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Each of our lives is marked by defining moments - times which have given definition to who we are and what we are. Some of them are positive and some of them are negative. They come at various different times and places and often we are unaware of just how much impact they will have on the rest of our life. The Bible is filled with defining moments. We see them in the lives of many of its characters and we also see them in the life of God's people Israel. One of these times is recorded for us in Numbers 13-14, when Israel stood at the door of the Promised Land at Kadesh-Barnea. Listen and see what happened and learn how things could have been different.
One of the striking, continual themes of The Story is God’s great love for His people. He never abandons them, no matter their wrong turns, their complaining, their lack of trust. The people of Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness but were not without His constant presence and guidance. After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the disciples felt lost without Him. But He did not leave them without support—He sent His great Spirit to be with them. And so He surrounds us, too, with His unfailing love and concern.
Dr. Daniel Taylor, author & guest lecturer for the 2013 Spring Lectureship, speaks about the power of kindness and blessing.
Like ten of the 12 spies sent into the Promised Land, our fears lead us to grumble and complain about our situations, displaying our lack of trust in God and highlighting our inadequacies and insecurities while we lead others away from God. But we have been given every spiritual blessing and resurrection power, so don't be afraid of the giants and take the land. The Lord will fight for you.
What can we do about a complaining and complacent heart? Why do we so quickly forget God's amazing rescue of our lives from darkness and sin? Maybe, just maybe, we don't trust God.
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One of the difficult things for a congregation to see is where a church is going. That’s why it’s important for those in the driver’s seat to help communicate the map, giving directions to help everyone want to go on the journey together. Today’s message will be a simple way to cast a vision for 2013. I would like to provide a map of ideas and goals of where Praise Point is going in 2013.