"Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb."
(Exodus 3:1 KJV)
Jethro was a Midianite priest who had seven daughters that served as shepherdesses for his flocks. After Moses killed the Egyptian guard and fled into the desert, he met Jethro's daughters and helped them water their flock. So Jethro welcomed Moses, gave him one of his daughters, Zipporah, as a wife and made him a shepherd. The Bible mentions Jethro again in Exodus 4:18 when Moses asks him for permission to return to Egypt.
After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt into the Sinai area, Jethro brought his daughter, Moses' wife, and their two sons to Moses. Jethro was given a warm welcome and he had an evening meal with Israelite leaders and Aaron. Then Jethro praised Our Awesome God and made sacrifices to Him (Exodus 18:1-12) saying He was "greater than all gods". The next day, before he went home, Jethro helped Moses to organize a better judicial system for God's chosen people, relieving Moses of some of his duties to about 3 million people, (Exodus 18:13-23, 27).
Jethro is called by two other names in the Bible, Reuel in Exodus 2:18 and Numbers 10:29 and Hobab in Judges 4:11. (Hobab is also named as the son of Moses' father-in-law in Numbers 10:29). The Holy Bible doesn't give us enough details to understand the names used or the Midianite religion at that time. Jethro had a lot of wisdom for a man of the desert and owner of flocks. As a Midianite, he would have been descended from Abraham. But what were his background and experience? We are not told.
Our Awesome God can and does use people outside the Jewish or Christian faiths to further the world's knowledge of Himself or to fulfill a purpose. As His people, we should study His Word and be available to do His work at every opportunity.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for a Praise and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone."
(Matthew 14:23 KJV)
Our Lord prayed to Our Awesome God frequently and the above verse describes just one of many times that He did. There is no set and definite way to pray but the Model Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13 or Luke 11:2-4, is the one Jesus Christ used to teach His disciples how to pray. So here are some basic ideas to help get started:
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about how God is Awesome and about how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM with a Praise and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. We love visitors
"But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his."
(Deuteronomy 21:17 KJV)
In the above Scripture, it states that the right of the firstborn is to inherit a "double portion" of the estate and implies that the other sons should share equally. The concept of birthright had started with God's promises to Abraham: land, including Canaan; a great nation and the Messiah. The promises were to be transferred to the oldest legitimate son, Isaac. When Abraham died, Isaac inherited 100% of the estate but Abraham had given gifts to each of his other sons before he died.
The birthright could be transferred to other sons if the oldest was found to be unworthy. So, instead of Reuben (Genesis 49:3-4), Jacob blessed his 4th son, Judah, with leadership and blessed the two sons of Joseph (11th) equally with his other sons. This may have started the idea that the birthright in any Jewish family would include a double portion of the material possessions. All this occurred before Our Awesome God gave Moses the law and the book of Deuteronomy.
As the population grew during the Egyptian bondage, identifying a single son of promise became impractical and the promises of God were essentially nationalized. However, the birthright division of material wealth was kept and eventually codified into the Mosaic Law. Deuteronomy 21:15-17 commands how the birthright is to be assigned if a man has more than one wife, but it also confirms the double portion provision. For the most part, women did not inherit, but under certain conditions, daughters could inherit provided they married within their tribe (Numbers 27:1-11, 36:6).
With the establishment of human kings, the royal birthright was expanded to include the throne (2 Chronicles 21:3). Some of the kings exercised considerable leeway in assigning the birthright. Both David (1 Kings 1:11-13) and Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:21-23) chose younger sons to be the next king and Our Awesome God allowed it to happen. Inheritance was an important part of the Jewish culture and is often mentioned in the Old Testament.
When Jesus Christ fulfilled the law’s punishment for sin and established the new covenant, the civil provisions of the law still applied to the Jews. For Christians, Jewish and Gentile, the emphasis shifted to our spiritual inheritance (1 Corinthians 15:50). Every adopted son of God (Romans 8:15-17) will inherit the kingdom (Matthew 25:34).
Join us as we learn more about our spiritual inheritance in heaven from an Awesome God and with His Son, Jesus Christ. Come to Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday and Bible Study is at 6:00 PM with AWANA for Children until 7:30 PM.. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and Bible Study at 7:00 PM Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for God!
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.".
(Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV)
Dr. Charles Stanley writes, "We all enjoy weekends. Recreation with our families and friends is important for a well-balanced life. But if we live for the weekends, only, we thwart God's desire to bless us in the task that occupies most of our adult life--work...
"Work is a gift from God--given for our enjoyment and blessing. That is why the Preacher can say, '…And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.' (Ecclesiastes 3:13 KJV)
"'Wait a minute,' you might be saying. 'If you knew who my boss is, you would understand! How can I possibly enjoy my work with such an unpleasant supervisor?'
"True enough, some work may not fit our ideal job description--but consider the alternative. Have you ever known anyone to feel happy and satisfied while standing in an unemployment line? Are you happy if you have nothing to eat? If you have a job, thank God for it. Not everyone is so blessed.
"Wherever your work takes you today--on the factory line, under a sink, at a desk, in a truck or on the phone--thank God for your work. It may be less than perfect, for but that is where God has placed you, at least for now.
