Listening and Responding to God

Do You Know His Name? Knowing God and Praying Scripture

Do You Know God is Our Machseh (Refuge)?

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Do You Know God is Our Machseh (Refuge)?

A refuge is a place of safety, protection, and security; a place where one can find rest from danger and harm, as well as, being provided and cared for.  In Numbers 35 we see God extending mercy to people by instituting physical places of refuge, even though He is the ultimate Machseh for people.  In His plan, God instructed Moses to set aside cities to be used as a refuge for a person who killed without intent.  A person could flee to one of these places to protect his life from an avenger who might track him down before the case could be heard.  The person must remain in the city of refuge until the high priest died, then the person could go back to their home. On the...

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Do You Know God is Alpha and Omega?

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Do You Know God is Alpha and Omega?

God is Alpha & Omega Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last letter.  God and Jesus, together, are the First and Last.  They are complete; they were at the beginning and will be at the end and all the time in between!  Using the English language, they are the A and Z and all the letters in between!  Because they have always been and will always be, we can trust them in all they say and do.  As 2013 begins, allow the Alpha and Omega to write His words of truth and grace across your life for others to read. Meditate on it, Pray it, Believe it—His Word is true. Meditate on it . . . As God instructs in Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law...

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Do You Know God is Faithful?

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Do You Know God is Faithful?

God is FAITHFUL The time between Joseph and the rescue of the Israelites from bondage was about 400 years.  The time between the Israelites leaving Egypt and arriving in the Promised Land was 40 years.  The time between Malachi and the Gospels was about 400 years.  The Israelites knew about waiting for God to act on their behalf.  They also knew that He was faithful to His covenants because time and again throughout history He had shown Himself to be a covenant keeper.  He kept every promise according to His plan and purpose for His glory.  As we prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ first coming through His birth, let us remember, as we wait for King Jesus’...

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Do You Know Jesus is Immanuel?

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Do You Know Jesus is Immanuel?

IMMANUEL translates to “with us is God” or more commonly, “God with us”.  As early as chapter 3 of Genesis, we see evidence of God’s relentless love for us.  In verses 8 and 9, God is walking in the Garden of Eden calling out to Adam, “Where are you?”  even after Adam and Eve had sinned.  God’s love for us is so extreme that, “when our sins made it impossible for us to come to him, God took the outrageous step of coming to us, of making himself susceptible to sorrow, familiar with temptation, and vulnerable to sin’s disruptive power, in order to cancel its claim.” “In Jesus, God would succeed in a unique way, becoming a man in order to save the world not from the...

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Do You Know God Watches Over Us?

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Do You Know God Watches Over Us?

El Roi:  The God who watches over me “Look at me.  Look at me!” “Watch me, Mommy!!!”  “Watch this!”  All of these are phrases that children use to get someone’s attention whether they are jumping into the pool, standing in the batter’s box, or coloring a picture.  Children need the affirmation that what they are doing is good and right.  But how many times have you heard a child say, “Watch me get this cookie before supper!”  or “Look at me.  I am going to hit my sister with this toy.”? Probably not too many times.  We tend to want people to see the good and hide the bad and ugly.  The reason for this is that more times than not, love is based on performance, not just...

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