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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.

The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.

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A WORD FOR TODAY, September 27, 2022

“He said, ‘Certainly I will be with you. This will be the token to you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.’” Exodus 3:12, WEB

We recently rented a house at the shore for a mini vacation with our kids. There are many different options, and we spent a couple days searching the listings for just the right house. The one we chose was a little more expensive than we had planned, but it was in a good location and seemed to meet all our needs. I clicked the button to reserve the house and the invoice was significantly higher than I expected. It turned out that the per night cost did not include the taxes or an extra cleaning fee. It was still affordable and the best option, so we agreed. My credit card was billed, and we were ready to go.

Then I got another message that I had to pay a deposit. The extra fee would be returned to us after the house was inspected; it was meant to cover any damage that might occur while we were in residence. We left the house in better condition than we received it, so the deposit was quickly refunded. It was a token to guarantee that we would be careful in our host’s home. Most renters pay a similar deposit, a token of our promise to live by the contract we sign between the landlord and tenant. That token is paid before hand and then returned if all is well in the end.

I was reading the story of the Exodus last night, and today’s verse stood out to me. Moses was called to go back to Egypt, to demand that Pharaoh let the Israelites go to worship the Lord. Moses was curious about the burning bush and listened to God, but he was not willing to be any sort of deliverer. He had all sorts of excuses. “I can’t talk.” “Pharaoh won’t listen to me.” Moses argued so much that God got exasperated with him, finally conceding that Moses’ brother Aaron would be the mouthpiece, but Moses had to be the front man. In the verse just before God’s words to Moses, Moses asked, “Who am I to do this thing?”

God answered with a promise that He would be with Moses. Then He offered a token to satisfy Moses’ concerns. That token, however, was nothing like the deposits we pay to dwell in someone’s home either temporarily or longer. Moses would not see the fulfillment of the token until after it all came to fruition. Moses had to trust that God would be faithful, that He would walk alongside Moses and the Israelites through the Exodus.

It wasn’t an easy journey. Pharaoh listened to Moses but did not believe. His heart was hardened, and Moses’ words made things worse for God’s people. It was all part of God’s plan, but it is hard to see the promises being fulfilled when you must make bricks without straw. It is hard to believe that God is at work when the army of Pharaoh is rushing at a million people on foot with speedy chariots and weapons of steal. Despite the impossible nature of God’s expectations of Moses and Moses’ denial that he could accomplish any of it, Moses went to Egypt and faced Pharaoh. In the end, God’s people arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai to begin the life that had been promised to their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

We can look to Moses as an example. We do not always know where God is taking us, and we do not always understand the path on which He leads, but we can trust that God will certainly be with us. The token given to us is that Jesus Christ has set a place in eternity for all who believe and obey. We have nothing to hold, there is no guarantee that we can grasp if we do not see the fulfillment of the contract. Yet, we are called to believe and go forth in faith to do whatever impossible task God has asked of us. We probably have a million excuses like Moses, but when we believe and do we will be blessed with seeing God’s glory in the end.

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A WORD FOR TODAY, September 26, 2022

“Jesus summoned them, and said to them, ‘You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” Mark 10:42-45, WEB

We attended the ordination service of several men and women who became deacons in the Church of England at the cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds when we lived in England. It was a beautiful service, emphasizing the servanthood of those taking their vows before God. The scriptures all spoke of humility and submission, such as Isaiah’s answer to God, “Here I am, send me!” The Epistle of the day continued that theme with a writing from Paul, speaking of true spiritual worship which is offering your whole self into service according to God’s will. Finally, we heard the story of James and John asking Jesus for places of honor in His Kingdom (Mark 10:35-41).

The bishop stood before the congregation and told the deacons, “That won’t be you.” He was referring to the places of honor sought by James and John. He reminded them that they have not vowed to take a journey toward fame or prosperity, but rather one of service. He compared them to donkeys. This statement, of course, got a huge laugh from the congregation. Our image of the donkey is usually one of stubbornness with the donkey refusing to move, being pulled by the master. A donkey does not react that way unless he is frightened, hurt, or tired, which means the master has abused the donkey in some way. The truth of the matter hit home as the bishop described the characteristics of a well-cared for donkey. They are loyal, strong, carry heavy burdens, obedient to their master, patient, loving, and happy with their lot in life. Then the bishop reminded us of the donkey that carried Christ into Jerusalem. The new deacons were called to do the same.

The service was directed at the ordinands, to begin their walk on the right foot, however each moment was meant for every Christian. The deacons were called to a special office and God equipped them to carry out their duties. But each Christian has been called to be like a donkey, carrying Christ to the people in their little corner of the world. We have been equipped with gifts to carry out the task, and God will provide opportunity to serve Him. We just must answer like Isaiah and say, “Here I am, send me!” When we do, we must lean on God’s grace and strength every moment, for it is never us but rather Christ in us that accomplishes the task. When we hold on to our own abilities and desires, we become like the stubborn donkey that refuses to move. God has not treated us poorly to cause us to act stubborn. We have chosen another master, ourselves.

The psalmist wrote, “Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.” (Psalm 69:6, WEB) This prayer is a good place to start as we take our own personal journey carrying the Lord. Whether you have been called into ordained ministry or are to serve God in other ways; whether you have been in office for decades or are just beginning; pray that you will remain humble and obedient before God so that He will be glorified.

The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.

The Birth of our Saviour

The Story of our Saviour's Passion

The Crucifixion, a fictional perspective

When researching, I use several versions of the bible, including the New International Version and English Standard Version. Due to copyright restrictions, I have not included quotes for the scriptures on some of the archives, but highly encourage you to open your own bibles to read the scripture passages for yourselves. Where scripture is quoted, it is usually the American Standard Version or World English Bible which belong to the public domain. Any other versions used in quotes are identified.

The devotion posted on Wednesday is based on the Lectionary texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The Lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text and follows the church calendar. Archives for these writings are found at Midweek Oasis.

You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes