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Some commands are OK by me. Don’t marry your cousin – didn’t really want to. Give God the first day of each week. Easy. If I don’t show up at church, I’m fired. Love your wife. Same thing – but the fire comes from the end of a gun.

But this week we’re taught to trust God when we seem to be going nowhere. When He takes His time. When He doesn’t act. It would be easier to not marry my cousin.

It’s the space between being going portable and having a church building, between graduation and a real job, between diagnosis and remission, between saying goodbye and being reunited in Heaven.

It took the Israelites 40 years to go 175 miles from Egypt to the Promised land. That’s 0.0005 mph. That's      really     slow. They were a portable church the entire time, and they had to say a couple million goodbyes.

No wonder they grumbled.

This Sunday find out why God is more concerned about the journey than the destination. And no, we aren’t there yet.

But, we are a day closer.

 

 

Did you see the first Amazing Race show of the season last Sunday? The couple who won, didn’t win.

The host gave two “Express Passes,” to the winners of Sunday’s race. These Express Passes are like gold.They virtually guarantee you another week’s win, and you can save it for the week of your worst performance. The couple who won last week may well win the series.

But the couple who won, didn’t win. The first place couple flat creamed the others. They got to the end and the host said, “You are team number one, but I’m sorry to tell you…”

In their hurry, they didn’t read a clue correctly. They did not do everything it said. As a result, they incurred a 30-minute penalty, lost first place and the Express Passes. A brutal consequence for a simple oversight.

This week as we look at Chapter 5 in The Story, God shows us how to win in spite of ourselves. It’s The Amazing Race of Life. Hope you can join us!

 

I love basset hounds. I hear they are tough to raise, obnoxious, drool a bit and smell a lot. But then, we often like dogs that are similar to ourselves.

When I was little, we found a puppy and brought him home. I don’t remember how we got the puppy, I just remember standing back while my sisters went to my dad and said, “Daddy, daddy, can we keep him?” Then they lied about how we would feed, water, and clean up after him.

My sisters could do wonders on dad with their eyes. It didn’t work on mom so much.

This is a sick question, but I wonder if a daughter’s eyes are what saved the life of Moses. Can you imagine Pharaoh’s daughter running in the house, and up to dad, with a baby in a wet basket, asking, “Daddy, daddy, can I keep him?”

Pharaoh melts at the sight, and says to himself, “Self,” he says, “what difference can one little Hebrew baby make?”

What difference indeed.

Sunday we talk about Moses, God, and you. See you then.

 

I don’t mean to be a pessimist. I don’t even mean to say that none of your dreams will come true. What I meant to say is - I hate graduation speeches.

It’s the “follow your heart, aim for the stars and you’ll land on a cloud” kind of speeches that bug me. If you’re not a kid anymore, what dreams did you have when you graduated High School? I bet they didn’t come true – not many of them anyway.

What dreams do you have now? Same bet. But - that’s a good thing. Because…

God is a dreamer, and He dreams BIG. Bigger than us. Sometimes He gives His dreams to you, and those dreams DO come true.

This week we are in The Story, chapter 3. I hope you’ve read it. It’s about Joseph, the guy whose life was a disaster through no fault of his own. But...

His weird God dream about crops and stars bowing came true. I hope yours do too. See you Sunday!

 

OK, so I was just on my computer and typed “News” into the Google search bar. Which do you think was the first news station to come up? CNN? Fox? ABC? NBC? Yahoo?


Nope.


It was Al Jazeera America.


It’s a news station put out by one of Abraham’s descendants. Genesis 12-22 is still happening. Ishmael and Isaac continue to battle. God’s covenant with Abraham still stands.  And, you and I are in the middle of it.


I continue to be amazed as I read The Story of the Bible, how God works through ordinary misfits. For starters, Abraham’s dad was an idol pusher, and Abraham slept with his servant girl. The result of that was… Al Jazeera America.


But later the Holy Spirit came upon another descendent of Abraham, and this teenager gave birth to a Son. They called Him Immanuel, meaning, God with us. Then He died for us, rose from the dead, hung around for a while, and then left after saying He would return and live with us.


I wonder - if God can bring Jesus through the likes of Abraham, what He can do through the likes of you and me? I, for one, am glad He doesn’t give up on ordinary misfits.


I also wonder, when Jesus returns, how Al Jazeera will report it.