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Vision Baptist Church Alpharetta, Georgia
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Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. So often we draw close to God in worship but in some way take the glory that should be His. We often forget that we are worshipping Him. It is to be a reverent time. It is to be realizing that He is God. He alone is to be worshipped. I think we can get used to worship and we allow our worship to lose its awe. I know that I am guilty. I get used to what we do. I take it for granted. I know He deserves my all, my heart, my full worship. As I read this I want to remember Him. I want to think of Him and lift Him high in my worship. Forgive me for flippantly, normally, regularly, worshipping you and not like it was something super special that I get to do! I do not want to lose the awe.
Leviticus 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: Beautiful picture of how our sins are taken from us and placed on the Lord Jesus Christ. My only claim to purity is what He has done for me. He took my sins and He paid the price that I couldn’t pay.
Leviticus 13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests: 3 And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean. God knew because He is God. He told people long before science knew. You serve a great God who has a great, inspired, Word for us. Amazingly God tells the children of Israel about contagious diseases all the way back in the time of Moses. The Bible has to be divine for the amount of things that God gave to man before science could figure it out.
Leviticus 11:35 And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto you. I noticed this in my devotions from 2005. I think it helps you see just how wonderful the Word of God is. If the carcass of the unclean animal get on certain surfaces they had to be broken. Salmonela is a disease that causes great problems even now, 2005, in the USA due to the dead carcass lying on a surface and then not cleaning that surface correctly.
Leviticus 1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. I love this verse. I know I love so many of them you are beginning to wonder but I do love the Word of God. The worshipper was to offer his offering in a certain way. One of the ways that offering was to be given was “of his own voluntary will.” Do you see that? They were to come with their offering because they wanted to do so. They were to go to their flock and offer to God what was in their heart. God will tell them what offering was acceptable. They were to offer it because after understanding what God wanted they were to do His will from the heart. God lays out what He wants. You decide to do what you ought to do because you want to please God. Your offering will be accepted because it is what He wants and it comes from your heart.
Exodus 34:15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; 16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. God gave His people the promised land. He even overthrew the inhabitants so that they could have the land. They conquered and took the land but by miracle. God is emphasizing here that they were not to enter into agreements with the people of the land. God didn't want them to go after false gods. All gods but God are false gods. He didn't want them to learn about the worship of false gods. He didn't want them to partake in their religious festivities. God also didn't want them to marry people that worshipped another god. He knew that if they entered into a relationship with someone that worshipped a false god they would slowly change their attitude towards the false god. We live in a world full of falsehood. There are false gods […]
Exodus 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. This has to be one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I lived so much of my life thinking that God saw me through the lens of His law. I knew I never measured up. No one meant for me think that or feel that way, I am sure. But I sure did. I saw the law. I saw myself. I knew I didn't measure up. I thought God was disappointed in me but this verse teaches me another lesson. God knew and knows that I will never measure up. That is why He places the law in the ark. He is wanting me to see myself and know that I need Him, He knows that I need Him but I have to learn that. But then here is the lesson. Above the law, above the ark He puts a mercy seat. This mercy seat is where the blood is sprinkled […]
Exodus 40:20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark: The testimony mentioned here is the law. It is placed in the ark. We must never forget God's holiness. He is pure and right. The law shows us our need of the Lord. Even back in the Old Testament God wanted us to see that we would never be able to meet with Him or please Him without His intervention. He placed the mercy seat above the ark. That is a symbol saying that mercy is above law. We come to meet with Him. The law drives us to our knees. But He placed His mercy seat above the law and if we will just trust the sacrifice made for us then we will experience that mercy. The Tabernacle was about God meeting with man. It was His initiative. He came to us. We couldn't get to Him. Our sin had separated us from His pleasure. He had warned Adam that in the day he ate the fruit he would die and he did, spiritually. But God came to us. He showed […]
Exodus 29:42 This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. 43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. Two lambs are being offered every day continually in the Tabernacle. There would be a continual burnt offering throughout their generations. But notice what it says. That all happens “where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee.” That is where He promised to meet with the children of Israel. Do you see what I see? He meets with His people in the place where the lamb is sacrificed. He meets with His people where sin is forgiven by a substitutionary sacrifice. The access to God is opened and provided by the death of a lamb. That is how a man can get to God, through the Lamb. We know that Lamb to be Jesus since we have read in the New Testament. Do you see that the judgment has already been poured out on the lambs before the meeting. The lambs suffer and die. […]
Exodus 23:8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. Moses taught the men that worked with him to be careful about accepting gifts. If someone gives to you it will not be long before they have too much influence. They get what they want because they have the money. The Peruvians used to joke about the Golden Rule. It meant that the one who has the gold makes the rules. It is so true, so many times! It might be intentional and it might not be. The problem is that we all love and want money. We are looking for it any way we can get it that seems half way right. When someone gives to us it affects us. We like getting and then we feel like we have to give back. There are a couple of lessons. One is that I should do right no matter what I feel like I owe a person. That is the big problem with nepotism, hiring your relatives. They are loved, part of the family, and we will refuse to see their problems and weaknesses. So lesson one is for […]
We had another great Sunday at Vision Baptist Church this past Sunday. This Sunday was a unique Sunday, in that we had our first lunch/ afternoon service of the summer. We are planning to have a lunch/ afternoon service once a month this summer to give church people the opportunity to fellowship together. Sunday morning we had 243 people in attendance. The Spanish church had another good week with 36 people. Pastor preached a great message out of the Book of Mark called Sacrifice with a Purpose. We looked into the story of Zebedee, the father of John and James. Zebedee gave up so much when his sons went to follow Jesus, and James and John gave up so much when they left to follow Jesus. It is a sacrifice to follow Jesus, but it is a sacrifice with a purpose and great benefit. During the afternoon time we had some specials with a few special testimonies. We were blessed to hear about how God is working in the lives of people in our church. Nate Fransis preached a message on why we can praise God. He has been good to us and that is why we can praise Him!
