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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...

We Can't Do It On Our Own

Posted by Tyler Cadwell on

If you are like me, you got about a fourth of the way through this chapter and were scratching your head thinking, “Wait, what?” If I had to keep up with all these rules and regulations, I would be continually unclean. Then I realized that I am continually unclean. It is only with...

A Cloud by Day

Posted by Emily Bedwell on

So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels. Exodus 40:38 If I'm being completely honest, I would love for there to be a cloud by day and a fire by night for me to follow as I pursue...

Treasured Possession

Posted by Nancy Barrow on

Treasured possession.  When you hear those words what do you think of?  Gold? Precious jewels? Red convertible ? Brand new baby?  These words are used to describe something precious and of great value.  These are the very words that God used to describe the Israelites, if...

God Has a Plan

Posted by Tim Thompson on

At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the...

Risking the Truth

Posted by Alan Phillips on

That same day Pharaoh commanded the slave masters and foremen who were over the people: "You must no longer give straw to the people for making bricks as before. Let them go and collect straw for themselves. But you must require of them the same quota of bricks that they were making before...

Exodus 1

Posted by Cary Curry on

Exodus 1 Exodus begins where Genesis ends.   I believe that Moses authored this book and in chapters beyond today’s scripture find Moses as the key player.  Since Exodus 1 occurred before Moses, we must assume that the story was told by him as he had heard it conveyed by...

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