Contributed on Nov 27, 2012
The Jewish people take pride in being "Desert People." One of the main reasons is the dependence on God and identity they formed while in the desert. We all have desert experiences that create that dependence and a new identity in us. This lesson begins t
1. Conflict between Ranchers and Farmers ¨C Always a conflict A Texas rancher met up with a Wisconsin dairy farmer. The two men began talking about their land and the milkman told the cattleman that he operated his business on 125 acres. The Texan scoffed at such a small parcel of land. He said, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2012
The desert becomes a place of listening for those preparing to serve God. In the desert John would prepare the way for the Messiah (God). In our own deserts we must hear the voice of God in our preparation to serve him.
1. [At this time of year there is a clamor of people wanting out attention – advertisers; children and presents; adults and presents; 2. In the midst of all of the noise around us, God is also seeking to be heard [In Wizard of Oz – Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2012
The encounter that Moses had with God at the bush displays some key lessons to us. It shows the character of God; the place of his people; and the times inw hich we live.
1. George W. Bush and Moses Maybe you have heard the story of the day that President George W. Bush was in an airport and noticed a man in a long flowing red robe with a long flowing white hair and beard. The man had a staff in one hand and some stone tablets under the other arm. George W. ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2013
In our desert journey we need shade from time to time. The Broom Tree is an interesting symbol for the shade of God in the difficult journey.
1. Making the most of a difficult situation Maxwell tells a story that illustrates the importance of a positive attitude. A newly married woman insisted on going to the California desert so she could be near her military husband. The only place the couple could find to live was a rundown shack ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
Life is more than just what we get (even more than just getting heaven). There is a place in our lives to do for others -- even others whom we will never meet in future generations.
1. Base Camp When people are climbing Mount Everest, there are at least 4 camps that people stop at on the way up. They have to stop because of the physical limitations of their bodies. They need time to rest. They need time to acclimatize to the atmosphere. They need time to be prepared to move ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2013
Trees in the desert display what they are. Some are deceptive, some are genuine. Likewise we can be bear good or bad fruit depending on our relationship with God.
1. Manchineel tree There is a tree in Chile that shades unknowing passersby from the intense tropical sun. However, the sap of the tree is poisonous. People who do not know better leave the shade with swollen faces, and hands – even death. 2. Jeremiah 17.5-8 3. Two trees – two ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2013
We become aware that our real strength (God) becomes apparent in our weakest times. The desert proves to be a friend to bring this about.
1. Know where you are There was once an absent-minded professor who became so absorbed in his work that he forgot the simplest details. One morning his wife said, "Now Henry, remember, we are moving today. Here, I’m putting this note in your pocket. Don’t forget." The day passed by and ...read more