Hall of Faith: Moses, was flawed

            Last week, we ended the book of Genesis with a look at Joseph. The next person listed in the Hall of Faith is Moses, who picks up the story of the Israelite’s several hundred years later, in the book of Exodus. In the Hall of Faith, Moses story is summed up as “ By faith […]

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Second Chances: Moses

We’ve been discussing people in the Bible who received a second chance.  We’ve already taken a look at the second chances Jonah, Job and Rahab received.  Today we’re going to take a look at Moses. Moses was actually given three chances.  We first meet Moses as an infant, who should have been killed at birth.  However, his mother saved him […]

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Names of God: Yahweh

Yahweh was the god of the Israelites.  This was the name revealed to Moses. This is regarded as the personal name of God. Scholars believe the personal name of God was known long before Moses and used at least by the Levites. After the Babylonian exile, this name was replaced with the more common name Elohim, meaning God, the universal […]

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Names of God: The Lord of Hosts

David uses the term Yahweh Tzevaot which means “the God of the armies of Israel”. In Hebew Tzevaot, Tsebaoth or Sabaoth refers to the armies or armed hosts of the Isrealites in Exodus and of Isaiah and he prophets. The King James Version usually translated this into the “Lord of Hosts” or “Lord God of Hosts”. The term is also […]

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The Disciples: Bartholomew Nathanael

Bartholomew is almost always mentioned in connection to being with the disciple Philip.  In the book of John, he is referred to as Nathanael. The name Bartholomew in Greek meaning son of Talmai or son of the furrows in Aramaic, while the Hebrew name Nathanael means gift of God or God has given. In the first three gospels, Bartholomew is […]

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The Disciples: Philip

Philip is a Greek name meaning friend and friend of horses.  Many believe the disciple Philip may have spoken Greek. We first meet Philip right after Jesus has called Andrew and Simon Peter to follow him.  It is possible that Philip was one of two {the unnamed} disciple who was following John the Baptist.  When John the Baptist saw Jesus […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Aaron

Aaron was the brother of Moses and the high priest of the Israelites.  He had four sons: Eleazer—means God has helped; he succeeded his father upon his death; appointed in charge of the sanctuary; Moses grew angry with him and Ithamar for not eating a sin offering as required; responsible for carrying oil for lampstand, incense and anointing oil; assisted […]

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Names of God: King

A king is a ruler of an independent state. The symbolism of a king appears in the Pentateuch {first 5 books of Old Testament}.  First in the treaty of God with the covenant he made with Moses on Mt. Sinai, where he provided the Ten Commandments.   Secondly, as the ark and tabernacle are set up ion the wilderness as a […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Amram

Amram was the grandson of Levi and husband to Jochebed. The couple had three children, two of which were sons. What we know of the men are more as brothers and leaders, than as sons. Aaron was their oldest son and helped his brother, Moses, confront the Egyptian king.  He originally acted as Moses assistant.  He, along with Hur, held […]

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Sons in the Bible: 12 Sons of Jacob

Jacob fled to his Uncle Laban, where he met his cousins.  He immediately fell in love with Rachel and worked for her 7 years, which felt like no time.  However, he was tricked into marrying Leah.  After their wedding week finished, he also married Rachel. Rachel was jealous when her sister provided Jacob with children and she could not.  She […]

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Hymn Story: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written by William Williams Pantycelyn. Williams was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1717. He was the son of John and Dorothy Williams. His father was a prosperous farmer. He grew up as an Independent and Calvinist. He intended to be a doctor, but upon hearing Howell Harris preach he became a Christian.  He […]

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Names of God: I Am Who I Am

Last week, we took a look at I Am.  However, when Moses stood before the burning bush, the Lord said to Him “I Am Who I Am”. In Hebrew the phrase reads  ehyeh asher ehyeh.  The word Ehyeh is the first person equivalency to the verb to be. “ I AM is the ultimate statement of self-sufficiency, self-existence, and immediate presence”. God’s […]

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Names of God: God

Often, when we speak of the supreme being we refer to him as God. The term God means creator deity, principal object of faith and supreme being. Judiasm refers to God as “Him” or “Father” which is why we often refer to him as God the Father. As Christians, we believe God is an eternal being who created the world […]

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John, part of the Inner Circle

Jesus has called his twelve disciples, however of these men he has a closer, more intimate inner circle.  He has three with whom he is very close. These men often go with him when the other men do not.  Why these men? Scripture doesn’t tell us. Maybe they hit it off better than the others.  We have some friends we […]

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Faithful Heroes: Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman became known as the Moses of the Underground Railroad. She relied on her faith to lead the slaves to freedom through a tumultuous time. But, who was Harriet Tubman? She was born on January 29, 1822 {based on midwife payments} in Dorchester County, Maryland, into slavery. Her parents, Harriet “Rit” Green and Ben Ross named their daughter Araminta […]

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Names of God: Almighty God

Almighty God is written in the Hebrew Bible as El Shaddai Almighty means “having complete power or omnipotent” Meaning is believed to be “God, the All-Powerful One” or “The Mighty One of Jacob” “by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above,blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings […]

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Daughters in the Bible: Achsah, Asked for What She Needed

“Caleb’s daughter was Achsah.”   {1 Chronicles 2:49} At first glance, it is easy to move past her story and not understand her story or the importance.  Some Bible translations spell her name Aksah. Caleb is growing older and eager for a son-in-law.  If you remember, Caleb and Joshua were the only two Israelites that lived to see the promised land. […]

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