Exodus 16:20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. God gave them manna to eat. He gave them sufficient for the day. Those that gathered a little less had enough. Those that gathered more had enough. When they tried to save it for the next day it bred worms and stunk. God didn't want them saving for the next day. God wanted them to only gather extra for His day when they would be too busy worshiping Him to be gathering. The lesson, it seems, is focus on the day in front of you. Do not be worried about tomorrow. I will give you enough to eat tomorrow. So you will not have to save extra. You will not need to be worried about the next day. Jesus told His disciples that there was enough evil for one day. They were not to worry about the next day. I think we get in trouble when we do not focus on the day that the Lord has given us. I must do today what I should do and not worry […]
Exodus 12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? God wanted His people, Israel, to always celebrate the passover. It was to be a time of remembrance of what God had done. They were to go through the whole ceremony. They were to follow the plan that God laid down. Obviously one day the children were going to ask why they did this every year. The children would want to know why the lamb had to die. They would wonder about the meaning of the ceremony. The point was that the Passover Celebration was to never become a ritual. It was never to be something that they just did. It had a profound meaning and that should never be forgotten. Today, in the New Testament, we are taught to celebrate the Lord's Supper. We should never celebrate the Lord's Supper as a ritual either. We should be careful to always think about what we are doing and why. I think the most important is to see that we are to explain to our children. I have this celebration to make me remember but also to help me teach […]
Genesis 50:21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. Joseph had been severely mistreated by his brothers. They sold him into slavery. Think through what Joseph did with his brothers and see if it might be what would work for us. First, Joseph forgave his brothers and the wrong that they had done to him. He forgave them before they asked him. He saw that God had a great plan in what He was doing in Joseph's life. Second, Joseph took care of his brothers and family. He was kind to them. He didn't just forgive but he helped them. Now in this verse he tells them do not be afraid. I will take care of you and continue to do so. He comforted them. He spoke kindly to them. He really went way beyond what the brothers could have expected. I challenge you to think of this and consider the person that hurt you. Forgive them. Be kind to them and heap coals of fire on their head. Then take care of them. Meet needs. Comfort and speak kindly to them. The only way […]
Genesis 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Things may have been going against Joseph. He had been sold by his brothers. He was a slave. He was now falsely accused and put in prison but still God was with him. God was blessing him. God was watching over the minor details in his life. He had given him favor with the jailor. He had blessed him even in slavery. Have you ever considered that things do not have to be going that good, in comparison, for you to know that God is with you? I think that Jospeh teaches us to watch for God's goodness. We watch to see how He is at work in our lives. God was good to Joseph no matter where he was. Joseph kept a good attitude. Jospeh kept believing and honoring God. How do I deal with things that are going on in my life? Do I complain or see how God is blessing? Do I think that God is interested even in the small things of my life? A fatalistic attitude can easily develop where […]
Genesis 43:9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: The sons of Jacob are going back to Egypt. This time they make strong plans and give their word that they will take care of their little brother. Joseph can see that they have learned their lesson and changed their attitude. I need to take responsibility for getting the gospel to people. I think that I too often make excuses, hide behind culture, theology, or whatever excuse that I can find not to have to risk myself and talk to them about Jesus. I know the truth and need to share the truth. Am I my bother's keeper is still a good question. I believe that I am responsible to share the gospel with him. I will give myself to do better sharing the gospel.
Genesis 31:6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father. This is a verse where Jacob tells his wives that he has served their day with all his power. He has worked hard. He has more than done the normal or what others might consider his duty. He has done all he could do. He has done his best. He has given an honest day's work for his pay. As I read this I want to consider and think about what I do. I serve God's people. They have sacrificially given to me all the years of my adulthood. I want to know that I have done my job to the best of my ability. I want to know when I go to bed that I have worked with all my power. I want to give an honest day's work for my pay. Don't you? As a believer we should be the best workers. We do not need someone to tell us to work we work as though we were working for Jesus. Just a thought for today!
Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. Jacob recognized that what he had came from God. Notice him saying, of all that thou shalt give me. He knew that he was tithing because he was recognizing that God was giving it to him. This is one of the first mentions of tithing. It is very similar to the time Abraham gave his tithe. They were recognizing that God was blessing them. That what they had came from God and so they were honoring Him with the tithe. The question that you need to answer is, Do I recognize that what I have comes as a blessing from God? Do I tithe to honor the One I recognize as God who gives me all that I have? Do I not tithe because I do not recognize Him as God? At least this could get you thinking!
We hope you have been enjoying our member spotlights and have been able to better get to know our members. This month we are spotlighting Dan and Shannon Penrod. Dan grew up in a godly Christian home where his dad was a lay pastor. From birth to graduation he attended a church that taught the Gospel. While doing devotions with his mother at the age of seven, he got saved. Shannon was raised in the Catholic Church. When she started dating Dan during her freshman year of high school, she heard the Gospel message while visiting his church, Parkview Church of the Nazarene. But it wasn’t until the age of 24 that she decided to put her trust in Jesus and believe in His power to save her. Dan had asked her before if she would like to step out of the pew and go to the altar, but she had always felt too embarrassed. But one particular Sunday, Pastor Graves kept pleading “take Jesus home with you today!” Dan and Shannon just had to look at each other and they started making their way toward the altar. That day, Shannon “took Jesus […]
Genesis 24:41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath. The servant was to go in search of a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac. He was to follow the instructions he was given. He was to take the message that Abraham was sending. He was to give the invitation and offer the gifts. The decision would be up to the young lady and her family. If she refused to come then the servant would be clear of his oath. He would have done his duty. He would have carried out his commission. This is a picture of what happens with us. As we go out and take the gospel we are sent on a mission. It is our job to go. It is our job to take the message. It is our job to follow His instructions. It is our job to give the invitation. The person will decide if they will accept the free gift or not. We are clear of our oath and our duty is done when we do the part that He has assigned us. […]
Genesis 19:19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: God has sent His angels to rescue Lot. He will not be destroyed with the wicked city. Instead he is told to escape to the mountain so that he will not be hurt. Lot says that if he goes to the mountain something bad might happen to him. It is interesting because obviously these men, these angels, have come from God. They were able to deliver him. They were able to destroy the city. It would seem that they would know more about what God wanted than Lot. Lot doesn't think so. The big city might have been his problem but the mountain was too far and not what he wanted. He would take a small city, Zoar. He would take what he thought was best but he had no desire to listen to the angels that just saved his life. How often am I like that? I think I know better than God. I can see […]
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. God called Abram to start a new nation. A nation of people that would be special to Him. A chosen, elect people who would have the job of taking the gospel to the world. They were to be a blessing to all. God would protect them. He would bless those that blessed them because they were a called and chosen people on a mission for Him. They were to get the knowledge of this God that had called Abram to the entire world. They would fail in many things that He wanted. They would forget why they were chosen and special. They would begin to think that it was about them and not Him. They would begin to count their blessings instead of the cost to do what He wanted. They would succeed in great things. They would give us a Bible. They would start a church for all. They would give us a Savior, Jesus. They failed and have been set aside temporarily, as a nation, from the job they were given. […]
Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Man had become horribly sinful. It had gone so far that God is going to destroy the earth with a flood. What I want you to see is what just hit me and hurt. Imagine God was sorry that He had made man. He was disappointed. It grieved Him that man had so turned from Him. I hurt thinking of His hurt that I read in this verse. He was grieved. He regretted having made man. God was sorry! I so hunger for Him not to regret me! I don't want Him to be sorry He put me in His ministry. I want to live up to what He wants. I want to please Him. Do you ever think about how He feels? Do you hunger to please Him?
Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Jesus will use us to bring honor to Himself. Up in heaven He will say look what I did. I took this failure, this sinner, this weak person and saved them. I made them holy. I gave them a new past and a new future. Here they are all cleaned up. They have had ministry . They have lived worthwhile lives. I did that. I am the One that changed them. Jesus gets all the glory. He won. He is the hero. He made us and not we ourselves. Thank God for Him and I hope He gets lots of praise and glory.
I Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; Paul remembered them and their work. Paul thought about them a lot. He thought of how they believed God. He had watched them work. He watched continue on in spite of what might be happening. They served God in difficult times and circumstances with patience and hope. He knew that God was pleased with them. I want to be so careful to remember and pray for the people God has placed in my ministry. I want to always notice all that they are doing to bring honor and glory to the God of Heaven.

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