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Your Life Is Divinely Orchestrated.

Rev. Todd Beiswenger

Friends, we know that God has plans for us, plans that are for good. But, that doesn't mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us. In scripture we see several instances where God allowed something bad to happen to one of His people, only for Him to turn it to good.

Sometimes the bad things, the enemies, are sent so that we can pass a test that moves us to the next level. In one famous story, David was a shepherd boy, and what he needed to propel him higher wasn't a friend, but an enemy. Goliath didn't hold David back, he advanced him. God will do the same for you!

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The World Is Crazy! Part 2

Imagine complaining to Jehovah/Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, about the crazy world in which we live... would he agree? Would he commiserate? What would he say? The prophet Habakkuk does just that, and he doesn't get the answer he was expecting!

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The World Is Crazy!

Imagine complaining to Jesus about the crazy world in which we live... would he agree? Would he commiserate? What would he say?

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Real Rest

Ever notice that God got all of His work done in 6 days, but we have trouble doing all of ours in 7? I mean, if God can create everything in six days, surely the little amount of work we have can be completed in six, right? Doesn't usually happen though, and we usually fail to take some real rest. Rest from our problems, from our worries,and from filling our minds with stuff from the internet. This is why God commands us to have a day of rest. Take it. You need it.

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Time - What's the Hurry?

Is there really a need to hurry? We're going to live forever, so really there's plenty of time, right? Yet there are stories in the Scriptures where we're told to "hurry" or do something "quickly." So what are the things we're supposed to hurry up on, and what are the things we should relax with?

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The Scapegoat - You Are Not Your Sin

There's an ancient ritual that God commanded the Israelites to do, and it involves the high priest laying his hands on a goat and transferring all the sins of the people to this goat, then banishing the goat to the wilderness. It seems a rather odd ritual, but within it is a teaching that evil does not belong to us. Evil comes from hell, and sometimes we enjoy it and allow it to stick around, but despite the appearance, we are not evil. We just choose to do evil things.

As such, we can banish the evil from our life just as we would kick out uninvited party guests who are causing trouble. Calling them a cab, to get rid of them is much like this ancient ritual of transferring the sins to the goat and banishing it.

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Day of Atonement - How to Approach God

People are generally familiar with the idea of "spring cleaning" where once a year we do a more thorough cleaning of the stuff that has built up over time. That same practice is also good for our spiritual life, and God gives us a ritual called the "Day of Atonement" that tells us how we are to do this yearly repentance. This process is intense as we have to put aside a lot that is dear to us as we approach God and try to replace the things we love with the things He loves.

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Don't Limit God's Power

Why is it with God that we often think that past behavior does not predict future behavior? The Scriptures are full of miracles, but in today's world we tend to rationalize away God's ability to affect our lives. We don't ask Him for help because the doctors say there's no cure, we don't ask Him for the money because we can't think of where it's going to come from... but these are just examples of us putting limits on God's power. He may not communicate with us like in ancient times, but it doesn't mean He doesn't communicate with us.

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You Are Not Alone

It is really detrimental to our health to feel alone. We need other people in order to survive and thrive in life. There are plenty of examples in the Scriptures where God makes the point to tell us that we are in fact never alone. That He is always with us, and that He has sent His angels to be with us as well.

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It's the Simple Things That Save

One of the lesser known miracles of the Bible is a story of how an enemy army commander is saved by the prophet Elisha. The commander is looking for a major display of power, but instead Elisha tells him to wash in the Jordan river. This story is packed full of symbolism that we'll go over, but the point is that repeatedly doing the simple works of the 10 Commandments is what will save us when we feel we have lost our way.

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Death in the Pot

Getting a few basic spiritual concepts right can completely change our life, but we do have to prioritize them properly or else we may lead ourselves unintentionally down the wrong path.

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Blessings of Contentment

I love this week's story because it is a story of a content, peaceful woman, who without asking for anything, gets a major miracle in her life. She gets one thing that she's always wanted: a child. I love it because it isn't a story of good versus evil, it isn't about an evil person who turns good, but it is about a person who is good, and without asking for anything, gets the one thing that makes her life complete.

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All You Need Is Love

Elisha performs another miracle, this time a widow is in debt and her sons are going to be made slaves to pay it off. Elisha has the woman take the little bit of oil she has, and pours it into borrowed jars. The little bit she has fills them all, and she can sell the oil to pay off her debt.

Do miracles like this still happen? Yes, I believe they do. Not in this way, but people who need money will get it. God does provide. He just uses us to do the work. We just need a little bit of love - oil - and it can go a long way.

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The Miracle of Salt

A stream has gone bad... the people can't drink the water, and the water is in fact so bad that the land can't produce crops. This isn't the tale of a modern stream that's been polluted by some manufacturing plant, but the tale of a stream in ancient Israel. The towns people came to Elisha, a powerful prophet, to heal the water. And he did. All he needed was a new bowl and a little salt.

The miracle is about creating a desire to do good things in life. For a lot of us, that means breaking a destructive cycle. Like the stream that has been polluting for years, maybe you've had some bad beliefs handed down to you from parents and grandparents and now is the time to purify those beliefs because you actually WANT to be a good person.

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