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Dreams and Tests

All of us dream, some of it is more realistic than the rest, and some way out there on the edge or beyond. We have dreams and this is good. But what about seeing them come to reality? What does it take? Joseph was a young boy when he began to dream. His dreams were interesting and challenging to his family. They thought he was going to take over the clan, so his brothers treated him terribly selling him into slavery. However, this was the means by which Joseph would get to Egypt and his dreams would come true, but it sure didn't look like that would be the case. The psalmist is repeating the story of the people of Israel said, "Joseph was sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph's character." (Psalm 105:17b-19) He was sold as a slave twice (once to Ismaelites, second to Potiphar), betrayed by his brothers and Potiphar's wife, and spent time in an Egypt…

Vouch

Who would vouch for your character? Sometimes in a resume friends and co-workers are listed that can be contacted to vouch for the character of the person seeking employment. It is important what they say about their friend because it can have a bearing on whether they get an interview or even the job. Moses was a powerful servant of God who had a close relationship with God. The writer of Hebrews said, "Moses was certainly faithful in God's house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later." (Hebrews 3:5) Moses would become the person through whom God would speak and therefore there was a need to know that his testimony was pure. Moses work [activity for God] had the ethical character of faithfulness. Further, this faithfulness was likened to that of a "servant." But not the "bondservant" word used in the Bible when a personal chose to remain a servant for life to his master, instead the word "servant" here…

Unfailing Love

How great is God's unfailing love? It can be compared to three measures. First, it is as "great as the height of the heavens above the earth." Take a moment to think on this. The first "heaven" is the Earth's atmosphere and it extends out to the Karman line which is 62 miles above the Earth's sea level. It represents the boundary between atmosphere and outer space. Then think of the Earth's nearest heavenly body which is our Moon. It is 238,900 miles away from Earth and we know it took the Apollo missions just at 3 days to reach it. But go beyond that to Sirius, the brightest star system in our night sky, which is 8.611 light years away and the Andromeda Galaxy which is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way at 2.537 million light years away. These are immense distances and are compared to God's "unfailing love toward those who fear Him." (Psalm 103:11) Second, is the distance God has removed our sins from us, "as far from us as t…

Jesus Now

All of us have a visual picture of Jesus ministering to the needy or on the cross as he completes his life work, but how do we see Jesus now? There are two pictures given to us after Jesus is seen ascending into heaven in Acts 1. The first is of him sitting on the right hand of Father God. The writer of Hebrews said, "When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven." (Hebrews 1:3b) Jesus also said to the High Priest at his trial "You will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God's right hand…" (Mark 14:62) The second is of Christ standing beside Father God. At the end of Stephen's message concerning the perpetual stubbornness of the generations of Israel, it was said, "But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God's right hand." (Acts 7:55) Stephen said this to …

Gossip

We all can see pictures in our mind of persons or acts related to gossip. As a person, it is one who habitually reveals secret personal or sensational information about others. As an act, it is casual or unconstrained "idle talk" about someone which is based on rumors and unsubstantiated reports which are far from the truth. Solomon saw gossip as the "wood" that keeps the "fire" of a story burning. He said, "Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops." (Proverbs 26:20) Gossip is a wild fire using the mouth's wind to spread it. It is a river at flood stage outside its banks or an avalanche set off by one noise. It feeds off lies, makes assumptions, and churns up the dregs. It separates not unifies; tears down not builds up; sows distrust not trust; and slanders rather than supports others. It seeks to destroy others to lift ourself up and never has the love of neighbor in sight. A gossip betrays a confidence (Proverbs …