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Moses and the Burning Bush

 

 Why do you think that God told Moses to take off his shoes? 
How did the burning bush get Moses to pay attention to God?
Does God promise to be with us always?
Have you ever felt that God was asking you to do something that was too hard for you?


How do we hear God’s Voice?:

God speaks to us through the Bible
God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit
God speaks to us through other people
God speaks to us.
Are we listening?


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On Mothering Sunday, the children wrote this prayer:

Loving God, we know your love because we have mothers. We thank you for the mothers who carried us in their wombs, nourishing, protecting and bringing us into the world. We thank you for the mothers who did not give birth to us, yet loved us just the same. With gratitude we remember their words of encouragement when we have felt unsure or afraid; we thank you for their kindness when the world has treated us unkindly; we thank you for their soft, comforting arms and the gentle way they kissed away our tears; we thank you that they protected us with the fierceness of a lioness protecting her cubs; we thank you for the times when they corrected us rather than letting us continue down wrong paths. Help us to live so that their investment in us might not be in vain. We honour our mothers with lives of service to you in the name of the Risen Christ, for it is in his Name we pray.  Amen



LEARNING TO PRAY
We listen and talk when we have a conversation with people, Taking time to both listen to God and talk to God is important too.  Talking to God reminds us that He is in control, He loves us, and He wants to be close to us. It’s all part of us having a relationship with Him.  

Each time you pray, use these four elements to support your C.H.A.T  With God:

Confess to God all the things you have done that may not have been right 

Honour God with prayer.  Honour statements generally start with “God, you are ______.” We declare them and remind ourselves of truths we know about Him from the Bible.
Asking God. Jesus said we can ask for anything in His name — and asking is usually the first thing we think of when it comes to prayer.  The Bible says that we should make our requests known to God. After we have confessed our sins and shown him honour, we can make our requests of God. 
Thanks to God should come naturally to us as his children!  Think of the things you are thankful for

We are not asking God to change the world to suit us, but to change us - to suit us for His Kingdom in the world.



From the Acts of the Apostles chapter 12


God was at work and the Good news was being spread into many different places. More and more people were being saved because now even the Gentiles were believing in Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit.  The Pharisees and Sadducees (Jewish religious leaders)  didn’t like this news at all.  It broke the ancient Jewish laws.  These leaders had not put their faith in God’s promised Saviour and were being used by Satan to make life difficult for followers of Jesus.

King Herod was a Jew who didn’t believe Jesus was the Promised One..  He decided to make trouble for the apostles in Jerusalem.  He arrested James the brother of John and had him killed with a sword.  This made the unbelieving Jews very happy, so Herod went after Peter next and imprisoned him.

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At the time of Peter’s arrest, the Jews were celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread - the seven-day feast that prepares for Passover.  For the followers of Jesus it meant that the time of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection was near.  Herod was doing everything in his power to make sure Peter didn’t get out by having him heavily guarded with four squads of four soldiers each.  Each squad guarded Peter for 3 hours and then another squad would take their place. The believers did the only thing they knew would help their difficult situation.  They prayed.

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As Peter is resting peacefully, chained to two soldiers, a visitor shows up in his cell. The chains that once kept Peter securely bound to the soldiers fall off his wrists.  The visiting angel tells Peter to get dressed and put on his sandals.  Peter follows the angel, but has no idea what is really happening.  He thinks he is seeing a vision. The angel leads Peter and they walk by two more guards. They come to the iron gate that is closed so no one can enter and no one can leave. The gate opens to them all by itself.  As they start to walk free down the street, the angel leaves Peter.   "It's really true!" he said to himself.  "The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jews were hoping to do to me."(Acts 12:10,11)

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He makes his way to where the disciples meet, in the home of a certain Mary.  This Mary is the Aunt of Barnabas and the mother of Mark (the Gospel writer.) A servant girl comes to the entrance, and as soon as she hears Peter’s voice she is so excited she runs back inside to tell everyone. “Peter is at the door!”  As the believers continue to think Rhoda is crazy, someone must have heard the knocking.  They go to the door and open it and Peter stands before them.  They are astonished! Peter explains to them exactly what has happened and how the Lord has rescued him out of prison.  He tells them to share this miracle with the other leaders in the church.



THE STORY OF MOSES Exodus Chapter 2 v 1-10

The Jewish families descended from Jacob and Joseph
 had moved from Canaan to Egypt to live.

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They had more children, and their children had children until there were too many to count. A new Pharaoh (King of Egypt) came into power.  He was afraid that there were so many Jewish immigrants that they would one day take over the land. So he saw they were given the worst work and plenty of hard labour, making them into slaves.

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 Pharaoh still wasn't satisfied.  The Israelites were still growing in number. So he made a law that all boys born to the Jewish families were to be killed.  At this time, there was an Israelite couple who were expecting a baby.  When they had a baby boy, they wanted to save their beautiful, precious child - so he would not be put to death. They managed to hide the baby for three months. 

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When he could not be hidden any longer, his mother put him in a basket made of "bulrushes" and placed it among the reeds and rushes by the river bank. 

m5The daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash at the river that day. She saw the basket with the baby inside.    When she opened it, the light startled Moses so he woke up.  "What a sweet, beautiful little baby.  He must be an Israelite," Pharaoh's daughter said to her servants.   Moses’ sister, Miriam, had watched from a distance to see what would happen to her baby brother. Now Miriam hurried over and asked, "Would you like me to find a woman to feed the baby for you?"   

