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B90X2016D6 Quail and Complaining

Humans can’t really understand how God can do it.  When I hear someone complaining, I don’t want to reward it, I tend towards a punitive reaction.

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There is a situation noted in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus where the Exodonians are complaining to Moses about their conditions.  Antithetically speaking their complaining doesn’t repel Father it attracted Him.  Father’s compassionate heart towards His people brought about His Presence with them.

The incident in question here highlights the miracle of the “What is it?” and the quail.  Manna would appear 6 of 7 mornings and quail landed in the evening.  So much quail, one verse says it was coming out their noses. Wow!

The Children of Israel had a faithful, loving, and kind Heavenly Father who cared so much that even in their complaining He took care of them.  This is not a formula I typically prescribe.  Thankfulness attracts presence better than complaining.  Let’s err on the side of gratitude to experience Father’s present daily work in our lives.  I don’t know of many situations where complaining does this, however, this Exodus 16 story does state otherwise. What an amazing God we know and serve.  I want to be more like Him.

“Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel,  ”This evening you will know that it is God who brought you out of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the Glory of God.  Yes, he listens to your complaints against him.” (Message)

‘Better is one day in your courts, than a thousand elsewhere.’ Ps.84

2016B90X Day 5 Exodus Passover

I have heard of people who faint at the sight of blood.  Fifteen percent of us have our blood pressure drop when the red liquid is in sight.  Admittedly, when I see someone’s life source pouring out of their body, I want to make it stop so no other issues occur, like death.

The nauseous sensation when one sees blood is universal and timeless.  It made me think about the incident in Exodus 12 where the Lord is at the end of his rope in dealing with Pharaoh and the Egyptians.  The last plague involved death to every firstborn male in a household.  Whether it was Pharoah’s firstborn or the firstborn of a slave-girl, even the firstborn of animals born to ones home, there was going to be wailing and a lament unlike anything anyone had heard before.

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The solution to not having this happen was to slaughter a young lamb and to take its blood and apply it to your house.  Fortunately the blood from one lamb could be shared just a bit.  But the idea was that every household used their own possession because there is something about a sacrifice when it costs something.

But I digress, this idea of using fresh blood to protect a household from the angel of death is quite a precaution.  So for the hearers of the news on what to do, it must have been a head-scratcher.  The prophetic implications of this action was not known then, but is significantly clear to us today. Never-the-less, if one applied blood from a lamb to the main doorway into their house it saved their lives.

There is so much that can be said about this action.  Bottom line- it is the presence of Jesus, the spotless, young lamb of God, that saves you and me, even if it just the presence of His blood.  It is only when we apply the blood of Jesus to our lives, to the proverbial doorpost of our heart and mind, that we can be saved from a death that brings a wailing and lament like no other we can imagine.

Living in the presence of Jesus is both a now and a later blessing.  Salvation is not just for the future, it makes life so much better now.  It makes living on planet earth that much better.  I would rather live in the presence of the Lord than any other option.  How about you?

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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.

“Mountains of Guidance” CRBC 8.12.12

Someone thought some of the ideas from Sunday were so inspirational that they should be published.   What you see below is  what I speak from, so to get details and pictures one has to go to the website to listen and view the Powerpoint slides.  Hopefully it is as enjoyable to read as it was to ponder and prepare.

Every so often an event occurs in life that causes me to reflect on the entirety of life.  Such an event occurred this past week.

As many of you know, it is a life goal of mine to summit all 59 fourteeners in the state of Colorado.  That goal is close to realization.  This past Tuesday, I was fortunate to summit #’s 57 and 58.

On August 25th, I, along with nearly 15 plus friends from CRBC will be sponsoring a 14er climb to help raise funds for a ministry called Wilderness Ministry Institute.  Their mission is to train gospel leaders in predominantly Islamic countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and more.  Therefore the training is usually clandestine.

Included in the DNA of our church family is the funding, prayer, and participation of ministry groups in the vein of WMI.   CRBC is pleased to help WMI continue training leaders in “the uttermost parts of the earth.”

And to link a fund raiser we believe in with on my life passions is about as high an high as I could possibly walk in.

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The Definition of Worship?

What do you say worship is? 
Is worship the music portion of a “church service?”
Is worship the reading of God’s word?
What does the Bible say worship is?
Is it merely a block of time on a Sunday morning?
Is worship a posture or a look?

My friend Zac Hicks is a worship leader at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.  He has a great blog all about worship, theology, and culture.  Recently he compiled some definitions from various big guns.  Here is that list.

I love this definition of worship by R.A. Torrey:   “Worship is the soul bowing itself in adoring contemplation before the object worshiped. To worship God is to bow before God in adoring contemplation of Himself.”

I remember some time back when we were in the thralls of Luke, looking at the temptation of Jesus in chapter four.  The second temptation has its roots in control and power.  Jesus points out the fact that whatever one thinks about, ruminates upon, ponders, and focuses on ends up being the ultimate thing in ones life.  Therefore “worshipping” on Father makes him ultimate in our lives.  Whatever it is we think about most is the thing we worship.  What is it that I make ultimate in my life?

I really enjoy this short article  by Pastor Andy Stanley on music and worship.  There is a cool download of a fun old hymn “It is Well.”

Just for fun here is the Dictionary.com definition of worship:

wor·ship (wur-ship) noun, verb, -shiped, -ship·ing or ( especially British ) -shipped, -ship·ping.

–noun
1. reverent honor and homage paid to god or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.
3. adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.
5. ( initial capital letter ) British . a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His,  or Her ).
–verb (used with object)
6. to render religious reverence and homage to.
7. to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
–verb (used without object)
8. to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
9. to attend services of divine worship.
10. to feel an adoring reverence or regard.