For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted - Jesus

The world has its class system. Jesus says, “don’t bring it home.” We should root out all hierarchy in our personal life.

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November 1, 2020
Matthew 23:1-12
Pentecost 22
The Lord said to Moses, "I have let you see the Promise Land with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there."

Many of us will have tasks where we do the work, but don't get to enjoy the victory.  Moses' story is like that. He did everything God asked him to do, but he didn't get to go into the Promised Land.

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October 25, 2020
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Pentecost 21
Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's... - Jesus

How do we separate religion and politics? I think Jesus would tell us to do our duty in each sphere. On the religious side of the coin, we worship and study the scriptures so that we might know God’s will for our lives. On the political side of the coin, we vote, become involved in social concerns, etc.

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October 18, 2020
Matthew 22:15-22
Pentecost 20
The people [of God] sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. - Exodus 32:6

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I call, primary relationships. Our relationship with God is one. Other primary relationships include our parents, spouse, siblings, and those we enter into a covenantal relationship with. These are the cables that anchor our lives. 

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October 11, 2020
Exodus 32:1-14
Pentecost 23
You shall have no other gods before me.

Before we go hanging Moses' Ten Commandments in our courthouses, we best understand them. God did not tell Moses to go back to Egypt and make the worshipers of Osiris and Nut to obey these new rules. It would be like asking the average American to learn the rules of cricket. The people of the Exodus were the target audience for these laws because they had been baptized into faith at the Red Sea.

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October 4, 2020
Exodus 20:1-17
Pentecost 18

“Are you in debt so as to embarrass the ministry?” There is a reason for that question. Integrity is integrity. When we are in severe debt, the temptation to abandon our integrity becomes intense.

"By what authority are you doing these things," the religious leaders asked Jesus

When the coronavirus arrived, the authority of the medical experts, such as those working at the CDC and at the WHO, came into direct confrontation with the authority of the President of the United States. Who had higher status as an authority?

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September 27, 2020
Matthew 21:23-32
Pentecost 17
Everyone complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness - Exodus 16:2

Most of us are detail-oriented. Yet, most soul growth is "big picture" in nature. We need a real awakening to switch lenses, to go from macro to wide-angle.

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September 20, 2020
Exodus 16:2-15
Luke 10:25-37
Pentecost 16

Lift ev'ry voice and sing
'Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list'ning skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea...

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September 13, 2020
Exodus 14:19-31
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" - Jesus

In Matthew 18, Jesus talks about the nature of community. Communities are built on mutual trust and respect. It’s okay to question the leader. Group discussion is encouraged. There is total transparency. Your family, your social club, your workplace, and especially your church, should never become a cult.

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September 6, 2020
Matthew 18
Pentecost 14
Labor Day
“I will go over and see this strange sight..." - Moses

Moses at the burning bush became aware. Awareness is never optional. The pedestrian who is so glued to their iPhone that they step into traffic will one day be hit. God places these wake-up moments into our lives.

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August 30, 2020
Exodus 3:1-15
Pentecost 13
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

But then a fool became Pharaoh. The ethical standards that Joseph taught were abandoned. The nation began to betray its allies. Economic systems were put in place that gave wealth to a few elites and impoverished the common citizen. Hebrews became slaves.

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August 23, 2020
Exodus 1:8-2:10
Genesis 41:46-47
Pentecost 12
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

What have I learned in fifty years? There can be no unity without Justice — that is the free and fair access to housing, jobs, and equal protection under the law. There can be no unity without integration — we need to learn to live and worship with people who are different from us. There can be no unity without awareness.

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August 16, 2020
Psalm 133
Pentecostt 11
When some Midianite traders passed by, the brothers drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him for twenty pieces of silver.

I have come to believe that God is the God of change, history, and progressively expanding ethics. God nudges us forward. The moral code of one generation is meant to be superseded by the next.

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August 9, 2020
Genesis 37
Pentecost 10
Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

Jacob learns about faith the tough way. He gets into one scrape after another. Some of them are his own fault. God sees him through. But I think God also wants Jacob to learn to how to live compassionately.

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August 2, 2020
Genesis 32:22-31
Pentecost 9

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