Take a Moment to Pause

Throughout the Psalms there is a word that pops up frequently. This word, often seen sitting by itself on the right side of text column, is “selah” and is a Hebrew word with a meaning that is both unknown and debated. Some believe this word to be a praise meaning “to praise” or “to lift up”. Other scholars believe the word is a musical demarcation meaning “to pause” (the Psalms are songs after all). Finally, some have suggested that the word “selah” is a combination of both meanings. In other words, “selah” is the act of taking a moment to pause and praise or lift up the Lord. In our every day, from our reading of Scripture to our busy schedules, we are in tremendous need of “selah”. The ove

Our Upcoming Spring Bible Classes

“As the Bible class goes, so goes the church.” Bible class is an important part of a church’s ecosystem. Bible class is a time when we can gradually work through a text or topic together in a more relaxed environment. This time of discussion is vital to not only your personal understanding of the Bible, but to our growth as a church. Here are some of the great subjects we’re studying this upcoming Bible class quarter (March-May): Following In His S.T.E.P.S. – a class on how we can learn from Jesus how to better serve, teach, exemplify, pray, and sacrifice. This class will be taught by Tony Keesee Sunday mornings in the auditorium. How to Study the Bible – this is a hands-on class that will o

What Are You Bringing to God?

In our devotional reading today (Lev. 1:1-17), God instructs Moses on how Israel is to worship Him. These laws on sacrifices lay out how Israel can both come to God and be forgiven of their sins. Throughout this text there are a few repeated ideas, ideas that still apply to us today: "Without blemish" (1:3, 10) - This speaks to the quality of the offering. God desires for us to bring our best to Him. "Offering" (1:2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17) - This speaks to loss. What we bring to God will ultimately cost us. An offering isn't an offering if we are not giving something up. "Bring" (1:2, 3, 5, 10, 14, 15) - This speaks to intention. If we want forgiveness from God we must go to Him and bri

There's No Place Like Home

A few years ago, while I was living in Texas, my wife and I from one unit to another in the same apartment complex. When we initially moved into those apartments we wanted a downstairs double-bedroom, but they only had upstairs units available. After a year of living upstairs, a downstairs unit opened up and we jumped on the opportunity to move. Having moved several times before then (a few times in Oklahoma, Oklahoma to Colorado, Colorado to Oklahoma until finally settling in Texas), I assumed that a short move within our complex would be a breeze...I was dead wrong. Because the move was so close, we didn't stress packing as much and, as a result, our move consisted of a million little trip

God Has Forgiven You

It didn't take long for Israel to start walking away from God once they left Egypt. Think about your reaction when people wrong you. Think about the child that does what you told them not to immediately after you told them not to do it. Think about the spouse who has betrayed your trust. Think about the friend who ignored your feelings and hurt you. Consider now how God must have felt about being betrayed by the very people He just rescued. Think about the pain and anger God must have felt and yet, as He appears to Moses, the prophet records for us these words: "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast

They'll Know We Are Christians...

A common theme throughout the writing of 1 John is that of love. Twenty plus times the word “love” is used either in reference to the audience (Beloved), as an action of God, or as an action Christians are to carry out. The most concentrated section of this theme is found midway through the letter in 1 John 3. It is in this chapter that John gives the Christian the clearest view of what love really looks like: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word

The Greatest Commands

In today's reading of Five Minutes with God, we read about the introduction of the Ten Commandments to Israel (Ex. 20:1-21). These commandments serve as the framework for the 700+ commandments that will follow. Thousands of years later, Jesus would be asked the question "which is the great commandment in the Law" (Mt. 22:24-40) in an effort to try and trap Him. He responds saying: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” What are the greatest commands? Love God, a

The Real God of Thunder

In last year's epic superhero movie, Avengers: Infinity War, there is a scene towards the end where our heroes are overwhelmed and all hope seems lost. As the enemy closes in, the sound of thunder reverberates around the battlefield and Thor, the God of Thunder, appears clearing away the threat with his incredible strength to the adulation of his fellow heroes (and moviegoers). A line in the song "Everytime" says this "every time I watch a storm, I see the awesome power of my Lord." Thunder, lightning, and heavy rains are powerful reminders of the strength and might of our God. In Exodus 19:1-25, Israel is party to God's grand showing of power. Try putting yourself in Israel's shoes. Not lon

Remember What the Lord Has Done For You

It's not uncommon for me, when I have a lot on my mind, to walk into a room to get something and forget completely about what I went to grab in the first place. Forgetfulness is a problem that plagues many of us and has been an issue for people for a long time. Not long after Israel is released from Egypt (Ex. 13:1-22) God begins to institute reminders of His deliverance. Unfortunately, it won't take long before God is forgotten (Ex. 32 for example). In the day to day grind, it can be easy for us to forget about all the Lord has done for us. We spend so much time running around getting work done, and fulfilling scheduled obligations that we lose sight of the work Jesus put in for us. We forg

God is Patient But...

Ask the casual Bible student about what they think about the God of the Old Testament and they'll probably reply that He is seemingly much more angry and wrath-filled than His New Testament portrayal. While there are a lot of reasons for this different portrayal, like the time frame of the writing, the audience, and the genre of writing to name a few, it's important to note that the God of the Old Testament is often referred to as a God who is kind, loving, and patient (Ex. 34:5-7; Neh. 9:17; 2 Chron. 30:8-9). The ten plagues of Egypt serve as an example of Gods patience. Each plague is a gradual escalation showing God's power to a very stubborn Pharaoh eventually culminating in the loss of

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