Finitiative…

Read Exodus 39
Focus on verse 42-43650EE306-B977-4848-9FC9-CB639DACAB5A-17983-00003DE76F02D172

Back home on the farm my father would often assign me the task of driving the tractor when it was time to do the cultivating in the fall. I discovered an interesting principle from this task. I noticed that when I first started working on a field the progress was fairly obvious as the strip of earth that I had cultivated grew wider. Continue reading

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Context, context, context…

Read Exodus 38
Focus on verse 8785308E4-3157-43F5-8C0D-6E66D457FB59-11535-00002461A9F98C4A

A word, or group of words is best understood within a context. I cannot think of a single instance where I have heard a word used without a context. I can think of many examples where words have been understood in a mistaken context, but one might go so far as to suggest that without a context, a word loses most, if not all its Continue reading

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Artisan…

Read Exodus 37
Focus on verse 7-89FA41D82-87A4-4070-81C9-2EAF08B46D60-17300-00003BF065F25F38

I am always intrigued by amazing works of art, particularly if it is obvious that the artist required great skill and determination to complete the work. I have never yet had the opportunity to see the dome of Sistine Chapel which was painted by Michelangelo, but I have seen some pretty amazing paintings that my youngest sister Continue reading

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Too Much!

Read Exodus 36
Focus on verse 5-72FD980B2-3A3F-455D-A395-5B5D503F1CB6-17052-00003AF59A81E8F6

Can you imagine a church or non-profit organization instructing it’s member to stop giving because we have more than we need!? I can’t say that I have heard of that happening in my lifetime… except perhaps occasionally in my dreams, but when I awake the reverse is most often true… we are behind budget, we have to cut Continue reading

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The Nature of Giving…

Read Exodus 35
Focus on verse 4-9CD93DB44-CA8F-4C1C-B852-21049566DD77-6240-0000130FF6541536

Giving is an act of generosity, but only if it is truly given freely by the will of the giver. When my heart stirs me to give something to a person or cause, and it is truly motivated by the desire of my heart, it is typically followed by a strong sense of gratification in having done the right thing. Conversely, when I contribute to a cause Continue reading

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What are you planting?

Read Exodus 34
Focus on verse 6-72FB03713-72DE-4076-A8DC-C0A51D8B5B23-16115-00003817D5B7E848

I grew up on a farm. I watched my father plant fields of wheat and barley year after year. Without fail when it came time to harvest, the crop we harvested was primarily the crop we had planted (at times with a bit of wild oats and/or rag-weed thrown in as a bonus). Continue reading

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Face to Face…

Read Exodus 33
Focus on verse 115889D54E-678D-4061-82BF-156AE3990C17-15907-00003697517B5251

There is something about face to face communication that makes it more meaningful than any other format. Children pick this up at a very young age. I do not recall exactly when and where I observed this, but I remember seeing a toddler sitting on her father’s lap talking to him, and when he looked away to acknowledge another Continue reading

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