Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope you’re having a great week. Thanks for taking the time to read the weekly email.
This past Sunday I shared a message entitled, God’s Good Future. We looked at some of the Exodus story and the role Moses played in it. We also saw how the “golden calf” episode (Exod. 32) sent Moses over the edge. God was fed up with the stubborn hearts of his people, so much so that he told Moses he wouldn’t be going with them to the Promised Land. This set us up to read Exodus 33:12-17, where Moses talks to God about his presence going with them. To our surprise, God changed his mind and Moses exhibited not only a dependency upon God’s presence moving forward, but also a heart for the people.
From this story, I challenged us to consider how we can’t live in the past, or keep looking back as the Hebrews did, forgetting that the past wasn’t without its problems. Nor should we imagine a good future without reliance up the Spirit to get us there. Our optimism and hope comes from living in the present and knowing that we’re dependent upon God’s power and presence for today. As Jesus said, tomorrow will take care of itself (Matt 6:34). We must live into the Kingdom now, and see that this is where God meets us and invites us to join him in the shaping of human history.
I want to encourage you this week to find your “Tent of Meeting” as Moses did. Be still and know that God is present and able to help you in your time of need. As Moses heard the Lord say while being in his presence, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin” (Exod. 34:6-7). We are loved by God. And Jesus does not leave us alone as orphans, he will come to us if we will welcome him in to our life and seek his help for the journey.
This Sunday we will pick back up with Moses’ story in the book of Numbers. In Numbers 20:1-13, Moses disobeys God and once again lets his temper get the better of him. This time it has serious consequences, and it reminds us that anger acted upon in the flesh is harmful, and can eventually disqualify us from the blessings of God. I hope you can join us for worship as I preach a sermon called, Dealing with Anger. I’ll start by preaching to myself this Sunday (which is often the case), but I’m willing to bet that the Spirit will speak to all of us in one way or another.
Finally, I want to remind you that this Sunday is the last opportunity to give to Peace Sunday Offering. Next week we will be sending our gifts on to three projects: (1) the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (EMU); (2) Zambia Peace Clubs; (3) the Peacemakers Workshop on April 27 at Grantham Church.
May God continue to bless our congregation as we are intentional about faithfully following Jesus as a church family. Stay connected to the Lord and each other. I’ll see you Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
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