Rediscovering Redemption

Throw Your Doing Down

Ex. 23:12 “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

One of the biggest problems humans face is deep restlessness. Judith Shulevitz, famed New York Times columnist, described this deep restlessness and our need for deep peace this way:

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Sacrifices Pay Off

Every team that lost a match during Brazil 2014 made great sacrifices just to qualify for the World Cup. This small vignette gives us a window into every human soul. We all have things we desperately want. We ask these things to grant us validation and appreciation.

We hope that the sacrifices we make will eventually pay off.

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You Could be Mine

  “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.” Exodus 22:1 Read  Exodus 22:1-15 Some years ago, the Church of Scotland was having a great meeting (one of its great assemblies) in the city of Glasgow. […]

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Man’s Best Friend

Ex. 21:33   “When a man opens a pit, or when a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,  34 the owner of the pit shall make restoration… Read Exodus 21: 28-36 This is part of Exodus, Levitcus and Deuteronomy we normally skip over. Boring […]

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Smashing Artwork

  Exodus 21:23 But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life,  24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth… Read Exodus 21:12-27 This passage is one of the most well known and least well quoted in the Bible. Context is very important. Examine these identical paragraphs but put see that the punctuation […]

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Common Interests

Ex. 21:1   “Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. 2 When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. Read Exodus 21:1-11 Grady Smith the writer for Entertainment Weekly “came out” recently. Yes, he admitted to his colleagues […]

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Here Is Where the Magic Happens

Exodus 20:25 “If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it.” Read Exodus 20:22-26 In the Mid-2000’s MTV featured a show called “Cribs.” It highlighted the extravagant lifestyles and houses of celebrities. Often these celebrities would bring the […]

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Perfect Score

And God spoke all these words, Exodus. 20:1 Because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12 Read Exodus 20:1-21 Throughout the world many will be tuning into Brazil to see many nations competing on the fields of friendly strife of football. With the World Cup kick off the very thing […]

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Weight of the World

“What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.” Exodus 18:17b-18 Read Exodus 18:1-27 One of the virtues western culture espouses is the idea of independence. We can live […]

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Plead your case

So the people contended with Moses, and they said, “Give us water to drink!” Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me?’ Exodus 17:2 [NET] Read Exodus 17:1-7 “You keep using the word inconceivable, but I do not believe you know what it means,” says Iñigo de Montoya to one of his companions […]

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