04NumbersA Few Things I Noticed When I Read Numbers Today

We call it “Numbers,” but the Jews call it, “In the Wilderness. “Numbers,” makes it sound like the book is just about the censuses that were taken; it is so much more than that. As you know, I am reading each book of the Bible in one sitting. Here are a few of my thoughts after reading the book of Numbers.

God’s Wrath

One of the major themes of this book seems to be the wrath of God. Israel makes God angry over and over and over again. They are punished (severely) several times throughout the book. Thousands of Israelites die because of their sins.

But one thing I noticed was the distinction God made between unintentional and intentional sins. Even in the midst of His anger and wrath, God was providing ways for His people to find forgiveness when they unintentionally strayed. But He also “cut off” from His people those who did not trust Him and “high handedly” rebelled against Him. God understands and sympathizes with human weakness and frailty, but He will not tolerate open rebellion in the midst of His camp.

God’s Covenant Faithfulness

Even though Israel proved to be a stubborn and rebellious people, God did not abandon them during their 40 years of wilderness wandering. He did not destroy them and start over (even when He wanted to do just that). He stuck with Israel. He made a promise to them and He would keep His promise no matter the cost. This becomes a central theme to the entire Bible. In fact, the book of Romans highlights this theme. In spite of people’s unfaithfulness, God is always faithful to the promises He makes. He always does what He says He will do.

The Promised Land

As I said in a previous post, the land (or the earth) is a prominent character in the Bible. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to assume God is all about non-material things and that it is only silly humans who care about material things like pieces of property. But the truth is, God is also very concerned about material things.

God wants to give the land to His people as a perpetual inheritance.

God wants His people to experience the fruitful blessings of the land.

God wants the land to be undefiled with violence.

And above all, God wants to dwell in the land with His people.

The Bible is a very “earthy” book. The theme is never, “Don’t be concerned about material things because material things are just an illusion.” That is Buddhism, not Christianity. In the Bible, and particularly now the book of Numbers, the theme is: “The earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Numbers 14:20).

The same God who lifted the curse in the wilderness and brought His people into the Promised Land is lifting our curse and will bring to us our inheritance.

God Has Not Changed

During their wandering, the people were cursed because of their disbelief and rebellion. But in His mercy, God instructed Moses to lift up a bronze serpent so that anyone who looked upon it would be healed. Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, in the same way the son of man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may share in the life of God’s new age.” John 3:14-15, The Kingdom New Testament.

Look upon Jesus in obedient faith and you will receive a life for the age to come. That is the promise of the Gospel. The same God who lifted the curse in the wilderness and brought His people into the Promised Land is lifting our curse and will bring to us our inheritance.

God wiped away the old world and gave Noah a new world through the flood. God wiped away the old land of Canaan and gave Israel a new land through the conquest. He will also wipe away the old world of sin and death and give us “a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (see 2 Peter 3:13). Our inheritance is being stored up for us and the God who does not change will deliver on all of His promises. – Wes McAdams

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. . . next Sunday, March 25th at Noon!

Hosted by: Christina Pipes, Lee & Carol Sisco, Billy Taylor and Sherry Wills.

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NEW NIGERIAN GOSPEL CHARIOT Amen, this shows the Public presentation of the New Nigerian Gospel Chariot in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, South Eastern, Nigeria. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. God Bless Nigeria and all those using the chariot and spreading the wonderful Name of Jesus. Thank You Lord and thank you all. Please pray for this effort. We are thankful to support this additional effort to reach the lost. For the elders, Ken D



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dark-valleyThe Christian life is all about peaks and valleys. When we are feeling good about our relationship with God and Jesus and something happens to re-enforce those spiritual feelings, we call that time “peak times” or “mountain top experiences.” When things don’t go right and we wonder if God is really listening to us (or if He really cares), those are the “valley experiences.”

The prophet Jeremiah gave the Hebrew people a “Peaks and Valleys” lecture. Jeremiah witnessed the brutal takeover of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. by the Babylonians. The Hebrew people who survived the ransacking of their homes and property were taken into captivity and marched hundreds of miles from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was a real down time — a real valley time in their faith.

And that’s where Jeremiah comes in with words of hope. He tells them (and us) God’s promise: “For surely I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). In those words, Jeremiah delivers God’s answer to His people’s questions: “The valley you are in right now won’t last forever. God is with you and will see you through.”

