Grumbling & trust

I wouldn't want to be thought of as a whiner or complainer, would you? But honestly, it's not too hard to find things to complain about is it? There is always the weather, politics, school, work, relationships, money, you name it; we can find things to grumble and complain about pretty easily. This past Sunday, we continued our journey with the Israelites through Exodus (Chapters 15-17) and read about their praise, quickly turning to grumbling and complaining... twice because they were really thirsty - they had been in the desert without water for three days, and another time when they were really hungry and without food. Now in their defense, I think any of us would have been in a pret

Are you on the long road?

Have you ever found yourself on the long road in life, wondering why you couldn't have taken a shorter, easier path? Maybe you are on a "long road" today and wondering why God is taking you this way. When the Israelites left Egypt, they were only a 4-5 day journey from their promised land. When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. (Exodus 13:17) Why did God lead them on a far longer route? One of the truths we learned this past Sunday in our Exodus series is: The route God chooses for us is the best route! Sometimes God doesn't take us on the easiest, shortest or least treacherous route in life. Why? Co

Uncomfortable?

Life is good! Summer is a season for vacations, cookouts, lake/pool days… good times! But sometimes, even summer, life is not all good. Sometimes we get overwhelmed, beat down, and bummed out by the circumstances of life. Maybe you have found yourself there, vocationally, relationally, financially, emotionally, spiritually… maybe you are there now, or know someone who is. This past Sunday, in our Exodus series, we spent some time looking at the tremendous hardship that the Israelites were suffering under a relentless, hard-headed and hard-hearted Pharaoh (Ex. 5) When Moses asked him to “let his people go”, Pharaoh not only wouldn’t release them from slavery, but he made their lives far

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