His Name is I Am

God is, was, has always been and always will be. That is why God told Moses from the burning bush, “Tell them my name is ‘I Am.'”

Exodus 3:13-15 NLT

“But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.”

See it at YouVersion.com:

http://bible.us/Exod3.13.NLT

A Story of Failed Courage

I am sure at least some of Joseph’s brothers wished later they had spoken up or spoken up more strongly in Joseph’s defense.

Sometimes people who share their dreams face strong opposition.

Genesis 37:18-20 NLT

“When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him. “Here comes the dreamer!” they said. “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!””

See it at YouVersion.com:

http://bible.us/Gen37.18.NLT

Lead by God’s Word, Not with Earthly Power

These are verses from today’s men’s group lesson by Ray Vanderlaan in his DVD series. We are called to lead with words and specifically God’s Word, not by our own power or earthly power.

In the following verses, Moses disobeys God on several levels. The consequences are severe. One of the lessons for us is to lead by God’s Word, and not allow our frustrations and desire for personal recognition to change our adherence to God’s Word.

Numbers 20:10, 11 NLT

“Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.”

See it at YouVersion.com:

http://bible.us/Num20.10.NLT

“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord  his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. (Deuteronomy 17:18, 19 NLT)

 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NLT)

Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord  says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord  of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: `May God bless it! May God bless it!'” (Zechariah 4:6, 7 NLT)

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Finding Common Ground for Evangelism

These are my notes from Mateen Elass’s sermon, “Winning As Many As Possible” on January 22, 2012. Read and follow Mateen’s blog on:

http://mateenelass.wordpress.com

This was our verse today:

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NLT

“Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.”

See it at YouVersion.com:

http://bible.us/1Cor9.19.NLT

Matthew 16 reminds us of the mission of the Church universal. In Orlando this past week, one of the conference participants reminded participants of our mission with this statement:

“The church’s mission is to depopulate Hell.”

We are called to be “the aroma of Christ.” Before we earn the right to be heard in sharing the gospel with our words, we need to live Christ’s calling out in our lives.

Those who are struggling in life are most likely to hear and respond to the promises of God.

We must cast our nets wide so the good news goes out to everyone, and especially those who seem like the scourge of society. They most need the word of hope and are most open to respond to Jesus.

In this passage Paul reminds us that we must “know our audience.” The gospel message does not change, it is the same message. But the way it applies to people’s lives does change depending on their context and needs.

Great story of a woman who had pinned down her dog and forced him to eat castor oil, instead of offering it in a way he linked and would eat voluntarily.

We need to recapture the urgency and high stakes of the human race, to share the gospel.

Mateen shared a powerful story about a dream he had about houses being on fire and needing to help others. He also shared a powerful video about evangelism, which I will share here if I can find it online.

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