If internal organs harden we are concerned! But are we concerned about spiritual heart-hardness? The plagues of Egypt judged its gods and people. They were triggered by Pharaoh’s hardened heart. Hardened hearts are deadly. But there is a cure. Listen as we examine Exodus 7:14-25 and consider the consequences and cure of a hard heart.
Faith grows when we put our weight upon faith’s object and it holds. Temporal things: skill, personality, talents, or circumstances will not hold up. God alone holds all things together, carries us, our sorrows and our afflictions. He alone will not give way. But have we learned this lesson? Listen as we examine Exodus 6:28-7:13 and consider some of the lessons learned by Moses about God’s promises and power – lessons we need to learn.
As Moses prepares to confront Pharaoh and initiate the most awesome display of spiritual power the ancient world had seen in the plagues, the Holy Spirit presses the pause button. He gives us a genealogy and reminds us of the importance of being faithful men and women, boys and girls, following Christ and leaving a legacy of following Christ. Listen as we examine Exodus 6:14-30 and consider the formative power of the ‘Faith of Our Fathers.’
“Fear Not!” is common in scripture. But how can we possibly obey it? After all fear is a response to circumstances we cannot control. Our finitude creates anxiety. We are not in control. We never were. But what God commands, He provides. The remedy for fear is faith in the one who is in control. Luke 21:5-19 appears fear-filled. But closer examination reveals assurance and victory. Listen as we consider how God equips us to advance the gospel through this tremendous assurance.
God’s Word to Pharaoh raised a stink. His heart was hardened by it. He not only refused Moses’ demands, but made the peoples’ lives more bitter. The Good News always raises a stink. But Moses raised a stink as well. Pharaoh’s is not the only unbelief. When the gospel did not act how and when Moses thought it should, he raised a stink with God.
How do you handle disappointment when God does not act as you expect? When His promises seem out of reach? When following Christ makes life worse, not better. Listen as we examine Exodus 5:1-23 and consider how we respond to disappointment.
Life is lived in the ordinary. Waiting on the extraordinary can cause us to miss life’s greatest blessings. God does not despise the day of small things. Neither should we. He uses ordinary means to save and grow us. Join us Sunday as we examine Exodus 4:27-31 and consider how God uses ordinary means of grace to save sinners and grow His Church.
How important are covenant signs? Are they means of grace to be diligently used or nostalgic rituals to be casually employed? The story of Zipporah and the ‘bridegroom of blood’ is no literary detour from the exodus, but gets to the heart of our faith. Join us as we examine Exodus 4:18-26 and consider the importance of covenant ‘signs and seals.’
Every week Christians profess their faith in the Apostles’ Creed. Among its central doctrines is a profession that Jesus “ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” Yet many have never considered why the Ascension is such an important doctrine. Listen as we examine Luke 24:50-53 and consider the hope and comfort we receive from the Ascension.
After Jesus’ Resurrection, his disciples faced a new normal. For 40 days, Jesus comforts their fears, commissions them give the world the gospel, and promises His presence through the Holy Spirit. The end of the gospel story is only the beginning.
Their new normal is the best prescription for our own new normal – looking to Christ for comfort, following Christ’s call, and relying on Christ’s presence through the Holy Spirit. Listen as we examine the “end of the beginning” from Luke 24 and consider the new normal for followers of Jesus Christ.
What is your response to the Resurrection? For those who encountered an empty tomb and a Risen Christ, the Resurrection changed everything. Has it changed everything for you? Has it changed anything in you? Listen as we examine Luke 24:1-12 and consider the significance of the Resurrection of Jesus.