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God Is Not Surprised By Our Actions

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Moses’ Story

I was reading through the story of Moses recently (found in Exodus 2). After being found on the river in a basket, Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household, looked after by his mother.

The bible doesn’t say much about his childhood or if/what he knew about his family origins, but it was apparent that his roots were becoming alive in him.

Moses was starting to resent how Pharaoh and his regime were treating his kin. So much so, that one day Moses lost it and killed an Egyptian whom he caught beating one of his relatives.

When Moses found out later that his action did not go unseen – he panics and runs away.

God’s Story

From the bible, we have a more complete picture of what God was actually doing in Moses’ life. How Moses was placed in a basket and found by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in their household.

Moses was being set up all along to one day lead God’s people out of slavery, he just didn’t know that yet.

Was the murdered Egyptian part of an ideal plan? Probably not. Was running off to Midian to look after some sheep? Probably not.

Was God surprised by any of this? Nope.

Our Story

When reading this I was struck by Moses’ decision to run away. Yes, Pharaoh was trying to kill him so I’ll cut him a little slack, but often we can have similar tendencies to run when we mess up.

We let one mistake jeopardize everything.

God is not surprised by our actions. He knew we were going to mess up before we did. He still wants you to embrace the story you were meant to live. The story that He is writing for your life. Please don’t run away from it.

We’re just coming out of Easter and focusing on the power of the cross, on which Jesus died (in our place) to pay for our sins.  Every single one of them. I mean ALL of them. Your past sins, your current sins, your future sins. All paid for in full.

I like to think the power of the cross transcends all time dimensions and parallel universes. That’s just how I wrap my head around it.

Embrace The Story

At around the age of 80, Moses came back to fulfill God’s plan and eventually led his people out of Egypt.

If you’ve let some sin or hurt in your life sideline you, it’s time to let it go. Don’t hold out. God wants you back now because His story is better. He is not finished with you yet.

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Top 10 Video Recording Tips

For the next few weeks at STORYCHURCH, we’re encouraging our congregation to record their “greatest hits” on video and share like crazy on social media. These will be personal stories of how God has impacted and shaped their lives.

Aimed at the total video beginner, Liz and I have compiled a short collection of recording tips that will hopefully help you create better videos.

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Easter Weekend – Invite! Invite! Invite!

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If you’re involved (i.e. serving) in a church, you’ll know that it is Easter this weekend.  Heck, you’ve probably been working towards this weekend for weeks now.  OK, some of you haven’t, as I’m still getting visitors arrive on my blog searching for Easter set lists – geeessh!

You also probably know that more people than normal usually turn out for church on Sunday, all dressed up in their fancy clothes.  That’s all great.  These folk already know about your church.  They already know what to expect because they are churched folk, even though they only come for Christmas, Easter, weddings and funerals.  I’m not downplaying this – it’s still super to see all the old and new faces together.

The thing is, the people you really need in your Easter service are still at home, on the street, in the bar, at the gym, fishing, working, sleeping, doing the same thing they do every Sunday morning (or whenever you happen to hold your services).  They do not know the significance of Easter.  It’s not a big deal to them and we need to understand that.

In fact, I’m fairly sure I could find some of my neighbors who have not even heard of Easter.  No joke.  Can I name all of the Muslim or Hindu holy days, or even tell you what they are about?  Nope.

I’ve been struck recently by Peter’s vision of all the animals in the sheet, and how God needed to show him that it was OK to reach out to a certain group of people.  I mean, God had to show Peter this?!  Come on Peter!!  God is for everyone and everyone needs God.  Simple as that.

So this year, in addition to inviting your neighbors, and those friends that never come, challenge yourself to invite people you wouldn’t normally invite.  Invite people you wouldn’t think would even be interested in church.  Invite people you never even talk to.  And do what I did this year and invite people you don’t even like!

And if you’re embarrassed to invite people to your own church, invite them to another church down the road!  Ha ha!  Don’t hold them back from a possible encounter with Jesus!

Someone is reading this and thinking, “yeah but you should be inviting people all the time, every week“.

That is very true.  However, there’s something special about Easter.  The church focuses on so many things throughout the year, but at Easter the whole global church is in FULL-ON celebration mode.  High five anyone?

We talk about God’s unconditional and unfathomable love for us.  We talk about Jesus’ sacrifice for all of us.  We talk about HOPE.  We tell stories of rebirth, restoration and renewal.  We celebrate that the tomb stone rolled away and Jesus rose from the dead!  We celebrate that new life and new beginnings is available for everyone.

So church person – Invite! Invite! Invite!

If you don’t normally go to church, or you’re new to the area and don’t have a church home, come visit us at STORYCHURCH this weekend.  We do church just for you.  And come as you are.  You don’t need to go buy fancy clothes for one day.  Come and hear the greatest story ever told, and get ready to let Hope in.

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