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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us…’” (Exodus 32:1 NIV) One of the worst times in the history of Israel was when Moses was up on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments from God, along with instruction for the setting up of the Tabernacle.  The people felt...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
“[The Moabite women] invited [the men of Israel] to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods…” (Numbers 25:2 NIV) Balaam knew that God wasn’t letting him curse the Israelites, so he devised another plan: to steer God’s people away from devotion to the Lord through trickery and seduction.  Before long, the people were deceived, and they fell into...
Monday, April 23, 2018
“Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam.  He struck his hands together and said to him, ‘I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times.’” (Numbers 24:10 NIV) Balaam was a mysterious figure in the Old Testament.  He was a Gentile prophet who used sorcery at times, according to the Bible, yet he claimed that he could say only what God permitted...
Sunday, April 22, 2018
“Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” (Psalm 147:1 NIV) Praise is an important element of prayer.  Prayer is more than a recital of our requests, and a recognition of received blessings. Prayer stands, as it were, for communion, or correspondence, between ourselves and our loving Father in heaven.  It is the opening...
Saturday, April 21, 2018
“The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.” (Isaiah 50:4 NIV) When we spend time with God, we should want to do more than just present a list of requests — we need to listen for his voice.  Someone once said, “What’s more important?  Us telling God our requests which he already knows before we tell him, or us listening...
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