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Keeping the Sabbath Holy
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Who do you say I am?
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Book Review: Audacious
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More than Clean Hands
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My Year in the Old Testament

Keeping the Sabbath Holy

As a child, I memorized the Ten Commandments. But it wasn’t until adulthood that I made connections to why those rules in particular are so important. Last night, I was examining the fourth commandment in particular – the Sabbath Day.

Most of the commands are succint. Exodus 13:13 has three short words, “Do not murder.” But explaining the Sabbath as the fourth command takes up four verses.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work – you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the foreigner who is within your gates. For the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.
– Exodus 20:8-11

I’m going to use a couple passages in Scripture to answer a few key questions about the Sabbath to help us better apply it in our lives.

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Who do you say I am?

 

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Have you ever played Follow the Leader? Other than Red Rover, Follow the Leader is my least favorite game to play. Inevitably, the leader makes us copy goofy motions that force us to jump in place while tapping our noses and waving our arms. I never understood why I would follow a leader that made me look so ridiculous.

So when I heard that we are to follow Jesus, I wanted to know what type of leader He is. Mark chapter 8 helps us understand that the call to follow Jesus as our leader is personal, public, and imitates Jesus’ life.

The first 26 verses of this chapter showcase the authority that Jesus had while He was on earth. Mark retells the story of Jesus feeding 4,000 people with just 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish. We even read about Jesus’ ability to restore sight to a blind man. Then we get these verses:

Jesus went out with His disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the road He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”
They answered Him, “John the Baptist; others Elijah; still others, one of the prophets.”
“But you,” He asked them again, “who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered Him, “You are the Messiah!”
And He strictly warned them to tell no one about Him.
– Mark 8:27-30

This passage helps us understand that following Jesus is more than rattling off a list of what other people believe about Jesus. The call to follow Jesus is personal. Let’s look at the list His disciples made.

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Book Review: Audacious

 

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“When did you buy that book?”

“I didn’t…”

“Then why did it arrive in the mail today?”

“I have no idea.” I flipped through the pages of Beth Moore’s most recently released book, Audacious, hoping to find a note or explanation for how this book arrived in my mailbox. Nothing. I shrugged off the confusion and moved to excitement because I had heard about this book on Twitter (maybe I won it in a contest?? or a give-away?)

Beth Moore has had one  mission statement that has shaped her ministry: To see women come to know and love Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture.

One of her friends handed her a book that asked these two questions: What is your dream? What is your vision for the future?

After facing these two questions, she added two words To see ALL women come to know and AUDACIOUSLY love Jesus Chris through the study of Scripture.

Those two small words launched this book.

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More than Clean Hands

 

The Lord used James chapter 4 recently to remind me that He doesn’t just want us to look like Christians on the outside, He wants us to look like Christ on the inside, too.

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My Year in the Old Testament

 

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When I think about my quiet times, I frequently break them into three categories: Bible reading, Scripture memorization, and prayer. In 2015, I had decided to spend more time in Bible reading than I had in 2014. I used my chronological Bible to read through the Old Testament. I’ve read through the Bible chronologically before, but I had a renewed appreciation for the Old Testament this year. As our pastor preaches through Matthew, I find myself connecting points to Old Testament passages I hadn’t noticed before. As my Sunday School girls asked questions and sought advice, I found myself encouraging them to read from the Old Testament.

Here’s a few lessons I learned or relearned from my year reading it:

The Old Testament prophecies we quote about Jesus are often located in the middle of very depressing passages.

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