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Numbers 17-18

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 11, 2010 |

I have one thought while reading through these two chapters. I am so thankful that Jesus came to this earth and made a way for me to come to the Father in grace. I get overwhelmed just reading about all the lists of do(s) & don’t(s). I just think of how hard it would have been to live up to that and remember to do everything so perfectly. Then I …

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Rebellion Leads to Consequences - Numbers 14-16

Written by Chris Jarrell | April 10, 2010 |

“Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to …

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Numbers 11-13

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 9, 2010 | Numbers 11 - 13

Is it just me or is there a major disconnect between God, Moses, and the people. Something is a bit off. They are never quite on the same page. Has Israel forgotten the power of God and what took place as they fled from Egypt? Have they grown numb to the cloud and fire that are leading their way or the miraculous manna that appears every morning? Moses still doesn’t …

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Not Numbers Guy

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 8, 2010 |

I have to be honest.  Sometimes I’m just not a Numbers guy.  It’s not like John or Phillippians.  I’m finding it difficult to read and sometimes it seems tedious, bizarre, or (*gasp*) boring, but in the end, it’s still deeply relevant and speaks to me.  It just takes me longer. 

At first Chapters 9 and 10 seemed to be in the boring category.  But this passage has a lot …

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Presenting Ourselves to Him (Numbers 6-8)

Written by Heather Zempel | April 7, 2010 | Numbers 6 - 8

By Kari Olney

Nazirite vows and Levite vows awed me; they must be special to God.

The Nazirite vow was “when either a man or a woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the Lord… all the days of his separation he is holy to the Lord.”

The Levite vow was “wholly given to Me from among the people of Israel. Instead of …

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Numbers 4-5

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 6, 2010 | Numbers 4 - 5

The census continues in Chapter 4 and more specific instructions were given on how to care for the tabernacle and other items that are included in it.  Aaron and his sons were the only ones that were given the right to approach, look at, and touch ‘the holy things.’ (verses 15 and 20)  Coming out of the Easter weekend, and then reading this, we can now better understand what it …

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Intro To Numbers

Written by Maegan Stout | April 5, 2010 |

The Book of Numbers is the account of how the Lord prepared the Israelites to enter the promised land. The book is part of the Pentateuch (the Torah), which consists of the first five books of the Bible, and are writings of Moses that both Christians and Jews hold as scripture. Numbers dates just before 1400 BC, but specifically begins one year after the Israelite exodus from Egypt. It is …

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Numbers 1-3

Written by Joel Schmidgall | April 4, 2010 | Numbers 1 - 3

It’s hard to leave the book of John and the resurrection of Easter!  But today we dive back into the Old Testament and the book of Numbers.  Numbers is the 4th book of the Pentateuch (The first unit of scriptures, made up of five books).  The first section is spent numbering the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.  And we find ourselves in a portion of scripture that separates the …

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Easter Morning

Written by Mark Batterson | April 4, 2010 |

I love Christmas morning, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Easter morning.  It’s my favorite morning to wake up.  It’s hard to describe the feeling, but holy awe comes close.  And it’s gets better and better every year as I grow in my understanding of what the resurrection means. Simply put: it means everything.  And that is where I think so many people miss out on the significance of …

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Answering Jesus’ Prayer (John 16-18)

Written by Heather Zempel | April 3, 2010 | John 16 - 18

Today’s reading contains the passage that may be my all-time favorite in Scripture. While the synoptic Gospels record Jesus’ famous prayer in the Garden, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done,” John reveals to us the other prayers that Jesus prayed that night. And they demonstrate Jesus’ strong heart for his friends.

In John 17:20, we read:

“I …

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