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Stay Away from Moab!

Posted by Tom Ellsworth on

Ruth 1 & 2 When Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon and Kilion moved away from Bethlehem to escape the local famine, they chose the godless neighboring nation of Moab for their new zip code.  If Bethlehem was home to a famine of food, Moab was home to a famine of faith.  All three of the men...

Trust and Obey

Posted by Tobin Wingard on

BLOG   Judges 4 What does a judging prophetess, an evil king, a faithful Israelite leader, a violent general on the run, and a woman with a tent peg all share in common? They are all major players in the dramatic and suspenseful story that unfolds in Judges 4 After reading, rereading...

Same Result, Different Day

Posted by Brian Bailey on

In Judges Chapter 3, we read what some would term “the same old, same old” with the Israelites.  The phrase “the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord” appears twice in the chapter before we get to verse 13!  (Don’t cheat but chapter 4 of Judges...

When it's All Up to Me...

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Type A, perfectionist, overachiever—all words that describe the tendencies of my personality. The warped view I have of others’ expectations of me, as well as my own unrealistically high standards for myself, come to dominate the motivation of everything I do. Day to day tasks are...

Success

Posted by Donna Pruet on

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do...

The Power to Bless or Destroy

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Have you noticed that we do not experience awe anymore? The word awesome’ is so diluted that you probably hear It a hundred times a day.”Awesome” is said for everything from pizza to Halloween decorations. However, the word originally meant something that takes your breath...

Wandering in the Wilderness

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Deuteronomy 1  It is easy to read about the Israelites and wonder how they could have experienced so many miracles like the 10 Plagues, their release from captivity, their escape from Pharaoh's army through the Red Sea, the Pillar of Fire at night, the Cloud by day, the daily manna from...

Disobedience through Obedience

Posted by Stephen Figert on

As I read Numbers 21:4-9 again, I empathize with those Israelites who died because they didn’t look at the snake. In fact, I believe that if I had lived during that time, I wouldn’t have looked at it either. Here’s why: looking at a bronze snake in order to receive healing...

The Leading of the Lord

Posted by Janet Wingard on

I grew up on a ranch in Northern Wisconsin. With the shorter northern summers, raising enough crops to sustain the large cattle herd was a tricky business. Rain and sunshine was a crucial balance that all ranchers prayed for, and because of this, my dad kept a close eye on the clouds. If he saw...

Another Way is Possible

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The Sabbath laws in Leviticus 25 are often skipped over because they don’t feel applicable to our lives.  As I’ve look deeper, I’ve seen the beauty in these laws, and have realized their necessity in our lives as Christians. God makes it clear throughout these laws that...

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