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Day 69. (Matt 5:1- 15:39)

Just a little reminder- Daylight savings time change this Saturday night.  Unfortunately, an hour loss of beauty sleep as we move our clocks ahead an hour
 
This Sunday- Refugestarts.  Yes.  We will be commissioning Pastor Caleb a.k.a. Pastor K-lub, Pastor Chone, or PK.  If you have families in your sphere of influence who have 6-8th graders, not fully planted in a local church community, give them a shout, invite them to church, meet them on Sunday morning, introduce them to PK, have a great time, and head to Castle Cafe afterwards for some awesome Chicken Fried Chicken and cracklin’ gravy.  We are so looking forward to this.  Folks have been praying.
 
Matthew- Just when we thought we were getting away from the Old Testament when we saw the New Testament starting…. wrong-O.  We started the book of Matthew with all sorts of names from the Old Testament, references to the Exile, and major references to men like David and Solomon.  And that is all just in the first half of the first chapter.

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The Fifteenth day of January, the Fifteenth day of Twenty-one, the Fifteenth day of Ninety (Dt 23:12-Dt 34:12)

Saints, Friends, Countrymen~

 As the end of the Torah rolled around a bit of sadness overcame me.  The end of a forty year era was done.  The end of Moses ministry to the people was done.  The end of his event-filled 120 years was complete.  There has been, nor ever will be a man like Moses.  One can see now why is so revered in the Jewish Faith.  “Moses and the Prophets,” they say.  He embodied many attributes of Father.  He was patient with the people, though at times wondered why he had to lead this group of rebellious and stiff-necked people.  He interceded on their behalf for Father not to wipe them off the face of the earth.  Moses stayed faithful to the wandering Hebrews, he never quit or left them on the side of the road.  Yet in the end, even Father’s most favored man on the planet at the time had to deal with the result of his decisions and disobedience.  Moses was not allowed to enter the place he vowed to lead the people towards.  His forty years of education and training– lead to forty years of training with Father–  which lead to his forty years of service–  ending with looking at the place of promise.

Did any of you stop to ponder the choices for why which tribes were chosen to be on Mt. Gerazim and Mt. Ebal during the recitation of the blessings and curses? The two tribes from which the two positive spies surfaced, the priests, “Praise,” the youngest son from whom the first king came, the favored one of Jacob, and the laboring servant were all on the Mt. of Blessing.  There are many reasons why the others on the Mt. of Curses side.  See if you can come up with more than what I have listed.
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