Jeremiah’s words still ring true for us today. God has plans for us—as individuals, and as a community of faith. God offers us – each and all – a future with hope. Isn’t that good news? Especially on those days when the terrain feels more like a valley than a peak! God offers us a future where pain can be transformed into joy. God offers us a future where relationships can be restored. God offers us a future where brokenness can be made whole. — BULLETIN DIGEST

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Dear Brothers & Sisters, Thank you for blessing us in so many ways during out time of extended illness. The cards, calls, food, flowers, transportation to medical procedures, and your comforting words mean so much to us. We especially appreciate the prayers and ask for your continued prayers since we have more challenges ahead. We love all of you and are so happy to be a part of such a loving, Christ-like fellowship. In Christ, Larry & Evelyn Moore


The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, March 14th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.


Christ Kirkpatrick, the 98 year old mother of Myron Fietz, mother-in-law of his wife Janet and also former mother-in-law of Brenda Miller, passed away on Friday, March 2nd in Salt Lake City. Funeral services will be today at 2 pm, Sunday, March 11th, at the Wasatch Lawn Funeral Home in Salt Lake City.

Our condolences, heartfelt love and prayers go out to all the members of the families related to Chris.


Needs – Plastic bags; shampoo

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On Thursday, March 1st, 4,959 lessons were mailed to the students we are teaching. Thanks to all who helped!


We have already received a flyer about Cherokee Day on May 5th, 2018. The flyer will be displayed later on and there will also be information about this event in later bulletins and announcements.

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In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. Matthew 5:16 (ESV)

Our brother Sylvester Imogoh in Nigeria recently was able to remind us the power of being involved in how “good works” can bring glory to God. This article was in The Christian Chronicle. Please be thoughtful of our need to be involved in doing good and to pray for those good works to bring glory to our Lord. For the elders, Ken D


‘Church of Christ goats’ for Africa

By Staff Reports (The Christian Chronicle – March 1, 2018)

Igarra, Nigeria —“I am a rural-born Nigerian and have lived most of my life in the villages, struggling to survive,” said minister Sylvester Imogoh. “I am always looking out for any means to affect the lives of our rural brethren — in very small, local ways.”

But when Imogoh suggested a “goats for widows” program to his U.S. supporters, he was amazed at the response. He hoped for a few hundred dollars to purchase goats, which produce milk, manure and more goats — all of which can bring much-needed profit for rural widows who have no other sources of income. Imogoh received more than $3,400 for the project.

The funds, provided by churches including the 41st Street Church of Christ in Sioux Falls, S.D., were enough to buy 160 goats (and a few sheep) for 80 widows in the north of Nigeria’s Edo state. There was enough money left over, Imogoh added, to establish a fund for the animals’ medical care. As the goats produce offspring, Imogoh hopes to expand the project to other villages.

“More and more people are talking about the church, in good ways, relating the care for the needy among us,” Imogoh said. “So many homes now have ‘Church of Christ goats’ in our rural areas. That alone is evangelism!”

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Last Sunday, the Highland Lakes congregation completed its search for additional leaders with the appointment of two new elders. This event needs to be seen as a step forward for our spiritual family — an enhancement of the good leadership we already had! Our new eldership is ready to lead, and the members need to be committed to following their spiritual example.

On behalf of Ken, Troy, Cary and myself — let me urge you to pray for us as we try to be the shepherds the Holy Spirit has called us to be. Please remember that the elders function as servants to the body of Christ . . . we want to hear your thoughts, ideas and concerns! By the grace of God, in the love of Christ, I am confident we are headed toward many more victories to the glory of our heavenly Father!

“But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57), — Joe

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The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, March 14th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.


This good fellowship is starting up again on Thursday, March 8. The group will meet at Tequila Jalisco in Kingsland at 5:30 pm. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.


For that reason we are meeting in the Fellowship Hall today, Sunday, March 4th, for Bible class and worship. We are looking forward to the brightness that we will enjoy in the auditorium when we will be able to meet there again soon.


Please change in your directory our newest member’s name from Lawrence Stevens to Lawrence Stevenson. All other information is correct. Sorry for this mistake!


