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Exodus 5:22-7:25

We are a people of comfort and status quo. No matter how miserable we are in a comfortable place, we find comfort in our misery. I believe the plagues and Pharaoh’s stubbornness were needed to challenge the Egyptians’ gods but also to set up both Egypt and Israel to disengage from each other. Israel had to become a stench in the nostrils of Egypt and Israel needed to become reacquainted with the power of their God. God was making sure bridges were being burned.

Being oppressed and or being in slavery destroys self-initiative because a hopelessness sets in and then one develops a sick heart (Proverbs 13:12). When your heart is sick, blood circulation is hindered and the “body” doesn’t “act” the way it is suppose to. So, not only was it necessary to bring Egypt to her knees, Israel had to move from the mindset of a slave to one of freedom. Freedom isn’t free and requires a purchase price of responsible mind. But freedom means you become aware of your value to yourself, to others and most definitely your value to God.

Moving from welfare/dole, being enslaved or dependent on the government requires one to believe that there are gifts, talents, and abilities inside that can make one sufficient. Many times that means one has to get in touch with God to discover the gift God has placed within and how to use that gift in the market place. I know about moving from welfare to work and what it takes to cross that divide, courage. However, usually, that courage comes by way of crises.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

the first I like this is when the Lord said that I am the Lord I appear Abraham Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty but by my name the lord I did not make myself to them. hey appears to moses and gave him his name the reat I am that is what I think is awesome that he get some experience

That video was PRECIOUS!!!!

The bible says that God hates divorce and now years later I can finally see why. My wife and I have both come from broken marriages. I do not regret marry my wife, however, as I look back on my situation with my first wife, I can see where I made mistakes in pursuing a divorce without thinking about the ramaficatons that results from our choices. For instance, I had a step son and that relationship has never been mended. My wife had a three year old which became my new step daughter. There has been constant friction between my wife and her ex. All of this has deeply affective my step daughter. God knows the pain and the suffering we go through. Sometimes we need to just wait on God. But if we can't wait, then don't rush the system in place. The longer a divorce case takes the more time we give God to bring healing to the situaton.

Divorce, abortion, sin after sin. What seems like a quick fix or a way out of unhappiness usually makes things worse and happiness is never brought from these things. Some things will hurt forever and usually hurts more people than the decision maker. Selfishness and self justification.
I dont want to live in a loveless marriage, I prefer to have my child live in a broken home missing out on so much. Really, did we think this through?

The readings today were good as usual! I love when God gets face to face with His people. As I believe He was with Moses and Aaron. Did anyone else want to smack Moses a few times some after he kept on and on about Lord, I am not able, Lord, my speech, Lord, etc..and then when God spoke to Him I tried to put myself in Moses shoes, here, he was going in there and God was already telling him, Look I am going to perform all these acts and Pharoah's heart will be hard, he won't budge but I want you to do it anyway. I don't think this was so much for Pharoah's breaking down his walls but for Moses faith and understanding to line up with Gods understanding. Remember, yes, God chose Moses and Aaron to do this and yes they come from Jacob's family, the lineage of Levi (Jacob and Leah's son) and were the priestly family of Israelites) but they were a mess apart from the love and grace of God. Don't we see ourselves in that scenario at times and don't we just want to thank the Lord for being our prevision and our "more than enough!" God!! Thank you Jesus!!

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