Super senior

Moses
When God intervenes in human history and wants to show that things are not happening by accident, he chooses the number 40. He gave Moses 40 years of education and leadership training in Egypt’s royal courts, and then God gave him 40 years of humility therapy tending sheep for his father-in-law in the wilderness. The last 40 show one of God’s super seniors at work. Most people dream of leisurely retirement activities in those senior years. Moses was governor of the entire Israelite nation for those extremely stressful four decades. “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone” (Deuteronomy 34:7).

Moses’ maturity and people sense made him a great leader. Listening and following God’s advice made him even better. Though he had grown up in Pharaoh’s palace, his last four decades were spent in a tent.

But he held the nation together, occasionally assisted by divine miracles. And it was during those years that the oral transmission of the Word of God was set down on paper (probably papyrus) for the first time. Moses authored the matchless first five books of the Bible. What a debt we owe him! What a great example of senior service he provides. Inspired by his work, how can we not answer God’s call to work even if he comes near the end of our lives?

Now if only God would give us physical strength and clear eyesight till we’re 120 . . .

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Is the intense pain you may feel supposed to eliminate all laughter, sleep at night, and alleviate the fear of having to make life- threatening decisions in your life? (Part Two of my very real health threats.) By Timothy Baugh.

Well friends, my pain is continuing. If you had read Part One, then Part Two is my continued (perhaps idiotic) faith in God to get me through my intense physical pain.  Why am I telling you this? Perhaps to show you the miraculous at work in one’s life. Or, perhaps to prove to myself that all those who like my posts, really only like Pat Veen’s blog, and their thought “that was awesome” comment was directed towards HER and not TOWARDS ME! Whatever. I could care less who really gets the glory. Just like YOU PROBABLY DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ME. What does it matter, right?! I’m just your typical hypochondriac anyway, right? No need to bother with me. I can always, without fail, drive myself to an Emergency Room/Urgent Care IF I want to. But I fear. Is that rational or irrational? I do not wish to go. I do not wish to leave the care of my dog in someone else’s hands. I do not wish to see her EVER abused by others. I do not wish to put up with a lack of say so when Doctors, and well-meaning hospital staff take matters ‘into their own hands’ so to speak. I don’t wish to subject myself to the indignity of being stripped, forced, or humiliated in any way. I do not wish to have to have uncomfortable tests and procedures done. I don’t wish to give up my control to anyone or anything that may end my Life rather than prolong it! So, does this make me the “ultimate coward”? does not facing Life and Responsibilities make me a wimp? Do I care so much about what others DO THINK AND FEEL that I am petrified to act at all? O, God help me if I can’t help myself!   I want God to HELP ME. Does He REALLY!!! Or am I left to stew in my own indecision. (By the way, am I even aware of how difficult this colored printing is making it for you to read this?) Is that better? Perhaps, with my eyesight failing too so that I can not drive at night; driving glasses are needed. Anyhow… this is how it is for me. How about you? You see, I really do care more about others than about myself as a Christian, a true follower of Jesus Christ. What does it really matter if I die, right? I have that absolute assurance that I will live FOREVER. And that much in, PERFECT HEALTH! I won’t ever be in pain, illness, sickness, or disease either! Is that better or worse than what I am currently experiencing? I will leave that for you to decide. Does it seem to you that I am just a very depressed, negative, and pessimistic person who can’t cope with Life and it’s Challenges? I think so at times. But then we all can get ‘down’, and feel so very hopeless at times. I like hope. Hope is fresh and living, and alive. Hope is the only thing I, you, or anyone has to hold on to. Jesus knew this. He had no assurance other than God’s Word within his very heart and spirit that it was so. He never gave up. Nor should I. I would, were it not for Him. I think you realize that too about yourself, me, and others.    Dear Lord God Jesus Christ, I truly do love you with all of my being, and with all of my heart. Pain or no pain, it is nothing in comparison to what You endured on the cross of Calvary for my sins. That much, would keep any man, woman, or child awake all night long. Any fear I would have of making any Life-threatening decisions is alleviated by my complete and utter trust in You for all things concerning my Life. Life is so much better when I place it in Your hands, not mine. Those people and things that frustrate me so are eliminated when I rest in You. Even gloomy days suddenly are bright and sunny, happy days when I live in your presence. Nothing and nobody can give me a better lot in Life; since it is not granted to them to make it what YOU ALONE WILL. They can say their words to cut me down, just like they tried to destroy you. But we will rise again! We, your Children will never be defeated by an unseen enemy that seeks to destroy us. Not everyone knows just what that enemy is. I may not know, but then I don’t need to. Keep us safe from all harm. We love you. Amen. 

The Significance of Passover

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Exodus 12

Though God elected to save the Israelites, their sin did not make them any less worthy of death than the Egyptians. But the Lord provided a way for them to escape His wrath in those days. Ultimately, this looked forward to the time when the Lord would eternally save His people from judgment. We are saved from God’s wrath by God Himself. Let us never forget the righteous character of our Creator, who, despite our sin, mercifully chooses to redeem His people.

For further study:

Leviticus 23:4–8

The Bible in a year:

Ezekiel 4–6

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There is great hope in God’s goodness and power!

By Michael Risley

In 2013, my wife Joanie and I got some unsettling news. Our daughter Amy, expecting her first child, was going into labor – and it was seven weeks before her due date. Our first reaction was to panic. Then we realized we needed to stay calm and trust the Lord. We prayed,

“Dear Father, we know You’ve got this! You are sovereign and You are good. Instead of being afraid for the well-being of Amy and our grandchild, our hope is in You. Please protect Amy’s health and may this grandchild, though premature, be healthy and strong and grow up to live a life that is fully devoted to You and to Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

We flew home and went straight to the hospital where we saw Amy and her husband Jason and our new grandson, Landon. By God’s grace, Amy was doing well. However, our hope that Landon would be healthy was put to the test as he stayed in the hospital for five weeks.

The good news is that today he is a thriving 5-year-old who loves Jesus. Not long ago he told me only Jesus could pick up a whale! It’s good to have a grandson who is learning that our God is strong.

As our family looks back on this challenging time, we are affirmed again to always place our hope in our great God.

Psalm 62:5-6 says, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly, he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

The word hope in the Hebrew literally means “a cord, as an attachment.” Every one of us is hanging on to something or someone for security. The critical issue is: Are you holding onto God?

For He alone should be our hope, our attachment to security. Hope looks to the future and its strength is based upon God and His faithfulness. Hope is the expectation that God has something good for us, even if it does not match our desires (Romans 8:28).

Hope is similar to the expectations of a child running downstairs on Christmas morning, eager to open whatever gifts are given, knowing that they are given in love.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

How can hope become more powerful in your life? One of the best ways I know is by meditating on the hope-filled promises of God.

As a pastor, I am constantly in touch with people who are really hurting because of relationship challenges, financial woes, health issues, even pending death. When a person talks to me about their pain, I want them to experience greater hope in the Lord. So I focus upon the hope that God is there for them and He will help them, whatever the outcome.

The Scripture I often give to help instill this hope is Isaiah 41:10 where God says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

I encourage you today to write this hope-filled promise from God on a 3 X 5 card and to “marinate” on it. That is, to memorize and think about it constantly. Then every time you are fearful or discouraged, pull out the card, read it, pray it, and visualize how you would feel and act if you truly believe what it says.

God can change the way you think as you embrace the truth of God and reject the lies of Satan and this world (see Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:15-17).

The hope we have in the Lord is truly a wondrous gift! My prayer for you is in Romans 15:13 which says, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”