. . . the “Continue to Remember” list and the “In The Military” list periodically, updates are very important! If you think that your name or the name of a loved one needs to be removed (or added), please let the secretary (Helga) know! And as always, a written note or an e-mail is best.

This is very important! Please cut out the “Continue to Remember…” list for your own prayer sessions. We need to reduce this list; of course, continued prayers are very important.

Your help is very, very much appreciated!

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but the word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:25 (ESV)

An exciting event is taking place in Africa this week that we are blessed to be part of. A group of Nigerian preachers, with part of their support from us, have gone to the nation of Swaziland to share the gospel and encourage the church there. Please pray that this mission team will be successful in their efforts. For the elders, Ken D

UPDATE ON MISSION TRIP TO MATSAPHA, SWAZILAND from Mike Udam, whom we help support.

Dearly beloved supporters, we greet you in Jesus precious name. Our evangelism team comprising the four of us, Osita Onuora, Bassey Esang, Mike Udam and Abiodun Adegoroye to Matsapha, Swaziland is scheduled to take place next week from Thursday, 1st March through Tuesday, 13th March 2018.

We wish to recall that we raise a total of one million, three hundred sixty thousand Naira only (N1,360,000.00) from the generosity of eight of you our benefactors, and we are now able to actualize the vision of strengthening the church in that area of Africa, and adding value to their functioning.

We, once again, wish to use this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to you for making possible our taking the life-saving gospel to other parts of Africa in a very proficient manner and to hopefully, by the grace of our God, significantly impact the lives of our brethren in Swaziland. We appreciate you, your love for Christ and His work, and pray that God increase you and your commitment to Him by abundantly replenishing your means and give us all an abundant increase in souls to the glory of His name.

red-arrow-pointing-swaziland-on-the-map-of-africa-continent-HEDM9AWe have booked our flights, and planned our trip to Swaziland in March. We hope to leave our various stations next week Wednesday and gather at Lagos for take-off on Thursday 1st March 2018. We hope to continue to update you as event unfolds by the grace of our Lord.

The Elders of the Matsapha church have approved our program as sent to them and we shall extend our activities to the physically sick in Mathangeni Church of Christ Clinic. The total package as we gave in our last report include interactive sessions teaching evangelistic strategies, internet evangelism, understanding computer systems, setting up business (computer etc.), leadership training – principles, strategies for development of leaders in the church, mission in Africa etc.

We continue to appreciate your prayerful support as we travel and covet your prayers during the trip and campaign. Once again, we thank you very much and may our Father who blesses those who invest in His work abundantly bless you even to your tenth generation. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

We Remain Excited to Serve Him, and are Happy to be Found Useful.

Sincerely yours, Mike Udam, (Coordinator) Thu, Feb 22, 2018

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It is always good for a person to do regular checkups on themselves and their lives. We know the importance of this physically, mentally, and even financially. But too often we neglect to do this spiritually – and this is the most important area of all.

In Micah’s day, there were questions of how best to demonstrate one’s faith in God. Was it simply just going through the motions of required sacrifices and offerings? No. Their faith was to be more than an outward ritual – it was to be proper outward actions based upon the proper inward attitude. The prophet summed it up with these words: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). In this verse are three areas that each of us must check up on regularly in regard to our faith.

Christian, Check Your Righteousness. The first check point was “to do justly.” Being just is being right with God and His will. It is living right, living morally, and living properly in our daily walk. It is always conducting oneself in an upright and upstanding manner. The internal attitude that creates this is a passion to please God. So, Christian, check your life – is it one that is admirable according to God’s standard?

Christian, Check Your Respect for Others. The second bit of advice from Micah 6:8 was “to love mercy.” Properly respecting others is treating them as God treats us – with kindness, love, and forgiveness. It is selflessly giving to others what is needed in their lives. The internal attitude that brings this forth is a joy of the mercy and salvation that God has given us. So, Christian, check your life – is it one filled with eagerly helping others?

Christian, Check Your Relationship With God. The final part of our faith checkup is mentioned as “to walk humbly with your God.” Walking with God implies harmony and fellowship. This is attained through reading and studying the Scriptures, regular and fervent prayer, and heartfelt, proper worship. The internal attitude that strengthens this is a desire to grow closer to God.

So, Christian, check your life. Is it one that honors and involves God in every way?

  • Edd Sterchi, Campbellsville, KY
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