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The Burning Bush


Date: January 7, 2018
Preaching: Rev. Eric Lee
Scripture: Exodus 3:9-15

“Now the Israelites’ cries of injustice have reached me." "I’ve seen just how much the Egyptians have oppressed them. So get going." "I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I to go to Pharaoh and to bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" God said, "I’ll be with you. And this will show you that I’m the one who sent you." "After you bring the people out of Egypt, you will come back here and worship God on this mountain." But Moses said to God, "If I now come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they are going to ask me, ‘What’s this God’s name?’ What am I supposed to say to them?" God said to Moses, "I Am Who I Am. So say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’" God continued, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your ancestors, Abraham’s God, Isaac’s God, and Jacob’s God, has sent me to you.’" "This is my name forever; this is how all generations will remember me.”

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Exodus


Date: January 14, 2018
Preaching: Rev. Eric Lee
Scripture: Exodus 6:28-7:7

At the time the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, the LORD said to him, "I am the LORD." "Tell Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, everything that I’ve said to you." But Moses replied to the LORD, "Look, I’m not a very good speaker. How is Pharaoh ever going to listen to me?" The LORD said to Moses, "See, I’ve made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet." "You will say everything that I command you, and your brother Aaron will tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites out of his land." "But I’ll make Pharaoh stubborn, and I’ll perform many of my signs and amazing acts in the land of Egypt." "When Pharaoh refuses to listen to you, then I’ll act against Egypt and I’ll bring my people the Israelites out of the land of Egypt in military formation by momentous events of justice." "The Egyptians will come to know that I am the LORD, when I act against Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them." Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them. Moses was 80 years old and Aaron was 83 when they spoke to Pharaoh.

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Commandments


Date: January 21, 2018
Preaching: Rev. Eric Lee
Scripture: Exodus 32:9-16

The LORD said to Moses, "I’ve been watching these people, and I’ve seen how stubborn they are." "Now leave me alone! Let my fury burn and devour them. Then I’ll make a great nation out of you." But Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, "LORD, why does your fury burn against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and amazing force?" "Why should the Egyptians say, ‘He had an evil plan to take the people out and kill them in the mountains and so wipe them off the earth’?" "Calm down your fierce anger. Change your mind about doing terrible things to your own people." "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, whom you yourself promised, ‘I’ll make your descendants as many as the stars in the sky. And I’ve promised to give your descendants this whole land to possess for all time.’" Then the LORD changed his mind about the terrible things he said he would do to his people. Moses then turned around and came down the mountain. He carried the two covenant tablets in his hands. The tablets were written on both sides, front and back. The tablets were God’s own work. What was written there was God’s own writing inscribed on the tablets.

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Silent Night


Date: January 28, 2018
Preaching: Rev. Eric Lee
Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:12-21

Now in light of all that, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you? Only this: to revere the LORD your God by walking in all his ways, by loving him, by serving the LORD your God with all your heart and being, and by keeping the LORD’s commandments that I’m commanding you right now. It’s for your own good! Clearly, the LORD owns the sky, the highest heavens, the earth, and everything in it. But the LORD adored your ancestors, loving them and choosing the descendants that followed them—you!—from all other people. That’s how things still stand now. So circumcise your hearts and stop being so stubborn, because the LORD your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt. Revere the LORD your God, serve him, cling to him, swear by his name alone! He is your praise, and he is your God—the one who performed these great and awesome acts that you witnessed with your very own eyes.

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