The story of the Exodus was a pivotal point in Israel’s history. Moses had led the Children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage by the power of God. When they came to Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the instruction and the pattern to follow in building the Tabernacle and all of its furnishings. “And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain” (Exodus 25:40 NKJV).
In my childhood, I grew up on a dirt road which was paved when I was about nine or so. During this early time, many of the roads out in the country were dirt. On wet winter days the roads would become a miry mess. I remember our school bus getting stuck on one of those old dirt roads. Even back in those days, all the roads were ditched, meaning the county had cut ditches on both sides of the road to carry the water away which kept the roads from washing away. Our paved roads today also have ditches to take the water away from the roadway. We rarely notice the ditches but they are important. So what do ditches have with praying?
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I had a great Journey with Jesus to India in the middle of January. I was gone for the most part of eleven days. The journey to and from India is quite an ordeal because it is literally on the other side of the world.
Light of the World
Jesus said He was the light of the world, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12 NKJV).
These statements on the surface may seem to be light and cheery; something to put on a decorative poster or on a greeting card. Yet the underlying truth to this statement belies a dark truth—we live in a dark world. The evening news reports mostly on the darkness; a car-bombing, an outbreak of cholera in a third world country, a flu epidemic here, or another war there. DARKNESS!!
Reality often becomes lost in our “Christianeze” terms and sayings. Too often we just repeat what someone has said and way too often our sayings get morphed into a false theology. Something repeated over and over gets engrained in our culture and it becomes a pseudo-truth of sorts.
As we enter a New Year and time of introspection, we should think about a new season of increase. Often when discussions begin about increase we naturally go the material side of things but we also need to think of increase as it relates to the Kingdom of God. We, as the Body of Christ, are an outpost of the Kingdom of God in this world.