01/24/20: Exodus 10-12; Matthew 16

First, a bit of background for anyone who is new in joining us this year.  I will sometimes refer to “margin notes.”  These are notes I have made in my Bible over the years and are based on teachings from others, such as Artie, Randy, Buddy Martin & others.  And today I refer to a “margin note.”

Exodus 1212 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. 

My margin note highlights an important reality in Exodus for Believers today.  God’s grace and mercy protected the Israelites.  But did you notice that the nation of Israel could not just sit back and “do nothing?”   No, they had to take “action” including partaking of the Passover meal and applying the blood to their door frames.

We are also blessed with God’s grace and mercy but we cannot be “lazy Christians.”  While we certainly cannot “earn” our salvation out of love the the Lord we are expected to serve in His kingdom.

And if you ever doubt that you have a talent to serve, just touch-base with Jim or me — we will be glad to help you find an opportunity.  Never forget, we are all uniquely gifted and there are always opportunities for each of us.


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