Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hopeful Instruction

Getting a drivers license is one of those rites of passage that make your fifteenth year seem to last about twenty months. I thought my sixteenth birthday would never come. It did, of course, and when it did I was ready. I had taken my driver's education class, practiced driving dutifully with my white-knuckled parents, and studied the driver's handbook from cover to cover. I knew how far it took to stop an 18-wheeler, the requirements for driving a school bus, and the correct lane location for a motorcycle - not that I was going to drive any of those things, but it was in the handbook, so I knew it. Nothing was going to stop me from a lifetime of standing in line at the DMV.

In Exodus 12, the nation of Israel was still a long way from the promised land. In fact, they hadn't even left Egypt. Still, God prepares them for a celebration they would teach to their children and grandchildren that would remind them of God's fulfilled promise. Join us this week as we discover in the description of Passover found in Exodus 12:24-28 a reminder that we can live in the promise of God, even when we cannot yet see its fulfillment.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Best Laid Plans

The quote "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" comes from the poem "To a Mouse" written by Robert Burns. According to legend, Burns wrote the poem after plowing a field one day and inadvertently destroying the nest of a mouse. Burns' brother reportedly said that the poem was written while the poet was still leaning on the plow. Burns went on to become a world famous poet. No word about what happened to the mouse.

Moses knew a few things about plans going awry. His first attempt to free the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt didn't quite go the way Moses had planned. However, Moses was about to learn a valuable lesson we all need to realize - just because things don't work out the way we planned does not mean God is not at work (Exodus 5:22-23). Find out this Sunday how this important truth can revolutionize the way you approach life.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Next Steps

I have two grainy videos in our vast family collection. I suspect you have some similar videos (maybe even some Super 8 movies) of the same thing - the first steps of our children. Families celebrate and grab the camera to record those first wobbling attempts to "come to Mommy" and rightfully so. It's an exciting day.

This Sunday, at our combined 11:00 service, National Heights will vote on Next Steps, the ministry strategy presented by our Ministry Study Team. This collection of twenty-one ministry strategies in six different ministry areas represents some opportunities and challenges that only God can do. You can find out more about Next Steps at  the web page NHBC Future. Join us this Sunday as together we begin this new journey of ministry. You might want to bring your camera!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Show-Me State

Missouri's unofficial motto is "The Show-Me State" (although it is on license plates - doesn't that somehow make it official?). No one is sure about the origin of the phrase, sometimes attributed to U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, and sometimes to miners in Colorado who were making fun of fellow miners from Joplin (as in "those guys don't know how to do anything until you show them"). The phrase, according to the Missouri Secretary of State website, now reveals "the stalwart, conservative, noncredulous character of Missourians."

Proof is important in life. It was for Moses. When God called him to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, Moses wanted proof that God would do it (Exodus 4:1). So God proves it.

God has proven his power to us. The question for us is the same as it was for Moses - what will we do now?

See you Sunday!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016


A major wireless company used the slogan, "Can you hear me now" for nine years. Supposedly, if you used their company, you would be able to hear and be heard much better than if you use the other companies.

God calls us to hear the lost world around us. Many times their cries are obvious and loud, but sometimes, they are calling with merely a whisper. He also calls us to hear HIS voice each day.

As the old hymn states, "Open my ears, Lord, I want to hear Jesus." And, may our ears to the world be opened, too, so that when they call out, "Can you hear me now?" we are ready to listen, and to really hear.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Name Tag

At many reunions, people are issued a name tag with their photo on it. This is not some intricate form of security, and the photo may or may not look very much like the person wearing the name tag. The photo is from their high school yearbook. That way, people who haven't seen them for forty years can figure out who they are.

Knowing who we are is important. It was important for Moses. More significant, it was important for him to know the God he was called to serve. It's important for us, too. This Sunday, find out who God is as we read from Exodus 3:11-14.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Greater Things

At every Olympics, world records are broken. At the Rio games, world records were set in the men's 400 meters, women's 10,000 meters, and the women's hammer throw. No doubt, the next Olympics will see more records fall. After all, that's the point of the Olympic motto: Faster, Higher, Stronger.

The disciples weren't worried about setting a record. They were worried about surviving. Jesus had just told them he was going to the cross, news that devastated the disciples to the core. Then Jesus told them:

"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12 NIV)

Greater things! What could Jesus possibly have meant by that? Find out this Sunday!

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