Numbers 35:15 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither. God made a plan to protect the accidental killing of another person. They were called the cities of refuge. You could live there. It was confinement but still living and some form of freedom. If you accidentally did something that caused the death of another, then you were not to be put to death. If you killed someone and were unaware of it, then you didn't have to die. God made allowances for accidents. It was like some describe it as wolf eating wolf. It was an eye for an eye in the sense of an adequate sentence for the crime. The punishment fits the crime. What a wonderful God we serve. He knew exactly how to handle every situation! Photo by Jake Ingle on Unsplash
Deuteronomy 1:39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. God now tells His people that He is going to bless their children. They had accused Him of harming their children. The children didn't make that decision. God wanted His people to get all He had for them. He had the promised land for them. He had prepared great things, houses they didn't build, gardens they didn't plant. All they had to do was believe Him. They would have to go and fight the giants, but He promised them victory. They complained that if they obeyed God that their children would be victims, fall prey. God had taken from them the privilege of enjoying all that He had. He would give it to their children because they didn't know and didn't make the decision. Those under the age of twenty would be given all that God had for their parents. God lets His people know that He will be kind to the children. He is offended […]
We had another great service here at Vision this Sunday. On Sunday morning, Bro. John Pearson brought us the offering devotion from Psalm 49.¬ We had special music performed by Mindy Bush and Johanna Bush with Kristen Mize on piano and Ben Mize on guitar.¬ Then, Bro. Austin Gardner preached from Mark 13:14-37 on Jesus is coming back. ¬ ¬ On Sunday evening, Bro. Gardner gave a short devotional from Psalm 2.¬ Our five minute preacher was Jens Looney, and he preached from Galatians 3. We had special music performed by Lindsay Wimberly, Courtney Mathos, Savannah Morgan, Tyler Ellis, Austin Cook, and Adam Ragsdale with Kristen Mize on piano and Ben Mize on guitar.¬ Then, Bro. Gardner preached from 2 Chronicles 30 on getting back to the joy of worship. ¬ If you would like to view this service, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. The twelve tribes of Israel are about to take the promised land. Two and a half tribes decide to stay on the wrong side of the river. God allows them to do so if they will go and fight with their brothers. If they abandon their brothers, then God will punish them. Abandoning their brothers will be a sin against God. How often do I think of me and not of my spiritual family, of others? So often we fail to consider all our brothers and sisters in Christ. We think only of ourselves, just what we want. God wanted His people united. They were to recognize each other. They were to think of each other. The New Testament is full of ‚Äúone another!‚ÄĚ God told us to love one another. We are to serve one another. Amazing our lives are to be lived in community. We are not to abandon our brothers! Photo by Ben Cliff on Unsplash
Numbers 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. As they made leadership choices, they did it before the spiritual leader and the congregation. It wasn't done in a back room. It was known to all. It was clearly stated who was in leadership. We can learn so much by just reading the Scriptures. God chose. The spiritual leaders recognized this. The congregation saw it all. The man was given a charge, instruction, a challenge as he began his ministry. This is similar to what happens in an ordination service. It is doing all things in the light. Making it clear that we believe in the person that God has called forward. Photo by Jan-Niclas Aberle on Unsplash
Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. God gave the Levites the tithe. They were to receive a tenth of all the produce of Israel. It was their inheritance. It was God giving them what they needed to live. All of us live by what God gives us. He gives us life, the ability to work, the strength, the knowledge, literally everything. We honor Him by giving back a portion of what He has given us. The men of God lived by offerings, but those offerings weren't from the people. They were from God. The Levites needed to acknowledge God just like everyone else. All I have comes from God. I honor Him by giving back to Him! Photo by Terry Tan De Hao on Unsplash
Numbers 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? God had brought them to the border of the promised land. All of His great goodness and provision stood there in front of them. All they had to do was believe, and He would give it to them. Instead, they saw the problems and obstacles. They saw the why not instead of His love. They saw the battle, not the blessing. They wanted to go back to slavery. They wanted to continue with the life they knew rather than trust God for what He had for them. They said God wanted to harm them. They were angry. They look at themselves so much that they couldn't see what God was doing for them. How many times do you act like that? You see your problems instead of His power. You see obstacles instead of opportunity. Isn't it time to trust God and see what He has for you? Photo by Hugo Jehanne on Unsplash
Numbers 11:17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. Too many try to do the work alone. They refuse to delegate. They refuse to train others. God didn't want Moses to have to bear the burden alone. Having help meant sharing the spirit, the glory, the honor, the respect. Some want to be sure of their love, they desire job security, so they refuse to train. That is a mistake. Teach others. Train others to do the job. Share your position, your honor, and your spirit. Let God use others too! Photo by Lacey Raper on Unsplash
