SERMON NOTES

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Prayer Requests
Y Pray for those who mourn the loss of Ward Sessing, member of the Presbyterian Church of the Way, who lost his battle with cancer this week. Y Pray for Blaine’s mom, Josh Dochniak’s best friend, as she is dying from stage 4 cancer. Y Pray for Stacy Foreman’s mom, Shirley Sanborn, as she is having cataract surgery over the next several weeks. Y Pray for Jon & Jodi Black’s friend Joanne Seeman Benick who has cancer. Y Bakia Ndip is requesting journey mercies as he undertakes a 3 week vacation to Cameroon, Africa to visit with family. Y Pray for Maureen Paulson & family (George & Dianne Black’s friend) on the unexpected death of their son. Y Al’s father, Rocci Norcia cancer has returned and is starting Chemo treatments. Please pray for him. Y For Cathy Smith who is struggling with mental illness. Y Pray for Jennifer’s neighbor, Jenna Undersander, who was just diagnosed with cancer and has started chemo. Y Pray for Kate, friend of Sally Leitch, who is on bed rest. Y Steven Van Meter, son of Kevin & Pam Van Meter, who is serving our country in Afghanistan. Y Pray for Jerry Hermsen’s brother, Vern, who is in a home for Alzheimer’s. Y Pray for Jerry Hermsen who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Y Pray for Rose Tendoh to find a job with God’s guidance. Y Pray for John Thiessen as he lives with cancer. Y For Bobbie Pearson, friend of Gloria Ivers, has completed chemo and is on her way to recovery. Thank you for the prayers.

Y Pray for Beverly Dols, John Iver’s sister, completed chemo and is on her way to recovery. Thank you for the prayers. Y Pray for David Schwartz (friend of George & Dianne Black) as he is suffering from cancer. Y Pray for Donna McCullen, wife of Ken McCullen, who is suffering from cancer.

DEVOTION
This week we have the opportunity to read a powerful story in the 32nd, 33rd and 34th chapters of Moses. The stories in these chapters are not well known, but the stories share many of our own questions about God. The story starts with a terrible event happening. The event causes the actors in the story to question their devotion to each other. Nonetheless the actors in the story ended up in a powerful place. This story is encouragement to us when our own journey gets hard. We might end up in a place that we could never imagine! Comments about the devotion can be Emailed to pastor@colpres.org Monday, April 22 Read Exodus 32:1-10 The actions of the Israelites set up the story in the next three chapters of the 32nd chapter of Exodus. The people lost faith in God and created their own God. They then worshipped this God. God became very angry and threatened to consume the people. We know of the story as the story of the Golden Calf. A storyline that many people in our world believe is this: if I do something that I know that God won’t like then God will punish me. We believe the converse too. If something

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bad is happening to me, then God is punishing me. Neither of these storylines are true. We’ll read more about this during the week. We certainly are capable of making our own gods and then worshipping then. Take a moment to reflect on what you place as more important than God. God is not going to punish you for this!! Just be honest about your own idols. Prayer: I have created idols, and I’m sorry about this. Help me let go of my own idols and place you first in my life. Tuesday, April 23 Read Exodus 32:11-14 This story is controversial as some people find it difficult to think that God would change the divine mind. What do you believe? Is it a threat to your faith that God changed his mind about the disaster that God planned to bring on the people? (Exodus 32:14) What’s also interesting is the conversation that Moses had with God. Moses was like an attorney appealing to logic and good sense in his conversation with God. Moses shared that it made no sense for God to consume the Israelites. Such an action would bolster the Egyptians. Moses asked God to remember the covenant that God had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses’ talk with God is a model for prayer for us. Could we pray with such bold honesty? God is more interested in the honest thoughts of our hearts than empty platitudes. As you prayer today, make a case with God for what you want. Moses did, and he is our example

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Prayer: I give thanks that you changed your mind about consuming the Israelites. Help me pray with the honesty of Moses. Help me understand the reasons for my requests. Wednesday, April 24 Read Exodus 32:30-35 Forgiveness is not something that only happened in the New Testament. In this story Moses went to the mountain to ask for atonement or forgiveness for the people for making the Golden Calf. Moses was even willing to die for the people—a precursor to what Jesus did. Just as in yesterday’s story, Moses was very honest with God. Moses wasn’t afraid of God, Moses wasn’t afraid of God’s anger or response. Moses cared so much for the people that he was willing to approach God. Moses is an example to us. God doesn’t view us with anger—we’ll read a bit later this week that God is slow to anger. God was justified in divine anger in this story, but God’s anger didn’t control how God viewed the people. Prayer: I can understand how you were angry with the Israelites. I’m also thankful that you offered forgiveness through Moses. Thank you for being a forgiving God. Thursday, April 25 Read Exodus 33:7-23 Moses continued to press God. He asked God to be shown God’s ways and to have favor in God’s sight. Even after God promised the divine presence, Moses continued to press God. Moses needed confirmation that God would continue to be present with the Israelites.

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God situated Moses in a rock and shared the back of the divine. Famous biblical writer, Walter Brueggemann wrote the following about this story. “It is as though God plays peek-a-boo with Moses. Moses is permitted to look, just as the face of glory is past, and what Moses is permitted to see is the back side, the rear end of God … Moses received a glimpse of the divine. This presence helped Moses through the doubts he was experiencing. Prayer: Thank you for your continual presence. Even if I can’t see you, help me understand how you are present in my life. May your presence continue to sustain me. Friday, April 26 Read Exodus 34:1-7 Verses six and seven are worth committing to memory: The Lord, the Lord, A God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, And abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, Keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, Forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin … This is one of the best descriptions of God that exist in the Bible. The phrase “slow to anger” is used in other places in the Old Testament to describe God. God does get angry—how could God not get angry at what happens on the earth? But God’s anger doesn’t describe completely God to us. God is slow to anger. Prayer: May these two verses from Exodus permeate my spirit. Help me memorize them, and even more importantly may they define how I look at you.

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Saturday, April 27 Read Exodus 34:8-10 These three verses are the final denouement of the story that started with the Israelites making a golden calf. What a wonderful conclusion. Moses bowed his head in worship to God. God made a covenant with Moses that God would perform marvels that had never been performed in the earth. God promised to do an awesome thing through Moses. The journey to this denouement was hard, but it’s wonderful that the journey ended here. Think what would have happened if Moses had given up—he never would have ended up in this place. Even when life gets hard and we doubt God, may we not give up. We never know where our current journey will end up. We might find ourselves in a place just as powerful as Moses did. Prayer: Help me keep the faith on my journey. When the journey gets hard, don’t let me give up. Moses is my example. Thank you for the covenant you made with Moses at the end of this story.

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