CALM DOWN!!!! Psalm 131 calm down! calm down!

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Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.

           I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I stop to pray- even if my surroundings are quiet and calm, my mind is going a million miles per hour. I just can’t seem to quiet my mind down enough to pray-  or even to quiet my mind in order for Him to speak to me. It’s like my mind is a wild race horse running away from it’s owner-“Hey! Get back here, I need you!”

In the quietness of my house I knelt down quietly, bowed my head- and off…

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The Twelve Move Out

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Luke 9:1-9

As Chapter 9 begins, the scene changes and Jesus sends out the twelve disciples to proclaim the Kingdom. In doing so, he gave them some unusual instructions:

“Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.  Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” (9:3-5)

Nobody sets off on a road trip like that, at least not by design. Jesus sent these guys out there with nothing; no provision, no supplies, not even a change of clothes. We might be tempted to criticize His lack of planning and organization…

If we did so, we would be acting in haste, for actually there was a plan, a very counter-intuitive one. The disciples were to head out…

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A Serpent is Lifted Up

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Numbers 21:4-9

In this section, the Israelites are going the long way around Edom, which they will not cross because the Edomites, who are the descendants of Esau, are hostile to them. This is a very harsh desert region that even now, is inhabited by several varieties of venomous snakes. As they people mover through the region, they began to gripe and complain about the conditions; they spoke harshly against both Moses (“type” of Christ) and God Himself. God, hearing their mutinous talk, sent them a plague of snakes that left many with very painful and often fatal wounds. (vv. 4-6)

Before long, the people began to repent of their rebellion and sought out intercession from Moses, who prayed to God for deliverance. God gave Moses an odd instruction: make an image of a snake, attach it to a pole and hold it up for people to see. If they…

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