Numbers 4:30 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old shalt thou number them, every one that entereth into the service, to do the work of the tabernacle of the congregation. Those that would serve in the Tabernacle were time limited. They served from the age of thirty to the age of fifty. I think that most of us do not realize how limited that time was. That means to get done what you have to do. You do not have forever. You can't live like there is a tomorrow. You can't count on another day. Do today what needs to be done. They went into the service excited to serve in such a significant capacity. They knew though that they wouldn't always be privileged to serve in that capacity. Do you try to get all done that you can because you realize that your time of service is so limited? Photo by Eric Muhr on Unsplash
Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD. God had saved the firstborn of all of Israel in the land of Egypt. When the death angel passed over God had given them a lamb to take the place of their firstborn. In Biblical terms, God had purchased all the firstborn. When Jesus died for each of us, He purchased us as well. He died for me so I could live for Him. Now God offers the children of Israel a unique solution. Instead of giving Him the firstborn of every family and the firstborn animal they could provide the Levites. An entire tribe and all they owned were to be strictly the Lord's. God's people Israel would care these special people that God had set aside. He is God. He is the Lord and ruler. Even today God calls men and women to Himself. These people will give their entire life to serving Him. They will not have time for other jobs. They will be devoted entirely to God, His Word, and His […]
We had a wonderful service here at Vision on Sunday. On Sunday morning, Bro. John Pearson brought us the offering devotion from Psalms 37.¬ We had special music performed by Tracy Paver with Kristen Mize on piano and Ben Mize on guitar.¬ Then, Bro. Gardner preached from Mark 13 on Jesus is coming soon. ¬ ¬ On Sunday evening, Graham Young was our 5 minute preacher and he preached from 1 Peter 2.¬ We had special music performed by Abigail Harry, Angel Rowe, and Abigail Pepperdine on piano.¬ Then, Bro. Gardner gave a devotional from Psalm 1, and then preached from 2 Chronicles 29 on the steps to a joyful revival of God’s people.¬ ¬ ¬ If you would like to view this service, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
Leviticus 25:38 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. God identifies Himself as the God who brought them out of Egypt. He rescued them from slavery. He gave them the promised land. He is a great God. Now notice what it says in this verse. He brought them out to give them the land. He rescued them to bless them. He wanted to be their God, so He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He loves you. He rescued you from sin and yourself. He has given you a new life. He is making a difference in you. If you just consider how much He loves you, then you will be blessed beyond your wildest comprehension. He rescued you, gave you life, and simply said, I want to be your God. How can you not accept such an offer? Photo by Jaanus Jagom√§gi on Unsplash
Leviticus 22:32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you, 33 That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD. God tells His people to honor Him. He wants honor because He has honored them. He wants them to see Him as their God, their only God. He had hallowed them. He had made them holy. He had called them out of sin to His holiness. What I love so much about this verse is that God says He brought them out of Egypt to be their God. He is God. He loved and rescued them. He gave them life. He made them holy and His. Now He asks that those He rescued treat Him the same way. We were all sinners. We were all on our way to Hell. He rescued us. He gave us life and life more abundant. He deserves our honor. He deserves our worship. We are not worshiping Him to get something because He has already done it all. He loved us first. He made the first move. He is to […]
Leviticus 10:11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses. God gave His people His Word so that they could teach it. He gave them spiritual leaders who would be responsible for teaching His people. He also told parents to teach their children. God recorded what He said. He gave it to us. He has preserved it till today. Knowing how much God wanted us to know about Him should motivate us to tell our children, to teach and preach, to send missionaries, and to be involved in every way possible of getting His Word to the world. Are you teaching your children? Are you involved in ministry? Is it time that you stepped forward to see about a ministry that you could have? Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash
Mark 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. Jesus is God. He is on the earth that He created. He is among the people that He chose as His own and taught His truths for centuries. They do not believe Him. They doubt that God can work miracles. They are not a people of faith but rather of doubt. He continued teaching in this verse, but He was shocked at their unbelief. I wonder how much I let my doubts and fears hinder what God will do in my life. I wonder how much my doubts shock God, the Lord Jesus Christ. He saved me and made me. He lives in me and has proven Himself many times, but I still let fear and doubt work in my life. I no longer want to shock someone who loves me so much. I want to have a childlike faith in what I read in His book. I want to believe God. Photo by dylan nolte on Unsplash
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