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Two Enduring Questions

Life is filled with questions, most of which we do not even think about; they are simply a part of our life. We ask questions like “what time shall I get up in the morning?” Or “How many times can I hit the snooze and still make it to work on time?” Then “What shall I wear?” (and there’s a bunch of questions built into this one). Then we ask, “What’s the weather going to be like today?” and “What should I have for breakfast?” And before you know it, the questions just pile on. In fact, every act of our lives is the answer to some question. Many of our questions are minor questions – like food or color of our outfit. Some are more major—like which car we buy or what job we take. But there are some fundamental questions that have life altering impact that I want to talk to you about today. These are two enduring questions and the answers you give will determine the course of your life. They are questions that we all must answer, and we must answer them every day.

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Prepare to Meet Your God

School days were filled with tests that required preparation. The cost for failing to prepare was a bad grade, maybe even a failing grade, and a class that had to be retaken. But tests didn’t end with graduation. Now the tests are less formal, the stakes are usually a lot higher, but they still require preparation. But we often don’t consider the preparation needed in our relationship with God. Today in our story in Exodus, as Israel gathers at the mountain, God sends word by Moses to prepare to experience God on the mountain. In a great demonstration of power and glory, God came, and in so doing he was teaching his people that he was not to be approached lightly, but rather with care, with reverence, and with fear. Today, God is still the same as he was when he appeared on the mountain. Are we taking him serious?

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You Will Be Eaten by Cannibals - The Life of John G. Paton

When Jesus left this earth, he made a promise to return to gather his church—those who believe in him—to eternal life in heaven with him. But in the meantime, he left his church with a mission, the mission of going out and making disciples by proclaiming the good news of forgiveness for sins and eternal life in heaven through faith Jesus’ death and resurrection. For two thousand years, followers of Jesus have taken that task seriously. They have preached the gospel where they lived, and some have left their homes and families and have gone to make a life in a new place for the sake of the gospel of Jesus. Today, we see the life of a man who embarked on a missionary life with the warning, “You will be eaten by cannibals.”

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Transitions

Transitions are a part of our lives. From childhood, we began to change, to face new opportunities and new challenges. This continues right on into adulthood. Sometimes the transitions are small and easy, almost unnoticeable. Other times they are big transitions that bring major changes to us. But in all them, small or large, we find ourselves with the chance to look two ways—towards the past and towards the future. As Israel learns about the next steps in their journey, they are reminded of their past and what God had done for them in bringing them out of Egypt. But God does more than that. He paints a picture for them, not just of people delivered, but of people drawn to himself for something bigger. As we see the next step of God’s unfolding plan, we see the love and care of a great God for his people both then and now.

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Two Necessary Things

The number of things needed for life depends on the situation. But when a new nation is getting its feet on the ground, life can be overwhelming, especially for its overworked leaders. Israel, just a few months out of Egypt has already experienced some amazing things from God. But now they face a different challenge. As Moses prepares Israel for the next steps of their amazing journey, he is overwhelmed by the task in front of him. But he does not know what to do about it. God uses his father-in-law Jethro to give him some advice that sets the stage for Israel’s growth as a nation and teaches us some very important things about our own lives.

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