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February 21 2017

New Website announcment

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Hey everybody,

We have move to a new website! 

http://www.wordoflifecma.org/

Head there for all the updated information and content.

Pastor Nick

August 11 2016

Numbers 20 and Rough Times

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Let's take a little inventory of what is happening in the life of Israel and especially Moses during Numbers 20.

  1. Miriam dies (vs 1). This is Moses' older sister who saved Moses' life as a baby in Exodus 2. A fairly critical piece in the whole history of Israel.

  2. The Israelite mass blames Moses and Aaron for their leadership and lack of water (vs 2-5). God was the one leading the group in the first place! They also wished they had died with the other slanderous Israelites presumably in Numbers 16, which by the way, was a way to kick the bucket that had never been done before.  Read it in Num 16:28-35, yikes. They even had the boldness in their faithlessness to point out that the land they were currently in had no grain, figs, grapes, and pomegranates, when God had promised a land with all the stuff they needed. He also proved it when the spies brought back unfathomably huge grape clusters.

  3. Moses himself screws up and smacks a rock with a stick a couple of times to get water out instead of demonstrating God's holiness by just speaking to it to get the water. The punishment was that Moses and Aaron won't be able to go into the Promised Land. That place where the rock is at even gets the lovely name of Meribah, or Argue-land, because of this whole thing. Instead of "Holy smokes God is good and made water come out of a rock-land."

  4. The King of Edom pulls a jerk move by not letting Israel even pass through their land, making the way longer.

  5. Cherry on top: Aaron dies. The head priest who had been there since the beginning with Moses.

The chapter concludes with everybody mourning for 30 days for Aaron.

Rough times. Bummer of a chapter.

Series of roughness are not all that uncommon in our life. Friends and family members die some so close to one another that we are hardly done mourning one when the next one happens. Road blocks in where God is taking us in life. People that turn on us as soon as it gets tough. Even failures that lead to permanent undesired life change.

Still go to God. "Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground." vs 6. Do it face down too, especially if you feel like that in your heart. Plus actually doing the posture outwardly to match what is happening internally helps you face and not avoid the feelings and spiritual struggle.

Take the water He provides. Even when Moses and Aaron screwed up, God still gave the water. Flowing water that quenched the thirst of thousands of people and animals. There is still provision in the failures.

There is still an eternal high priest that is there for us to connect with God. Aaron goes up to the mountain and dies. The priesthood lives on through Eleazar, Aaron's son. Jesus went up on a mountain and dies. He came back to life three days later and is now our eternal high priest. So many connections. God is still trying to get you back to Him. He didn't ditch the priesthood and the only way for the (rebellious) people of Israel to connect with Him. Sometimes difficult circumstances make us connect and see Jesus is a new way. Eleazer was a new priest for the people to go through after a rough chapter, and for us Jesus can break our previous understanding of Him and shape it in a new way. Not in an unbiblical, Jesus is defined by my circumstance sort of way, but in a way that Jesus is already all in all, king of heaven and earth, and we now see that more clearly.

August 05 2016

Internet Favorites Friday

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Good morning!

Here are a couple of my favorite things on the internet this week.

Biblia.com is a fantastic bible website. I feel like it is quicker and has a dual pane view for pulling up 2 translations or other books if you have a Logos account. You can get a Logos account for free, I believe. Then get free books and get more out of it. 

- This sermon from David Platt, one of my favorite preachers today, preached this message shared on The Gospel Coalition's website. He talks on truth, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and His kingship. 

He is still risen!

July 22 2016

Proverbs 29 and the current cultural narratives.

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Good morning folks,

I've been going through Proverbs over the past couple of months and earlier this week I passed through chapter 29. After reading it, I was thoroughly stopped. I just stared at it.

"This is wisdom for the world right now."

I mean, just read it! And, as much as you don't want to and neither did I, simply bring up the past, oh, month or so and the events that have gone on in the world. You'll start to make the connections. I won't get into the structure of the Proverb much but hear me out on a few things.

1. Be careful who you connected with the terms "righteous" , "wise", "poor" , "oppressed" , "scoffers", and any other adjective used as a noun for a person or people group. - Sometimes the fool is you. 

2. The righteous/wise are supposed to effect change in the world. - The reaction that came out in force a few weeks back for people to basically "stop praying and do something" is not without warrant though, misguided (I'll get to how next). The righteous and wise are supposed to make a positive, tangible, difference in the world. Through acts of justice (stopping evil and mending the effects of evil, like helping the poor) in their communities and even through their own kids and families, they are the ones who are a part of healing the mess.

3. Proverbs 29:26 is why the previously mentioned reaction is misguided. "Many seek the face of a ruler," uh yeah, we think people in powerful positions should make the problems go away. Granted, a few of the other verse do mention the positive effect of a ruler, "...But it is from the Lord that a man gets justice." We need to still pray. Seek the face of the Lord for our part and His effectiveness and power to do it.

4. That righteous person, that wise person, that good king we are looking for is Jesus. Mic drop.