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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 4, 2014

It is becoming more and more like something needs change in the world. If God and His Kingdom are going to prosper, we Christians need to do some sincere praying. It is never too late! Pray for leaders and statesmen that will make the tough choices that will protect the USA and our way of living. May God strengthen our hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before God and the Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all of His saints (Thessalonians 3:13)

Next Tuesday, Sept. 9th, the UMW will have their regular meeting at Trinity UMC at 2:30 p.m. with the program by Susie Jordan and hosted by the Castell Ladies.

Michael Gleghorn will celebrate his birthday on Sept. 4th; Don Boyd has his birthday on Sept. 6th; Carolyn Vater has her party on Sept, 10. Make a joyful noise at these celebrations.

Pastor John Alsbrooks’ sermon was titled “Who” and the scripture from Exodus 3:1-15 was read by John Ceynowa. The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in the flames of a fire in a burning bush; and the bush was not being consumed. God called to Moses out of the bush and Moses replied, “Here I am”. God told him to not come closer, and remove his sandals because he was standing on holy ground.

Then Moses hid his face in fear as God announced his presence: “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

The cry of the Israelites has come to me; I have seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you, and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.”

God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the GOD of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this is my title for all generations.”

In this story of how God called Moses to lead the chosen people out of Egypt, there is not any easy confidence about God, nor any cozy familiarity with God, but there is not any vagueness about what God says. Amen.

This is really a “call” story: the call of Moses; the call of “Who?”

Moses had a remarkable life, going back to when he was an infant bobbing in a basket on the river Nile. Decades later, we find him living as a shepherd on “the mountain of God”.

Now, let us recall that the very reason that Moses was out there in the wilderness in the first place, was because he was in trouble with the law in Egypt, and on the lam, after having killed an Egyptian guard for mistreating one of the Israelite slaves.

God usually calls a person “correctly” when that person has a genuine concern for others, stands up for others and knows in his heart what is right. And realizing that you are on Holy ground.

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