Message from Pastor Bruce

I received an email form Pastor Bruce last night.  He wanted me to give everyone a message:

“Read the blog a bit ago. Glad to read all the positive responses to the readings. Please let the folks know that even though I’m not logging on I’m reading and praying for them all.

PD”

Please pray that he and Christy enjoy the rest of their vacation, and for a safe trip back.

Jake

Day 26: Deuteronomy 13-19

Moses warns Israel about following “a prophet or a dreamer of dreams” (Deuteronomy 13:1) who attempt to lead them astray.  He goes on to tell them how to take care of these false prophets.  He also instructs them on how to deal with any of their cities who have turned from God by those who say “let us go and serve other gods.” (Deuteronomy 13:13)

They are reminded of clean and unclean food, the Sabbatical year, the Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Booths.  They are also warned about forbidden forms of worship.

They are told to appoint judges and officers in the towns that the Lord is giving them, and are warned not to pervert justice.  “Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”  (Deuteronomy 16:20) We are also told about the role that the Levitical priests play in legal decisions.

Israel is told about the provisions to be provided to the priests and Levites, since they have no portion or inheritance in Israel.  The Lord is their inheritance.

Once again Israel is warned not to follow the “abominable practices of those nations” (those currently occupying the land).

A new prophet is promised to take Moses’ place.  However, they are warned about following false prophets.

They are told once again about the cities of refuge.  Then warned “you shall not move your neighbor’s landmarks” (Deuteronomy 19:14), or boundaries.  And finally are reminded about laws concerning witnesses.  “A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime of for any wrong in connections with and offense that he has committed.  Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.”  (Deuteronomy 19:15)  Also, there is a warning about bearing false witness, and punishment for it.

New challenges

We were given two challenges at church today.  One was to help our troops, and the other was to help ourselves.

We were challenged with helping provide Military BibleSticks to our troops.  For every $25 donated, one soldier can get a BibleStick that he/she can use to listen to the Word.  They also get a CD with an MP3 version of the Bible, and a card that they can use to send an audio Bible to their spouse and children.

These men and women are putting themselves in harm’s way to help protect us.  We owe it to them to try and help protect them!

Now that we have covered getting the Word in the hands of our troops, let’s get to our next challenge.  This one is similar, but has to do getting us in the Word (and thus the Word in us).  We at the Mendon First Church of God have been challenged with reading through the Bible in six months.  We hope that everyone takes up this challenge.

If we start on July 1, we will have exactly six months until New Year’s.  That means that you can read completely through the Bible before you have to put up next year’s calendar.  Then maybe we can look at another challenge for the new year (just saying).

By doing this together, we can encourage each other, and discuss what we have learned on this journey.  Hmm…how can we encourage each other, and have these discussions?  The answer is by using this blog to post comments on our daily reading.

Use this blog to share what you learned in the day’s reading.  Maybe one of your favorite stories or verses was in today’s reading.  Share it with us.  Let us know how the day’s reading, or the challenge as a whole, has affected you.  The bottom line is that we want to know how you are doing.  EVERYONE!

One more thing.  This doesn’t have to be just those who were attending church today.  Please spread the word to family and friends.  Invite them join us on this journey through God’s Word.

Go to our website, and click on the Challenges link for more information on both of these challenges.

GOD BLESS

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