FAITH WALK ESSENTIAL FOR WORSHIP

Exodus 27-28, Matthew 21:1-22 • Key Verses: Exodus 28:36-37 The tendency is to think the details of these chapters hold little significance for today. But God put the details in for a reason. One reason is to vividly remind us of the necessity of holiness in our worship of Him....

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FAITH WALK POOR TIMING

Exodus 25-26, Matthew 20:17-34 • Key Verse: Matthew 20:23 Sometimes you have to wonder what in the world is going on in the heads of some people. This chapter includes one of those times. Jesus was again predicting His death, noting that it would involve betrayal, condemnation, mocking, flogging and...

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FAITH WALK IN IT FOR THE SHORT HAUL

Exodus 23-24, Matthew 20:1—16 • Key Verse: Exodus 24:3 The children of Israel had a phenomenal opportunity in the desert. True, they ultimately would be in the wilderness for 40 years, but at this point consider what was happening to them. God had delivered them from Egypt and was leading...

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FAITH WALK WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Exodus 21-22, Matthew 19 • Key Verse: Matthew 19:27 The struggle to keep oneself in check can rear its head at the most inappropriate times. A young man came to Jesus asking what he needed to do to get eternal life. He was wealthy and probably thought that, like success,...

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FAITH WALK FROM SLOW BURN TO NO BURN

Exodus 19-20, Matthew 18:21-35 • Key Verses: Matthew 18:32-33 We live in an angry world. Too often there is not even time for the proverbial “slow burn.” For example, road rage is typically an immediate response. Another driver’s actions cause not an equal but usually greater reaction. Obviously, forgiveness has...

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FAITH WALK ALL TOGETHER NOW

Exodus 16-18, Matthew 18:1-20 • Key Verse: Matthew 18:15 One of the toughest things a Christian is called upon to do is confront a believer about sin in his life. Part of what makes this hard is the reaction we anticipate. Yet .because we love Christ and the other Christian,...

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FAITH WALK STAND STILL

Exodus 14-15, Matthew 17 • Key Verse: Exodus 14:13 In Exodus 14 Moses told the people, “Don’t just do something. Stand there!” Those were not his exact words, but they might make us stop to look more closely at the account of the parting of the Red Sea. It is...

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FAITH WALK NOW I GET IT

Exodus 12-13, Matthew 16 • Key Verse: Matthew 16:12 Those of us who enjoy telling a good story usually agonize inwardly when we have to explain it. Hopefully, at some point in the retelling of the story, a light will come on and the person will say, “Oh, now I...

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FAITH WALK SLOW LEARNERS

Exodus 9-1 1, Matthew 15:21-39 • Key Verses: Genesis 15:32—33 In these verses we read of another crowd at mealtime. This time, however, it’s Jesus who points out the need for food. The previous time the need was brought up by the disciples. Just as before, however, they appeal to...

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FAITH WALK ROTE OR REAL?

Exodus 7-8, Matthew 15:1-20 • Key Verses: Matthew 15:8-9 The previous chapter concluded with an interesting worship service. It took place in a boat and was a spontaneous response to Jesus. Worship is, as Warren Wiersbe defines it, “The believer’s response of all that he is—mind, emotions, will and body—to...

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