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The Mission

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Matthew 28:18-20 According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of mission is: a specific task with which a person or a group is charged [1] The term mission is used in the military to define objectives and scope of operations. The term mission has also become ubiquitous in business. Companies carefully craft statements outlining their purposes and goals and call these statements “mission statements.” Entrepreneur.com says the following about mission statements. A mission statement defines what an organization is, why it exists, its reason for being. At a minimum, your mission statement should define who your primary customers are, identify the products and services you produce, and describe the geographical location in which you operate. [2] Churches have recognized the value of mission statements and have adopted the practice of carefully crafting such statements. Here are a few examples: 1.       Rescuing one another from cultural Christianity to follow Jesus e

The Architect

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Matthew 16:13-20 What picture comes to your mind when I say, “The Church?” I remember people. From my childhood, names like Willard Hooley, Paul Miller, Amos Shenk and a whole lot of others come to mind. They were my family, not my relatives, although there were plenty of those, but the people who mattered in my life. I can picture the small building we met in every Sunday, but the building is not what comes to mind when I think of church. Because I have very fond memories of church, it is easy for me to love the Church with all my heart. I learned to love the people and was accepted and loved by these same people. It follows that when I have met “bad apples” in the Church, I have naturally assumed that the problem was not the Church, but the “bad apple.” However, each person’s experience is different, and each church is different. Bad churches leave some people with bad experiences and memories. Some people carry deep wounds and scars from their experience with “

God Triumphs Gloriously

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Exodus 14   God had a plan. We see his plan unfolding in Exodus chapter 14, verses one through nine. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, 'They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.' And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord." And they did so. When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, "What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?" So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him, and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over

When God Delivers

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Exodus 12:29-42 Israel had been in Egypt for 430 years. 430 years is a long time. 430 years ago from today would have been 1589. One of the big events of history of the year 1589 was the assassination of King Henry III of France by a monk. The king was stabbed on August 1 and the monk was immediately killed and the king died the next day at the age of 37. These events took place 43 years after the death of Martin Luther who died on February 18, 1546. I give you this information not to impress you, but in the hope that it will stir your imagination to think of the long amount of time and the great deal of history that is represented by 430 years. Our King James Version of the Bible is only 400 years old, and the language is archaic in the world of today. Just think of how many cultural, political and social changes would have taken place over the course of the 430 years the Israelites were in Egypt. Because of this, their identity as slaves was firmly establish