May 31, 2015
Cross The River, Take The Land
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Deuteronomy 34:1-9
Moses’ death

34 Then Moses hiked up from the Moabite plains to Mount Nebo, the peak of the Pisgah slope, which faces Jericho. The Lord showed him the whole land: the Gilead region as far as Dan’s territory; 2 all the parts belonging to Naphtali along with the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, as well as the entirety of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea; 3 also the arid southern plain, and the plain—including the Jericho Valley, Palm City—as far as Zoar.

4 Then the Lord said to Moses: “This is the land that I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I promised: ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have shown it to you with your own eyes; however, you will not cross over into it.”

5 Then Moses, the Lord’s servant, died—right there in the land of Moab, according to the Lord’s command. 6 The Lord buried him in a valley in Moabite country across from Beth-peor. Even now, no one knows where Moses’ grave is.

7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eyesight wasn’t impaired, and his vigor hadn’t diminished a bit.

8 Back down in the Moabite plains, the Israelites mourned Moses’ death for thirty days. At that point, the time for weeping and for mourning Moses was over.

9 Joshua, Nun’s son, was filled with wisdom because Moses had placed his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to Joshua, and they did exactly what the Lord commanded Moses.
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  • May 31, 2015Cross The River, Take The Land
    May 31, 2015
    Cross The River, Take The Land
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    Deuteronomy 34:1-9
    Moses’ death

    34 Then Moses hiked up from the Moabite plains to Mount Nebo, the peak of the Pisgah slope, which faces Jericho. The Lord showed him the whole land: the Gilead region as far as Dan’s territory; 2 all the parts belonging to Naphtali along with the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, as well as the entirety of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea; 3 also the arid southern plain, and the plain—including the Jericho Valley, Palm City—as far as Zoar.

    4 Then the Lord said to Moses: “This is the land that I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I promised: ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have shown it to you with your own eyes; however, you will not cross over into it.”

    5 Then Moses, the Lord’s servant, died—right there in the land of Moab, according to the Lord’s command. 6 The Lord buried him in a valley in Moabite country across from Beth-peor. Even now, no one knows where Moses’ grave is.

    7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eyesight wasn’t impaired, and his vigor hadn’t diminished a bit.

    8 Back down in the Moabite plains, the Israelites mourned Moses’ death for thirty days. At that point, the time for weeping and for mourning Moses was over.

    9 Joshua, Nun’s son, was filled with wisdom because Moses had placed his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to Joshua, and they did exactly what the Lord commanded Moses.
  • May 24, 2015Encourage the Call
    May 24, 2015
    Encourage the Call
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    1 Samuel 3:1-11
    Samuel’s call

    3 Now the boy Samuel was serving the Lord under Eli. The Lord’s word was rare at that time, and visions weren’t widely known. 2 One day Eli, whose eyes had grown so weak he was unable to see, was lying down in his room. 3 God’s lamp hadn’t gone out yet, and Samuel was lying down in the Lord’s temple, where God’s chest was.

    4 The Lord called to Samuel. “I’m here,” he said.

    5 Samuel hurried to Eli and said, “I’m here. You called me?”

    “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go lie down.” So he did.

    6 Again the Lord called Samuel, so Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “I’m here. You called me?”

    “I didn’t call, my son,” Eli replied. “Go and lie down.”

    (7 Now Samuel didn’t yet know the Lord, and the Lord’s word hadn’t yet been revealed to him.)

    8 A third time the Lord called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “I’m here. You called me?”

    Then Eli realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy. 9 So Eli said to Samuel, “Go and lie down. If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down where he’d been.

    10 Then the Lord came and stood there, calling just as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”

    Samuel said, “Speak. Your servant is listening.”

    11 The Lord said to Samuel, “I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of all who hear it tingle!
  • May 17, 2015Half Truths: Everything Happens for a Reason
    May 17, 2015
    Half Truths: Everything Happens for a Reason
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    Job 4:1-9
    Eliphaz tries to comfort Job

     

    4 Then Eliphaz, a native of Teman, responded:

    2 If one tries to answer you, will you be annoyed?
    But who can hold words back?
    3 Look, you’ve instructed many
    and given strength to drooping hands.
    4 Your words have raised up the falling;
    you’ve steadied failing knees.
    5 But now it comes to you, and you are dismayed;
    it has struck you, and you are frightened.
    6 Isn’t your religion the source of your confidence;
    the integrity of your conduct, the source of your hope?

    Sinners don’t live long

    7 Think! What innocent person has ever perished?
    When have those who do the right thing been destroyed?
    8 As I’ve observed, those who plow sin
    and sow trouble will harvest it.
    9 When God breathes deeply, they perish;
    by a breath of his nostril they are annihilated.

