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Opening the Empty Space to Be Filled (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 317)

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Psalm 81:10 (NLT)
For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

Emptiness is a sometimes difficult emotion to put into word. At times, it feels like a deep and hollow opening in the middle of the soul. At other times, it feels like being lost, with no direction or guidance. Still, at other times, it feels like tiredness, fatigue, even overwhelm. When you feel empty on the inside, nothing on the outside really matters because what is really empty is your soul and the soul is the most important part of us. Read more…

Look Back to Look Ahead (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 305)

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Deuteronomy 7:17-18 (NLT)
Perhaps you will think to yourselves, ‘How can we ever conquer these nations that are so much more powerful than we are?’ But don’t be afraid of them! Just remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt.

The children of Israel were in a frightening position. They feared the external forces around them and even the internal forces within them. They were on this long journey, about to enter the land of promise that God had already told them was theirs for the taking. But the people who lived in the land were unsympathetic and unfriendly to the newcomers. Read more…

Singing in Deep Waters (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 227)

Singing in Deep Waters

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

The children of Israel had an experience with defeat in Babylon. It was a place where victory was out of their reach and where hope was hidden behind rubble and debris. The Israelites lost their joy and their song and felt separated from the God they had slowly grown to obey and trust. Read more…

The Odds Are Better Than They Look (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 183)

The Odds Are Better Than They Look

Numbers 13:25-26 (NLT)
After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land.

What does it mean to gamble? Gambling is nothing more than a game of chance. It means to take a risk. And billions of dollars are lost every single year because many people are obviously not afraid to gamble on money. Some people even gamble on other people’s lives. Gambling — taking a risk with one’s financials — is a past time, even a daily game for some. Life itself is risky business. Read more…

Throw the Dice (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 182)

Throw the Dice

Exodus 12:50-51 (NLT)
So all the people of Israel followed all the Lord’s commands to Moses and Aaron. On that very day the Lord brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt like an army.

While we don’t want to admit it, life is full of risks. Everyday, even in the simplest things, we don’t know what is going to happen. And when we don’t how or what is going to happen next but move forward anyway, we are taking a risk. Playing sports, driving to work, even walking out of the house to check the mailbox or take out the trash involves some level of risk. Read more…

Agree with God (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 56)

Agree with God

Numbers 13:31 (NLT)
But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”

These are the words of the twelve spies that were sent to explore and search out the promised land. This is the report they brought back to Joshua, Caleb, and the rest of the people of Israel. How discouraging and disapproving this report is! To feel weak in a country that was supposed to be theirs must have been a disappointing feeling.

But Joshua and Caleb also searched out the land. And they came back with a different report. In Numbers 14:9, Joshua and Caleb said, Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”  Read more…

One Way Street (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 36)

One Way Street

Exodus 3:11-12 (NLT)
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you…”

You will recall that Moses had previously attempted to liberate the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt in his own strength. It did not work and God had to teach him an important lesson by putting him on the backside of the desert for 40 years. Here we see God giving Moses a second chance to do it the right way — God’s way not his way.

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Telling the Next Generation of God’s Truth (40 Days of Easter Truth #26)

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Easter Focus Passage: Psalm 78:1-8

4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Easter Truth – DAY TWENTY-SIX:

Psalm 78 is a command to parents, churches, teachers, and all leaders of young people to ensure that the knowledge of God is taught to children and young adults. The need to be concerned about young people and the direction of their lives is great. God is not going to come down from Heaven and give all of His commandments over and over again to each new generation. In this passage, the children of Israel are promising to pass on what they have learned about God and from God to their children so they will be able to tell of the goodness of the Lord and put their trust in Him. Read more…

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