Purpose in the Wilderness



The children of Israel refused to trust God and questioned His love, preferring instead to die in the wilderness than enter the promised land. So the LORD gave them death in the wilderness for the next forty years. But God had other purposes for the wilderness for the children of those generations of rebels. His mercy may not always feel like mercy, if we learn the lessons of the wilderness, we are prepared for our promised land of heaven.

Numbers 14:26-38
Colossians 3:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 John 3:2-3

Taught Sunday morning, October 31, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Moses Remembers the LORD



On the edge of the Promised Land and having heard how wonderful the place is, ten spies lead the congregation into forgetting the LORD and rejecting Him and His Promised Land. Hurt and angry, the LORD tests Moses to see if he will intercede once again for these rebellious people. Moses pleads according to the instructions God gave him at Mount Sinai, rescuing the people from righteous destruction.

Numbers 14:11-20

Taught Sunday morning, October 24, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Missing the blessing



Ten of the spies forgot what they knew to be true once they saw what was ahead. Thus they doubted and believed lies. When we forget the truth, we are just as vulnerable to doubt and fear. Let’s remind ourselves today of what is eternally true.

Numbers 13

Taught Sunday morning, October 17, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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The Day of Atonement



Leviticus is to point us to Christ.  The Day of Atonement may seem dense and a little weird at first reading.   Let’s see how these technical instructions from God prepare the way for us to understand our salvation through Jesus Christ.

Leviticus 16

Taught Sunday morning, October 10, 2021 by Brad D Harris
(on a windy day, sorry 😉

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The Place for His Presence



Following the spiritual disaster with the golden calf idol, Moses successfully intercedes for the nation to still have the presence of God in their midst. They chose the presence of God over the promised land without Him. Yet there was still the task of preparing a place for God’s presence to be with them, according to His specifications. The focus shifts to the nation as a whole in giving and Spirit empowered craftsmen (men and women) to obey the LORD’s instructions to build the tabernacle.

Exodus 35 – 40

Taught Sunday morning, October 3, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Necessary for Obedience



Jesus beautifully illustrated the command to love one’s neighbor with the story of the Good Samaritan, where someone who had no reason to show compassion to a hurting person went above and beyond to help.  But how can one have that kind of love for another?  The following episode that Luke reports shows that Jesus answers that question for Mary and Martha.  The most needful thing is to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn of His love.

Luke 10:25-42

Taught Sunday morning, September 26, 2021 by Stuart Estes
Ministry Team Leader at Association of Baptist Students

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More than a Name



The LORD descends to the mountain to proclaim His Name, to declare His character, for Moses and the children of Israel for all generations of those who love the LORD. We do well to meditate upon these verses and the character traits revealed here.

Exodus 34:6-7

Taught Sunday morning, September 19, 2021 by Brad D Harris

I am including links to some resources from Bible Project that go much deeper than we have time to do today. Check out all six videos.  Beyond the videos are hours of more learning in the amazing podcast.
The Bible Project – The Character of God

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Greater Intimacy with God



Moses has interceded in behalf of the idolatrous Israelites that God would not disown them. Desiring God to continue to be present with them in the journey ahead, Moses asks to see the glorious presence of God. The glory Moses experiences is not what he asked, but is so instructive for him and us. He experiences greater intimacy with the LORD than possibly anyone before Him had known.

Exodus 33:17 – 34:9

Taught Sunday morning, September 12, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Repent for More



The children of Israel had broken the covenant of love and broken the heart of God with their traitorous turn with the golden calf. Moses had successfully pleaded with God to turn away His wrath. But the people would need to turn from their sinful attitude if they wanted God to still be in their presence. That turning is called “repentance.” And it’s kind of a big deal.  But it is the path to a closer vision of God.

Exodus 33:1-6 and Luke 3:1-14

Taught Sunday morning, September 5, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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An Idol or the Intercessor



It is ironic but hopefully no surprise that the very stories designed to warn us against making idols are often most likely to tempt us modern people to make idols. Why? Because they reveal God to not be what we expect God to be. Thus we want to think of our God to be more like we prefer Him to be, rather than what He reveals. I hope that a second look at this Spirit-inspired story will help us see the warning and more important, see the the LORD for who He really is.

Exodus 32:1-14

Taught Sunday morning, August 29, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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