Sunday, January 31, 2010

God's Reflection

I just returned from the most amazing PBC Women's Retreat. Our speaker, Laurie Cole, encouraged us to let the radiance of God's beauty shine through us in our relationships with others.

How interesting that our reading yesterday in Exodus 34:28 mentions that when Moses returned to camp from Mt. Sinai, it was impossible for him to conceal the fact that he had been in the presence of the Lord. His glowing face made it clear to all those around him.

In the previous chapter, Moses proclaimed to the Lord, "For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth." (Exodus 33:16b)

Take this to heart! How will your life be a reflection of God's glory this week? How will His presence in your life "set you apart" in the week to come?

Press on friends!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Recap: Tuesday and Thursday meetings

Recap of Thursday's meeting at the Starbucks in Tom Thumb: (Laura will recap Tuesday in the comment section of this post)

We started off the meeting with a quick quiz: How many of the 10 commandments can we name without peeking? And what does "Manna" mean? Susan guessed correctly! (What is it?)

God sometimes takes us in a "roundabout" way in order to achieve His purposes in our lives. When he directed the Israelites out of Egypt to Canaan, He didn't take them the "direct route". (See Exodus 13:18) He did this for their own protection and to demonstrate His faithfulness, love and power.

We talked a lot about "the law" and the ten commandments and the very specific direction God gave through these laws. (See Exodus 20:20) The law was given to the people in order to expose their sin and to demonstrate God's holiness. It's a lot to take in and we agreed that we are still processing some of it!

We talked about some of the great personalities of Genesis and Exodus (Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses) and how we can relate to some of the "stretching" and "faith-building" they must have experienced!

LOVE the great insights you all shared! Bring your questions again in two weeks.

PS- For those of you going on the retreat this weekend, we will plan to sit together at lunch on Saturday !

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Tabernacle (Exodus 25-27)

For all you "visual" learners, here is a great link to a replica of the Tabernacle!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Share what you are learning...

It really hit me again today...the God who made promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses in the Old Testament is MY God. He is the SAME God, then and now. His character has not changed. He knows the beginning and the end. How amazing is that?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Trivia Question: Day 20 (The Plagues)

In Exodus Chapter 9, why did God choose to spare Pharoah and the Egyptians when He could have just wiped them off the face of the earth?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Population Explosion

When Joseph brought his family to Egypt (at the end of Genesis), they numbered about 70 people. At the opening of Exodus, the nation of Israel had increased to several million. (a period of about 400 years).

Exodus, which is Greek, means "way out." The book of Exodus is the book of redemption in the Old Testament.

Let's share how we see God's "redemption" as we read through Exodus.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Setting the Stage

Genesis 12:1-3 reads:
" The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”"

The Old Testament is an account of a nation (the Jewish nation). The New Testament is an account of a Man (Jesus). The Jewish nation was founded and nurtured of God in order to bring Jesus into the world.

Christ's appearance on the earth is the central event of history!
The Old Testament sets the stage for it. The New Testament describes it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Share what you are learning...

One of the most wonderful things in reading the Word together is seeing how God speaks to each of us individually! Comment on this post to share what you are learning this week.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday's meeting

Thanks to Laura for leading the Tuesday girls! She is going to comment and recap their time :)

Trivia Question: Day 12

Who were the 3 Patriarchs and 4 Matriarchs found in Genesis?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

On the Mountain of the Lord

This "insight" from today's reading in Genesis 22 (Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac) is amazing!

Genesis 22:14 says that "Abraham named this place...'the Lord will provide.'" Many aspects of this story point toward Jesus. Both Isaac and Jesus were promised sons; each was born through a miraculous conception; each carried the wood of his sacrifice; each was offered by his father on what was possibly the exact same mountain. One was saved by a lamb, and one was the Lamb. God provided. [Daily Walk Bible]

Monday, January 4, 2010

Share what you're learning...

One of the most wonderful things in reading the Word together is seeing how God speaks to each of us individually! Comment on this post to share what you are learning this week.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Satan is Doomed!

I love that we are just in the first chapters of Genesis and we are already given prophesy that Satan will be defeated and Jesus the Messiah will reign forever. ( see Genesis 3:15 "He will strike your head and you will strike his heel.")

Genesis exposes Satan as the enemy of God and the deceiver of the human race. However, it also foretells his destruction and depicts his doom! The victory is the Lord's!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Trivia question: Day 2

In today's reading, when did people first begin to worship the Lord by name?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Get Your Daily Walk Bible

As we prepare to walk through God's Word together, I encourage you to get your own copy of The Daily Walk One Year Bible. The New Living Translation is easy to read and understand. Click the Bible here to order your from Amazon or get one from your local Christian bookstore.

Here we go!

Everyone ready? We're off to a great year together! Whitney passed on this devotional to me this morning about Reading through the Word . It's a wonderful encouragement about facing the fear of failure in such challenges, accepting these challenges and being blessed.

Grab your Bible and here we go!
Press on!