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“You never loved me,”  His words laid open my heart.

It is hard to discern truth when someone tells you lies about yourself, even harder when it is someone you should be able to trust like a spouse.

I searched my heart. I searched my actions. I found no evidence to support his accusation. I had been doing all to love someone very difficult to love. I had asked God to help me to love–to give me the love. He had. This was a terrible lie.

It was even more terrible that he believed the lie.

After I cried a river, I let the voice of truth speak over me, of what I had done and not done. I was fully restored to confidence that I had loved and did still love.

My hurt was replaced with sadness. How sad for him–a person seeking to be loved so desperately–to be totally blind to the love being poured out–the love of  the One who loves him most.

But we were and often still are like that. We live oblivious to the love of the Father–thinking that no one loves us when in reality, He so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believed would have everlasting life with Him.

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When I first started practicing law, my mentor told me to write everything down after speaking to a client or another attorney. I nodded and smiled to myself knowing that I didn’t need to write every little thing down. I had a great memory!

A few years down the pike and some years of practice under my belt . . . and the birth of my child – and well, getting older, I started to see what he meant about writing things down.

Today, I write everything down – even so, I forget.

My relationship with God is no exception to this memory loss issue. I need to remember to remember God.

Sometimes, I can be in the midst of my trouble or trial, and I forget that I have a God who loves me–who is near to me–who will never leave or forsake me. I find myself acting as if I am in this trouble alone.

When I finally remember, I feel foolish. How could I forget about God?

My solution? I try to keep God always on my mind.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray without ceasing. In other words, keep a constant connection to God through prayer.

Remember to remember God. It will make a difference in how you handle life’s challenges.

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As we are quickly approaching what is hands down the single biggest holiday for Irish-Americans and their closest friends (read drinking buddies) –St Patrick’s Day – what do you really know about this guy – St. Patrick?

The link below is to a clip from the History Channel that has some valuable information. Check it out!

St Patrick on the History Channel

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As we turn our thoughts towards the cross in these final 30 days before Resurrection Sunday (Easter), I invite you to check out some of our posts from years past.  Just click on the links below.

May God prepare your heart to celebrate the incredible truth of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Finding Easter

When All Appears Lost – Easter

Easter – What are We Really Celebrating

To Save a Thief

Why Crucifixion

Waiting in the wake of the cross

Redemption?

Easter Part 2 – Who is Jesus?

Easter Part 3

Final Week of Jesus ministry – Vocabulary

 

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The Tabernacle was a moveable “tent of meeting” that God commanded Moses to build and for which God provided very detailed instructions as to the building, the furnishing, the use, the transportation and the location.

Facts about the Tabernacle:
□ There are 50 chapters in the Bible that discuss the Tabernacle
□ It would have fit in half of a football field
□ God dwelt with his people for 400 years in the Tabernacle (the Exodus to the time of King Solomon)
□ The Tabernacle was in the center of the Israelite camp

Read Exodus Chapter 25
1. What/who was the source of the items used to make the Tabernacle? See also Exodus 12:35-36.

2. With what heart did God ask them to give their offering?

3. What do these verses tell us about giving to the LORD?
□ 2 Corinthians 9:7

□ Luke 6:38

4. Copy Exodus 25:8 here. What is the purpose of the Tabernacle? What does this tell you about the heart of God?

5. How did they know how to build the Tabernacle?

6. According to Hebrews 8:1-5, it was important that Moses followed the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle exactly because it was a shadow of what?

7. What do you learn about the Ark of the Testimony from Exodus 25:10-22; Exodus 37:1-9? If you are able, draw a rough sketch of what it looked like on the back of this page.

8. What will go into the Ark according to verse 16 and 21?

9. Other things were later put into the Ark as well. What were they according to Hebrews 9:4?

10. Each of the items in the Ark were designed to remind the people of an event or action that God took on their behalf. For each of the following, give the event or action they were to remember:
□ Manna (See Exodus 16)

□ Aaron’s rod (See Numbers 17)

□ Tablets of the Law (Exodus 20)

Note: The Ark of the Covenant was to be made form Acacia wood. Acacia wood was durable and resistant to disease and insects, making it the most suitable material for constructing the ark. In addition, the Ark did not have any idols or likenesses of God. Review Exodus 20:4-5. The Israelites were to worship their God without idols or images in contrast to the pagans around them whose gods were often a combination of exaggerated animal and human features.

11. Describe and/or draw a picture of the Mercy seat based on what you read.

Note: The Mercy Seat represented the place where the High Priest would “atone for” or “cover over” the sins of the people. This was the place of the sacrificial payment for sin. Jesus, our High Priest eliminated the need for the sacrifices under the law by becoming the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins on Calvary. The Mercy Seat was where law (10 Commandments) and mercy (blood covering sin) meet.

12. Describe and/or draw the Table described in Exodus 25:23-30.

13. What goes on the table? What does this represent?

14. What do the following verses tell you about bread?
□ John 6:31-35

□ Matthew 4:4

 

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Your Word

I read Your Word
a love letter
the sweet aroma of my Beloved
speaking of Your love for me
Your plans for me
Your desires for my good
the sure hope of our future together

soft pillowy clouds of promise
billow
flutter
settle
in a luscious feather bed
inviting me
embracing me
enveloping me
buoying me
securing me
I lay my head on a soft pillow of Your promises
I press my face to meet its coolness
wisps of lavender are released

I find rest

 

 

Copyright 2018 MaryBeth Mullin

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