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B90X Day One

Genesis 1:2 tells us the Spirit of God (ruah) hovered over the waters.  What did that look like?  Have you ever tried to recreate that in your mind?

The theme for B90X 2016 at CRBC is “The Presence of the Lord.”  As we read through the Bible this time around, ask Father to show you his presence in the story.  Where does he show up?  How does He interact with the folks the story is written about?

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How is His presence tangible, real, manifested, or obvious? How does the Lord present himself in a story?  How does that presence minister to folks? Is it a blessing? Sometimes it is not.

Right out of the gate, the Holy Spirit is present with us.  He hovered.  He was right there.  His presence is so thick, it covers and hovers.  The word for hover there has all sorts of meanings.  It can also mean brooding, gently moving, or even, fertilizing.  Fertilizing?  That is cool.  Fertilizer has to come in contact with something for it to have an effect.   And what an effect it can have.  Whatever the fertilizer touches is affected.  It can’t be the same.  The same with the Holy Spirit.   Whatever it touches is never the same.  I don’t want to be the same- touch me Holy Spirit.  Help me grow, help me be more like Jesus, help me to know you more intimately.

For a complete schedule of the readings go here.  We’d love for you to join us on the journey.

Prayer for our Kids Day 25 – Hope

“May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

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Let’s pray that we will open our hearts to Father and allow Him to penetrate our hearts with his love and hope.

It is kind of surprising how many Christians feel hopeless or at least act hopeless. Our Father is the God of the universe, the creator of us, the Lord of heaven and earth! We are guaranteed eternity with him. We, of all people, should be full of hope! Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” How amazing is that?! Father has promised to always be with us! Let’s pray for our children to be filled with this truth, and to live in His hope. Let’s pray for us, as their parents, to live in this promise and be filled with hope that they see the example in our lives as well.

Whether we like it or not, our kids look up to us and use us a measure of good and bad behavior. I want to start by believing both Romans 15:13 and Joshua 1:9 and allowing these truths to fill my heart and be an example to my children. Then, let’s come together and pray for our children to believe in the truth of Scripture, that they may see the hope they have in Father also. If they believe this awesome truth then hope will fill them, overflow from them, and influence those around them.

The power of influence is an incredible thing. One person may not be able to change everyone, but they can certainly change a lot. It’s easy to get discouraged and to feel hopeless, we live in a world full of disappointments. But our God is constant, never changing and always there. My prayer is the Christians around the world will remember this truth and Romans 15:13 will be a prophesy fulfilled.

Guest post- Rachel Theobald

 

Day Seven of Praying for our Children

Prayer for our Kids Day 7 – Justicejustice

“God, help my children to love justice as You do and to ‘act justly’ in all they do” (Psalm 11:7; Micah 6:8).

Justice – something we all want, preach, encourage yet it is hard to live out. We live in a sinful world where white lies aren’t a big deal, where so many believe that it’s okay to rob from the rich to give to the poor. It’s more important to look out for yourself, even if it hurts others, right? Wrong. God is just and we are all called to act justly.

According to dictionary.com, justice is the quality of being just, rightfulness, lawfulness or righteousness. Those are all strong, powerful words. It’s easy to talk about them, much harder to live them out. They apply to every area of life. Living rightful or righteous affects each and every choice we make. How we talk and act, how we treat people, or talk about people (or maybe how we don’t talk about people).

When I start thinking about justice and what it looks like in my life and the importance of living justly I am so thankful for the gift and power of prayer. I am so thankful that justice isn’t something I am left to achieve on my own. Jesus came before us and died for our forgiveness. Through the Holy Spirit we have His presence in us, to help, and guide us. It is achievable through HIM.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

B90X- Why such disdain for Leviticus?

LeviticusEven some pastors I know have said if they have trouble falling asleep they break out Leviticus.

I’ll admit left to itself, without any understanding of context, it can lack capturing our attention.  Hollywood has so destroyed our ability to read literature any more.

 

Here is what must be known to read Leviticus:
*God is holy.
*God expects his people to be holy.
*God desire to live among his people but has high standards that must be maintained.
*God is serious about holiness.

Look at the word cloud above for the book of Leviticus.  What word and whose name appears more than any other in the book?  The Lord.  He is the most important thing in the whole book.  Not us and not our ideas.

Because God does have a pretty good idea about what it looks like to live with people in harmony.  That lack of harmony is sin.  Sin has consequences.  The cost of those consequences is high and time consuming.  Look at all they had to do to fix the error of their ways.

We have Jesus now.  Our sins are forgiven at the mere awareness of our sin by the Holy Spirit and confession of that sin to Father.  However, we still may have to deal with the consequences of our sin.  Many times our decisions and sins get us in a real pickle.  It destroys a whole bunch of stuff.  That is why the saying, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, cost you more than you are willing to pay, and keep you longer than you are willing to stay” reverberates in my memory.  Sin is ugly. Sin stinks.  Sin is messy.  God hates sin and so should we.

Leviticus contains information given to the Israelites while they were camped in the wilderness by Mount Sinai: instructions regarding management of sacred space (the tabernacle), sacred status (God’s people), and sacred time (in the festivals). These were considered important for maintaining holiness for God’s presence, which was at the center of their lives.  Sacred times must be identified, maintained by the priests, and observed.  Sacred space must be guarded and its holiness preserved.  The status of priests and people must be regulated by specific guidelines so they don’t desecrate God’s presence.  God is holy, and Israel is expected to be holy so his presence can remain in their midst.

Walton, Strauss, Cooper. The Essential Bible Companion. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.

B90X- Tabernacle Construction

I did exactly what I told you all not to do.

Starting in Exodus 25, after a whole lot of arduous reading of laws about thievery, animals which gore people, proper marital relations, fighting, and priestly rules, there is a great big section on how to construct the mobile tabernacle.

Two things captured my imagination.  The first was how in the world primitive weavers made linen and wool panels six feet wide by forty-two feet long, as well as other loops, sewing, looms, shearing sheep, processing materials, needles, thread, techniques, etc.

The second was the wood used and how it would have been worked in all of its intended uses.

Me being me, couldn’t just let it go.  All sorts of questions and ruminations about how this work would have been done puzzled me.  There was nothing asked of folks that wasn’t something that could not be done.  So there had to be systems, tools, and techniques in place for all of it to be done.

The first folks mentioned in the whole Bible who are filled with Spirit of God are two craftsmen, Oholiab and Bezalel.  They were two carpenters who were given all sorts of  wisdom, knowledge, and skill to do some pretty amazing things with wood and their hands.

I started by saying that I did something I told all of you not to do- I stopped reading and did some researching.

Here is some information on shittim wood or acacia wood, the only wood allowed to be used in the tabernacle.  Today we know it as Red Acacia.

This book, Life in Biblical Israel, had all sorts of answers on tools, materials, and craftsman if anyone is interested in a really book to answer all the questions I had.  Additionally, there is tons more information on all sorts of things.

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