Contributed on Jun 7, 2015
The Law was the basis of Israel's freedom from slavery as well as the foundation of the blessings they'd received by God. But why God introduce these Laws in such an intimidating and frightening way?
OPEN: In about 4 weeks our nation is going to have a special celebration. Does anybody know what that special holiday is? (“Independence Day”) We are a free people, and we celebrate that freedom on July 4th. One of our nation’s founding documents is called the Declaration of ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2015
Why did God allow Israel to even be in slavery? And why did He allow it for so long? The answers to these questions tell us much about the chains God would free us from in our lives.
(Props – 10 foot length of ¼ inch chain; a cross on stage that can handle the weight of the chain) OPEN: I once read the story of a marketplace in northern India where people brought their wares to trade and sell. One old farmer brought in a whole covey of quail that he caught. He hoped to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2015
Why would God send Moses as a baby? He's supposed to be a "deliverer"... and it's going to take 80 years to grow into the job! Why did God do it that way?
I read the true story of a Sunday School for 4-year-olds'. Most of the children were known to the teacher, but this Sunday a little boy showed up without any identification. The teacher managed to get his first name, but couldn't find out his last name. "Brian, what's your daddy's name?" ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2015
Moses was the father figure to Israel of their Heavenly Father, just as earthly father are also father figures who point to God. But how do earthly fathers reflect a Heavenly God? And just who is this prophet Moses' spoke of?
James Dobson once told of the time his 2 year old son Ryan said grace. He said: “He had watched his mother and me pray before we ate each meal, but he had never been asked to say grace. One day, when I was out of town on a business trip, Shirley spontaneously turned to our toddler and ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2015
Moses was sent by God to free His people from slavery and he is a model for us who are sent by God to free people from their slavery of sin. What can we learn from what God gave Moses for his task and how can we use those tools effectively?
There’s the story of the college professor who always began his first day of class at the University dramatically telling his students he could prove that God did not exist. Looking up toward the ceiling he would say, "God if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. ...read more
Contributed on May 17, 2015
I'd always thought Moses just told Pharaoh "Let my people go." But Moses never said it quite that way. What did Moses actually say... and why should it matter to us?
OPEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SJrHDSlE7A from 0:50 to 1:31 (it’s the part of the move “The Ten Commandments” where Charlton Heston/Moses confronts Pharaoh/Yul Brynner and declares “Let My People Go.”) There’s an old Negro spiritual Louis Armstrong ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2015
150 years Memorial Day was initiated after the Civil War. But Americans have difficulty remembering when this special day began and why its important to our nation. But 3400 years ago, God initiated His own "Memorial Day". Do you know when & why it began?
I’ve read that Memorial Day was originally begun by former slaves on May, 1, 1865. The ceremony was held in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. The former slaves dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2015
Israel was trapped, and afraid. And yet God had one simple message was: "Be still and trust me." But how could that kind of reaction help solve their problem? And how can it solve our problems as well?
OPEN: (we showed the following video from the 10 Commandments with Heston and Yul Brenner) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo0JMs-evQU. (Beginning at 2:43 running till 4:09) The year was 1856. Artist Auguste Bartholdi was vacationing in Egypt and he was overwhelmed by what he saw. The ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2015
When Moses met God at the burning bush he learned that Israel's freedom was to come on God's terms... not his, nor anyone elses. What were those terms and what do those terms tell us about our Freedom in Christ?
In March 2013 - in Texarkana, Texas - a woman and her son were cleaning up their yard when they came across a black snake. Now, I don’t know if the snake was poisonous… but I do know it frightened them. In their panic they doused the snake with gasoline and then they set it on ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2015
When I was 5 my grandfather died. As I stood by the graveside at the cemetery, my mother said I looked down into the grave and then turned to her and asked "How's Grandpa ever going to get out of there?"
OPEN: I’d like us to start out with a couple of powerful Resurrection Songs from the past. Join me as we sing: “I know, I know, that Jesus liveth, and on earth and again shall stand I know, I know that life He giveth, that grace and power are in His hand.” “I serve a ...read more