rely upon.

It is a good practice to remind ourselves of what God has done for us through His grace.

Deuteronomy 29:10-15  10 “You are standing today all of you before the LORD your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the sojourner who is in your camp, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, so that you may enter into the sworn covenant of the LORD your God, which the LORD your God is making with you today, that He may establish you today as His people, and that He may be your God, as He promised you, and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. It is not with you alone that I am making this sworn covenant, but  with whoever  is  standing here with  us today before the LORD our  God, and with whoever is not here with us today.”

God renews the covenant found in Exodus 19. It is renewed with the people present and with those yet to come.

Exodus  19:5-6, “Now therefore,  if  you will  indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant,  you shall  be  My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Deuteronomy 29:12-15, “so that you may enter into the sworn covenant of the LORD your God, which the LORD your God is making with you today,  that He may establish you today as His people, and that He may be your God, as He promised you, and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. It is not with you alone that I am making this sworn covenant, but with whoever is standing here with us today before the LORD our God, and with whoever is not here with us today.”

The covenant is:

  • Unchangeable
  • Divinely imposed
  • Legal between God and man
  • Stipulate conditions of the relationship

God makes the rules. This is not a contract. The terms are not negotiable. We either take it or leave it.

God desires to have a relationship with His people. He is a personal and loving God.

He is our God and we are His people. He tells us that. God is very generous to us. We get more than we give. We are blessed by our obedience to Him.

Miriam’s and Aron’s Complaints

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Miriam’s and Aaron’s Complaints

Moses marrying  a  Cushite  woman was  not  the  real  reason  for  Miriam’s  complaint. Miriam was jealous of Moses’ position and authority. Miriam’s complaint against Moses had consequences.

Complaining results when we forget God’s promises.

The only thing to do with a complaint is to carry it to God in prayer. Miriam’s complaint was hurtful to Moses. He did not volunteer, lobby or campaign for the task. God appointed him to the task. Miriam and Aaron have rejected Moses’ authority and in the process, they rejected God’s authority.

Complaining results when we reject God’s authority.

Miriam and Aaron were saying they knew better than God. And what was Moses’ response? He did not respond. (Numbers 12:3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.))

Silence in the face of accusations is a genuine mark of greatness.

Silence in the face of accusations is a true mark of a true believer.

Moses did not need to defend himself. He was secure in who he was. God had appointed him to the task. How quick am I to defend myself when attacked? Am I as quick to defend God? Moses  was  always  quick  to  defend  God’s  honor  but  silent  when  he  himself  was accused. God defends Moses. God sends judgment on Miriam in the form of leprosy. The leprosy was a visual sign of sin. It is sin that makes a person spiritually unclean.

The two chapters in Numbers are as contemporary today as they were in Moses’ time. And we are still complaining. Complaining is Sin, Rebellion against God, Displeases God, Shows a lack of faith in God.

Lord, please help me to submit to Your authority and remember not to complain, but give thanks to You in everything.

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How do you respond?

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How do you respond when people you love and trust attack you?

We can often handle attacks when they come from those who are the sworn enemies of Christ. But it is altogether different when they come from people who are close to us – colleagues, fellow church members or even members of our families. Jesus said, “A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” Knowing this, we should be ready for such misrepresentations. Ask God to strengthen you to respond as His child when others misrepresent or even slander you. Even more, watch yourself and take care not to become guilty of envy yourself. Truly great or strong people do not constantly defend themselves.

Lord, help me to be silence when my own status is attacked, but help me to speak when You need to be honored.

Procession of Camp

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Procession of Camp

The cloud settles. The cloud guides.

The presence of God is manifested in the cloud as it guided the Israelites. The Israelites watched the cloud closely. They anticipated movement of the cloud. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us today. We should anticipate God’s movement in the person of the Holy Spirit within us.

Lord, I’m watching and I am going to follow You. I want You to point the way and I will follow even if it is inconvenient, if it is unexpected, if I don’t have all the details.

People centered on God need to watch and listen for God’s calling. The trumpets called the Israelites together.  Today it is not the trumpets calling us.  God speaks to us and calls us through His Word (Studying/reading the Bible, Hymns, Discussion Groups, Voices of other believers).

God wants His people to follow where He leads.

In order to know where God is leading me, I need to be centered on Him. Am I watching and listening? God gives me the opportunities to make Him the center of my life. How do I use those opportunities?

Lord, please help me to follow You every day!

Thank you Lord for my mom

I said a Mother’s Day prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
for blessing me with a lifetime
of your tenderhearted love.

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I thanked God for the caring
you’ve shown me through the years,
for the closeness we’ve enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears.

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And so, I thank you from the heart
for all you’ve done for me
and I bless the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be!

Merry Christmas to my pastor and his wife

I am happy to say:

Merry Christmas

to our pastor and his wife

and their children!

1 Tesaloniceni 3:9

,,Cum putem noi oare să mulţumim îndeajuns lui Dumnezeu cu privire la voi, pentru toată bucuria pe care o avem din pricina voastră, înaintea Dumnezeului nostru?”

,,For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God.”

 

Lord,

Thank You

for bringing these  wonderful people into our lives.

Thank You

for all You have done through them so far,

and all You are yet to do.

We pray

they will always know they are loved,

appreciated, and supported,

not only by You,  but also by us.

May

Your hand be upon them

as they serve You,

and with each passing year

may they be blessed more and more by You.

You

are the Giver of all good things

and we are so thankful

that You have given these very special people

to our church.

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We bless you  all in the Name of Jesus!

May the beauty and joy of Christ(mas) fill your world!

May the peace of  Christ(mas) fill your heart!

May the love of Christ(mas) fill our church always!

At this Christmas,

we are thanking God for you,

and thinking of you

with joy and appreciation!