Miriam ran as fast as she could and told her mother that Pharaoh's daughter had found him and wanted someone to come and nurse him.  Miriam & her Mum went back, found Moses with Pharaoh's daughter, who asked, "Nurse this baby, and I will pay you for helping me."   (She didn't realise that this was actually Moses' mother).  Pharaoh's daughter took and adopted the baby as her own son, and that's when she named him Moses, which means "out of the water."

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GOD'S PURPOSE FOR US

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11 

He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. He gave us this grace by means of Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
 2 Timothy 1:9

The Lord Almighty has sworn this oath:" It will all happen as I have planned. It will come about according to my purposes." Isaiah 14:24

Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children — this was his pleasure and purpose.
Ephesians 1:4-5

 We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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This story of Moses being rescued from the basket in the reeds just goes to show that God is always looking out for us.  God knew His plans for Moses even then, just like He knows the plans He has for us.  It's so great how we can look back at our lives and see God's hand in every situation. We may not understand why things happen but who better to trust your life to than God?



Mark 6 vv45-51

 One day, Jesus told his disciples to go across the lake Galilee in a boat. Jesus did not go with them because He was spending time on his own praying to God

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Looking at this picture, let’s think about how we would feel being on this boat.  What things in the picture make us feel this way?

 Late that night the disciples were in the boat in the middle of the lake.  They were in serious trouble.  They were rowing hard and struggling against the wind and high waves.  Even though these men were used to being in boats, they may have been afraid of the waves and wind.  The boat was probably rocking violently.  The disciples may have even worried about falling overboard.  Right in the middle of the night, they saw someone coming toward them, walking on the water. They were very scared and thought they were seeing a ghost!

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The person wasn’t a ghost.  It was Jesus!  He is so powerful that He could walk on water!  Then Jesus comforted the disciples, by telling them; “Don't be afraid. Take courage. I am here.” Jesus climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. 

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 Jesus is more powerful than the wind!  We can imagine that the disciples probably felt afraid of the big storm in the middle of the night.  But Jesus calmed their fears.  The disciples learned that Jesus was more powerful than anything that was causing them fear.

 

Closing Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for being my strength and ever-present help in times of trouble.  Sometimes it’s hard to be brave or believe, especially right now with all that’s going on in the world.  Just as you told the disciples to take courage and fear not, I ask you to help me to put my trust in You, instead of in myself and not to be afraid - knowing that you will protect and save me.

 


THINK, FEEL AND DO

 Bible Verse:  Eat and drink, they say, but they don’t mean it. (Proverbs 23 v7)

What we think and what we feel really influences what we do (the actions we take).That’s why what you think about matters, because it is forming the basis of who you will become.

God gives us free will – which means that we have the choice to choose whether we do right or wrong. Doing wrong always makes us feel bad in the end as we know that what we are doing is not pleasing to God.

KEY WORDS : Sin = Disobeying God

                         The Devil = Tries to influence us to do bad things

                         God = Only tells us to do right things, loves us more than we love ourselves

This is why it’s always good to Listen (especially) to our Parents& Elders – as God has given them the job to grow and teach us.  Sometimes what they say may not always be very nice but they don’t mean it. They just want the best for us, and because they have been around for longer than us, they have been through experiences that they don’t want us to go through.  The Bible talks about respect: –Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.  (Exodus 20 v12)

Here are my thoughts on the word listen.

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It’s

Sensible

To use our

Ears.  It’s what’s

Necessary

 


When we read the Adam & Eve Story (Genesis 3 vv1-13) we learn that:

They accepted a wrong thought.  They believed the devil's lie instead of believing God. Adam and Eve did wrong.  They ate the fruit of the forbidden tree and did not listen to God’s instruction.
Adam and Eve felt fear, guilt and shame.  Doing wrong always makes you feel negative. 
The wrong thought they accepted from the devil led to a wrong action, and the wrong action led to wrong feelings.

So the moral of the story is;  don’t allow wrong thoughts to take over your mind.  If you do end up doing something wrong, try and make it right as soon as you can and then pray and tell God what you have done and tell him you’re very sorry.  Also apologise to the person you have done wrong to, and try your hardest not to do that wrong thing again.

As I mentioned earlier, we all have choices - to choose to do what is right or wrong.
Thinking right thoughts will lead to right actions and automatically we will have happy (right) feelings.

When you realize how much God loves you, it will make you want to love Him with all your heart. That is what God wants you to do.  The Bible says, "We love Him, because He first loved us."  1 John 4:19

Say this out aloud twice whilst looking at yourself in the mirror; -  "God loves me. God respects me.
 I am very precious to Him. I want to be His child forever."


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Closing Prayer

Dear God, I feel bad about myself because I don’t always do the right things.  Sometimes I make mistakes and do things that hurt people.  Sometimes I don’t do good things that I know I should.  I confess this to you and am truly sorry about it.  Help me to remember that you forgive, and to know in my heart that you aren’t holding my mistakes against me, but that you want to help me make better choices next time around.  Thank you for giving me a fresh start, Jesus.  Amen


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