"We must come to see every detail of our jobs as an opportunity to serve God. The apostle Paul tells us, 'Whether ye eat or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God' (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV). And Paul reminds us, 'And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;' (Colossians 3:23 KJV). Such an attitude can transform the workplace from a mere workstation to a practical pulpit that says more about your relationship with Christ than words ever could." (The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, page 765).
So use the workplace God gave you to show people how a Christian, who believes in a God who is Awesome, who is alive and gave His Son to die for our sins, should live. Live what God teaches us! God may use your example to make your workplace more Christian, but He will surely grow you spiritually.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA for children, Sunday at 6:00 PM, to an Intercessory Prayer Team, we are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came."
(Genesis 12:1, 5 KJV)
Abraham (Abram) was born in Chaldea (present day Iraq) in the city of Ur. Ur was one of the cities in the "Cradle of Civilization", an important city. Abraham's father, Terah, traveled 500 miles north to Haran (now southeast Turkey) with part of his family and stayed there until his death. But when God called Abraham, he moved 400 miles south to the land of Canaan and lived there most of the rest of his days. If we look at Abraham's family we see the following; Terah, his father, was descended from Noah through his son, Shem. Abraham's brothers were Nahor and Haran. Haran, the father of Lot (Abraham's nephew) had died in Ur, but Nahor's death is not mentioned in the Bible. Sarah, Abraham's wife, was his half sister through Terah.
The greatest test of Abraham came when God commanded him to sacrifice Isaac, his son of promise. Despite the grief and horror that he must have been experiencing, Abraham was actually about to go through with it before being stopped by Our Awesome God (the event occurred on what was then barren Mount Moriah). This lesson of obedience and faith was one of many that Abraham learned.
After Sarah died, Abraham married Keturah who gave him six sons. Abraham's first sons were Ishmael and Isaac, but Keturah gave him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah (Genesis 25:1, 2 KJV).
One crucial lesson we learn from Abraham is that God can and will use us in spite of our weaknesses. Our Awesome God will even stand by us and rescue us from our foolish mistakes. The Lord is greatly pleased by our faith and willingness to obey him. Like most of us, Abraham came to the full realization of God's purpose and promise only over a long period of time and through a process of revelation. Thus, we learn from him that God's calling will usually come to us in stages.
Come join us in our church. There is always a need for Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Awesome God to others. We are a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day and is now sitting by God, interceding for you when you sin. Every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. We have AWANA for children and Bible Study groups at 6:00 PM on Sunday.
"Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
(Colossians 4:6 KJV)
In this Scripture, Paul is telling us that, because we are Christians (Our Awesome God's children), our general speech and conversation should be gracious and kind, not just for friends and family, but for everyone we meet. We need to be consistently gracious even when we are under stress, being persecuted, or being unjustly accused, for we are examples to the unbelievers.
The Christian should always have speech that is not only gracious but "seasoned with salt." Our speech needs to have a purpose for it and it should have an effect on the hearer to improve themselves and all of your speech should leave them knowing you love them. The Christian's speech is thoughtful and encourages people to try to be more like Jesus Christ. It is not always easy to speak in a kind, gentle, thoughtful way that will make others want to improve themselves instead of defend themselves.
When we speak, we need to remember that Our Awesome God may be using our words and actions to lead someone to Christ. Think of yourself as stirring up an aroma of love, of dedication and heating up the Holy Spirit to convict someone of their need for Jesus Christ. Be we man or woman, we need to think of our words before we speak them because our words maybe preserving the life and health of someone or giving off the scent of God's grace to a dying person.
Salt is used as a preservative and often stings as it keeps the corruption out of your life and filth out of your speech (Proverbs 27:6 KJV). Keep the salt in your speech for flavor, wit and charm so people will want to hear more from you. All this takes is Our Awesome God, time and practice to get it right. Are you practicing or just talking (James 3:2 KJV)? It may take a lifetime of practicing to get your speech to come with grace and be "seasoned with salt."
Learn more about God Is Awesome by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and prayer. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth ... And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do ... Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
(Genesis 11:4, 6, 9 KJV)
Man did make the Tower of Babel: it was a seven-stage ziggurat (stepped pyramid) with a temple to the god Marduk at the top. It was called Etemenanki, or 'the temple of the platform between heaven and earth', and was built in the city of Babylon sometime around 2300 BC, as near as archeologist, Biblical historians, and writings of that period can ascertain. Putting together facts from the ancient writings and the conclusions of these experts, we can start to build a picture of what could have happened.
About 100 years after the Flood, Nimrod (Nimrod was a son of Cush. Read Genesis 10:8) started building a city, which was later called Babylon, to rule over. He was a "mighty hunter" of men and was known as ruthless and wanted to "make a name" for himself. Nimrod set up a god he called Marduk (which was himself) as the city god and started building a ziggurat (the tower of Babel) to reach up to heaven and make man equal to god. It got 6 stories high with no chambers before Our Awesome God intervened.
Our Awesome God was indignant because of Babylon's arrogance and pride and He confused their language so they would not understand each other. God confused the people by splitting them up into seventy different nations and tribes, each with a language of its own, and dispersing them throughout the world (hence the name Babel, meaning "confusion"). Linguists and Bible historians say that this story of confused languages can be found in the literature of over 300 countries. Our Awesome God will not tolerate arrogance and pride in man. Read your Holy Bible in Genesis 11.
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a program for children called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM.. We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
Flo & Bill