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Looking At Our Heart

1 Samuel 16:7

After Joshua died, the nation of Israel was ruled by judges for over 300 years. During this time, the people turned to God when life became difficult, but “did evil in the eyes of the Lord” (Judges 3:7) when the difficult times passed. Finally, they cried out for a king: “We want a king to […]

Set The Example

1 Corinthians 11:1

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, the gospel accounts of Jesus had not yet been written. Most believers didn’t know many details of Jesus’ life, so it was difficult to encourage by saying to live as Jesus would live. Instead, Paul led others to Jesus through the example he demonstrated in his own life. 1 […]

Watch For His Return

Mark 13:35-37

There will always be a fascination with the end times. There will be those who study every detail of scripture in an attempt to pinpoint a date and those who simply believe the end is near because of our current moral decay. Debates will continue about when Christ will return for His Church and exactly […]

Hold Up Their Arms

Exodus 17:11-13

A short while after Moses and the people of Israel miraculously passed through the Red Sea, “the Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites” (Exodus 17:8). The Israelites did not have the power to win this battle on their own, so Moses sent Joshua to the battlefield and then climbed to the top of a hill: […]

Trust And Move On

Exodus 14:15-16

Moses received clear instruction as God spoke to him from the burning bush; “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). Moses debated with God regarding his assignment and pushed God to the limit of His patience; “The Lord’s anger burned against Moses” (Exodus 4:14). But […]

It’s All About Him

Exodus 4:11-14

In the last two messages, we’ve considered Moses’ encounter with God as He spoke through the burning bush. Moses heard the call of God and signaled his availability, “Here I am” (Exodus 3:4). But God had an assignment for Moses that required complete trust, and preparation began by establishing the holiness of the One who […]

Standing on Holy Ground

Exodus 3:5

In the message “The Burning Bush” we saw how God spoke to Moses in a miraculous way. And, although we don’t know for sure, we considered that God may have placed several burning bushes along Moses’ path and called him in a variety of ways during his time as a shepherd. After forty years of […]

The Burning Bush

Exodus 3:4

In the last two messages we’ve considered the high value placed on being in the courts of God where we are able to worship in His presence. We also saw the need for quiet times of prayer in order to strengthen our relationship with God and receive His direction. No walk of submission and obedience […]

Get Alone And Pray

Luke 5:15-16

In the message “The Courts of God” we saw how the presence of God is to be cherished above all else. We considered that not even a thousand days in an earthly paradise can compare to a single day in the presence of God. And yet, though we may understand the value of His presence, […]

The Courts of God

Psalm 84:10

The moment we enter through the Gate of Jesus Christ, by believing in Him for the forgiveness of our sins, we dramatically alter our eternity; “I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved” (John 10:9). We were once blind and destined for eternal separation from God, but now we “see” and will […]

Whom We Will Serve

Joshua 24:15

Joshua led the people of Israel into the promised land of Canaan and helped them fight many battles. Toward the end of his life, Joshua gathered the leaders of Israel for some final encouragement: “You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the […]

Create Lasting Memorials

Joshua 4:5-7

After the people of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years, God led them across the Jordan river into the promised land of Canaan. This was not an ordinary river crossing. God stopped the Jordan from flowing and allowed the priests to stand in the middle of the river bed, with the ark of […]