Remember Where You Got It

Remember Where You Got It

Amazon, the internet retail giant, has a wonderful tool, the “buy it again” button. If you have made a purchase in the past and want to buy it again, click on the button, and two days later it appears on your doorstep.

I appreciate the value of this service after driving all over town trying to find a pair of shoes. I have a hard time finding shoes that fit, so when I do, I buy the same pair over and over again. It doesn’t make a great fashion statement, but at least my feet don’t hurt when I walk. Purchasing the same pair, however, means I have to remember where I bought them. Reviewing a parade of shoe stores is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday.

So I hit “buy it again.”

Moses knew how important it was for the nation of Israel, and for us, to remember where the blessings in our life originate. Forgetting that God is the source of all good things can lead us to search for joy, happiness and contentment in all the wrong places. This week, we will find out how to apply this important reminder in Deuteronomy 8:17-18.

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Faithful

Faithful

A quote, often attributed to Harry Truman, simply states, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” It sounds like something President Truman would say, and it expresses a sentiment that people in Washington, and pretty much everywhere else, seem to have: you can’t trust anyone.

Moses may have felt that way sometimes. Trying to lead the people of Israel through the wilderness was sometimes like herding cats. The minute Moses turned his back, someone was complaining about the manna, threatening to go back to Egypt, or building a golden calf.

Through it all, Moses learned a great truth. God is always faithful. This week, we take a look at Deuteronomy 7:9-11, where Moses expresses this important truth – we can always rely on the faithfulness of God.

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Choice

Choice

The word “choice” is used with a variety of connotations. When referring to beef, a “choice” cut is the one you want (which makes me wonder where the meat that wasn’t “choice” ended up). However, according to the good folks at the USDA, “choice” is one level less that “prime” although one grade over “select.” The designations have something to do with the marbling and texture of the meat and where on the cow the meat originated, which usually is a good indicator of the quality of the meat.

God’s choice is not based on quality. This week, we look at Deuteronomy 7:7-9, where we find out that God’s choice is based on love.

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Title Here

Title Here

The titles we receive in life matter. When we are born, we are given a name. That name gets us through the first five years, and then we receive our first title: Vaughn Weatherford, Kindergartner. The titles just keep coming: elementary school graduate, middle school student council vice president, registered voter and more. Looking back, those titles represent significant milestones in life. Who knew one day I would be invited to become Vaughn Weatherford, AARP member (I have the letter to prove it).

Deuteronomy 7:6 describes some extraordinary titles we share as God’s people: chosen people; God’s treasured possession. Join us this Sunday as we discover the meaning behind these exciting titles for every believer.

Remember

Remember

We all have those little things we do to make sure we remember something. The post it note on the bathroom mirror. The red star on the calendar. The alarm set on our smart phone. The post it note on the mirror reminding us to look at the red star on the calendar when our smart phone alarm goes off.

We realize how important it is to remember because we know what happened the last time we forgot. You didn’t make it to the doctor’s appointment. You forgot the anniversary gift. You realized you might need a doctor’s appointment if you ever forget the anniversary gift again.

So we do everything we can to remember. In Deuteronomy 6:10-12, Moses reminds the people of Israel to remember what God has done. Join us this week as we discover ways to remember God’s work in our lives.

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Sunset

Sunset

It’s hard to beat a sunset. There are some places that might be more spectacular (who wouldn’t want to be on the beach in Hawaii or in a mountain cabin in Colorado), but my back porch is not too shabby. Looking up at the colors splashed across the clouds as the sun sets over the trees, it’s nearly impossible not to sit back and think, “Wow!”

Genesis 1:28-31 records God’s “wow” as he surveys his creative work and expresses that it is good. This week we will take some time to understand why, and how that understanding changes our perspective on everything.

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Spitting Image

Spitting Image

No one knows for sure where the curious phrase “spitting image” originated. We know what it means, typically used to describe how a child looks very much like a parent or relative. The good folks at Merriam Webster have made a few educated guesses at the derivation of the idiom:

  • Possibly a reference to how a child looks so similar to a parent they could have been said to have been “spit out of their mouth.”
  • In the early 19th century, the term “spitten” was sometimes used to describe a perfect likeness.
  • The phrase “spit and image” sometimes appears in 19th century literature to describe similarities.

Somehow, the phrase eventually became the “spitting image” we hear used today. Genesis 1:27 records the extraordinary statement that God created us in His image. Join us this Sunday as we discover the deep and powerful meaning behind this important reality.

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Powerful Words

Powerful Words

My middle school assistant principal was a man of few words. He was a veteran of World War II, and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. To say he was tough would be like describing granite as a slightly hard rock. This was one tough guy. He actually was nice when you got to know him, but most of us were far to overwhelmed by his tough guy persona. He was the only man I’ve ever seen who could quiet an entire middle school lunch room simply by standing up and saying, “Settle down!” We did. No one wanted to cross Mr. Beauford.

Genesis 1 is a chapter of few words, and yet those words carry amazing power. Join us this week as we explore the creative power of the words of God in Genesis 1:2.

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Start Here

Start Here

Board games have different names for the place where the game begins. Monopoly has the “Go” square. In Candy Land, you start in the Gingerbread plumb trees. In Clue, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet and all their friends have their own starting square. Most games simply have a square marked “Start.” That’s a pretty good indication of where the game begins.

The Bible starts in a really good place: In the beginning. This week, we take a look at the importance of that familiar first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1.

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New Year

New Year

It’s almost 2018. In just a few days, we turn the calendar page to a new year. What will the future hold? Only the Lord knows, but the good news for us is that He will be there for every celebration, every heartache, every tear and every joy. Jeremiah’s prophecy did not seem to foretell a bright future for the nation of Israel, but that would miss the point. This week, we will see how, whatever the future brings, God will be with His people (Jeremiah 30:1-3).

See you Sunday!

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