Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Name of God

Moses, at the burning bush, asks God
for a way to proove that He has met with the Almighty.
He asks for a name.
God's response is to declare His nature; His history;
and He shares a name so essential to who He is,
that there are Jewish worshipers, even today,
who refuse to utter that name with their mouths,
out of respect.
The name has become known to the world as Jehova or Yahway
which is the same word with different pronunciation
because that name went so long un-pronounced,
that people forgot which vowels go where.

Still, even in the Christian printings of the Jewish scriptures
(the Old Testament) this name is translated LORD
where the Jewish tradition would say "Adonai"
rather than pronounce YHWH.

There's more to the story you can read in Exodus 3
and have a listen to the podcasts below:

Part 1: "I am who I am" ~God

Part 2: What's in a name?

Part 3 'Born this way'

Part 4 God invites us all

Communion Address

Monday, 10 February 2014

Exodus 3 That Burning Bush

God sees, and hears, and knows what people are going through,
He has come to deliver us, and bring us to Himself, through relationship, through Jesus Christ.

The presence of God makes things holy.
We have fellowship with God when we respond to the fact of forgiveness of sins in Jesus' name.

Isa and Jimmy Bryden
on the occasion of their 75th Wedding Anniversary
Jimmy's 100th Birthday is 17 May!
Pray for Jimmy in Hospital recovering from an infection.

Moses stopped to notice something unique
and it changed his life.
When he stopped to look at THAT burning bush,
he encountered the living God.
Moses responded to God in faith: knowledge, belief and trust.

hear the story told in the bible here:

Part 1 Intro and Prayer for Jimmy Bryden

Part 2 Moses in the wilderness at a place called 'Waste'

Part 3 The Angel of the Lord: God makes the difference

Part 4 Where are you with God;
on the spectrum between Waste and Worship?

Part 5 Not because we are good, but because God is good!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Moses in Egypt: The Setting, The Unique Voice, The Calling

We are reading God's words to know God's thoughts
To adjust how we think, in order to reflect the ideas of God
We want to be like Jesus.

The 8th Century BC writer Isaiah wrote this:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 'For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.' "

We find these words included in the anthology of historic literature called "The Bible"

In Chapter 1 & 2 of the Exodus story (Part of an aural tradition, written down by Moses) we read the circumstances associated with the first 80 years of Moses' life.

Part 1 The Setting:
Egypt sometime around the 15th Century BC

Part 2 The Unique Voice
Moses identifies with the oppressed people: Israel

Part 3
The Calling evidenced in Moses' life