Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Great Passage for Pastors - Exodus 33:12-23

I was blessed by this passage and wanted to share it with you today...

Moses said to the Lord, “Look, You have told me, ‘Lead this people up,’ but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. You said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ Now if I have indeed found favor in Your sight, please teach me Your ways, and I will know You and find favor in Your sight. Now consider that this nation is Your people.”

Then He replied, “My presence will go [with you] , and I will give you rest.”

“If Your presence does not go,” Moses responded to Him, “don’t make us go up from here. How will it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight unless You go with us? I and Your people will be distinguished [by this] from all the other people on the face of the earth.”

The Lord answered Moses, “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.”

Then Moses said, “Please, let me see Your glory.”

He said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name Yahweh before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He answered, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” The Lord said, “Here is a place near Me. You are to stand on the rock, and when My glory passes by, I will put you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away, and you will see My back, but My face will not be seen.” Exodus 33:12-23 (HCSB)
I recommend you memorize this part:

Now if I have indeed found favor in Your sight, please teach me Your ways, and I will know You and find favor in Your sight. Ex. 33:13a

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Pastor and His Prayer Life

In case you don't get my e-newsletter, this was the feature and is on my heart today.

Pastor, as I prepared to preach a sermon on prayer last week, I got out two resources that have shaped my prayer life. The first was T.W. Hunt's Disciple's Prayer Life. This in-depth 13-week study would be the perfect daily study and prayer guide for you personally for the next three months. I am going through it for the fourth time and am amazed at how fresh it is. I got permission to post a 22-page sample including the introduction, first complete week of daily studies, and one of the twelve prayer guides.

The other study shaped how I pray with others. It is T.W. Hunt and Claude King's "In God's Presence." The cool thing is that this study has been revised and is now part of our "Growing Disciples Series." The new study called Pray in Faith just released this month and I've posted a 17-page sample including the introduction and week one. I personally led this study when I first got to the church that I served before coming to LifeWay. It established a biblical pattern for group prayer for the nine years I served there.

Blessings,

Craig Webb, Editor
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Friday, July 6, 2007

Sermon, Antiques Roadshow, Ephesians 2:1-10

I had some fun in a sermon I preached recently. I used the theme from the TV program "Antiques Roadshow" to teach truths from Ephesians 2 about our value to God. I compared the four ways that an antique is valued (Rarity, Provenance, Quality, and Condition) to what the Bible says about our value in God's eyes. I have included the simple PowerPoint presentation and handout I used so you can get a feel for what we did and adapt this for your church family.

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Listen to the sermon as I preached it...