Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Leviticus 20 drives home the point that we belong to the Lord. He is our master, our Lord. For most of my life I understood that as a rebuke: “who am I to complain against the Lord – He can do what He wants to me.” Technically, that’s true – you see it in the Bible (see Job, for example). But it is not the whole truth. The whole truth is that belonging to God means that I belong to a loving, protective Father who only wants to make me more into His likeness.
First, congratulate yourself for getting through Leviticus. Most people don’t try, thinking it is irrelevant. Sadly, they miss rich pictures of how God invites us to relate to Him.
Numbers gets its name because of the two extended census recorded in the book. The Hebrew name for the book was, “In the Wilderness.” Both are good titles. It picks up after Leviticus and literally takes us on a journey through the wilderness. The census demonstrate that God is faithful. He promised to lead His people home. Although He must wipe out the rebellious group that left Egypt, He fulfills His promise as He leads their children home. You will be shocked by how often the people complain against God and Moses. And then you will be convicted.
How to pray for FBC
Let’s pray for our children and the Kids’ Ministry this summer. We try to give our Kids’ Ministry teachers a little break over the summer. Pray they are refreshed.
Pray for VBS. This is an important time to reach children in our community. It also is an intensive time of teaching our own children about God and how to relate to Him. Pray that they get all the workers they need.
Finally, pray for the spiritual growth of our children during the summer. Many will be in the Sunday service with us. Pray that they learn and grow as they watch the adults worship.
How to pray for our Community and World
We celebrated Memorial Day this week to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country, either through the military or as first responders. I am saying a prayer of thanksgiving this morning that the Lord provided such remarkable men and women. I am also praying for comfort for those who lost loved ones. And I am praying for peace and protection for those who still watch out for us every day.