The Gospel in the Life of Moses: Replacing God

No more than a month after they had received God's good instructions for how to live a life of love, the people of Israel forgot the Lord was the one good enough to rescue them, and they had replaced Him. But Moses couldn't give up on them; he wanted these people - these hard-headed people - to come to know the Lord like he did - to really know that the Lord was good. So after the people had turned away, when Moses stood and asked, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” he wasn’t calling to the perfect, to the people who had kept all the rules, to the people who had never struggled. No, he was offering a lifeline of grace to people who were in the midst of rebellion. Today, that lifeline of grace goes out again - no matter where you’ve been, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what you’ve replaced the Lord with. The Son of God has taken what you deserve so you can have another chance to know that the Lord is good.

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An Audience of One

How do you react when you are worried about what somebody else thinks of you? If you are like me, the concern over what other people think is a powerful one, and it usually leads me to live a less full life. This concern with what other people think of us is so powerful that we must take into account how it even affects our practices of faith. As Jesus shows us, the need to impress others can have a strong influence on our motivations even for pious things like giving, praying, and fasting. Whenever we live based on what other people think, we won’t get what we want out of it. But if God sees us, and God loves us, we are freed in a way that change everything.- how we live, even how we give. 

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