     
    Job 42:7-8
    Epilogue

     

    7 After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, he said to Eliphaz from Teman, “I’m angry at you and your two friends because you haven’t spoken about me correctly as did my servant Job. 8 So now, take seven bulls and seven rams, go to my servant Job, and prepare an entirely burned offering for yourselves. Job my servant will pray for you, and I will act favorably by not making fools of you because you didn’t speak correctly, as did my servant Job.”

     
    Galatians 6:7-10
    7 Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. 8 Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. 9 Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. 10 So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.
  • May 10, 2015Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
    May 10, 2015
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    Philippians 2:12-14
    Carry out your salvation

     

    12 Therefore, my loved ones, just as you always obey me, not just when I am present but now even more while I am away, carry out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing

     
    Psalm 68:4-6
    4 Sing to God! Sing praises to his name!
    Exalt the one who rides the clouds!
    The Lord is his name.
    Celebrate before him!

     

    5 Father of orphans and defender of widows
    is God in his holy habitation.
    6 God settles the lonely in their homes;
    he sets prisoners free with happiness,
    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

     
    Psalm 82
    A psalm of Asaph.
    82 God takes his stand in the divine council;
    he gives judgment among the gods:
    2 “How long will you judge unjustly
    by granting favor to the wicked? Selah
    3 Give justice to the lowly and the orphan;
    maintain the right of the poor and the destitute!
    4 Rescue the lowly and the needy.
    Deliver them from the power of the wicked!

     

    5 They don’t know; they don’t understand;
    they wander around in the dark.
    All the earth’s foundations shake.

    6 I hereby declare, “You are gods,
    children of the Most High—all of you!
    7 But you will die like mortals;
    you will fall down like any prince.”

    8 Rise up, God! Judge the earth
    because you hold all nations in your possession!

  • May 3, 2015Half Truths: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
    May 3, 2015
    Half Truths: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
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     1 Corinthians 10:11-14
    11 These things happened to them as an example and were written as a warning for us to whom the end of time has come. 12 So those who think they are standing need to watch out or else they may fall. 13 No temptation has seized you that isn’t common for people. But God is faithful. He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond your abilities. Instead, with the temptation, God will also supply a way out so that you will be able to endure it.

    Avoid false gods to glorify God

    14 So then, my dear friends, run away from the worship of false gods!
     
    James 1:13-17
    Our cravings versus God’s gifts

    13 No one who is tested should say, “God is tempting me!” This is because God is not tempted by any form of evil, nor does he tempt anyone. 14 Everyone is tempted by their own cravings; they are lured away and enticed by them. 15 Once those cravings conceive, they give birth to sin; and when sin grows up, it gives birth to death.

    16 Don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.
  • Apr 26, 2015Bishop Coyner: How Old Are You?
    Apr 26, 2015
    Bishop Coyner: How Old Are You?
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    Revelation 21: 1-5
    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
    2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
    “See, the home of God is among mortals.
    He will dwell with them;
    they will be his peoples,
    and God himself will be with them;
    4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
    Death will be no more;
    mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
    for the first things have passed away.”
    5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
  • Apr 19, 2015Half Truths: God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It
    Apr 19, 2015
    Half Truths: God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It
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    1 Timothy 2:9-13
    9 In the same way, I want women to enhance their appearance with clothing that is modest and sensible, not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive clothes. 10 They should make themselves attractive by doing good, which is appropriate for women who claim to honor God.

    11 A wife should learn quietly with complete submission. 12 I don’t allow a wife to teach or to control her husband. Instead, she should be a quiet listener. 13 Adam was formed first, and then Eve.
     
    2 Timothy 3:16-17
    16 Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, 17 so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.
  • Apr 12, 2015Half Truths: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin
    Apr 12, 2015
    Half Truths: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin
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    Matthew 7:1-5
    Judging

     

    7 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you. 3 Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your eye? 5 You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye.

     
    1 John 3:14-19
    14 We know that we have transferred from death to life, because we love the brothers and sisters. The person who does not love remains in death. 15 Everyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16 This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 But if a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care—how can the love of God remain in him?

     

    18 Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth. 19 This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts in God’s presence.

  • Apr 5, 2015JESUS According to John: Easter Means Eternal
    Apr 5, 2015
    JESUS According to John: Easter Means Eternal
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    John 20:1-18
    Empty tomb

     

    1 Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.” 3 Peter and the other disciple left to go to the tomb. 4 They were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and was the first to arrive at the tomb. 5 Bending down to take a look, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. 7 He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place. 8 Then the other disciple, the one who arrived at the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.

    Jesus appears to Mary

    11 Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. 13 The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

    She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” 14 As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus.

    15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”

    Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.”

    16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

    She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher).

    17 Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

    18 Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.

  • Apr 5, 2015I Am Jesus
    Apr 5, 2015
    I Am Jesus
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