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What are your go-to promises?

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What are your go-to promises?

In our bible reading this week, we will be looking at Moses’ final speech before his death recorded in Deuteronomy. In the opening chapter, Moses, knowing that he will not enter the promise land, encourages the people of God to remember God’s promises to them (Deuteronomy 1:10-11). God promised Abraham that his offspring shall be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5). There are many promises of God recorded in Scripture. Here are some of my go-to promises of God from the Old Testament.

  1. Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.

  2. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

  3. Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

  4. Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

  5. Malachi 3:10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

What are your go-to promises?

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Where is your safe place?

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Where is your safe place?

These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills any person without intent may flee there (Numbers 35:15).

According to the Law of Moses, anyone who committed murder was “put to death” (Exodus 21:14), however, God instructed that he would designate a place for those who unintentionally killed someone (Exodus 21:13). This designated place is introduced in Numbers 35 as the Cities of Refuge. It is at the Cities of Refuge where one would flee from the “avenger of blood” who would pursue a killer, even if the act was unintentional. It was a “safe place” for those who were waiting trial. These cities reminds Christians of Jesus Christ — a safe place where Christ shelters his people from death, a safe place in times of trouble, and a safe place from the enemy of our souls. At The Well Church, we begin our worship service with a time of prayer. As we walk into the sanctuary, we not only need time to “be still,” but also to center our attention to Jesus Christ, our “safe place.” This time is scheduled into our service as a City of Refuge. As you pray this morning, picture yourself running into the arms of Jesus, our Prince of Peace, our Refuge, our Redeemer, and our Protector. As the Cities of Refuge were opened to all people  — Israel, strangers, and sojourners — who fled to them, Jesus Christ provides safety to all who come to Him for refuge. Let us enter into His presence and say to the LORD,

“My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2).

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Why Fellowship?

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Why Fellowship?

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time’ (Numbers 28:1–2).

Fellowship is a big part of our church. Whether it is a homemade meal, a backyard BBQ, or pizza, fellowship is a time where we sit around a table and share life. It is precisely why we hold our bible studies and family meetings in our cafe. Fellowship is not only important for church members, but also important between God and us.  Numbers 28-29 describe the Calendar of Public Offerings. The instruction for each offering is meticulous and costly. According to the ESV Study Bible, “It has been calculated that, over the course of a year, these sacrifices involved a total of 113 bulls, 1,086 lambs, over a ton of flour, and 1,000 bottles of oil and wine!” One thing to note is that these offerings were mandatory and not optional. Why would God, who created the universe from nothing and does not need anything from us, require such sacrifices? It is precisely for the purpose of fellowship!  The offerings represented a communal meal that was shared with God and His people. As we worship our God at The Well Church, let us not take our offering time lightly. Let us remember the atoning sacrifice our Lord Jesus Christ made so that we can enjoy fellowship with God. As we look forward to our fellowship time with each other every Sunday, let us also look forward to the offering time.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1).

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Would my actions honor God?

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Would my actions honor God?

and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. - 1 Corinthians 10:3-4

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Ten Commandments

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Ten Commandments

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

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Advent

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Advent

What is your go-to bible verse? According to the YouVersion Bible app, which is installed on more than 350 million devices, the most popular bible verse for 2018 around the world was Isaiah 41:10, which states,

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

This verse, in which God exhorts his people to trust him, demonstrates God’s love, care, and protection for His people. Interestingly, this verse is similar to last year’s most popular verse, Joshua 1:9, which reads,

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

The common theme here is that as long as we trust in God and have faith in Him, we do not have to worry about anything. In other words, peace comes when we let God be God and trust Him fully. As a pastor, it is encouraging to see so many people turn to God’s word for hope, comfort, and assurance. During this advent season, let us remember that Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. As it is written in Matthew 1:23, 

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Merry Christmas!

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