Archives for May 2014

The Way of the Wilderness

(this week’s devotion from Sarah Jurkowski)

“God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near… But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the red sea.”

-Exodus 13:17-18


I think often times in our way we ask the Lord to take us by the way that is near, much like the Israelites probably wanted here. I can just imagine the confusion they must have felt when God was not taking them out of Israel the short route. Many of them probably knew the impossibility of crossing the Red Sea, and wondered what was going on.

Scripture does this a lot; it mentions the impossible, the hurdle to be jumped, and the sea of uncertainty standing before them. Yet, if he had not led them that way, we know the ending of the story and can name off all that would not have happened if they were not taken this way. Is there a sea of uncertainty facing you right now?  Is there a route that God has chosen to take in your life that is not understood? Perhaps he is doing it to show his power and glory in new, unimaginable ways.


“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” –Exodus 14:14

The Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4: 9-10

5-25-14 The Divine Priest and Exhalted King

5-25-14 – Today’s lesson continues a series Jesus In All of the Bible by teacher Brian Lindman

The Divine Attributes of Christ

5-18- 2014 – Today’s lesson continues a series Jesus In All of the Bible by teacher Brian Lindman

John 14:1-3

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3

As a pastor when I have sat with someone who is dying I go over this verse. There has, unfortunately been too many bedsides with loved ones dying to remember them all. However, I remember the first time in a small town in Georgia with a woman well into her upper 90’s. She spoke of being a little girl and knowing those men who were civil war soldiers in her town. I was a new and much younger Pastor without much experience. I didn’t know what to do, she told me, “read me from the Bible, sonny”. So I did and the only verse I could think of was John 14. Each time I visited I would go over John 14. It never got old. This great passage speaks for itself. John 14:1-3 doesn’t need a pastor with experience, it doesn’t need a mega church pastor, it doesn’t need a celebrity minister – it speaks for itself. It is clear and can be understood by a child or by a very old woman who knows she is dying. The truth is this is a promise not just for his disciples then, but for us today. However, it all rests on who Jesus is and who he claimed to be. If it is true, then the promise is true for us today.
We may not think much of death. That is only natural, until we are forced to. When it happens, and it will, turn to John 14 for hope. If you have fears, turn to John 14, for it to tell you that if you have a Savior who will secure you a place in Heaven then most certainly he will also help you here on earth as well.

(this week from Pastor Bryan)